The 10 best alternatives to Glastonbury

Worthy Farm… whatever


July From July 25, UK

Maybe this year you fancy hitting the rain speckled pavements of a big city to get your festival fix. And where better than Sheffield, home to a throng of deep timbres and razor sharp lyrics. Tramlines, the winner Best Metropolitan Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, is not only a free festival but it is also one hell of a knees up in celebration of Sheffield’s diverse music culture and history.

Around 80,000 folk pool in the beautiful nooks of Sheffield, all trimmed with cold Yorkshire stone one atop the other, as the great hulking city buildings create the backdrop. The likes of Roots Manva, Field Music, Beth Jeans Houghton, Future of the Left, Rolo Tomassio, Ebsen and the Witch and The Purgatory Players will be spread across over 70 venues including the Folk Forest in Ratcliffe Park, the Blues Stage and the Youth Music/World Music Stage.

With added extras, supported by the Art’s Council, including Signals, showcasing underground electronic music and South Yorks, which is all about celebrating the music heritages of the understated majesty of South Yorkshire.


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