The Courteeners, Richard Ashcroft and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott headline
Dale Maplethorpe
11:13 3rd February 2023

If you’re a local to Sheffield then no doubt you will have heard of Tramlines. It’s a festival that has been a lot of fun to watch grow over the past decade and a half. Starting in the city centre for free with small bands gracing the stage, it’s now welcoming acts that sell out arenas. Last year saw the likes of Kasabian and Madness headline and now, Tramlines is back, and it’s bigger than ever. 

The first round of acts was announced on Tuesday and it’s clear the festival is not keen on slowing down on the positive trajectory that it’s been riding for the past few years. Headliners include Richard Ashcroft, The Courteeners and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. In July they are all going to be heading to Hillsborough Park to bring classics to the masses amongst a midst of bucket hats, plastic bottles of wine and good times.

The headlines don’t stop at the headliners though as throughout the weekend other large acts are going to be coming and going bringing big tunes and get down. DMA’s, Blossoms, Sugababes, Bloc Party and Blossoms(to name a few) will be there, amongst smaller up and coming bands and comedians.  

This is a festival that delivers year upon year. Forever forward thinking in scale, how it can entertain the 40,000 that attend and how they can immerse fans in the full experience from start to finish. This doesn’t just mean for the weekend but for the full build up too. They did this recently by sending out small bottles of Henderson’s Relish to addresses across the UK which revealed the names of different acts on them. The General Manager Matt Davies commented saying, “normally, we’re quite good with secrets, but we got a bit too excited about the line-up for this year’s Tramlines. Sorry about that.”

A number of tickets for the festival have already sold with more becoming available today. Tramlines is an indie festival of fun, one which is easy to get too and who’s punters don’t take themselves too seriously. A summer smash showing no signs of slowing.

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