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

Tramlines fringe picks

Tramlines isn’t just about the artists playing in Hillsborough Park. You'll struggle to find a bar or music venue that isn't getting in on the action, bringing a whole host of fringe events to various corners of the city – many of which are free.

Read on for our Tom's top picks of this year's fringe lineups.

As well as all the action in Sheffield's bars and music venues, there'll be music in the city centre's streets and parks thanks to the official Fringe at Tramlines.

There's LOTS, LOTS more happening in the city on Tramlines weekend. Look out for the fringe guide printed by Exposed Magazine or type 'Tramlines fringe' into the Facebook search bar and see what ticks your boxes.


Thu. 18 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Delicious Clam

Last year saw queues around the block as hundreds tried to cram into this cosy DIY venue. Friday’s lineup is put together by All Girls Arson Club and includes pop sensation Self Esteem. Saturday is headlined by Leeds post-punkers Cowtown.

Gilles Peterson

Sat. 20 July 2019

Peddler, 92 Burton Rd, S3 8BX

Gilles Peterson has dedicated his life to cutting-edge music from across the globe. He headlines this event alongside some of the north’s finest DJ collectives: Banana Hill, Nice Like Rice and Apricot Ballroom. Read on for chance to win tickets.

Dipped in Gold present...

Sat. 20 July 2019

The Great Gatsby

Record label Dipped in Gold curate the Saturday lineup in Gatsby's upstairs room. Artists include avant-garde post punk troubadours Bilge Pump and Sunderland’s Roxy Girls with their awkward, angular and angry guitar music akin to Gang of Four.

Out of the Hatch

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Hatch, 107 Harwood Street, S2 4SE

With 30+ acts over 30+ hours, Hatch (formerly The Audacious Art Experiment) have put together an eclectic lineup of musicians, performers, AV and more – from techno, synth-pop, jazz and lo-fi indie to ambient, folk, and experimental sound collages.


Sat. 20 July 2019

Hagglers Corner

From 2001 to 2016, Kabal was the most exciting, and most clandestine, party in town. Bask in its return this summer at a free all-dayer.


Multiple dates

Sidney + Matilda

An alternative weekend of free yard parties in the city centre gallery and social space, with local artisans, artists, chefs, musicians and DJs.

Bal Fashion Fringe Party

Sat. 20 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Bal Fashion Social, 16 Exchange Street, S2 5TS

Bal Fashion have recruited Chris Duckenfield, one of Sheffield’s favourite DJs and producers, for a huge party at their space on Exchange Street. He'll be DJing alongside PBR Streetgang and Thatmanmonkz, taking you through to 4am.

Temple of Jazz

Sun. 21 July 2019

Church: Temple of Fun, 4a Rutland Way, S3 8DG

What better way to soothe a sore head on Sunday than relaxing with an evening of jazz, R&B and soul? Featuring bedroom soul crooner Jackie Moonbather, explosive jazz fusion trio Flok, and the smooth R&B/jazz-inspired sounds of Tonia Victoria.

The Fringe at Tramlines

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Devonshire Green, 158 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF

Devonshire Green presents ‘made in Sheffield’ acts with international additions, including Latin-inspired Mango Rescue Team, homegrown rap talent in the form of Medley, and the One World Choir compromised of local asylum seekers and refugees.

Dub Lines

Sat. 20 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Dub Shack and Yellow Arch present Dublines, a celebration of sound system culture this Tramlines weekend. Starting outside in the courtyard and taking you all the way through to 4am inside, with bass music, dub, reggae and roots.

The Bungalows Fringe

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Mon. 22 July 2019

Bungalows and Bears

Covering the weekend, the Bungalows lineup features Galaxians – who channel the spirit of 80s NYC ‘freak disco’, neo-soul and jazz from the Tom Ravenscroft-championed Yazmin Lacey, local psych warriors Baba Naga, and grunge four-piece Babe Punch.