Tramlines Festival unveils more artists and a packed lineup for its very own pub, The Open Arms

By Neil Greenway | Published: Wed 5th Apr 2023

around the festival site (Friday)

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2023
Hillsborough Park , 70 Broughton Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2AS, England MAP
£140 weekend, £15 (aged 5-12 years), £5 children under 4 years.
Daily capacity: 35,000
Last updated: Thu 6th Apr 2023

05 April 202

MORE MUSIC FROM:Mae Muller, Ella Henderson, Professor Green, Chappaqua Wrestling, The K’s, Bilk, Bonnie Kemplay, The Scottish Flys, Aziza Jaye, Alice Ede, Sarinity Jones, Kid Blu3


PLUS: Barrioke feat. Shaun Williams, Sing It Back, Musical Bingo, Tragedy, Hip Hop Karaoke, Shell Suit Cher Bingo, The Mariachis, Brasswurst, The Daniel Wakeford Experience, The Sound - A Celebration of the 1975, ABBA Party, Club Tropicana, Under The Stars.


AND ‘SPEAKERS CORNER’:Roqy Tyraid, Slambarz Takeover ft The 1 Devotion, Young Eman, 32 Offline, Omilea, W4nnjiro, Tiger, Nathanial Short, Keyz T.T., Aka Kelzz, Arielle, Cottingham, mui zyu, AFLO. The poet, Danaë Wellington, Sola, Tony Njoku, Wemmy Ogunyankin, Tai Ògún.



The 15th edition of Tramlines Festival, Sheffield’s Biggest Party, has just got bigger with the addition of even more music and quirky entertainment for the 2023 event. Taking place over three-days at Hillsborough Park, Sheffield from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July, this latest announcement also reveals the lineup of Tramlines’ very own pub, The Open Arms. Famed for its weird and wonderful acts and games, its ‘Speakers Corner’ bill of lyricists and spoken word artists curated by former Sheffield Poet Laureate Otis Mensah, and crowd-pulling DJ sets programmed by the Leadmill, there’s a lot more now in store for the celebratory event.

A whopping number of artists have already been announced for Tramlines 2023, which includes Richard Ashcroft, Courteeners, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Sugababes, the DMA’s and so much more. Artists leading this latest announcement include the UK’s 2023 Eurovision entrant, Mae Muller. Sam Ryder road blocked the second stage in his appearance last year so Mae Muller is expected to follow suit! Unfortunately the previously announced Beebadoobe can no longer play at Tramlines, fear not however, as organisers have added more chart-topping names including the outstanding voice of Ella Henderson, and Professor Green who’s back with a new EP later this year. The hotly tipped shoegaze-Britpop outfit Chappaqua Wrestling have also been added alongside even more scorching talent including indie rap punk three-piece, Bilk, The K’s, Bonnie Kemplay and Pattern & Push 2022 winner, Sarinity Jones.

The Open Arms stage has been an absolute hit with festival goers ever since its arrival in 2021 for its buzzing atmosphere and cabaret-style billing. Tramlines is thrilled to reveal the return of Shaun Williams’ Barrioke for 2023 which pulls in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. There will be sing-a-longs galore with Hip Hop Karaoke and Tragedy - Heavy Metal Bee Gees from NYC- games from Musical Bingo and Shell Suit Cher Bingo, world music from The Mariachis and German oompah band Brasswurst, and many more not-to-missed performances including, The Daniel Wakeford Experience, and the band born out of Sheffield’s disability arts charity, Under The Stars.

The Open Arms is also host to ‘Speakers Corner’, the only place on site to discover cutting edge lyricists, insightful poets and spoken word artists. Poet and hip-hop artist himself, Otis Mensah, is back to programme an exciting mix of talent that includes, San Diego rapper RoQy TyRaiD, a takeover from Sheffield’s urban lyricist competition Slambarz featuring The 1 Devotion and Young Eman, the caressing tones of Aka Kelzz, the emerging talents of poet Tai Ògún, Sheffield’s newest Poet Laureate, Danaë Wellington, and so much more.

Dominic Heslop, Co-founder of Slambarz said, “We are so grateful for the opportunity to showcase the incredible talent, charisma and artistry that our young musicians possess. At Slambarz we strongly advocate live performance to enhance the connection between artists, audience and the community. Tramlines is one of biggest music festivals in the UK, renowned for its colossal headline acts, diverse culture and exponent of grassroots musicians and we’re very happy to be involved.”

And if that wasn’t enough, The Open Arms will also stage party-starting DJ sets when some of Sheffield’s favourite club brands takeover. Expect to flex the vocal cords and do some serious shape-throwing when The Sound - A Celebration of the 1975, ABBA Party, and the Club Tropicana DJs take control of the sound desk. There ain’t no party like a Tramlines party!

Final tier tickets for Tramlines 2023 are selling fast. Saturday General Admission and Weekend Payment Plan tickets have completely sold out, with Weekend tickets not far behind. Saturday VIP tickets are down to the final few, and are expected to sell out in the next week. For those wanting to join Sheffield’s Biggest party, the advice is to move fast! A weekend ticket costs £140 (+ booking fee) while day tickets are available from £60+bf.

