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Safe Spaces Now

We are delighted to announce that Tramlines Festival and UN Women UK are joining forces again to deliver ‘Safe Spaces Now’ – an initiative committed to tackling sexual harassment at live events, whilst creating a safe and inclusive space for women and marginalised groups.

UN Women UK are working with a range of festivals this year. Together, our aim is to make Tramlines Festival an even better experience for everyone.


Our collaboration with UN Women UK will include:

  • Supporting with Staff Training
  • Training and Sourcing Guardian Angel volunteers
  • Providing Education and Information on site at the Safe Spaces Now Tent


Our aim is to make Tramlines Festival a safe and inclusive space that invites everyone – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or ability to join the party at Hillsborough Park. Our fans and the community we have grown make Tramlines the festival it is today and we ask all festival goers to follow our Tramlines Ethos at all times. View our Ethos HERE.


As part of the the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) we are also signed up and support it’s ‘Safer Spaces at Festivals’ campaign that was launched in 2022. It is a charter of best practice aimed at tackling sexual violence, harassment and assault at festivals, made in partnership with Rape Crisis, Good Night Out, Safe Gigs for Women, Girls Against and UN Women UK, Galop and Stamp Out Spiking.


You can find out more information on both initiatives below:



Safe Spaces Now at Tramlines

Above all, Tramlines Festival will have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on sexual harassment, reinforced by communications in the lead up to the festival and on the ground across the weekend.

Our approach will be survivor-led, prioritising the rights, wishes and dignity of survivors at all times:


  • ‘Safe Spaces Now’ Activity Tent – an informative and educational space at Tramlines run by UN Women UK that will engage with festival goers of all genders, to educate us all on the issues of safety and bystander intervention. Tramlines will also provide access to helplines, resources and on-site safe spaces for additional support and disclosures should an incident occur.


  • Our Safe Space tent will provide a place for festival goers to engage with the initiative, learn about the issues surrounding sexual harassment and understand the topics. This high energy, vibrant space is in addition to our welfare facilities. 


  • Trained UN Women UK ‘Guardian Angels’ will be easy to spot across the festival site wearing bright UN Women UK T-shirts. Our Guardian Angels are on hand to ensure that all festival goers feel supported by trained volunteers who can intervene safely or provide support in case of an incident. As active bystanders Guardian Angels are trained to approach situations in a non-inflammatory way and provide practical support linking to our on site provision. Applications to become a Guardian Angel for 2024 will open soon.


  • All frontline festival staff will be given specialist training in responding appropriately to incidents or reports of sexual harassment and/or abuse

UN Women UK

UN Women is the global champion for gender equality and the elimination of violence against women and girls. Its mission is for every woman and marginalized person worldwide to have equal access to safety, choice and a voice: safety and freedom from violence and harassment, choice over her life, work and body, and a voice as a leader whose ideas are listened to by key decision-makers.

UN Women is unique in working with all social levers to achieve equality, from delivering grassroots programmes to support the women and girls whose needs are greatest, to working with governments to design more equitable legislation and shifting norms through behaviour change campaigns.

At the heart of what UN Women does is bringing people together to achieve change more quickly. Its ‘Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces’ initiative has helped to transform urban areas worldwide for the past 10 years, and is now achieving change across the United Kingdom through UN Women UK’s Safe Spaces Now campaign.

More Info on the Guardian Angels

Tramlines will begin recruiting a team of ‘Guardian Angels’ to volunteer at next year’s event (26th – 28th July) to support our Safer Spaces campaign, in collaboration with UN Women UK. Applications will open closer to the time of the event. 

This crucial role included:

📣 Helping people take action if they experience or witness sexual harassment

🚶‍♀️ Walking festival goers to welfare services / transport

💙 Ensuring everyone feels safe and included at the event

🗣️ Offering advice and help to anyone who needs it


✅ You must take part in a compulsory online training session ahead of the festival

Upon completion of your shift, you’ll receive a free ticket to the festival so you can stay for the weekend and enjoy the stellar line up! 

Tramlines Festival is committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone. You can help us achieve this, together.


Applications to become a Guardian Angel for 2024 will open soon.