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Early bird festival fans turned out to catch the very first acts taking to stages across Sheffield as part of Tramlines.

The three-day music extravaganza – dubbed the ‘urban Glastonbury’ – launched Friday night and by 4pm there was a carnival atmosphere in the city centre.

Matthew Hall performs an acoustic set in The Forum at Tramlines 2013 19/7/13

Matthew Hall performs an acoustic set in The Forum at Tramlines 2013 19/7/13

Crowds packed venues and a long line of people waited to collect their wristbands at the City Hall.

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Top acts which kicked off the event included a strong Sheffield line-up, from band Hey Sholay headlining at Sheffield Cathedral, to the Robin Hoare Band at the CADS blues stage in Shalesmoor.

At The Forum bar on Division Street, the action spanned a night of blues, indie, rock and electronic music.

Teacher Nicola Newcome, 24, was there with friends before catching singer songwriter King Charles at the Leadmill.

She said: “We come every year. It’s all about the variety of music on offer, the culture and the people. There are so many diverse people that come in - you don’t get this sort of thing in Doncaster.”

Dan Battie, a barman from Hillsborough, was enjoying the first part of Tramlines and a pint in the sun on his day off.

The 25-year-old said: “I’m hoping to go to Toddla T on Saturday. That’s my must see.

“I’m working in the day but I’ll be soaking it all up afterwards.”

Friend Jonathan Wall, 25, of Crookes, said: “It’s great to go to a festival where you can go home afterwards. I’m looking forward to the Everly Pregnant Brothers.”

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What you are waiting for at tramlines

Fans of The Star on Twitter shared what they are looking forward to at the Tramlines festival.

TobyFoster said: “I hear The Fat Cat should be good.”

Paige Ardrey added: “Lianne La Havas on the main stage.”

Museums Sheffield tweeted: “We’d have to say @65dos at the Millennium Gallery. We realise we’re a bit biased, mind.”

Dan Pop-o-matic added: “ HotMIM [Heroes Of The Mexican Independent Movement] at the Redhouse on Sunday, entire line up at the Rutland on Saturday.”

Jill Theobald said: “Looking forward to @GleeBahGum @PipMountjoy @65dosView.”

And Robin G added: “Robberie at the Red House & busker’s bus. “Beautiful Sheffield pop music.”