Tramlines had a lot to prove over the summer weekend. If celebrating ten years as Sheffield’s best-loved music festival wasn’t pressure enough, it also made the bold decision to up sticks and move to Hillsborough Park catering to its ever-growing attendees. On top of this, 2018 also saw the formation of new stages including the Leadmill Live stage showcasing Tramlines’ first ever comedy line up.

From the festival overcoming travel troubles to having uncle Noel give it large on the main stage and securing a 2019 success, here’s what we learned from this pivotal year of Tramlines Festival:

  1. Tramlines don’t need no trams
    Days before the festival it was revealed there was going to be a major tram strike taking place over the weekend. Disaster. With quick logistics and nifty planning, bus routes were soon implemented. Not to mention the hoards of people getting into the summer spirit and having a few cans and a nice (rather lengthy) stroll instead.
  2. ‘Into the Trees’ is truly tropical
    With Leadmill’s infamous Club Tropicana conga-ing its way into the Hillsborough forest on the Friday – the all-new ‘into the trees’ section got a little funky. With inflatable ducks, confetti cannons and fuck loads of flowers, it was a bit of an odd one but certainly one to remember.
  3. Noel Gallagher brings the scissor girl on tour
    Not afraid to tap into the big hitters, Noel brought far more than just his High Flying Birds to Tramlines. With roughly 50% of his set comprised of Oasis classics, both him and the band smashed the Saturday headline slot delivering tunes the Sheffield crowd were thirsty for. ‘Little by Little,’ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and even ‘Wonderwall’ were all there – before rounding up nicely with… The Beatles, ‘All you need is love’. Job well done.

    Noel Gallagher performing on the Tramlines Stage / Image: Giles Smith

    Noel Gallagher performing on the Tramlines Stage / Image: Giles Smith

  4. Jon McClure (AKA the Reverend) can put on a party
    Curating the Sunday line up for the Leadmill Live stage, Tramlines veteran Jon McClure of Reverend & the Makers wrapped up the venue in style. With SHEAFS, Sophie and the Giants, Spring King and Tom Grennan all on the bill, he made sure the new kids got their time to shine. “As an older Sheffield musician, I want to give the new ones a stage. I didn’t want the big names I wanted bands that people could say, ‘I was there’ when they become megastars,” he said. We salute you Jon.

    Jon McClure playing with Reverend and the Makers on Saturday / Richard Johnson

    Jon McClure playing with Reverend and the Makers on Saturday / Image: Richard Johnson

  5. Everyone could do with being a little more Nulty
    Just three weeks before the ten year celebrations began, Sarah Nulty, the much-loved director of the festival passed away following a brief illness at the age of 36. Tributes were paid throughout the weekend commemorating her integral contribution to the festival and her incredible character and talent. Craig David dedicated his track ‘I Know You’ to Nulty and various other musicians and famous Sheffield faces could be seen wearing the ‘Be More Nulty’ T-shirts, which can be bought here. Her legacy and not to mention extreme work ethic has led to the immense success Tramlines is today and is just one reason why we should all aim to be more Nulty.
Lord Mayor Magid Magid with The Everly Pregnant Brothers

Lord Mayor Magid Magid with The Everly Pregnant Brothers / Image: Giles Smith

With earlybird tickets for 2019 at £39.50 selling out in a matter of minutes, it seems everyone is itching to get back to the park for its eleventh and subsequent instalments. While 20% of tickets for next year have already been sold, you can still grab tier 2 tickets here for £59.50 or join the payment plan at £7-per-month.

Til’ next time Tramlines.

Images: Richard Johnson and Giles Smith / Fanatic – Tramlines 2018


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Will Fisher

Journalism graduate from The University of Sheffield, all-round music dweeb, and mac 'n' cheese enthusiast.

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