Sheffield lasting memorial for Tramlines mastermind Sarah Nulty

The  'Be More Nulty' message at Tramlines
The 'Be More Nulty' message at Tramlines

Plans have been confirmed to honour the memory of Tramlines director Sarah Nulty, who died just weeks before the 10th festival took place last weekend.

A permanent memorial plaque is planned to Sarah, aged 36, on Devonshire Green, near the original 2009 main stage of the festival.

The plaque will be embedded into the wall at the top of Devonshire Green.

Bands, organisers and audiences showed their support for Sarah by wearing ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts.

Many acts including Reverend and the Makers, Milburn, Universal Tree, Bang Bang Romeo and Everly Pregnant Brothers paid tribute to her during their performances.

Sunday headliner Craig David also spoke about Sarah during his show and encouraged the audience to sing along with one of his tracks in her honour.

He later posted the following tweet: ‘Thank you everyone @tramlines festival today you were absolutely amazing! Thank you Sarah Nulty for creating such an amazing festival & may you rest in peace knowing that you’ve brought so many people together and your legacy will live on.’

There was also a memorial video presented by Timm Cleasby and shown on big screens from the main stage on Sunday evening with the audience of thousands joining in with a minute’s applause.

Sarah will also be honoured posthumously with a Civic Award from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid.

Coun Magid said: “This is a very special honour. We use civic awards to recognise Sheffield heroes who do such valuable work in the city.

“Sarah was an incredible person who had a hugely positive impact on the city. She is the perfect candidate to receive this award.”

Timm Cleasby, a founder of the festival and the head of operations, said: “It’s very important that there is a permanent tribute to Sarah in recognition of everything she put into the city. She was a massive fan and supporter of Sheffield’s creativity and independence.

“The positioning of the plaque at Devonshire Green is a poignant and fitting tribute. Sarah’s vibrancy and energy made her seem larger than life and it’s brilliant that she will be remembered for years to come.

“Hopefully her work will serve to inspire others in the future.”

Richard Eyre, Sheffield City Council’s head of major events, added his tribute.

He said: “It was great to see Sarah come on board with the festival when it was first conceived and develop into the role of director. I was personally inspired by her passion and her vision.

“She had a fantastic calming influence on everyone and never seemed flustered by the issues that arose in the running of a festival. It’s totally fitting that the city pay tribute to Sarah’s work in the local music industry and I look forward to seeing the memorial in place at Devonshire Green.”

Organisers said that the 10th edition of Tramlines has been a huge success with up to 30,000 people attending over the weekend. The new site at Hillsborough Park has proved to be the perfect location, they said.

BeMoreNulty T-shirts are on sale via the Drop Dead website,, with all profits donated to Weston Park Cancer Charity, Cavendish Cancer Care and Crohn’s & Colitis UK.