Welcome to the Tramlines Fringe!

It’s set to be another bonanza year at The Tramlines Festival with some of the biggest acts to have ever graced the event hitting the main stages during the weekend of July 21-23. But there’s even bigger news afoot: for this year, The Fringe has its own official programme. 

And there’s good reason, we’ve so much going on in and around Sheffield city centre this year that when you want to get away from the main arenas, there’s still plenty to keep you dancing.

Highlights include CODE’s massive outdoor rave featuring Hot Since 82, Solardo, wAFF and Jhonsson. The location is top secret but keep your eyes on CODE Exposed Magazine’s social media feeds and all will be revealed.

Other stand out events include the Kabal all-dayer outside Plug on Saturday that is a mainstay of the festival; inside on Friday it’s live bands all day and then an almighty Propaganda sesh in the evening. We also like the look of the Crystal stage line up again this year: Sunday looks especially awesome with Faerground Accidents rounding things off at 10pm.

For those who like a more refined Tramlines experience, there’s the Jazz Stage at Leopold Square which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-9m and features the likes of Nicola Farnon, Dizzy Club and Papa Soul. Meanwhile, Orchard Square (just over the road) is eschewing live music altogether for a pop up street food event and big screen showing of Grease on Saturday evening. “Wella Wella Wella Huh,” indeed!

Elsewhere, the ever-changing Moor area of Sheffield is turning itself into a double headed monster for the weekend. They’ve two stages this year you see, showcasing talent from across the country in what is sure to be one of the city’s hotspots.

Everly Pregnant Bros are back at The Fat Cat for their regular Tramlines special alongside a line-up that includes Emily Jane Stancer while the Reverend himself, Jon McClure will round off Sunday at Soyo with a DJ set. Hell, even snooker ledge Steve Davis is DJing at The Picture House Social on Friday at 11pm.

And with a packed weekend of live music action from places as diverse as Tiger Works, Shakespeares, Record Junkee and Head of Steam, and acts such as Caroline Francess, Kong and Dave Woodcock & the Dead Comedians all on the bill, there really is something for everyone at The Fringe this year.

Don’t forget you can keep in touch with what’s going on at the main festival with all of Tramlines social media channels, while Exposed Magazine will be keeping you up to date with all things Fringe.

Watch out for the Tramlines Times, the festival’s daily newspaper, which comes out each morning too with all the latest reviews, news, interviews and updates and also makes a rather handy protective hat should it start to rain.

See you on the other side, people.

Check out the official programme here online with Exposed Magazine, or get your hands on your very own copy around the city.

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