Following the tragic passing of Festival Director, Sarah Nulty who died just weeks before the tenth edition of Tramlines, plans have now been confirmed for a permanent memorial to Sarah on Devonshire Green, the original main stage of the festival. A commemorative plaque will be embedded into the wall at the top of Devonshire Green, facing down towards the traditional site of the main stage. She will also be awarded with a Civic Award from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid.
Devonshire Green was the original Tramlines site back when it all first began in 2009. Festival organisers and council representatives have decided that this is the most fitting place for a memorial to Sarah.
In addition to the memorial plaque, The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Magid Magid will be giving Sarah a posthumous Civic Award.
Councillor Magid said: “This is a very special honour. We use civic awards to recognise Sheffield heroes who do such valuable work in the city. Sarah was an incredible person who had a hugely positive impact on the city. She is the perfect candidate to receive this award.”
Timm Cleasby, a founder of the festival and the head of operations, said: “It’s very important that there is a permanent tribute to Sarah in recognition of everything she put into the city. She was a massive fan and supporter of Sheffield’s creativity and independence. The positioning of the plaque at Devonshire Green is a poignant and fitting tribute. Sarah’s vibrancy and energy made her seem larger than life and it’s brilliant that she will be remembered for years to come. Hopefully her work will serve to inspire others in the future.”
Richard Eyre – Sheffield City Council’s Head of Major Events, said: “It was great to see Sarah come on board with the festival when it was first conceived and develop into the role of Director. I was personally inspired by her passion and her vision. She had a fantastic calming influence on everyone and never seemed flustered by the issues that arose in the running of a festival. It’s totally fitting that the city pay tribute to Sarah’s work in the local music industry and I look forward to seeing the memorial in place at Devonshire Green.”
The 10th edition of Tramlines has been a huge success with up to 30,000 people attending over the weekend. The new site at Hillsborough Park has proved to be the perfect location for Sheffield’s much-loved festival.
Bands, organisers and attendees have been showing their support for Sarah by wearing ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts. Acts including, Reverend and the Makers, Milburn, Universal Tree, Bang Bang Romeo, Everly Pregnant Brothers and many more all paid tribute to Sarah during their performances. Sunday headliner, Craig David, spoke about Sarah during his show and encouraged the audience to sing along with one of his tracks in her honour. He later posted the following tweet.
‘Thank you everyone @tramlines festival today you were absolutely amazing! Thank you Sarah Nulty for creating such an amazing festival & may you rest in peace knowing that you’ve brought so many people together and your legacy will live on. ’
There was also a memorial video presented by Timm Cleasby and shown on big screens from the main stage on Sunday evening with the audience of thousands joining in with a minute’s applause for Sarah.
The ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts are on sale via the Drop Dead website with all profits donated to Weston Park Cancer Charity, Cavendish Cancer Care and Crohn’s & Colitis UK. All guestlist charity donations and profits from the backstage ‘Nulty’s’ bar also went to these causes.