FESTIVAL NEWS: Family favourite films, 80s pop disco, woodland workshops, circus skills, arts collective and much more all set to feature at Tramlines Festival 2018


Tramlines Festival has revealed family friendly aspects of the festival as well as some new nightime entertainment for the three-day event. With earlier opening hours than before to accommodate more time for families, this year’s offerings include an expanded ‘Into the Trees’ area featuring, by day, a pop-up cinema, woodland workshops, circus skills, inclusive art collectives and, by night for older crowds, a tongue in cheek retro disco and more party DJs, ensuring that people of all ages have plenty of things to get up to across all days and nights of the festival.

The Intro The Trees area debuted at Tramlines in 2017 but returns for the 10th year in a larger setting courtesy of the site move to Hillsborough Park with a real focus on kids and family entertainment. Nestled in a section of the park surrounded by a ring of impressive trees, the area will come alive with twinkling lights and visually exciting decor. It’s here, by day, that families can find tailored programming to entertain the kids, and by night, the colourful party DJs come out to play for the festival’s later stayers, making Into The Trees an essential place to explore.

Friday will see the Sheffield-based Village Screen Presents bring a pop-up cinema to the festival screening family favourites and cult classics. By night, festival goers can look forward to Club Tropicana, which brings 80s pop, disco and timeless anthems all night long. With coloured Hawaiian shirts, free flower garlands, surprise confetti canons, flamingos, rubber ducks and much more, the dance floor will be a lively affair.

The pop-up cinema returns during the day on both Saturday and Sunday with a kids’ disco between films, but also comes the Responsible Fishing team who will invite kids into to their woodland workshop. Inspired by the natural landscape and using foraged materials of whatever they can find nearby, little hands can create beautiful transient artworks unique to Tramlines. This promises to be a relaxing space for visitors to reconnect with nature – with the added activity of gravity defying stone balancing!

Over both Saturday and Sunday at Tramlines, guests can runaway to the circus tent with Jamboree Arts to learn wobbly circus skills, from walking the tight wire to juggling and acrobatics, with circus artists and tutors on hand to turn novices into accomplished circus performers.

The Cool Beans Roadshow Mega DJ Party gear things up a notch at Into The Trees on Saturday night with an energetic, interactive and amusing hour of power from the hosting duo who are guaranteed to leave smiles on faces – think Vic & Bob with decks and a mixer! On Sunday night, the arts collective Fruit N Juice take charge with a focus on empowering and celebrating everything feminine and queer. Expect sounds from R&B to Kylie and everything in between.

Weekend tickets cost £79 plus booking fee and under 12s go for free. Tickets are available now from www.tramlines.org.uk.

Keep an eye out for further lineup announcements by following Tramlines on social ‘@tramlines’.


Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Craig David’s TS5,

Clean Bandit, Blossoms, De La Soul, Milburn

Jake Bugg, Shed Seven, Everything Everything, Reverend and The Makers, Tokio Myers, The Sherlocks, Stefflon Don, Mystery Jets, Rat Boy, Tom Grennan

Mabel, The Big Moon, Fickle Friends, The Magic Gang, Coasts, Rae Morris, Teleman, Pale Waves, Little Comets

Gengahr, Black Honey, Palace, Honeyblood, Nina Nesbitt, RedFaces, Flamingods, King No-One, The Orielles, Neon Waltz, Pins, Naaz, Sheafs, Her’s, Self Esteem, Bobii Lewis, Mullally, Bang Bang Romeo, Stereo Honey

Lily Moore, Feet, High Hazels, Oddity Road, Wulfman Fury, Patawawa, SeaMonsters

Extra entertainment: Everly Pregnant Brothers, Mr Motivator, Rhythm of the 90s

Comedy: Henning Wehn, John Shuttleworth, Bethany Black, Tom Stade, Tom Wrigglesworth, Jarred Christmas, Dana Alexander, Daisy Earl, Tanyalee Davis, FoxDog Studios, Barbara Nice, Dan Nightingale MC, Jonathan Mayor MC

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