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Tramlines 2018: What’s New?

As well as the big relocation to Hillsborough Park, with a total of four stages and fresh capacity of 40,000, here’s a list of some other big announcements for this year’s event.


Comedy Stage
Live comedy will be on offer for the first time in the festival’s history. The line-up includes headliner Henning Wehn, Sheffield’s own fictional singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth, “Britain’s only goth, lesbian, transsexual comedian” Bethany Black, Canadian and Mock the Week star Tom Stade, and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tom Wrigglesworth.

The Library Stage
Focusing on the best in emerging talent, this new stage has a stellar line-up including Rae Morris, Black Honey and Flamingods.

Expansion of Into the Trees
This sheltered area will be offering family entertainment throughout the day, including a pop-up cinema, circus skills and crafts. By night there’ll be an exciting bill of DJs to keep the party vibes going.

The Leadmill Stage
The famous local venue will be getting its own stage this year, with local ledge Jon McClure curating Sunday’s line-up.

Apply to Play
A new scheme announced this year gave emerging artists the chance to apply to play the festival. The chosen acts were Imi, Kadija Kamara, Little Grace, Polo, Saint Petersburg, The Golden Age of TV and Universal Tree. Look out for them across the four stages this weekend.

Local traders
There’ll be a stronger emphasis on showcasing local traders at the festival this year. Organisers have hand-picked a variety of quality food and ale stalls (keep an eye out for the official Tramlines brew in collab with Abbeydale Brewery) to satisfy every possible craving going.


Keep an eye on our dedicated Tramlines section of our website over the weekend for news, reviews and features. 




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