15 June 2018

As the 10th anniversary of Tramlines draws closer, details have been released of the city centre’s free outdoor events which form ‘The Fringe at Tramlines’, presented by Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID).

The Fringe at Tramlines takes place on 21 and 22 July with performances from local acts, global music, young artists, film screenings, and the University of Sheffield will bring theatre to the streets.

Devonshire Green will play host to The Fringe Stage, a continuation of the events which previously took place in the Peace Gardens. On Saturday the line-up is curated by Sheffield global music enthusiast, Papa Al with a distinctly global flavour whilst on Sunday, Live Core Events bring a selection of young and hotly tipped acts.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said:

“Tramlines weekend is one of the busiest in Sheffield’s calendar, so as the main festival moves to Hillsborough we’re thrilled to continue the festival vibe in the city centre for our residents, visitors and businesses.

“This year’s free stage at Devonshire Green, promises an exciting line-up with a diverse range of musical performers from rappers and SKA bands to X Factor finalists and all female rock bands. The Fringe at Tramlines provides the perfect stage to highlight Sheffield’s brilliant local talent and give visiting acts the chance to experience the kind of warm welcome you’ll only find in Sheffield.”

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said:

“The Fringe at Tramlines is showcasing Sheffield musicians and giving local, upcoming acts a platform to reach new audiences. With line-ups featuring bands which take inspiration from around the world, The Fringe is a celebration of Sheffield as a diverse, welcoming and vibrant city.

“The Fringe will also give the city centre a festival feel and provide businesses with an opportunity to capitalise on thousands of music fans descending on the city centre.”

Saturday’s line-up, brought to you by Papa Al, presents a host of local lively acts with a global influence and plenty of energy including Jungle Lion, Mango Rescue Team, Forefathers, Tixxy Bang and Captain Avery and The Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace.

Papa Al said:

“After nine great years in the Peace Gardens we’ve moved up to the dizzy heights of Devonshire Green. My Saturday programme will feature a mostly Sheffield based line-up with a distinctly global flavour.

“Performing on the day will be rappers, dancers and some fantastic bands.  There’s so much exciting music being created in Sheffield and it’s not just indie bands, I can’t wait to see the stage in full effect in July.”

Jungle Lion performing at the World Stage in the Peace Gardens
Jungle Lion performing at the World Stage in the Peace Gardens

Sheffield based social enterprise Live Core Events (formerly Young Music) are providing the programming for Sunday. Their focus is on local talent and emerging bands from across the UK.

Highlights include Holly Tandy (a 17 year old X-Factor finalist from Barnsley), Syteria (female fronted rock band), Caroline Francis and the Lights (Exposed Magazine’s best unsigned artist of 2017) and Kane’d (powerhouse rock band fronted by Sisters Steph, Stacey and Chez). Also performing on Sunday is the aptly named Sundance, a local indie band fronted by Harry Walker, hotly tipped for big things.

Natalie Beard, Managing Director of Live Core Events CIC, said:

“Sunday’s line-up will focus on showcasing some of the UK’s best upcoming artists. With a mainly local line-up and a few favourites from further afield there will be something for everyone.

“It’s our first gig with Holly Tandy since before she entered the X Factor competition, so it’ll be great to have her back in Sheffield, along with Welsh rock band Kane’d, who we’ve been dying to bring back since they played here in 2014. Our local crowd loved them and we can’t wait for them and all the other acts to bring the noise!”

X Factor finalist 2017, Holly Tandy
X Factor finalist 2017, Holly Tandy

Full line-up for The Fringe Stage at Devonshire Green

Saturday acts:
Jungle Lion, Mango Rescue Team, Rogue Siesta, Lornah Stewart, Tixxy Bang, INK Dance, Forefathers, Romano Jilo Dancers, Captain Avery and the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace, J.Kas, Vain Dolls, Unscene, Dan Loops, Alfie Wright, Blue Street Brass and Angelina Dance Troupe.

Sunday acts:
Holly Tandy, Syteria, Kane’d, Fahran, Chayser, Caroline Francess & The Lights, Sundance, Lizzie Goddard and Harriet Rose Grant.

Timings will be listed on the Facebook event page and event website at www.sheffafter5.com/thefringeattramlines.

The Fringe at Tramlines will also feature musical film screenings at The Peace Gardens, ‘The Boulderers’, a street performance fusing dance, parkour and bouldering, street theatre presented by Professor Vanessa Toulmin from The University of Sheffield, roaming circus performers and busker points dotted on the trail from Sheffield station into the city centre.

For stage times, official fringe venues and updates on The Fringe at Tramlines look out for the official programme published by Exposed Magazine, join the official Facebook event page and keep your eye on the event webpage at www.sheffafter5.com/thefringeattramlines.