Tramlines 2018 photos

The park was transformed.

Predictably I still adore Noel Gallagher.

Loved seeing Shed7 and Stereophonics again.

Stereophonics Wanna Get Lost with you’

Shed 7 Chasing Rainbows 🌈

I went in the park each of three days of festival as evidenced by getting a bag check tag for every day.

Sure the fringe would have also been enjoyable, but the only bit of Fringe that got to was seeing PJ One Drop on Saturday at the Horse and Jockey in Hillsborough.

As never left Hillsborough the tram strike was not a problem.

Ate tempura prawns 🦐 and chips 🍟 in the Park. Saturday in the park had Frenchie Poutine; from Gravy train. Sunday night an excellent curry in newly reopened, under new management Indian in Hillsborough behind Hillsborough Park tram stop.

Plenty of sun but, not intense heat of recent weeks which may not have been pleasant to sit in for extended periods.

All, in all a fantastic weekend in Hillsborough.

Sheffield City of Seven Hills: Annual July Culture

In addition to Tramlines in July, for the last 4 or 5 years, local aspiring performers have come together to perform in Sheffield’s theatres a specially developed play with Sheffield stories. The show that I saw tonight, will be performed tomorrow and Saturday night.

It is a rich story. Possibly a little too ambitious, with all that was crammed in which distracted from it’s coherence. In echos of Everybody is Talking about Jamie there was a Transgender character in addition to a vicar, a ghost and asylum seekers. In all but name the opening of Sheffield’s Ikea store was commentated apart from it was called, Skandi.

There annual plays are certainly interesting and a great opportunity for locals; making it a worthy July tradition to continue.

Sheffield Tramlines and trams

Tramlines gets it’s name from the city’s teams. This year Tramline’s main stages are further from the city centre than they have ever been, in Hillsborough Park. Teams run across the front of the park. At one corner of the park there is Hillsborough park tram stop and at the other corner Leppings Lane tram stop. Teams provide a smooth journey. They are reliable. They are more direct than the buses and you can get from Hillsborough Park to the city centre in 15 – 20minutes. The fringe stages in Devonshire green and Peace gardens are just a couple of minutes walk from a tram stop. There is a tram stop at the train station for anyone arriving by train. Other fringe venues are the pubs along West Street, which the tram runs down.

It is a great weekend to showcase Sheffield’s trams. On the other hand taking industrial action (striking) this weekend really highlights the cause. There is due to be strikes on all 3 days of the festival by members of the Unite union who would like pay to rise by 50p per hour. Currently the offer is 26p per hour raise.

As it is just one union involved with strikes them between 7am and 7pm on the three days there will be a limited service serving some stops at intervals of about 30minutes rather than the usual 5-10minutes. Often to accommodate special events like big concerts and at Sheffield arena, extra teams are provided and the workers manage to efficiently get thousands of people from the arena back to the city centre, using well established processes. Instead at the end of Tramlines anyone wanting to get back to the city centre has to find a taxi or face the unknown quantity of buses laid on by the council. The journey back to the city centre will cost £3 and no passes will be accepted so everyone adult or child has to pay £3. Bearing in mind normally, a day tram saver costs £4 and for that you can if you want spend all day on trams.

Luckily on the Saturday, to be sure of seeing Noel Gallagher perform, I do not intend to leave Hillsborough and I’m in walking distance of home at the end of the night.

Rocco, Sheffield

The courtyard is beautiful in the sun. When I was in the sliding doors were open; their size means that when shut the cafe will bright.

I have walked past many times and the rooftop garden sounded very glamorous. Perhaps I was too hyped by the rooftop garden and that caused disappointment. It was big and looked too empty. There were plants but, I think it needed more foliage; more like the rooftop garden at South bank that I recently visited would be better. Also, it was not as high as I expected from walking past the front of the building. The garden is at the back of the building and this being, hilly Sheffield the back is not as high up as the front of the building.

Good hot chocolate and Turkish delight cake.

Tramlines Latest

Hillsborough Park continues to be prepared.

The Exposed programme which lists fringe events, is now out. It is very comprehensive featuring a range of venues and one section listed by artist name and another section each pub by day. However, still there is more pubs offering music than, in the programme.

I picked a paper copy up from Rocco but, there should be copies in other pubs and cafes. It is also available online:

Fringe prog

I believe there is still a few tickets left for the paid part of the festival which has s break stages. So basically, there is a lot of music everywhere in Sheffield if the coming weekend. I feel spoilt for choice and there are times, I could do with being in two places at once over the weekend.

Here are some other listings, that I have seen:

At the Beehive

At the Mulberry