Tramlines fever flooded Sheffield with tens of thousands of music-lovers – in what organisers say was their ‘best ever’ festival.
Hundreds of acts thrilled audiences at stages across the city, from folk music in the calm of Endcliffe Park to DJs at packed nightspots, in the full weekend of entertainment.
Some bars and food venues sold out – with an ‘ice shortage’ by Sunday – as crowds attended from across the country to create a bustling party atmosphere.
Revellers and musicians have hailed the event for giving the city a ‘real buzz’, as well as showcasing local talent.
Sarah Nulty, festival director, said full ticket sales would be calculated with venues later this week, but more than 15,000 people had gone through the Devonshire Green main stage before 9pm on Saturday alone.
She said: “I think this has probably been the best Tramlines yet in terms of atmosphere. It’s been an amazing festival.
“It felt like it was a different kind of crowd this year, maybe a bit older, and although we were never rammed on Devonshire Green we had so many people through the gates and most venues were absolutely packed.”
Sarah said, apart from delays at the wristband exchange site on Friday and the Devonshire Green stage opening slightly late on Saturday, things had run smoothly.
“I went in one venue on Sunday where staff said there was an ice shortage in Sheffield because of Tramlines,” she said.
Police said five people were arrested and seven section 27 orders - warnings to leave the area - were handed out on Saturday night, but there were no ‘significant incidents’ at the festival.
Some of the biggest crowds at Tramlines were for local acts like Toddla T and Hey Sholay, with thousands thought to have attended the Everly Pregnant Brothers gig at the Fat Cat in Kelham Island on Saturday.
Robert Scott, bass player with The Amelia Carter Band, which played at the main CADS blues stage in Shalesmoor on Friday, said: “We’ve seen Tramlines over the years getting bigger and bigger. The first time it was full, the second time rammed and this time it was something else.”
At the Peace Gardens International Stage yesterday, Emily Lester was watching The Stars band, from the Under The Stars project for adults with learning disabilities.
The 28-year-old drama worker, of Wicker, Sheffield, said: “I love the fact the band can be treated like superstars and play on such a big stage to enthusiastic crowds. There’s nowhere else like Tramlines in the country.
“It’s so community-led and family friendly. The thing about Tramlines is it fills the city centre with smiling people. It’s nice just to float around and be part of it.”
Quantity surveyor Pete Bradley, 56, of Dore, said: “Everybody is out for a good time, it’s friendly and family orientated.”
And Chris Thomas, general manager at West Street venue Bloo 88, said staff had tripled their normal beer orders to cope with demand.
He said: “We didn’t sell out but it came close. On Saturday we opened at 1pm and went right through to 2.30am and we were packed inside and out.
“It’s the biggest Tramlines we’ve had so far.”