A memorial plaque for the late Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nulty, was unveiled yesterday by The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid, and Tramlines Operations Director Timm Cleasby at Devonshire Green – the original site of the Tramlines’ Main Stage in 2009. A Civic Award for Sarah from the Lord Mayor was also presented to Sarah’s mother Julie Voisey and partner Christie Rossiter.
The ceremony included tributes from the Leader of Sheffield City Council Julie Dore, and Richard Eyre, Head of City Centre and Major Events at Sheffield City Council. Both the memorial and the Civic Award have been given in recognition of Sarah’s positive impact on Sheffield’s music scene and for her achievements in the wider music industry. Sarah sadly passed away at the age of 36 several weeks before the 10th edition of Tramlines. Sarah was instrumental in the launch of Tramlines in 2009 and by 2013, took on the role as Festival Director. She came to Sheffield as a student in 1999 and worked at Gatecrasher and Bed nightclub before going on to manage various venues and live music events around the city.
Sarah dedicated her whole working career to the Sheffield music industry. After nearly two-decades, this work has led to massive benefits for the city and she was the driving force of Tramlines for many years. Her tenacity, vision and unbreakable work ethic are the reasons that the festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in July this year.
Tramlines Operations Director, Timm Cleasby said: “Sarah was a great friend and colleague and this is a fantastic tribute to her. This plaque is perfectly situated at the original site of the main stage at Devonshire Green and will evoke many great memories of Sarah when we visit it. We hope that it serves as both a lasting reminder of the incredible work Sarah has done over the years for Tramlines and the wider music scene in Sheffield, but also as an inspiration for young women who might get involved in music too.”
Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council commented: “My personal view is that Sarah was a formidable and phenomenal woman, she knew what she wanted and she went out and got it. What she achieved and delivered on behalf of Sheffield city is her legacy for many years to come.”
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid added: “Sheffield’s always had a rich history of culture and the arts, but it takes people to make this happen. Sarah epitomised everything that is great and good about Sheffield. Her contribution lives within her family and friends and within the festival. Her legacy will live on forever and we as a city will always be in debt to her. Putting up this plaque and bestowing her with a civic award is the least we can do.”
Sarah’s mother Julie Voisey said: “Sarah’s family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support over the past few months and for all the heartfelt tributes we’ve received. At age 18, Sarah chose Sheffield to be her new home and grew to love the city. Sarah was humble about her achievements and would be honoured to receive this recognition of her hard work and contribution to Sheffield’s music scene. We are so proud of what she achieved in the short time she was here. She was, and will always be, our Super Star.”
We’re very proud to reveal that Sarah will be posthumously honoured with the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Independent Festival Awards 2018!
Sarah sadly passed away earlier in the year. We know many of you may never have had the pleasure of meeting Tramlines’ very own Wonder Woman, but thousands of you have attended the festival Sarah dedicated her working life to. Tramlines would not exist as the festival we all know and love today without her hard graft, passion, and generosity, and for that, we are eternally thankful.
Sarah was our friend, our mentor, our go-to person in time of crisis – nothing would phase her. She was kind and feisty and had such an infectious laugh. At Tramlines, she’d stay out all night at the after parties and then be on litter picking duties on site by 8am – her energy was unfathomable. For all this and so much more, we deeply and sorely miss her.
We are all so proud that Sarah has received this award and never was it more deserved. To be recognised by her peers for all her hard work, drive and determination is a true honour to her memory, and to the legacy left behind in Tramlines.
Tramlines TEN really was out of this world! Here we are just reminiscing on such a great festival… oh and here are what some of our headliners and artists had to say about that weekend…
Joe Carnall, Milburn “I’ve been to them all but #TramlinesTEN was the best yet. The @tramlines team should be so proud; a fitting tribute to Sarah. Such a cool atmosphere too. Love this city. #BeMoreNulty”
Bang Bang Romeo:
The Sherlocks: “TRAMLINES! After being on the road for so long around the world, it was very special for us to come back into Sheffield and play to such a HUGE crowd. From the bottom of our hearts thank you for such a great day! Big love to you all, see you next time!”
Thank you to everyone who has already bought their 2019 tickets! 30% of tickets have now been sold already. Due to the incredibly fast sell-out of both Early Bird and Tier 1 tickets we are now on Tier 2 tickets. Tier 2 tickets are on sale for £59.50 but this Tier is almost SOLD OUT! At this price there is no better value festival in the country!
