Reverend and the Makers front man Jon McClure has defended Tramlines festival moving to Hillsborough Park after complaints from people living nearby.
McClure said he thinks the bigger version of the event is encouraging for the local music scene and that it will help put Sheffield on the radar, rivalling festivals like Reading and Leeds.
He said: “I’m a big lover of my own city, I think it’s a great place and there is emotional significance attached to playing in Hillsborough Park for me. I’m from that part of town and I call it proper Sheffield. It’s the heart of the working class city.”
The ‘Reverend’ also expressed his excitement about the high profile artists performing and how many tickets have been sold.
Some residents disagree however, and have taken to social media to express their anger.
Debbie Cockerill, 31, went to Sheffield City Council with her concerns about the wildlife in Hillsborough Park and the disturbance the festival might cause.
She said: “Why they would disrupt the wildlife there and ruin the lovely park is beyond me. Holding a massive festival is fine but ruining the home of wildlife is really low. I think they are being careless and greedy.”
Tramlines festival is moving to this new location for its 10th anniversary this year, celebrating one of its biggest line-ups yet. Headliners include Stereophonics and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying birds, and it will run from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July.
A statement from the festival said: “Organisers are pulling out all the stops to not only make the 10th edition the most memorable yet, but a huge celebration of everything the Steel City has to offer.
“The move to Hillsborough Park means Tramlines can stage a truly spectacular event with more space to roll out extra entertainment akin to a traditional greenfield festival,” organisers of the festival said.”