Tramlines festival in Sheffield WILL go ahead next month - here's all your questions about the event answered

Organisers of Sheffield’s Tramlines festival have today confirmed the event will go ahead next month at full capacity as it joins the Government’s pilot events programme.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 1:12 pm
Tramlines is set to return to Sheffield this July. Picture: Dean Atkins.

The sold out event runs from July 23-25 at Hillsborough Park.

The Tramlines Festival 2021 has today announced it will join the third phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, allowing the festival to go ahead.

The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft will headline a line up of music and culture.

Tramlines’ participation in the programme means the festival can go ahead independently of national reopening dates related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the audience will be able to enjoy the event without compulsory social distancing or masks.

However at the entrance to the festival, ticket holders (except children under 11) will be asked for proof of either:

A negative COVID result from a lateral flow test taken within the previous 48 hours. Two vaccination doses, with the second received at least 14 days before

Tramlines operations director, Timm Cleasby, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to confirm that Tramlines 2021 is going ahead, having accepted the government’s invitation to join the Events Research Programme. “This means we have a proven framework to follow, which at previous events has shown that festivals can be enjoyed at no more risk than other activities. Once inside, there will be no need for social distancing and no one will have to wear a mask if they don’t want to.

Tramlines 2018 being rocked by Sheffield favourites The Sherlocks, who return again this year, joining headliners The Streets, Royal Blood and The Verve's Richard Ashcroft.

“We would like to express our solidarity with those festivals which have not been able to go ahead this year and those which are still seeking clarity. It is very important to us that clear guidance is made available quickly to the entire event community so that as many festivals as possible can go ahead with confidence this summer. Huge ticket sales across the sector show how keen fans are to come to our events and we want to help reassure them that we can welcome them back safely.”

The World Snooker Championships in Sheffield, held at the Crucible Theatre, were also part of the pilot events programme earlier this year.

Sheffield’s Director of Public Health Greg Fell added: “Sheffield is once again playing a significant and important role in the Government’s Events Research Programme with Tramlines Festival 2021. Helping cultural events to be staged safely is an essential part of our return to life where we can freely enjoy the things we love, and the findings so far have shown positive outcomes that allow us to take these next steps towards normality. We’re working closely with the DCMS and the Tramlines team to support this milestone event for the city and our music fans. My advice to ticket holders is get your vaccines and, as hard as it might be, if you’ve got symptoms please stay at home.”

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage added: "I know how desperately people want to get back to festivals, which is why they're a hugely important part of our Events Research Programme. As we continue to work towards live events reopening fully on July 19th, this year's Tramlines festival will provide more vital scientific evidence and allow us to trial Covid certification, building on what we've learnt from our successful Sefton Park and Download events."

All ticket holders will be contacted by Tramlines’ event ticketing partner Gigantic via email by this Thursday July 1 with further details. Ahead of the event, ticket holders will also be emailed to provide contact information for themselves and anyone they have bought tickets for.