Tramlines: Reverend and the Makers set to shine at free Sheffield music festival

Tramlines: Reverend & The Makers will open the free music festival on Friday, July 20.
Tramlines: Reverend & The Makers will open the free music festival on Friday, July 20.

A DAZZLING DJ light show will follow Reverend and the Makers in a spectacular opening night at this year’s Tramlines free music festival in Sheffield, writes Graham Walker.

Mobile phone giant Nokia is ringing the changes by hosting the Friday opening night for the first time on the main stage in Devonshire Green, on July 20.

Electro city legends Heaven 17 entertained a packed crowd of around 3,500 people when they opened the weekend-long city centre festival last year on the Nokia stage outside Sheffield City Hall, in Barker’s Pool.

But up to 8,000 fans are expected to see Jon McClure’s Reverend and the Makers next month and organisers have moved the event a 10-minute stroll up the road to Devonshire Green.

The Nokia ‘Lumia Live’ event will see the band perform songs from their new album, @Reverend_Makers.

They will be followed by DJ collective True Tiger, who have produced and remixed for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Snoop Dogg and Dizzee Rascal. They will provide the soundtrack to a Nokia light show, transforming the outdoor venue into a dance haven.

Nokia Lumia Live will also host gigs on each day of the festival at intimate venues The Harley, Plug-Neutral and finally DQ.

Featured artists include Becoming Real, Aluna George, Ibiza Rocks resident Nicola Bear and UK garage producer/DJ, MJ Cole.

John Nichols of Nokia UK said: “This is another great example of Nokia’s commitment to local events and communities.”

Fans will be able to relive the opening show at Nokia’s UK Facebook page at

Nokia Lumia owners can get a Sheffield Showcase playlist on Nokia Mix Radio – the company’s free music service.