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Music stars lead tributes to director of Sheffield's Tramlines Festival following death aged 36

Sarah Nulty.
Sarah Nulty.

Music stars have led the tributes to Sarah Nulty, co-founder of Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival, who has died aged 36.

Sarah's friend and colleague Alex Deadman revealed the sad news yesterday, stating that she died after a 'brief illness'.

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Tributes have poured into the champion of Sheffield music who helped Tramlines Festival to grow over the last decade.

Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers tweeted: "We’re all very sad to hear about the death of Sarah Nulty who ran Tramlines successfully for nearly a decade.

"She was awesome and we were honoured to have worked with her on this year's festival.

"Sheffield has lost a good un. Sending love and best wishes to her family and friends."

Tramlines Festival.

Tramlines Festival.

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Fellow city band Liberty Ship added: "We’re devastated to hear the news of Tramlines organiser Sarah Nulty passing.

"She believed in us and gave us the opportunity to play our biggest, best and most memorable gigs. Lost for words. RIP."

Melanie Iredale, deputy director of Sheffield's DocFest, posted: "Sheffield is a great festival city, and I've been so inspired by the hugely skilled, tenacious and resourceful women who run our festivals - Sarah Nulty was one of them, a cultural leader, our city's loss.

"Rock on Tramlines, and rest in peace Sarah."

Mark Farnsworth, commercial manager at the Showroom Cinema, added: "Sad to hear the news about Sarah Nulty passing away at such an early age.

"Hope Tramlines is planning a tribute at this year's festival."

In a statement announcing her death, Alex Deadman said: "It is with great sadness that Tramlines Festival must announce that our festival director, Sarah Nulty, has passed away at the age of 36 following a brief illness.

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“Sarah was instrumental in the launch of Tramlines in 2009, taking on the role of festival director in 2013.

“She came to Sheffield as a student in 1999 and worked at Gatecrasher and Bed nightclub, going on to manage various venues and live events around the city.

“Sarah dedicated her whole working career to the Sheffield music industry.

"After nearly two-decades, this work has led to massive benefits for the city and she has been the driving force of Tramlines for many years.

“Her tenacity, vision and unbreakable work ethic are the reasons that the festival can celebrate its tenth anniversary.

“Sarah turned her hand to every aspect of the running the event over the years, she was the life and soul of Tramlines and no job was too small, but no responsibility too great.

“We would like to celebrate Sarah’s huge talent and the profound impact that she has had on the lives of so many people over the years.”

The news came just two weeks before this years event is due to start, the tenth since the annual music festival began in 2009.

Speaking to the Star in 2012, Sarah said revealed she never expected Tramlines to grow as rapidly as it did - from welcoming 35,000 people in 2009 to attracting more than 100,000 just a few years later.