Words: Jason Siddall Pics: Phil Wright (All Rights Reserved)
Hillsborough Park 21st to 23rd July
Sheffield’s premier celebration of music and festivities came to a grand close on Sunday 23rd July, Tramlines Festival 2023 wrapped up its highly anticipated three-day event in Sheffield. With its reputation as one of the UK’s premier music festivals and despite some typical British weather, Tramlines once again lived up to its promise. It brought together a diverse lineup of artists across multiple stages, creating an unforgettable experience for thousands of attendees.
Tramlines Festival is proud to showcase upcoming and local talent. The Library Stage hosts a plethora of talented Sheffield artists, highlighting the city’s vibrant music scene, providing a platform for emerging musicians to gain exposure.
Day 1: Friday, July 21, 2023
The festival kicked off with an explosion of energy and enthusiasm as fans streamed into Hillsborough Park, the home of Tramlines. Richard Ashcroft performed a headline set on the Main Stage, putting on an electric performance. Lead singer Richard’s magnetic stage presence and timeless hits sent the crowd into a frenzy. Circa Waves had the crowd singing along, DMA’s put on a powerful performance and Sea Girls proved why they have been a UK festival favourite for a number of years.
Meanwhile, the T’Other Stage featured breakthrough acts like Pale Waves and Bloc Party, drawing substantial crowds and proving their worth on the festival circuit. The diverse range of genres on display allowed attendees to explore various musical styles and discover upcoming favourites.
Tramlines Competition winner Harri Larkin played a great set on the Library Stage.
Day 2: Saturday, July 22, 2023
Saturday saw an influx of festival-goers eager to continue the party. The day’s standout moments included powerful sets from The Courteeners and the Blossoms. Red Rum Club proved why they are one of the UK’s best breakthrough bands. Surprise of the day ‘ The Scottish Flies’ were revealed as Mc’Fly! Who wowed the Tramlines crowd with a set full of hits and nostalgia. On the Leadmill Stage, the indie-pop band Crystal Tides played a great set and local lads Vivas showed why they earned themselves a place on this stage with a fantastic opening set.
Day 3: Sunday, July 23, 2023
As the final day dawned, there was a bittersweet feeling among the festival-goers who wanted to savor every last moment and despite the weather the party rolled on. The day began with an energetic performance from the Zutons on the Main Stage. The Sugarbabes didn’t disappoint with a set full of hits, great vocals and a superb live band. Local legends Reverend and the Makers whipped the crowd into a frenzy with a set full of bangers.
Sunday also featured a fair share of nostalgia, with legendary acts like the Kaiser Chiefs and Paul Heaton taking the stage. Both bands proved that their music stands the test of time, with the crowd enthusiastically singing along to every word.
Ella Henderson put on an electric performance headlining the T’ other Stage.
Over on the Library Stage Charlotte Branson and her incredible band battled the inclement conditions. Charlotte proved that she is one of the UK’s premier breakthrough female vocalists.
Beyond the Music
Tramlines Festival 2023 not only offered an exceptional musical experience but also went the extra mile in providing a diverse range of activities to keep attendees entertained between sets. The festival grounds were dotted with food stalls offering an array of mouthwatering cuisines, from vegan delights to classic festival fodder. The Into the Trees area provided a range of arts and craft activities to keep families of all ages entertained. The Open Arms stage provided an eclectic mix of entertainment from the legendary Barrioke to Musical Bingo and Speakers Corner.
Tramlines Festival 2023 delivered on its promise of providing a musical extravaganza to remember. With its top-notch lineup, stunning performances, and seamless organization, it proved once again why it is regarded as one of the leading music festivals in the UK.
As the last notes echoed through Hillsborough Park, the euphoria of the past three days lingered, leaving festival-goers eagerly anticipating Tramlines Festival’s return in the coming year. If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that Tramlines will continue to be a staple in the hearts of music lovers for years to come.
Organisers of the festival are thrilled to announce that super early bird tickets are on sale for Tramlines 2024 (Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July) costing £89.50. Only an extremely limited number of tickets are available at this price from Monday 24th July at 6pm from www.tramlines.org.uk