Tramlines: The Free Stuff
At Tramlines, thousands of merry makers pour into the city centre seeking to catch international headline acts on the Main Stage, local bands on Devonshire Green’s Exposed In Session Stage, or even the calmer realms and acoustic stylings of the Folk Forest. However there’s also plenty offer in the way of community entertainment for those without wristbands.
A whole host of free events are scattered across the city, starting at The Peace Gardens with Smoke Barbecue, which is the hub of the community aspect of the festival. A diverse range of musical acts as curated by Musical Works will see international, national and local music take to the stage. Papa Al brings world music on Saturday, with his own flavour of soul, rumba, afrobeat and funk, and Gordon Masiala and Sheffield favourites Jungle Lion continue the international theme, serving up some much loved ska later on. Sunday sees the finale of the Dope ‘n’ Mean breakdance competition, as well as performances from emerging Sheffield musicians in the Stars Band. Smoke Barbecue are also providing a bucking bronco to go alongside their famed sticky ribs – we’d recommend keeping the activities in that order…
Elsewhere Barker’s pool will host street theatre supported by the National Fairground Archive, with the programme including old favourites and new acts that promise to entertain all ages, while the fairground will also return to Fargate to complete the inner city entertainment.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the Tramlines programme (also free from participating venues) for further details of free and fringe events.