Sheffield Tramlines 2018

One of the reasons people love Sheffield so much is the fact that you are never lost for something to do here. We feel it is the summer season that often brings out that feeling of “wow, this city is amazing.” There are a few reasons every year that those from far and wide tend to visit – and one big reason is Tramlines. This year is the festival’s ten-year anniversary – so we feel it really is time for a Sheffield Tramlines 2018 breakdown.

What we really love about Tramlines is the general ambience it creates around the city. Whether you have a wristband or are just passing through, the general air is filled with excitement and colour. Tramlines has moved to Hillsborough Park this year meaning the city centre will be a little quieter this time around, so it is great to have so many Tramlines Fringe events to keep it cheerful. For those of you who have student accommodation in Crookes, you will only be a stone’s throw away from the fun. If you are a bit further away, it is not too difficult to get to Hillsborough Park using the bus or by enjoying the sunshine and walking.

The festival is set to be truly brilliant – with a new comedy stage, a pop-up cinema and brilliant headliners. This year’s big names are Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Stereophonics and Craig David. A lovely selection for a big throwback to our younger days and eclectic enough to inspire some serious excitement. Supporting are a great selection of artists such as Clean Bandit, indie band Black Honey and Sheffield’s own Wulfman Theory. The new setting of Hillsborough Park means you now don’t have to walk too far to see more artists or find your friends and it is much easier to come up with a plan for the weekend.

Our Sheffield Tramlines Picks

We have hand-picked a selection of bands to watch (in order of time). This list makes up just a few choices of some of the bands we are excited to see – but we would love to hear your other suggestions too!

FRIDAY

The Big Moon:
When: 4:30
Where: Tramlines Stage
About: The Big Moon are an alternative/indie rock band from London. They are super cool and dreamy – and we think they are a great way to start the festival.

Everything Everything:
When: 5:30
Where: Tramlines Stage
About: Everything Everything are an art/indie rock four piece from Manchester. They are an interesting group who are perfect for the quirkier of us.

Stereophonics:
When: 8:30
Where: Tramlines Stage
About: Do Stereophonics really need any introduction? This rock band have been around since the early 90’s and are sure to be enjoyed by you – and your parents.

SATURDAY

Self Esteem
When: 3:30
Where: The Library Stage
About:  Self Esteem is made up of Rebecca Taylor, her band and their electro-pop with an eclectic edge. She is already known to mesmerise her audiences – so be prepared.

Wulfman Fury
When: 4:30
Where: The Leadmill Live Stage
About: Sheffield’s own Wulfman Fury are a garage/indie rock band who offer a mix of nostalgia with a contemporary and modern sound. They are worth a listen!

Neon Waltz
When: 6:30
Where: The Leadmill Live Stage
About: Neon Waltz are a Scottish band who are said to have a very bright future ahead of them. The cool evening slot will be the perfect accompaniment to their sombre Oasis-reminiscent tunes.

Honeyblood
When: 6:30
Where: The Library Stage
About: Honeyblood are a Scottish duo who will bring some exciting grunge-pop vibes to the festival. Their narrative-led songs carry messages of empowerment and distortion and are sure to send chills down your spine.

Clean Bandit
When: 8:15
Where: T’Other Stage
About: Clean Bandit are the electronic band you’ve all heard of. They are sure to draw in a strong crowd – and we can’t argue, they are probably one of the most festival friendly bands of the whole event.

OR

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
When: 8:30
Where: Tramlines Stage
About: Did you know that Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds is a band with Noel Gallagher in it? We would never have guessed! NGHFB are so popular post-Oasis because of their fusion of a range of genres and general British overtones. Who doesn’t want to see this band at least once?

friends at a sheffield festival

SUNDAY

The Seamonsters
When: 12:30
Where: T’Other Stage
About: The Seamonsters are a six-piece indie glitter band and another great act from Sheffield. You won’t want to miss this set for their interesting musical make-up and perfect summer vocals. So get there early!

Naaz
When: 2:30
Where: Tramlines Stage
About: Naaz is an artist from Holland with a genre of her own: ‘quirkpop.’ Just earlier this year she released her first EP Bits of Naaz and you won’t want to miss hearing it live.

Sophie and The Giants
When: 5:30
Where: The Leadmill Live Stage
About: Tramlines are again giving us a taste of the thriving local music scene with this Sheffield four-piece. Their playful retro pop is promising of a fantastic set and a lot of people are excited to see them live.

Black Honey
When: 6:30
Where: The Library Stage
About: Black Honey are a Brighton four-piece with a powerful indie shoe-gaze sound. They are a fun band to listen to due to their alternative edge and hypnotic melodies.

Craig David Presents TS5
When: 7:30
Where: Tramlines Stage
About: What a throwback! Craig David’s tour has got a great buzz and thousands of people are looking to rekindle their noughties love affair watching him perform. We won’t want to miss this one!

One thing we are yet to mention is the importance of checking out Tramlines’ delicious food options. Tramlines have said this year that there will be more food and drink available than ever before. There will also be lots of food for vegans, people with other dietary requirements and lots for the meat-eaters too. All the options sound delicious. Half the fun is sure to be in the food this year.

What about all the music and party events happening this weekend? There is an endless choice of venues and events to visit and by now you know that we’re going to pick a few…

Sheffield City Hall and NMC Live are again holding their all day event in the City Hall ballroom featuring a great range of alternative music. Or if you are looking for a night time event and are gutted about not having a ticket for Craig David’s garage-reminiscent set, you can head to the o2 Academy for Bluewave x Tramlines Official Afterparty for a garage night.

These are only a couple of the options for you to choose from, there are a range of pubs, bars and clubs you can go to for good music, drinks and conversation to ensure your Tramlines Festival weekend is one to remember for years to come.