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Tramlines Festival 2021 is going ahead

Festival goers at Tramlines 2019
Former headliner Nile Rogers performs to thousands at Tramlines 2019

Sold-out Tramlines Festival will go ahead at full capacity in Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park from 23  to 25 July as part of Events Research Programme.

Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival 2021 today announces that it will join the third phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, allowing the sold-out music festival at Hillsborough Park to take place at full capacity on 23 to 25 July. 

The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft will headline a world-class lineup of music and culture throughout a landmark weekend for the city. 

Tramlines’ participation in the programme means the festival can go ahead independently of national reopening dates and the audience will be able to enjoy the event without compulsory social distancing or masks.

At the entrance to the festival, ticket holders (except children under 11) will be asked for proof of EITHER:

  • A negative COVID result from a lateral flow test taken within the previous 48 hours.
  • Two vaccination doses, with the second received at least 14 days before

Tramlines Operations Director, Timm Cleasby

We are absolutely delighted to be able to confirm that Tramlines 2021 is going ahead. Accepting the government’s invitation to join the Events Research Programme means we have a proven framework to follow, which at previous events has shown that festivals can be enjoyed at no more risk than other activities. Once inside, there will be no need for social distancing and no one will have to wear a mask if they don’t want to. 

It is very important to us that results of the research from Tramlines is made available quickly to the entire event community so that as many festivals as possible can now go ahead with confidence this summer. Huge ticket sales across the sector show how keen fans are to come to our events and we want to help reassure them that we can welcome them back safely.

Sheffield Director of Public Health Greg Fell said:

“Sheffield is once again playing a significant and important role in the Government’s Events Research Programme with Tramlines Festival 2021. Helping cultural events to be staged safely is an essential part of our return to life where we can freely enjoy the things we love, and the findings so far have showed positive outcomes that allow us to take these next steps towards normality.

"We’re working closely with the DCMS and the Tramlines team to support this milestone event for the city and our music fans. My advice to ticket holders is get your vaccines, and as hard as it might be, if you’ve got symptoms please stay at home.”

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage:

"I know how desperately people want to get back to festivals, which is why they're a hugely important part of our Events Research Programme. As we continue to work towards live events reopening fully on July 19th, this year's Tramlines festival will provide more vital scientific evidence and allow us to trial Covid certification, building on what we've learnt from our successful Sefton Park and Download events."

All ticket holders will be contacted by Tramlines’ event ticketing partner Gigantic by email by 5pm on Thursday 1 July with further details. Ahead of the event, ticket holders will also be emailed to provide contact information for themselves and anyone they have bought tickets for.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket but does not wish to take part will be able to roll over their ticket to Tramlines 2022 at no extra cost or receive a refund for the face value of their ticket.

More information, including how to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, is available at the Tramlines FAQs.

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Tramlines 2021 lineup

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