Every year, Tramlines’ hosts the Apply to Play scheme, welcoming emerging performers and bands the chance to play on a Tramlines stage. Tramlines’ aims to identify, develop and support music talent, it’s free to enter, we listen to every submission and the finalists are chosen by a fantastic panel, revealed soon!
Previous panel members include, Clash, BBC Introducing, Pattern and Push, Reverend and the Makers, our official charity partner The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation and more!
Finalists will be paid and have the opportunity to perform across a variety of the Tramlines’ stages.
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Under the Stars is an arts and events charity for people with learning disabilities. empower and enable people with learning disabilities by developing their individual talent, skills, confidence and independence.
Under the Stars bands open The Open Arms on the Saturday of Tramlines festival, they showcase a completely original composition, playing to the strengths of the performers to produce a unique and uplifting piece. Tramlines will be collaborating with Under the Stars in 2022 and beyond to provide a platform for artists to showcase their work.
Head to the Under the Stars website to read more about the important work they do.
One of Tramlines’ key aims is to engage with and provide a platform for local Sheffield and Yorkshire based acts.
Since 2018 the festival has hosted 115 slots to local bands and artists, across stages like The Library and Leadmill, as well as the Main Stage and T’Other Stage.
BBC Introducing Sheffield
The festival works closely with BBC Introducing Sheffield, in 2021 they curated and hosted the Leadmill stage, offering an opportunity for South Yorkshire based artists to perform to a live festival audience. In 2021 BBC Introducing and Tramlines offered over 20 slots alone on the Leadmill Stage, providing a open and kind space for our home town musicians.
Every year, Tramlines teams up with The Leadmill to book local bands and artists. The Leadmill – the beating heart of the Sheffield music scene, with over 35 years of providing a platform for bands who have gone on to take over the world. Tramlines’ collaboration with The Leadmill enables young artists to have the chance to play to a live audience of around 3,000 people.
In 2019 Tramlines introduced Speakers’ Corner. The stage is dedicated to showcasing honest poetry and spoken word.
Programmed by Sheffield’s 2019/2020 Poet Laureate Otis Mensah, Speakers Corner brings diversity, honesty and vulnerability to Tramlines Festival, offering lyricists the chance to perform throughout the weekend, enabling them to engage with an audience and develop their work.
Each year since 2011 Tramlines Festival Press Team has worked with Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind to create an audio guide for Tramlines. The guide is distributed to all their members and broadcast on Sheffield Live on a show aimed at visually impaired people.
The audio guide is very descriptive, and allows the listener to be engaged in the build up to the event, helping blind and partially sighted people get the most out of the Tramlines Festival. Unfortunately, the festival wasn’t able to produce this in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, but will be picking this back up for Summer 2022!
You can check out the 2019 audio guide by hitting the button below.
Each year Tramlines Festival has donated tickets to Tickets For Good. These tickets are distributed to members of charities and organisations, supporting those who would not usually have the opportunity to attend live music events.
There’s no face-value cost of the ticket, Tickets for Good charge just a small booking fee to cover their overheads – less than a cup of coffee!
By donating tickets, Tramlines is lowering the barriers of access to live events for Tickets for Good users, who previously might not have attended due to physical, financial, work-based, or personal obstacles.
Some of the charities and organisations we have supported through ticket donations in past include:
Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, check out the video HERE to learn more.
Roundabout – Local Youth Housing Charity
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
Children with Cancer UK
REMA – Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance
Currently, Tickets for Good are supporting NHS workers, enabling them to enjoy their time away from work with live events that reduce stress, improve mental health and reward their hard work. This year Tramlines will be continuing it’s partnership with Tickets For Good and donating an allocation of tickets for NHS workers to purchase. More info coming soon!
If you’re an NHS worker you can find out more on the Tickets For Good website below.MORE INFO
Attitude is Everything connects Deaf and disabled people with music and event industries to improve access together.
In 2019 Tramlines Festival was delighted to be awarded the ‘Bronze’ certificate. Following 2021’s event, Tramlines was awarded ‘Gold Status’ by Attitude is Everything for its commitment to making the event accessible. In order to achieve this status the festival committed to a ‘Charter of Best Practice’, an accreditation framework covering all aspects of live event accessibility, recognised by the UK Live as the industry standard.
We know that to truly champion accessibility and be one of the industry standard leaders, we need to improve year on year and continue to meet the needs and requirements of all our customers. This is something we are fully committed to do.
If you’d like to find out more about Tramlines’ Access Applications and facilities, please head to our Accessibility page by hitting the button below!