Friday, April 14, 2023

Tramlines Festival 2023: Here’s What To Expect From The 15th Anniversary Of Sheffield’s Biggest Party

Soon to be taking Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park by storm from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July, Tramlines Festival have announced their highly anticipated 2023 line-up. Including headliners Richard Ashcroft, The Courteeners, and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, and with some 40,000 people expected to attend each day, the weekend is one music fans won’t want to miss. 

Let’s take a look at some of the artists confirmed to be playing on the accredited Sarah Nulty Main Stage this summer…

Earlier in the year, Tramlines began to reveal their first line-up announcement in the most authentically Sheffield way possible: by sending out miniature bottles of Henderson’s Relish in the post to addresses across the UK, revealing several of the artists’ names on their labels.

For those not acquainted with Sheffield’s pride and joy, affectionately known as Hendo’s, it can (although don’t repeat this to any Sheffielder) be compared to Worcestershire sauce, but just better… and so this creative way of teasing the line-up was a source, if you’ll excuse the pun, of great amusement for those who were lucky enough to receive them.

Some of the bigger names confirmed to be headlining the festival are Circa Waves, who are currently finishing up their UK tour of their newest album ‘Never Going Under’ which was postponed due to frontman Kieran Shuddal’s unexpected health issues, as well as Stockport-based pop band Blossoms and Leeds-born rock band Kaiser Chiefs, among many more familiar faces.

We can also expect some incredible up-and-coming artists too, such as Newcastle’s rising star Lizzie Esau who performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Coventry last year, and who released the powerful single ‘Stay on the Phone’, which promoted the importance of women’s safety, particularly on the streets at night.

Another relatively new artist predicted to cause waves is rock band Black Honey, a four-piece who formed in Brighton back in 2014. The band have recently released their third studio album ‘A Fistful of Peaches’ in March this year, and are currently touring across the UK with special guests The HowlersHeartworms and Bad Nerves.

October Drift, a British indie band from Somerset, who are also in the midst of their UK/EU tour, are set to play on the main stage on the Saturday. With shows that are characteristically high energy, we can safely say they will be a must-watch.

Boasting pop, rock, indie and alternative artists to name but a few, Tramlines is well and truly set to be an unforgettable weekend with phenomenal big music names and new rising talent alike. Aside from music on the main stage, though, The Open Arms will also host Speaker’s Corner, which aims to discover talented lyricists and poets with a passion for the spoken word, while the ever-popular Shaun Williams’ Barrioke will return to welcome an abundance of sing-along opportunities for those who fancy getting fully in the mood of the celebration.

Every year, as well as all the music, Tramlines also welcomes some of comedy’s finest. In 2023, we can expect acts from Ed ByrneZoe LyonsTom Wrigglesworth and Joel Dommett, among many more. Taking to T’Other Stage and kicking off in the afternoon each day, non-stop laughter is a guarantee.

With tickets selling out, as always, very quickly, head to the Tramlines 2023 Official Website or check out their Official Instagram for the full line-up and more information on how to secure yourself a place at Sheffield’s Biggest Party this summer!

Isobel Reeves


Image: Tramlines Festival 2023


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