Following the tragic passing of Festival Director, Sarah Nulty who died just weeks before the tenth edition of Tramlines, plans have now been confirmed for a permanent memorial to Sarah on Devonshire Green, the original main stage of the festival. A commemorative plaque will be embedded into the wall at the top of Devonshire Green, facing down towards the traditional site of the main stage. She will also be awarded with a Civic Award from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid.
Devonshire Green was the original Tramlines site back when it all first began in 2009. Festival organisers and council representatives have decided that this is the most fitting place for a memorial to Sarah.
In addition to the memorial plaque, The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid will be giving Sarah a posthumous Civic Award. Magid Magid said, ‘This is a very special honour. We use civic awards to recognise Sheffield heroes who do such valuable work in the city. Sarah was an incredible person who had a hugely positive impact on the city. She is the perfect candidate to receive this award.’
Timm Cleasby, a founder of the festival and the head of operations said, “It’s very important that there is a permanent tribute to Sarah in recognition of everything she put into the city. She was a massive fan and supporter of Sheffield’s creativity and independence. The positioning of the plaque at Devonshire Green is a poignant and fitting tribute. Sarah’s vibrancy and energy made her seem larger than life and it’s brilliant that she will be remembered for years to come. Hopefully her work will serve to inspire others in the future.”
Bands, organisers and attendees have been showing their support for Sarah by wearing ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts. Acts including, Reverend and the Makers, Milburn, Universal Tree, Bang Bang Romeo, Everly Pregnant Brothers and many more all paid tribute to Sarah during their performances. There was also a memorial video presented by Timm Cleasby and shown on big screens from the main stage on Sunday evening with the audience of thousands joining in with a minute’s applause for Sarah.
The ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts are on sale via the Drop Dead website with all profits (along with proceeds from ‘Nulty’s’ backstage bar) donated to Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care. Charity donations from the guestlist will be split between Weston Park Cancer Charity, Cavendish Cancer Care and Crohn’s & Colitis UK.