Tramlines Festival 2018

Well organised, superb line up and heaps of fun, tramlines 2018 was a real success. The First act on the main stage on Friday were a local band Saint Petersburg, and despite not having the full crowd in yet they still managed to kick the weekend off in style. There were well over 10 Sheffield based acts over the weekend including the superstars that are the Reverend And The Makers, The Everly Pregnant Brothers and Milburn, all of which really got the crowds buzzing, laughing, dancing, singing and chanting and copious amounts of beer and waggon wheels flying towards the stage. A favourite of mine, who I’d not seen or heard before, were Bang Bang Romeo, singer Anastasia really worked the stage, brimming with confidence and powerful vocals.

Saturday started off withThe rhythm of the 90’s on the main stage, which is a great band to draw the crowds in as they perform all the best dance anthems from the 90’s and they do it really well too. Sundays first act, a total legend, Mr Motivator was just what you needed to perk you up if you’re running a bit low after the previous 2 days. Everyone was working out and having a really fun time in the glorious sunshine.

Other bands on the main stage were the brilliant Everything Everything, the very popular Blossoms, Coasts, The Big Moon, Red Faces, Naaz( beautiful voice ), Loyal, Universal Tree, The Sherlocks and the legends De La Soul who made sure everyone had fun even the security staff and photographers.
T’other stage had great acts too, Clean Bandit, Jake Bugg and 90’s legends Shed Seven packed the tent out and had even more dancing outside. Nina Nesbitt played this stage too and was a favourite of mine, perfect voice and beautiful songs with a funny/hearbreaking story behind them all.

The Leadmill stage headliners were Mystery Jets, Ratboy and the fabulous Tom Grennan and I really enjoyed the energetic Spring King who have played here before and are a crowd favourite.
The main headliners of the weekend were Stereophonics on Friday, Noel Gallaghers high flying birds on Saturday and Craig David on Sunday.

The crowds were huge and for the first time I didn’t even attempt to get near the front although I managed a good side view from the bar on the Sunday.

As well as music there is also comedy and no one went down better than Henning Wehn. The tent was packed out with more outside trying desperately to hear him through the crowd.

Hillsborough park was packed and everyone had fun including the kids. There were plenty of food stalls which included a good choice of gluten free and vegan food, my personal favourite being the vegan Pad Thai with Viet fries and of course the Churros. Other entertainment included fairground rides, circus acts and a big cinema screen showing kids movies with deckchairs to sit on. The beer tents were well staffed and the queues moved quickly and there was also a coca cola tent which gave away miniature cans of vanilla, cherry and peach sugar free coke. You could then recycle your can and win a prize. The kids had fun collecting plastic cups from around the park and receiving money when they handed them in to be recycled.
Of course none of this would have been possible without Sarah Nulty, tramlines co- founder and director, who sadly passed away at the beginning of July this year. Sarah was a much loved and respected woman who championed local bands and will be sorely missed. T- shirts were worn by some band members and many fans with the logo BE MORE NULTY on to pay tribute to Sarah. It has also been announced that a permanent commemorative plaque will be placed at Devonshire Green, which is where the first tramlines stage used to be, and She will also receive a posthumous civic award from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

The best tribute will be the fact that this festival just gets bigger and better each year and I am eagerly awaiting next years line up because I had a fantastic time.

A gallery of photos taken by Philip Goddard at Tramlines Festival 2018
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