The Fringe at Tramlines: what to expect

The city centre will be brimming with Fringe events on 21 & 22 July
The city centre will be brimming with Fringe events on 21 & 22 July

As Tramlines celebrates its 10th birthday and also makes its move to Hillsborough Park later this month, Sheffield city centre will be hosting various live music events, in an effort to complement the festival, and to bring that ‘festival feel’ into the city.

Across the weekend of 21 and 22 July, Tramlines Events Ltd, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) and the University of Sheffield are working in partnership to support the thriving weekend festival, and will be providing family friendly outdoor music, films and activities under The Fringe At Tramlines brand.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “We know that Sheffielders look forward to Tramlines weekend every year and in line with the festival’s tenth anniversary celebrations we’ve developed a fantastic free event programme with The Fringe at Tramlines.

“We’re moving the popular free music stage to Devonshire Green and transforming our beautiful Peace Gardens in to an open-air cinema for all the family. We’ve planned the perfect mix of musical films to get Fringe festival goers toe-tapping, dancing and singing along to classic musical songs from Moana and Sing to Annie and Hairspray, with arguable favourite Grease headlining Sunday’s films.

“The University of Sheffield have put together a host of versatile performers to entertain visitors in Barkers Pool and throughout the city centre, with quirky theatrical displays, humorous acts, a roaming circus and music from the street. It’s certainly going to be entertaining.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “With the Peace Gardens open air cinema, entertainment at Barkers Pool and music on Devonshire Green, the BID hopes thousands of music fans will visit the city centre to enjoy food, drink and music with their families at The Fringe At Tramlines.”

All events are free to enter. Attendees at Devonshire Green and the Peace Gardens will NOT be admitted on site with any glass bottles or cans. However, drinks can be decanted in to plastic cups, which will be provided at the entrances. This is to ensure everyone's safety.

Timings

Devonshire Green

Saturday 12pm – 9pm & Sunday 12pm – 7pm

Here you’ll find The Fringe Stage, home to a family-friendly area, which will be highlighting the best of world music and local emerging talent. From the likes of Blue Street Brass, and Jungle Lion, The Fringe Stage will be pumping out the good vibes throughout the weekend. It’ll be free to enter, however no glass will be permitted on site. See the full line-up here.

Peace Gardens

Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday 11am – 7pm

A more laid-back area, the Peace Gardens will be kitted out with a 33m² big screen, showing musical films and footage of Tramlines from over the years.

On top of this, there’ll also be performances from The Boulderers, performing feats of parkour and demonstrating their bouldering skills throughout the day. Click here for the full programme of events at Peace Gardens.

Barkers Pool

Saturday 12pm - 7pm (catering from 11am) & Sunday 12pm - 5pm (catering from 11am)

Head to Barkers Pool for a change of scenery and you’ll find the very best street performers doing their thing in and amongst the crowds. You’ll also find various food stalls, craft stalls, a series of rides and a small bar area, so you can take in the festival atmosphere sipping on a cold one. Presented by The University of Sheffield. Programmed by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, founder of National Fairground Archive. Click here for the full Barkers Pool line-up.

Sheaf Square & Howard Street

Here you’ll find a series of busker stations, where Sheffield’s finest will be sound-tracking your walk through the city centre. 

For further event information including programme and performers please visit www.sheffafter5.com/thefringeattramlines or www.exposedmagazine.co.uk. You can also have a gander at Exposed's definitive guide to The Fringe at Tramlines here.

All events are free to enter. Attendees at Devonshire Green and the Peace Gardens will NOT be admitted on site with any glass bottles or cans. However, drinks can be decanted in to plastic cups, which will be provided at the entrances. This is to ensure everyone's safety.

Parking in the city centre over the festival weekend? Make use of our 'Sound as a Pound' scheme. More information here.