The Fringe at Tramlines to bring festival feel to city centre

Sheffield city centre will play host to music, entertainment and food and drink on 21 and 22 July, as The Fringe at Tramlines brings that festival feeling to the city centre.

Brought together by Sheffield City Council with funding from Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID), The Fringe at Tramlines will see key areas of the city centre turned into entertainment zones for the weekend, whilst buskers, street performers and circus acts will roam the streets.

Devonshire Green will be transformed into a family-friendly world music stage, curated by Alan Deadman and Young Music, Barkers Pool will be turned into a food, drink, craft and entertainment area with Yellow Bus Events, and the Peace Gardens will become a place to chill out in front of a big screen showing musical films and footage from previous Tramlines line-ups.

As well as the main The Fringe at Tramlines areas, bars and music venues across the city are signing up to be a part of The Fringe at Tramlines, each curating their own line-ups of artists and musicians over the weekend.

More details of events taking place at bars and venues will be released on www.sheffafter5.com/thefringeattramlines, join the Facebook event and keep an eye on #TheFringeAtTramlines for the latest news.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’ve developed a brilliant entertainment programme that continues the festival vibe across the city centre and offers something for everyone.

“The Fringe at Tramlines will perfectly showcase Sheffield’s vibrant city centre and fantastic local talent, from our buskers, circus performers, young musicians and local bands, to our craft ales, diverse street foods, and independent bars.

“And the Fringe programme is in perfect harmony with Tramlines in its new location. Festival goers can experience our buzzing city centre and locals without tickets can enjoy a great weekend of music, food and entertainment.”

The Fringe at Tramlines will be open to all, with entertainment and activities taking place during the daytime and into the evening on both Saturday 21 July, from noon to 9pm and Sunday 22 July, from noon to 7pm and some participating bars and clubs will run late in to the night.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “Tens of thousands of revellers visit Sheffield during Tramlines weekend, and with the festival itself moving to Hillsborough Park, we want to maintain the festival feel in the city centre.

“Thanks to The Fringe at Tramlines Sheffield doesn’t lose that Tramlines atmosphere during the weekend. The city centre will be alive with music and entertainment for all to enjoy for free. The Fringe at Tramlines will give businesses the opportunity to capitalise on the thousands of music fans visiting Sheffield.”

In 2018, Tramlines festival celebrates ten years in Sheffield, and has moved to a new home at Hillsborough Park. With tens of thousands of music fans expected in Sheffield, The Fringe at Tramlines will give festival goers something extra to enjoy as well as giving those without tickets to the festival the chance to soak up the atmosphere in the city centre.

Tramlines at Hillsborough Park will see Stereophonics. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5 headlining a line-up featuring the likes of Blossoms, Everything Everything and local lads Milburn, Reverend and the Makers, and The Sherlocks. Comedy will come from Henning Wehn, John Shuttleworth, Bethany Black and more.

Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nulty, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Sheffield City Council in the development of The Fringe. The city centre is an important part of the weekend, and it’s great to see the full programme of events. With our move to Hillsborough Park we are now seeing a city wide festival experience.”

There are still tickets available for Tramlines festival, buy tickets and see the full line-up at www.tramlines.org.uk. The Fringe at Tramlines at Devonshire Green, Barkers Pool and Peace Gardens is free to attend, for details of The Fringe at Tramlines events at bars and venues in the city centre, head to www.sheffafter5.com/thefringeattramlines.

Access the Facebook Event here.

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