Sarah Nulty to receive posthumous award for Outstanding Contribution to Festivals

Sarah Nulty, co-founder and director of Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival, will be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals award at next month’s prestigious UK Festival Awards in London. 

Sarah joins an illustrious group of individuals including Michael Eavis (Glastonbury founder), Rob Da Bank (Bestival founder) and Fiona Stewart (Green Man founder). This award is considered to be the highest accolade for any individual working in the UK Festival industry. Sarah passed away aged 36 just weeks before Tramlines’ 10th birthday earlier this year following a short illness.

Earlier this year, she also received a Civic Award from The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid after a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the original home of Tramlines’ main stage, Devonshire Green.

Lord Mayor Magid Magid and close friend and colleague of Sarah’s Timm Cleasby | Marc Barker Photography

First arriving in Sheffield in 1999 as a student, Sarah soon got involved in the local music industry, managing venues and running events. In 2009, she was a fundamental part in the founding of Tramlines and later became the director of the festival in 2013.

Tramlines operations director Timm Cleasby said: “We are all so proud that Sarah has received this hugely deserved award. To be recognised by the UK Festival Awards for all her hard work, drive and determination, is a true honour to her memory, and to the legacy she’s left behind in Tramlines.”

In announcing this award, Michael Baker of the UK Festival Awards said: “The legacy Sarah leaves behind is in Tramlines, the festival industry, and the inspiration and encouragement she’s given to young women who aim to follow in her footsteps. Her work across Sheffield spanned nearly two decades and led to massive benefits to the city.”

Read more: Sarah Nulty memorial unveiled on Devonshire Green | Image credit: Simon Butler

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