Free Tramlines bonanza on track

2010: Toddla T
2010: Toddla T

DETAILS were announced this week for the return of Sheffield’s free music festival, Tramlines, writes Peter Kay.

More than 70 venues are taking part from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24, joining an event that attracted 125,000 fans last year.

One of the biggest free festivals in Europe, organisers aim to showcase Sheffield’s diverse musical community through emerging and established artists.

This year’s Tramlines will be organised around the genres of pop, rock, indie, new music, world, folk, blues and dance – and there will be fairgrounds, a children’s area and markets.

Line-up announcements will be made over the coming weeks, but already confirmed for the main stage on Devonshire Green in the city centre in Sunday are Ash, Frankie & the Heartstrings, Dry the River, The Crookes, and The Everly Pregnant Brothers. Joining them across the festival will be acts as diverse as Los Campesinos!, Dananananaykroyd and David Rodigan.

Curating the Octagon on the Saturday, Steel City DJ Toddla T will showcase some great dance acts up at Sheffield University. After huge success last year, the dance area will be growing in 2011.

Rolo Tomassi are back curating the rock line up on the new music stage on the Sunday, while Drowned in Sound return to present Saturday’s line-up on the same stage.

Hallam FM will be looking after the main stage on Devonshire Green on the Saturday for the third year running, focusing on longer live sets from a mix of established pop acts and up-and-coming artists.

Under the Stars, which runs club nights for adults with learning disabilities, will be joining the festival line up this year.

Sarah Nulty, assistant festival director, said: “It’s year three for the Tramlines festival. Once again the whole festival is completely free and we are expecting even more people this year. We’ve got some great acts to announce in the coming weeks and even more going on than previous years.

“Keeping the festival free whilst it continues to grow is always going to be a challenge for us. This year, Tramlines Ale has been on sale in bars across Sheffield and the profits have funded Tramlines 2011’s Blues and Ale Trail. We do everything we can to make sure we bring music to the city at no cost to the punter.”

This year’s headline sponsor is Nokia.