Sheffield’s Tramlines 2016 – the inner city music festival

No other festival takes over a city and brings people together quite like Tramlines.

Now in its seventh year with The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx and Wu Tang Clan in place to headline, Tramlines is one of the UK’s most musically eclectic festivals. Held across multiple outdoor spaces and venues across Sheffield city centre, Tramlines is the alternative festival to discover a ton of hot new talent alongside internationally acclaimed acts. 

Now in its seventh year, Tramlines is one of the UK’s biggest inner-city music festivals. In 2014, it attracted 100,000 people as the festival took over the entire city centre across four outdoor stages and 15 venues.


Venues on the festival circuit include the o2 Academy, the Leadmill, The Night Kitchen, the Cathedral, Foundry, Fusion, and The Octagon Centre, The Harley, Hope Works, Millennium Gallery, City Hall, Corporation, Queens Social Club and Yellow Arch Studios. Outdoor stages include the Main Stage at Ponderosa Park, the Exposed In Session Stage on Devonshire Green, the Sheffield College Youth Music Stage in the Peace Gardens, and The Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park.

There are also fringe venues and events that take place over the weekend. The fringe venues play an important role in creating a platform for all the regional, new and breakthrough artists. Supporting new, up and coming talent from across the region and other areas who are hoping to break out onto the national level. 

Here’s a few of our favourite fringe venues and the talented acts playing them:

[divider]Bungalows And Bears[/divider]

50 Division Street, S1 4GF Sheffield

[divider]Frog and Parrot[/divider]

37 Westfield Terrace

[divider]The Great Gatsby[/divider]

73-75 Division Street Sheffield

[divider]Crystal Bar[/divider]

23-29 Carver Street, S1 4FS Sheffield

[divider]Peace Gardens[/divider]

The International Peace Gardens with Smoke Barbecue is once again the centre point of the community festival, with fantastic international, national and Steel City acts curated by Musical Works. On Saturday, Papa Al has programmed a high-energy lineup with a strong global influence, from soul and rumba through to afrobeat and funk. Highlights include Congolese party-starter Gordon Masiala and perennial Sheffield favourites Jungle Lion serving up riotous ska. Sunday, meanwhile, will serve as a celebration of youth and community talent, presented by Musical Works and Under the Stars. With the finale of the Dope’n’Mean breakdance competition featuring dancers from Sheffield and beyond and performances by the Stars Band, it’s set to provide a great snapshot of the diversity and quality of Sheffield’s emerging musicians. The International Peace Gardens will be replete with some of Sheffield’s favourite food traders, including Smoke Barbecue, who are bringing a bucking bronco alongside delicious ribs!


The Charlatans / Basement Jaxx / Wu Tang Clan

Billy Bragg / Buzzcocks / Martha Reeves / Sugarhill Gang

A Guy Called Gerald / Basement Jaxx (DJ Set) / Best Friends / Charlotte OC / The Crookes / Dutch Uncles / Erol Alkan / Evian Christ / Ghostpoet / Gilles Peterson / GoGo Penguin / Honeyblood / James Holden / Jimmy Edgar /  Joe Carnall Jr / Kate Tempest  / Marika Hackman  / Melle Mel + Scorpio / Mike Skinner (DJ Set) / RedFaces / Rolo Tomassi / Roman Flugel / Romare (DJ) / Slow Club / Surgeon / West Street Mob

And So I Watch You From Afar / Aquilo / Billie Black / Blanck Mass / Blessa / Blood Sport / Blossomer / Bodyjack / Bruising / Cervo & JVC / Cypria (DJ) / Daniel Whitehouse / Diagrams / Ekkah / Formation / Gnod / Gulf / Hannah Lou Clark / Henry Wu Duo (live) / Hey Sholay / Hidden Orchestra / Jagaara / Jim Ghedi / Jus Now / Kamera / Knifeworld / Kris Wadsworth / Lone Wolf / Lo Shea / Luca Lozano / Magpies / The Moon / Nai Harvest / Nat Johnson / Pev n Kowton / Polo / Portico / Renegade Brass Band / Robyn Sherwell / Serocee / The Sherlocks / Shopping / Slaves / Sumochief / Trash / Tropic of Youth / Tropics / U / Ultimate Painting / Walls