Over five stages of music, comedy and performance, a family friendly area packed with quirky things to do, the best festival food around, bespoke craft beer and ale, vintage clothes stores and roaming entertainment, there’s a lot to love about Tramlines. The 2022 festival was a sell-out so the advice is to buy asap before it’s too late!

Tramlines Festival 2023 Lineup - latest additions in bold


Richard Ashcroft

DMA’s, Bloc Party

Sea Girls, Circa Waves, The Enemy (Special Guests), Pale Waves

The K’s, Cian Ducrot, The Bug Club, Rachel Chinouriri, The Mary Wallopers, Deadletter, Dead Pony, Lizzie Esau, Rumbi Tauro, Amaroun, Jetski, Delilah Bon

COMEDY: Jonathan Pie, Scott Bennett, Raul Kohli, Myq Kaplin, Harry Stachini, Host: Jojo Sutherland

The Open Arms: Barrioke feat Shaun Williams, Sing It Back, Musical Bingo, The Sound - A Celebration of the 1975, Roqy Tyraid, Slambarz Takeover ft The 1 Devotion and Young Eman, 32 Offline, Omilea, W4nnjiro, Tiger, Nathanial Short, Keyz T.T.





Kate Nash, Katy B, Mae Muller, Spector, Red Rum Club

Stone, High School, Prima Queen, Chappaqua Wrestling, Modernlove

October Drift, Franz Von, Vivas, The Scottish Flys

(Special Guests) Everly Pregnant Brothers

COMEDY: Paul Smith, Tom Wrigglesworth, John Hastings, Matt Reed, Danny McLoughlin, Host: Jarred Christmas

Pattern+Push Pres: Coco, Deuxe, JxK, DJ Lamour, Aziza Jaye, Alice Ede, Sarinity Jones, Kid Blu3

The Open Arms: Tragedy, Hip Hop Karaoke, Shell Suit Cher Bingo, ABBA Party, Aka Kelzz, Arielle, Cottingham, AFLO. The poet, Danaë Wellington, Under The Stars



Paul Heaton and Jaquie Abbott

Kaiser Chiefs, Sugababes

Reverend and the Makers, Ella Henderson, The Zutons (Special Guests)

Professor Green, Black Honey, The Beths, Wunderhorse, Matilda Mann, Bilk, Bonnie Kemplay

Courting, Creeping Jean, Weekend Recovery, Philippa Zawe

COMEDY: Omid Djalili, Nina Gilligan, Tamer Kattan, Kazeem Jamal, Host: Emmanuel Sonubi.

The Open Arms: The Mariachis, The Daniel Wakeford Experience, Brasswurst, Club Tropicana DJ’s, Sola, Tony Njoku, mui zyu, Wemmy Ogunyankin, Tai Ògún



Photo Credit for Tramlines images: “Tramlines 2022 + Photographer” (as named on file)

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Event Info

Tramlines Festival 2023

Friday 21st– Sunday 23rd July

Hillsborough Park, Sheffield, S6 2AB

Tier 5 Weekend tickets from £140 + bf

Day tickets from £60 + bf

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Editor’s notes

-   The 14th edition of Tramlines was held on Friday 22nd July – Sunday 24th July 2022 at Hillsborough Park, Sheffield.

-   Tramlines is one of the UK’s longest running, city-based music festivals. It attracted 35,000 people daily in 2022.

- The lineup for Tramlines 2022 featured Sam Fender, Kasabian, Madness, The Wombats, The Vaccines, James, Declan McKenna, Sigrid, Becky Hill, Reverend and The Makers, Little Man Tate, Shed Seven, Self Esteem, The Coral, Sports Team, Inhaler, Jade Bird, Sam Ryder, Yard Act, Lottery Winners, Coach Party, Do Nothing, Working Men’s Club, Swim School, Pixey, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Kelis, Lady Leshurr, Scouting For Girls, Baby Queen, The Clockworks, Alfie Templeman, Crawlers, and comedy by Jason Manford, Russell Kane, Seann Walsh and more.

-    Tramlines first moved to Hillsborough Park in 2018 marking its first year on one greenfield site.

-   The 2017 edition of Tramlines took place across 3 outdoor stages – the Main Stage on Ponderosa Park, Stage 2 on Devonshire Green, and the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park.

-   Prior to this from 2009, Tramlines existed as a multi-venue festival mixing outdoor stages (as above) and city centre venues including the o2 Academy, the Leadmill, the Cathedral, Millennium Gallery, City Hall, Corporation, Queens Social Club and Yellow Arch Studios amongst others.

-   With the enormous diversity of music and activities on offer, it is amazing value for money.

-   Whilst there's no on-site camping at Tramlines, there's plenty of affordable accommodation in the city centre.

-   Sheffield is easily reached by the UK road and rail networks. Hillsborough Park is easily accessible by public transport.

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