Tramlines Fringe 2018: Venue Guide And Top Picks

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With so much live music on offer at the Tramlines Fringe, it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s Pink Wafer’s rundown of Tramlines Fringe venues, along with our top picks for the weekend.

Tramlines Fringe 2018: July 20-22

This is the weekend when venues across Sheffield are filled with live music. But where to begin? Here are our recommendations.

The Fringe at Tramlines: Main Stage

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The Tramlines Fringe Main Stage will be located at Devonshire Green

The Fringe at Tramlines Main Stage will be on Devonshire Green in the city centre. You can see the full line on Sheff After Five‘s website.

On Saturday, check out dancehall legend Tixxy Bang with the Matrix Band at 17:30. Stick around for carnival vibes with Rogue Siesta, Mango Rescue Team, and Jungle Lion.

The main stage promises to be eclectic and diverse. So if you find yourself in any doubt during the weekend, just get yourself back here.

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The Great Gatsby

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Before Breakfast will headline The Great Gatsby on Sunday night

Just down the road from the main stage, The Great Gatsby have three evenings of great live music. The Great Gatsby always has an amazing vibe during this weekend, and this year the bookings are on point (disclosure – we booked the Saturday program 😉 )

Make sure you catch experimental hip-hop prodigy Otis Mensah headlining on Saturday at 22:30, after watching indie-surf legends Oh Papa, psychedelic jazzers Biscuit Kiss, LIO, and James Ewan Tait.

Sunday highlights include the incredibly talented jazz trio, Flok, at 18:00, and folk-pop quartet Before Breakfast at 22:30.

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Bungalows and Bears

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Catch Life Aquatic Band at Bungalows and Bears

Bungalows and Bears is one of our favourite city centre bars, and they have booked an incredible line up for the weekend. It’s right in the centre of the action at the heart of Division Street, so you can easily pop in and out.

Do your best on Saturday to catch the indescribable DIY-soul sensation Jackie Moonbather, and the delightfully brassy Life Aquatic Band.

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The Washington

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Baba Naga will headline The Washington on Friday night | Image: Dan Sumption

A stone’s throw from the main stage is The Washington, and they’ve pulled out all the stops to put on an absolutely tip-top lineup for the Tramlines Fringe.

Make sure you catch the psychedelic Baba Naga at 22:15 on Friday. Watch out for indie boys Cora Pearl, and Kiziah & The Kings on Saturday. Top picks for Sunday include James Ewan Tait, and 9-piece Leeds-based soul-fusion outfit Necktr.

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Delicious Clam presents Clamlines

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Delicious Clam is one of our favourite underground venues in Sheffield, and they’re putting on a great bill for the whole weekend.

Head down to DC in Castlegate and catch Thee Mightees, Tommy Hillfinger, Breakfast Muff, and the crazy Sammartino.

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Yellow Arch Tramlines Fringe Weekend

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The Hempolics will play Yellow Arch on Friday

Venture in the Kelham Island direction for some amazing live music at Yellow Arch. You’ll have to pay for entry, but it’s be worth it. Tickets are available here.

Our top picks at Yellow Arch on Friday include reggae-soul Londoners The Hempolics, and Sheffield newcomers Solar Love Society. On Saturday, look out for neo-soul sensation Tonia Victoria, and electronic-jazz masters Ishmael Ensemble.

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Café Totem

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LIO will play at Café Totem on Friday | image: Mal Mitchelow

It’s for the Friday night only, but Cafe Totem’s stage is shaping up nicely. Head here to catch Dutch indie-pop favourite LIO, Life Aquatic Band, and more.

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Neighbourhood Tramlines Fringe at Picture House Social

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Catch Galaxians at Picture House Social at 23:00 on Saturday

It’s no surprise that Neighbourhood have put together an excellent bill for the Tramlines Fringe, along with Self Esteem and Bear Tree Records. Neighbourhood promises non-stop quality, so be sure to get out of the city centre and down to Abbeydale Road for this.

Highlights include the incredibly danceable Leeds trio Galaxians, and Self Esteem.

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The Audacious Art Experiment 2018 Tramlines

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Force Majeure DJs

TAAE, another one of our favourite underground venues, have a jam-packed weekend lined up.

Look out for Isis Moray’s ethereal live techno, live coding from Heavy Lifting, wonky instrumental grime for Force Majeure DJs, and fresh electronic productions from Sleepsang.

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Mysteron will play Shakespeare’s at 20:45 on Saturday

Shakespeares have got a fantastic bill for the Tramlines Fringe, opening at 17:00 on Friday with the remarkable Joey Mojito’s Them Sardines. Just go and see them. You’ll never forget it.

Their Saturday evening lineup is looking top notch with Pete David, psychedelic pop-rockers Mysteron, and the highly danceable Speed for Lovers.

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Crucible Corner – Rotunda’s Not-Tramlines Party

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Catch Conor Houston at 19:15 at Crucible Corner on Sunday

Rotunda are putting on a whole load of good music at Crucible Corner, and they’re keen to point out that it’s definitely not part of Tramlines.

Sunday evening is looking special with Teah Lewis, the Bowie-esque Conor Houston, and  Sheffield favourite’s Life Aquatic Band.

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Mulberry Tavern – Ska Stage at The Fringe at Tramlines

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Millie Manders & The Shut Up – Mulberry Tavern

Mulberry Tavern are going for an all-out ska offensive, and it’s shaping up to be something pretty special.

Live bands so far include The Hostiles, and Miller Manders & The Shut Up.

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Tramlines at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom

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Physics House Band play Sheffield City Hall Ballroom on Saturday

A top quality bill at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom includes the ludicrously talented math-rockers Physics House Band. Tickets are £6 for the full day, which is an absolute bargain.

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The Folk Forest

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Portico Quartet are headliners on The Folk Forest’s Forest Stage

The Folk Forest isn’t exactly Tramlines Fringe, as it’s a festival in its own right. But it’s on at the same time as the Tramlines Fringe, and the lineup is simply amazing.

There are many venues running great events this weekend, but make sure you have a serious think about buying tickets for The Folk Forest, which will run on Saturday and Sunday.

Adult tickets are £33, and it will be well worth the money to see Portico Quartet, Soweto Kinch, Nubiyan Twist (feat. K.O.G), and much more.


What are you looking forward to at the Tramlines Fringe? Let us know in the comments section below. Find out about the latest events all year round in our Sheffield Gig Guide.

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