Fringe benefits

Posted by: Richard Abbey
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Following the announcement that Tramlines festival will go ahead, it has been confirmed that The Fringe at Tramlines, in association with Sheffield BID, will also run across the city centre and in venues throughout the city.


From Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July, citywide venues will get in on the action alongside the main festival at Hillsborough Park, with outdoor music and entertainment also on Devonshire Green and in the Peace Gardens.



The Fringe at Tramlines Stage on Devonshire Green presents two days of high-quality music from an extremely talented range of DJs performing live sets throughout the weekend.

The highlight on Saturday is the critically acclaimed, Chris Hawkins: BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and a regular voice on BBC Radio Live. Chris will be creating a live podcast from the stage on the theme of ‘How to be a DJ’ as well as playing his own set and bringing in a guest DJ. On Sunday the music varies from chilled reggae to R’n’B with headline DJ and producer Winston Hazel, a Sheffield legend.

Live bands will feature across The Fringe programme in numerous events planned by bars, pubs and clubs.

There’ll be plenty of entertainment for families in the Peace Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, with a disco for anyone who fancies a dance and plenty of deckchairs when it’s time to chill. The helter-skelter, roaming children’s characters and fantastic food on offer will provide the perfect family hangout.

Councillor Julie Grocutt, Deputy Leader at Sheffield City Council said: “We’re really pleased that The Fringe at Tramlines can once again run alongside the main festival and it will be a memorable occasion on our Summer in the Outdoor City line up. I know how popular the weekend is and it’s a real opportunity to enjoy our vibrant city, showcase local, upcoming and unsigned talent, but even more so it’s a chance for people to let go and have a great time.

“Our hospitality venues have worked so hard to stay afloat during the pandemic and to stick to the guidelines that have kept us all safe and they should be applauded for their efforts. With social restrictions being lifted and so many bars, pubs and clubs eager to be involved, The Fringe will provide a huge boost to our local economy and will feel like a huge celebration for everyone." 

All Fringe events will be listed on The Outdoor City website. Attendees are advised to check with individual venues whether ticketing or pre-booking is required, as each venue and event will be run separately.

If the Government’s plan to remove all social restrictions goes ahead, The Fringe will take place on the first weekend after those changes, meaning that venues will not be legally required to put social distancing, table service and limited capacity measures in place.

The event is run in association with Sheffield BID, as part of their commitment to support the city centre and its businesses.

Banner image: © Eric Aydin Barberini


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