Tramlines Festival, Sheffield’s Biggest Party is over the moon to finally reveal the 2023 lineup. Richard Ashcroft, The Courteeners, and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will headline The Sarah Nulty Main Stage in the celebratory 15th edition of the three-day event at Hillsborough Park, Sheffield from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July. Also amongst the first lineup announcement are: Blossoms, DMA’s, Kaiser Chiefs, Sugababes, Bloc Party, Beabadoobee, Kate Nash, Katy B, Sea Girls, Pale Waves, special guests The Enemy and The Zutons plus many more, including the full comedy lineup featuring Omid Djalili, Jonathan Pie and Paul Smith. Day tickets will now go on sale plus the FINAL batch of Weekend tickets on Friday 3rd February at 12pm and are available from www.tramlines.org.uk.
Tramlines, which welcomes 40,000 music lovers and families daily to its mix of music, art, comedy and performance, managed to keep the 2023 headliners under its hat until cheeky miniature bottles of Henderson’s Relish arrived in the post at addresses across the UK, revealing several artist’s names on its label! General Manager Matt Davies from the Sheffield-based company (the northern rival to the Sauce-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named) said, “The recipe for Henderson’s Relish has been kept under lock and key for over 130 years. Normally, we’re quite good with secrets, but we got a bit too excited about the line-up for this year’s Tramlines. Sorry about that.”
The appearance of Richard Ashcroft will be bringing down the Main Stage curtain on Friday night, followed by The Courteeners’ return on Saturday in a historic year where the band’s classic debut album, St Jude, went to number one in the album charts, 15 years after its original release. The Sunday headline slot is always a special one, and who better to host it than the infallible duo, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.
On the launch of Tramlines 2023, Operations Director and a man who has been involved since the very beginning, Timm Cleasby said, “This year’s lineup is a cracker with some awesome names and, as always, there’s more than just music with loads to do, see and get involved with. My personal must-sees this year are Kate Nash, Rachel Chinouriri, Rumbi Tauro, Sugababes, the funny Paul Smith, and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. To quote our much-missed friend Sarah, “I Just want to have a massive party with all my friends”. The turns are booked, the party’s on and you’re all invited. It can’t come soon enough”.
Spanning rock, pop, indie and alternative – and with even more musical diversity to come in future announcements – festival goers can stomp the festival site to find their all-time favourites or discover something new. There are bands in abundance in this first phase including; local Yorkshire lads, the Kaiser Chiefs, who’ve promised a new album will drop this year; Manchester favourites Blossoms; the BRIT Award winning Sugababes, and Australia’s DMA’s in a much anticipated appearance after Tramlines 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic when they were originally billed to play. Like everyone who performs, they’re bound to fall in love with Tramlines and its cheeky Sheffield sensibilities.
The critically acclaimed Beabadooboo also joins the bill where festival goers will get to witness just why she’s earned her ‘guitar hero’ status. Tramlines welcomes back Katy B following her five-year hiatus and now armed with a ton of new music. Special guest slots this year come from The Enemy and The Zutons, which added to Kate Nash, Sea Girls, Pale Waves, and Red Rum Club, make for a reyt good lineup.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Tramlines without an injection of Sheffield’s finest, Reverend and The Makers who’ll bring the crowd pleasers as well as teasers from the new album, plus a band who pull in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend for their hilarious spoof covers, The Everly Pregnant Brothers.
The full 2023 comedy lineup which takes over Tramline’s T’Other stage during each day, is also announced. Headline acts are the award winning comedian and Hollywood star, Omid Djalili, the outrageous spoof news reporter, Jonathan Pie, and the quick-witted Hot Water Comedy Club compare and Liverpool Comedian Of The Year, Paul Smith. Plenty more laughs are in store with sets from Tom Wrigglesworth, John Hastings, Nina Gilligan, Tamer Kattan, Scott Bennett, Raul Kohli, and many more.
Since 2009, Tramlines remains true to its roots in supporting both breaking and emerging talent. This year it’s tipping acts such as Stone, The Moly Wallopers, Primaqueen, Jetski, Franz Von, Amaroun, Deadletter, Lizzie Esau, Rumbi Tauro, Deuxe and loads more new artists on the scene.
Each year, The Library stage is a thriving home to a diverse selection of grass roots artists and once again, local talent competition Pattern and Push will be curating the Saturday lineup, with newly announced local acts Coco, Deuxe, JxK, DJ Lamour and more to be announced soon!
Only a handful of Weekend tickets are left for Tramlines 2023, with over 95% sold already. They’ll be back on sale on Friday 3rd February at midday, priced at £140 (+ booking fee) and the first batch of Day tickets from only £50 (+ booking fee).To buy tickets and for more info, people should visit www.tramlines.org.uk
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 be super quick for this last batch of Weekend tickets. Watch the 2022 Official Aftermovie.