EXCLUSIVE: Tramlines Interview with Festival Director, Sarah Nulty

A jewel on the Northern calendar for music fans, Sheffield’s Tramlines will return with a massive new-look site. This year will see a huge milestone celebrating the tenth edition at Hillsborough Park.

From an inner-city festival to a city-wide event. Tramlines returns from Friday 20 July – Sunday 22 July 2018 at Hillsborough Park.

Hillsborough will see four stages including the main stage, the second stage (soon to be named), Leadmill stage and Libary stage. Other new additions include a comedy stagepop-up cinemakids and family areaa stage programmed by Sheffield institution, the Leadmill, and local legend, Jon McClure (Reverend and The Makers) and much more.

Line-up highlights include headliners Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5, as well as Blossoms, De La Soul, Jake Bugg, Clean Bandit, Everything Everything, Mystery Jets, Shed Seven, Milburn and more.

In 2017, it attracted 35,000 to the festival and over 100,000 into the city. Now in its tenth year, the celebratory move will mark the first Tramlines to be held on just one site. With it comes a bigger capacity – licenced for up to 40,000 people – and the space to programme more festival-style entertainment than before.

We got the opportunity to fire some questions off to Sarah Nulty, Tramlines Festival Director. She talks about the new site, stages and new festival elements, how the event will differ from previous editions and the fringe events.

Sarah Nulty Interview with Gig Addict

Tramlines Festival Director

So, Hillsborough that’s a massive step for Tramlines. How did this come about? Has it been long in the making?

We’ve looked at various parks and spaces over the years and Hillsborough has always been one we’ve been drawn to. As we are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year it seemed like the perfect time to make the move. Last year’s weather was also an influencing factor, we just didn’t have space for wet weather cover and Hillsborough gives us the freedom to bring in some more structures as well as develop the offering.

How will Hillsborough differ from previous events?

I think it’s going to be a little more creative. Although we’ve loved the sites we’ve been on previously, there hasn’t been much space to offer anything besides one stage and some bars and food. This park has more space and gives us the opportunity to add in a little bit more in terms of acts, stages and decor. It’s also going to be nice to not have to dash across the city to try and make it to the next act!

Will all the stages be located at Hillsborough or are there plans for other stages or festival elements around the city?

The festival is going to be all one site. We’re moving all of our stages to Hillsborough Park. Of course there will still be loads in the city centre and beyond as part of the fringe.

How will Tramlines ensure the city centre remains a core part of the weekend?

One of the reasons that we chose Hillsborough Park is because it’s super easy to get to the city centre. It takes 13 mins on the tram and then you are back in the hustle and bustle of Division Street. We are working closely with Sheffield City Council to ensure that all the community elements that make the weekend so unique remain there, and so for those who like to base themselves in the city centre, it shouldn’t feel that different.

How many stages will there be at Hillsborough?

There will be 4 stages and a development of our Into the Trees area which was introduced on the main stage site last year. As well as music by come evening, it’ll will have more focus on kids activities during the day.

Will there be any new elements to the festival?

We’re adding comedy for the first time as well as a pop-up cinema and a new improved local beer tent.

Will there be any changes to tickets? Any plans for day tickets?

There’s no plans to do day tickets this year. We’ll be selling weekend tickets as we did last year,

What’s the capacity at Hillsborough?

We have a licensed capacity for 40,000.

With the increase in capacity and Hillsborough not as central what are the travel arrangements for festival goers?

Hillsborough is actually really easy to get to: it’s on the tram lines, it’s only 10 mins in a taxi from the city centre, plus its serviced by a number of bus routes. It’s also within walking distance for a few postcodes in the city.

Will there be any after parties and fringe events Tramlines will be putting on in the city centre?

We are in discussion with venues at the moment about what the after party offering might look like, but as with any other year, the fringe will be bustling.

Will Tramlines continue its support locally, utilising local businesses as well local talent?

We always try to work with local businesses where we can, and of course local talent will feature throughout the line up.

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