Last weekend Hillsborough Park opened its gates to the infamous Tramlines Festival. With its tenth anniversary, all stops were pulled out to make it the greatest one yet.
A little rain aside, the opening Friday night fun was flawless with Manic Street Preachers taking to Nulty’s
Main Stage. This years festival was need even more poignant with the Main stage being re named the Nulty main stage after the late festival founder Sarah Nulty! With a whole host of tshirts sporting the Be More Nulty slogan. There was even a special performance by Sarah’s brother James Voisey aka Jaarvo who performed a version of ‘Laura’ by British singer-songwriter, Bat for Lashes.
Tramlines 2019 saw huge musical icons such as the Manic Street Preachers, Johnny Marr and Nile Rodgers joined by newer, popular artists like Lewis Capaldi, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Miles Kane.
In addition to the vast variety of music comedian Phil Jupitus attracted such a large crowd that many attendees were left outside of the tent, not even managing to get a look in at the action. However, the entire event was run extremely well, with queues for bars and food stalls kept to a minimum.
We especially looked forwards to Jonny Marr on the Saturday night as he smashed out some classics from the Smiths! I great performance by one of the best! We were even treated to a special DJ set by iconic DJ Annie Mac which say T’other tent packed with 1000s of people enjoying some classic dance tunes!
Sunday finally came round with performances from new kid on the block Lewis Capaldi! The horizon couldn’t be seen for a sea of people, must of which knew ever word to every song.
The people everyone had been waiting for though was undoubtedly Nile Rodgers and Chic who absolutely stole the whole show! An amazing performance with some classic Chic songs and even a mixture of old and new songs Nile Rodgers had produced and written for other people.
In our eyes this Tramlines has been the best one yet and with the following and momentum its gained, we don’t see this stopping anytime soon.
A fabulous festival at a great price for all.
See you next year Tramlines!!!
Words: Matthew Robinson
Images: James Shaw