FESTIVAL NEWS: Folk Forest expands for Tramlines 2016

The Folk Forest returns to Endcliffe Park for its sixth year as part of Tramlines Festival. Organised by Regather in partnership with Tramlines, The Folk Forest offers a popular opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the City Centre, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere and stunning river and woodland location.


Grants from the Arts Council England and Sheffield Year of Making have enabled The Folk Forest – dubbed a “festival within a festival” by enthusiasts – to expand this year, with a programme of music, food, beer, art, craft and poetry stretching all the way from Hunters Bar up the Porter Valley to Shepherds Wheel.

Cross over the Porter Brook into the beautiful Endcliffe Glade and discover the Folk Forest Stage, featuring a genre-spanning lineup of acclaimed acts including Field Music, Marika Hackman, C Duncan and Teleman, alongside Sheffield favourites The Big Eyes Family Players, and duo Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay, plus many more.

Representing Sheffield’s world famous real ale and craft beer scene, the newly-formed Sheffield Brewery Co-Op will be hosting a beer tent, alongside top quality independent food retailers from across Sheffield.

Meanwhile, in the other field, the free-entry, family-friendly Folk Forest Fair will be back, bigger and better than ever, featuring a second music stage, extensive art & craft market, forest school, new games and loads more for all the family, plus an expanded heritage crafts area offering opportunities to ‘have a go’ with materials like wood, metal and leather under the guidance of the region’s finest crafts people.

Workshops will be less than two hours long and provide something creative and a bit different during the Tramlines weekend. Visit www.folkforest.net for more details of how to book.

Take a short stroll to explore the picturesque Porter Valley up to Shepherd’s Wheel and enjoy an exciting programme of storytelling, music and poetry Scott Russell from Heritage Songs and Sheffield’s leading poets – all inspired by the trees and people of Sheffield.

Meanwhile, the team from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity and Tramlines 2016’s official charity partner, will be spending the weekend at the Folk Forest, where they’ll be putting on a variety of activities. These will include an immersive virtual reality experience, a drawing competition for children, and an installation that challenges people to think about what home means to them.

Tramlines Festival Director Sarah Nulty says:

Shelter has a long-standing connection to Sheffield, which is the home of its free, national helpline, and we’re delighted to be able to support their vital work helping millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support, and legal services.

www.thefolkforest.net | www.regather.net | www.tramlines.org.uk


Tramlines 2016 Lineup So Far …

Dizzee Rascal / Catfish and the Bottlemen / George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic / Jurassic 5 / Kelis

Basement / Big Narstie / Craig Charles / Crazy P Soundsystem / The Crookes / The Dandy Warhols / David Rodigan / Dawn Penn / DJ Hype & IC3 / Dub Phizix & DRS / Eliza and the Bear / The Enemy / Everly Pregnant Brothers / Field Music / Gaz Coombes / Goldie / Hinds / Inheaven / Jack Dat / Jane Weaver / Kate Jackson / Kiko Bun / Leon Vynehall / Little Comets / Little Simz / Machinedrum & Ragga Twins / Mica Levi (DJ) / Marika Hackman / Medlar / Moon Duo / The Mouse Outfit / Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi / My Nu Leng & Dread MC / Mystery Jets / Norman Jay MBE / Nordic Giants / Novelist / Paranoid London / Public Service Broadcasting / Quantic / Robert Hood Presents Floorplan / Skream / Steve Davis (DJ) / Teleman / Toddla T Takeover / Young Fathers

Agbeko / All We Are / Andy H / Amy Becker / ArcTanGent DJs / Ardyn / Arnivore / Aztec Doll / Banana Hill / Bang Bang Romeo / Beaty Heart / Bernard and Edith / Big Eyes Family Players / The Black Lagoons / Blessa / Blood Sport / Bluewave / Boddika / Capo Lee / Caroline Francess / Cervo / C Duncan / Clay / Coco / Cowtown / Daniel Whitehouse / Dan Mangan / Da Rico / Deep Space Orchestra / Dego / Denham Audio / Denis Sulta / Dialects / DMK / Ekkah / Emily May / Emma Crowder / Es.Q / exmagician / Fleetmac Wood / FOES / Frazer / Future Wildstyle / FYI Chris / Gett Off / Global Roots Soundsystem / Ginger Tom / Goat Head / Gramercy Park / Gwenno / High Hazels / Holly Macve / Holy Esque / Hot Diamond Aces / The Hot Soles / Jasper James / Jayskilatah / Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay / JVC / K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade / King Capisce / Kuenta i Tambu / Last Japan / Laura J Martin / LEVELZ /

Living Body / Loam / Logan Sama / LOR / Lo Shea / Lusts / Madam X / Marquis Hawkes / Matrixxman / Meilyr Jones / Miles From Kinshasa / Mt Wolf / Mumdance B2B Pinch / Napoleon IIIrd / NARCS / Nice Like Rice / North Adolescence / Pareidolia / Pedram / Perc / Pixx / Plenty Vibes / P Money / Pure Bathing Culture / Randall / Real Talk / Reflector / Rev. Austin / Revolver 50th Anniversary Performance / Rita Maia / Roseau / Rukhsana Merrise / Rye Wax / Saif Mode / Scuba / Silver Wilson / Sir Spyro / Sly & the Family Drone / The SSS / The Stars Band / Souljam / Ste Roberts / Sticky Blood / Suited & Booted Dancehall Brotherz / Sundara Karma / Thomas Truax / Throws / Tom Trago / Toucans / Trash / True Fiction / Unit 3 / Velocity Brown & the Hotrods / Yndi Halda / Zed Bias B2B Paleman / Zuzu


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