Tramlines Festival will go ahead at full capacity in Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park from 23 July to 25 July this year as part of the Events Research Programme.

The festival will join the third phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, allowing the sold-out music festival at Hillsborough Park to take place at full capacity.

The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft will headline a the lineup of music and culture throughout a landmark weekend for the city.

Following the announcement the festival has revealed it full line up for the year including additions like Circa Waves, Billy Nomates, and Sheffield’s own Sophie and the Giants, as well as a full comedy line up that features Joel Dommett, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, and more.

Tramlines’ participation in the programme means the festival can go ahead independently of national reopening dates and the audience will be able to enjoy the event without compulsory social distancing or masks.

This news comes following the announcements from festivals including: Kendal Calling, Deer Shed and Y Not reporting they will not be able to go ahead this year.

At the entrance to Tramlines, ticket holders (except children under 11) will be asked for proof of EITHER:

  • A negative COVID result from a lateral flow test taken within the previous 48 hours.
  • Two vaccination doses, with the second received at least 14 days before

DMAs, Biig Piig and Pale Waves who were originally due to perform will no longer be playing due to travel restrictions.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to confirm that Tramlines 2021 is going ahead, having accepted the government’s invitation to join the Events Research Programme. This means we have a proven framework to follow, which at previous events has shown that festivals can be enjoyed at no more risk than other activities. Once inside, there will be no need for social distancing and no one will have to wear a mask if they don’t want to,” said Tramlines Operations Director, Timm Cleasby.

“We would like to express our solidarity with those festivals which have not been able to go ahead this year and those which are still seeking clarity. It is very important to us that clear guidance is made available quickly to the entire event community so that as many festivals as possible can go ahead with confidence this summer,” Cleasby continues.

All ticket holders will be contacted by Tramlines’ event ticketing partner Gigantic via email by Thursday with further details. Ahead of the event, ticket holders will also be emailed to provide contact information for themselves and anyone they have bought tickets for.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket but does not wish to take part will be able to roll over their ticket to Tramlines 2022 at no extra cost or receive a refund for the face value of their ticket.

More information, including how to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, is available at

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