Also, did you know you could split the cost with a payment plan?! It’s only £7 per month in August!
Tramlines 2019 returns to Hillsborough Park, Sheffield 19th-21st July 2019. Tickets available here.
Stereophonics mega fan Corrine Bishop’s wishes literally came true at Tramlines TEN. Read about the moment she got to meet her favourite band of all time…
“When I entered the Facebook competition I didn’t for one second think that I might actually win, I just ranted on about how much I loved them (greatest band ever) thinking it’s worth a shot. When I got home from work one day I saw the message ‘Tramlines have tagged you in a post’. I quickly opened it and woah! I ran into the house screaming – my mum thought something awful had happened!
So when the day finally arrived (I hadn’t slept much in-between) we headed to the box office and the lady gave us our wristbands and VIP wristbands as well, which we didn’t expect! So we headed straight to VIP for a posh loo and our own bar! (Loved the VIP area!). We then hung around until 6.30pm waiting to meet Tramlines Marketing Manager Abby who had organised the meet and greet. Until then I couldn’t really relax! We met up and waited backstage for a while watching Milburn – that was awesome! We then got the OK to go and meet the boys – I can honestly say I’ve never been so nervous in my life! What do you say to the people you’ve basically worshipped forever…
Stereophonics were so welcoming and lovely, which to be fair I knew they would be. We got to have a good chat, take plenty of photos and I got them all to sign my Stereophonics themed tattoo which now I absolutely love! I can honestly say I will remember that day for the rest of my life. Saturday was almost as good, I’m a massive Noel Gallagher fan and he never disappoints! Sunday was more of a chill out day. We explored a bit more had a look at all the other stages and tried out the food stalls. All in all Tramlines was an amazing weekend for me and I don’t think it will ever be topped! Thank you Tramlines – See you next year!!”
Tramlines make dreams come true! 2019 tickets available now.
Tramlines TENth birthday party was a party… and a half! Fancy reliving a round-up of what happened over the weekend? Here you go…
The festival kicked off with a great start as Tramliners ran through the gates of Hillsborough Park for the first time as they opened at 3pm. Street food, a drink, an afternoon film at the Village Screen cinema, or perhaps local band Saint Petersburg – what to do first?!
The crowd were going mad for day one headliners Stereophonics. Their set was a crowd-pleasing mix of their biggest tunes such as ‘Handbags and Gladrags’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ and ‘Bartender and The Thief’. Right before the gig a well-deserved meet and greet competition winner Corinne Bishop (she has a tattoo of Kelly Jones on her leg after all…) got the chance to meet her lifelong heroes. This was a great Tramlines moment!
Club Tropicana rounded off Friday very nicely with a Hawaiian-themed 80s disco within the Into the Trees section, which was literally in the woods. What an atmosphere!
Saturday morning – With Tramliners still feeling slightly hungover from Club Tropicana the night before a bit of light comedy at the Leadmill was definitely needed. Henning Wehn could do no wrong and the audience were in fits of laughter. Laughter was also present during Everly Pregnant Brothers set where Lord Mayor Majid of Sheffield got involved – who knew he had such a voice on him? Blossoms were a fan favourite on the Main Stage – a sea of people turned up to belt out ‘There’s A Reason Why’ and of course ‘Charlemagne’. It all got a tad emotional.
To round off a storming Saturday Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ended the evening on an extremely high note. Liam wasn’t present (funnily enough his grovelling tweet to Noel the previous week didn’t manage to get Oasis to reform) but that didn’t stop Noel from throwing out some Oasis songs. However, their rendition of The Beatles iconic ‘All You Need Is Love’ is one we won’t forget!
To start off a lovely sunny Sunday morning Mr Motivator was on-hand to re-energise Tramliners with his karate-kicking and air-punching moves. What a buzz! Sheffield’s comedy legend, John Shuttleworth made our mouths ache from too much laughing at his stand-up gig at the Leadmill Stage.
In the early evening there was a lovely tribute to Tramlines Festival Director Sarah Nulty who very sadly passed away earlier this year. Sarah had run Tramlines since its inception and it was lovely reflection on everything she had done for the festival #BeMoreNulty.
Craig David took us back to the noughties with his DJ set, which included bangers such as ‘I’ll Bring You Flowers’ and even a bit of Justin Bieber! The sun was pelting down, the beach balls were flying – we could almost have been in Ibiza (minus the beach!).
All in all, it was a “tramendous” three-day festival. We will see you for more fun in 2019!