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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Tramlines fringe picks

That’s right, it’s that time of year again when the city of Sheffield turns into one giant dancefloor.

With the official Tramlines action taking place over in Hillsborough Park, there’s loads of fun to be had at the fringe events. It’s here where you’ll discover a new genre of music you never knew existed, the most exciting emerging talent from across the world, and your new favourite music venue.

Here are just a few of the great events happening over the weekend.

And thanks to someone by the username adforperu, you can use this handy Clashfinder for even more.

Written by Tom Roper.

Clamlines

Thu. 25 July 2024 — Sat. 27 July 2024

Delicious Clam

Clamlines may well hold the unofficial record of ‘sweatiest event at the fringe’, mainly because the quality of the acts they book far outsizes their modest capacity. With Faint Paint, The Tubs, Sister Wives, Delivery, karaoke, lageritas, and more.

Shakelines

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sat. 27 July 2024

Shakespeare's

Earwig Presents curate Shamlines on Friday with Macclesfield rockers Queen Cult and Sheffield’s experimental alt-rockers Dearthworms. Jarred Up take over on Saturday with a 10-act lineup featuring the Richard Carlson Band, Shelley Byron and Surf Jaz.

Hope Works x WUB Club (OffTramlines) Summer Sizzler

Sat. 27 July 2024

Hope Works

Party specialists Hope Works are throwing a 12-hour day/night party. They’ll be leaving ‘no stone unturned’ as Sheffield’s finest underground DJs play from 4am to 4pm, covering: speed garage, bassline, house, jungle, DNB, amapiano, reggae and disco.

Damnlines

Sat. 27 July 2024

Yellow Arch Studios

A brilliantly curated lineup leaning heavily on the garage, psych and rock’n’roll side of things. Most importantly it sounds like a lot of fun. With Gold Cup, Scene Killers and Bodach. Plus Craft n Flea market of artists, mystics and vintage clothes.

Chill Foo Front Street Party

Sat. 27 July 2024

Sheffield Cathedral

A family fun street party on the Cathedral forecourt. With DJs bringing the vibe, plus an open mic, dance crews, face painting, a Jamaican BBQ, and more. Hosted by Steel City music, dance and radio veteran John Chillout Simpson.

Jabslines

Sat. 27 July 2024

Jabbarwocky, 308–310 London Road, S2 4NA

A small but high-impact affair featuring some of the best acts from Sheffield's underground. With krautrock inspired two-piece Åyusp, americana inspired folk rock from Loic J Tuckey, and headliners Yo Dynamo, known for their frenetic live shows.

The Fringe Stage

Sat. 27 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Devonshire Green, S1 4GT

Home to the official Tramlines Fringe, the Devonshire Green stage will be showcasing an array of world music and local talent over the weekend. With 10-piece Mango Rescue Team, the uplifting Shine Choir, DJ, poet and dancer Ripton Lindsey, and more.

The Fringe at The Washington

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

The Washington

The Sheffield institution is hosting its own huge fringe party. Psych jazz rockers BONK! feature on Friday. Full-throttle soul duo The Hot Soles come out of hibernation on Saturday. And Sheffield's We Hate The Sharkman close the party on Sunday.

The Other Festival

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Sidney & Matilda

With a mighty 35 acts over the weekend, Sidney & Matilda offer a “weekend of the best alternative music on offer in Sheffield and beyond.” Acts include Wet Man, Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace, Riddimtion, and more.

The Fringe at Alder

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Alder

Friday night's lineup includes Sheffield soul and jazz stalwart Jackie Moonbather and high-concept electronica from Dimitri. Saturday sees sets from indie-poppers Wurlitzer and 'alt-dad' band Airport Dad. On Sunday, the Dig Deep record shop returns.

Canal-Lines

Thu. 25 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Dorothy Pax

The Dorothy Pax host four days of fun. Thursday is curated by WaterBear College of Music. Grunge-pop oddballs Been Weavil headline Friday. Jazz, funk and soul band Mappin Street Collective are a Saturday highlight. Chorlton Country Club close Sunday.