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.
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:
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
Tramlines is becoming like Edinburgh festivals with lots of branches. Yellow arches having it’s own festival which charging for. There is music at Crucible corner, which according to this, is not classed as Tramlines.
With so much live music on offer at the Tramlines Fringe, it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s Pink Wafer’s rundown of Tramlines Fringe venues, along with our top picks for the weekend.
via Tramlines Fringe 2018: Venue Guide And Top Picks — Pink Wafer
In celebration of its Sheffield roots and to mark 10 years as the one of the UK’s biggest inner-city music festival, Tramlines has announced two collaborations with fellow Sheffield independents that are set to make the mouth water. In association with Abbeydale Brewery – one of Sheffield’s oldest family run-breweries – Tramlines has launched an […]
via Tramlines Festival – Signature IPA and Henderson’s Relish! — York Calling
A letter had been sent to my nephew’s parents asking them to try and get relatives from around the UK to send post to his school, to help them learn about UK. I have therefore sent him one from Sheffield.
I wrote a ‘jokey’ letter to Noel and published it. But since then, I have decided to post it to him! I do not know his address, so I have just put London on it. Let’s see how Royal Mail get on and whether I get a reply! I’m hoping to get an autograph at least!
Noel Gallagher; do you need accommodation for Tramlines festival?
Remembering, Oasis inspired beer from Sheffield’s Kelham Island Brewery, drank few months ago. Now less than 2 weeks until Noel in Sheffield for Tramlines.
Drank in Hillsbough tap, which has a moterbike suspended from the ceiling.