It’s time to get tramming back to Sheffield!

Tim Wheeler of Ash, who are headlining the Tramlines Festival.
Tim Wheeler of Ash, who are headlining the Tramlines Festival.

Musicians are tramming-on with plans for Sheffield’s biggest annual free music festival – and have just announced another bumper line-up.

Tramlines 2011 takes place from July 22-24 and it promises to be the city’s biggest festival yet... with a headline show from indie-rockers Ash, plus performances from Ms Dynamite, Shy FX, The Futureheads and Toddla T.

While Northern Irish band Ash – who had huge hits with 90s indie anthems A Life Less Ordinary and Girl From Mars – are expected to wow the vast crowds on the city centre’s main stage, over 350 other acts will be entertaining at 70 venues around the city!

Last year 125,000 people flocked to town for the three-day free and “completely ticketless” event, with 65,000 in the centre for the Saturday night main gig.

This is the third year of Tramlines – which is now also billed as the “Free For All Festival” and has been described as the “Urban Glastonbury”.

It has already become a Sheffield institution in the music-lovers’ events calender.

As well as the customary main stage, world music events, new music stage and dance parties, new innovations this year include a Blues and Ale stage, and an Unannounced stage, while organisers have plans to squeeze in one another big stage into the centre.

Other notable acts among the big and up-and-coming names performing are Dananananaykroyd, Guillemots, Los Campesinos!, Rolo Tomassi and the Duke Spirit.

But with scores of Sheffield and South Yorkshire bands also on the line-up, the city’s smaller venues are all expected to be packed to the rafters.

According to the organisers, every available performance space in the city now has a full line-up.

Apart from the outdoor stages, main venues include the Leadmill, the Octagon and the Harley.

The festival’s chief booker Kate Hewett said: “There are dozens of bookers and promoters working on the many different aspects of the festival, as we want to showcase as broad a range of acts and genres as possible, right down to grass-roots level. We try to give festival-goers and local music fans a real sense of ownership in the event.

“Our aim is for the entire city to feel involved, and I think it’s this approach which really gives the festival its unique flavour. “

With three weeks to go to the event, organisers are still putting the finishing touches to the line-up.

To get the latest details – including gig times and full listings – visit the website at: www.tramlines.org.uk