By Donna Ding
Tramlines, the country’s largest urban music festival, is coming back to Sheffield on 22-24 of July.
This is the eighth year of the award-winning festival being held in Sheffield, cementing the city’s position as a leading music venue.
Among the already announced 120 artists, dozens of very popular names are heading for this year’s Tramlines Festival.
Tramlines director Sarah Nulty said: “This year, we have Dizzee Rascal on Friday night at Ponderosa, Kelis headlining on Saturday night, and George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic on Saturday afternoon. On the Sunday Ponderosa, we have Jurassic 5, and Catfish and the Bottlemen that headlining for Sunday night. On Devonshire Green, we have Mystery Jets and Kuenta i Tambu on Saturday and Sunday.”
Next Monday, the Tramlines team will announce another 75 players, which will make the total number of artists into around 200.
The main stage of Tramlines will be set up at the Ponderosa Park this year, to deal with the increase in crowd numbers.
Sarah said: “Last year was our first year on Ponderosa. We made some errors along the way. The queues of the toilets were massive. The queues of the bars were also the same.
“(This year), we’ve put some new bars and we’ve made the existing bars much bigger. We’ve taken out the fair. There were some noise issues with people crowd in the bar.
“We’ve also doubled the toilets on the site and added more security to let people get in much quicker to get into see their favourite artists.”
Devonshire Green, the main stage of tramlines in the first few years, is back to its original capacity of 7,000.
A free stage will also be set up at Peace Garden in the city centre.
“Within the kind of pay element, we expect around 13,000 people. But across the city, probably similar number as last year. On Saturday, there are about 100,000 people.”
Apart from the live music performance, footage of some iconic stars, such as Suede and Prince, will be screened in the Showroom Cinema in the city centre, during the three-day festival.
Tickets for a full weekend pass are priced at £42, which can be applied on tramlines.org.uk.