The Fringe at Tramlines 2022 announce free outdoor stages
Sponsored by Sheffield BID, The Fringe at Tramlines 2022 promises a packed weekend of entertainment including free outdoor stages at Devonshire Green and the Peace Gardens.
The Fringe at Tramlines returns to Sheffield over the weekend of 22nd – 24th July with a full programme of events following a stripped-back festival in 2021. With sponsorship from Sheffield BID, the city centre will once again be bursting with music and entertainment over the weekend as people take to the streets for the biggest party of the year. The free outdoor stages at Devonshire Green and The Peace Gardens and Sheffield city venues, bars, pubs and clubs will feature a huge array of live music and DJs, creating a unique festive atmosphere across the town centre and beyond.
The main arena for the Fringe at Tramlines at Devonshire Green will feature a large stage and an enviable range of food and drink vendors. Curated by local legend Papa Al, the lineup aims to include a diverse range of music to suit all tastes.
Saturday headliners Jungle Lion are a frenetic 10-piece ska band with a long history of performances during the Tramlines weekend. Jungle Lion are joined by the outlandish Captain Avery, Romano Jilo (a local Romani dance group), Neighbourhood Voices (60 strong self-identifying choir singing alt-pop and indie covers), Blue Street Brass, LAIK and post-punk electronic sounds from Speed for Lovers. DJs on Saturday include Andy H, Ian Hodgson, Kom Kom, Broc Pastor and Dubcentral. The host for the day will be acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer, April Ess.
Sunday at Devonshire Green is headlined by Highway Child (soul, blues and funk classics) and the magnificent Sheffield Beatles Project, a supergroup of local musicians playing music from The Beatles. Also performing are Solar Love (reggae, dub, Latin), Tin Soldiers (15-piece festival band), alt-folk from Before Breakfast and chilled acoustic from Sheffield-based singer-songwriter Teah Lewis. DJs on Sunday include festival specialist Jimmy the Gent, Kat Sugi, Myna, Rob Cotterell, Aejazz Zee and Papa Al. The hosts for Sunday will be Penny and Johnny.
Papa Al, stage curator, said of this year’s Devonshire Green event: ‘‘The Fringe at Tramlines stage on Devonshire Green is going to be a monster this year and I really relish the chance to put some of the city’s finest musicians on the stage. With the Women’s Euros in town, and both footballers and supporters coming here, there’s an emphasis on women in music, with five female DJs playing over the weekend, a 60-strong female choir and some truly talented musicians gracing the stage.”
Following a big success last year with this format, The Peace Gardens will feature DJs across a multitude of music genres who are guaranteed to get people dancing. Hosted by Sile Sibanda of Radio Sheffield (who will also DJ), Saturday highlights include a set from Dorian Cox of The Long Blondes and an open deck event hosted by local music shop and music venue Record Junkee. Also featured are Herbal T & Mikki Revel from Bradford FM playing a smooth mix of reggae, dub and soul and Jesus Hairdo, former DJ from the famous ‘Brighton Beach’ club night. Also on Saturday are nON sTOP eROTIC cABERET with dark electro-pop and Manchester DJ/Producer Xariella Music.
Sunday will also feature Sile Sibanda and Record Junkee DJs whilst Henry Carlyle from The Orielles will play an indie-rock set and Emily Pilbeam will play the best unsigned, undiscovered music from across the region.
With so much musical entertainment being hosted across the city, Sheffield City Council have partnered with app developers Woov to create a brand-new mobile app that will include a comprehensive guide to everything that’s taking place over the weekend. The free app can be downloaded for both Android and Apple devices using the link woov.to/tramlinesfringe
PS: A free printed programme is currently being put together by yours truly and will be distributed across the city soon. If you have any listings or news that you’d like to get in there, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.