Tramlines Festival 2021 to go ahead at full capacity

There will be no need to social distance or wear masks

Sheffield Tramlines Festival 2021 announced today that it will still go ahead at full capacity this summer.

The annual festival will join the third phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, allowing the sold-out Hillsborough Park festival to take place on 23rd-25th July.

Tramlines’ participation in the government’s programme means the festival can go ahead independently of national reopening days without COVID restrictions. This means the audience will not have to socially distance or wear masks.

All ticket holders will have to show proof of either a negative lateral flow COVID test, taken 48 hours prior to arriving or have had two vaccination doses at least a fortnight in advance to enter the festival.

Tramlines Operations Director, Timm Cleasby said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to confirm that Tramlines 2021 is going ahead, having accepted the government’s invitation to join the Events Research Programme. This means we have a proven framework to follow, which at previous events has shown that festivals can be enjoyed at no more risk than other activities.

“We would like to express our solidarity with those festivals which have not been able to go ahead this year and those which are still seeking clarity. It is very important to us that clear guidance is made available quickly to the entire event community so that as many festivals as possible can go ahead with confidence this summer.”

Headlining the festival this year are The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft. A full line up can be found on the Tramlines Website.

Over the weekend, more than 40 artists are set to perform, including many bands from South Yorkshire.

Sheffield Director of Public Health Greg Fell: “Helping cultural events to be staged safely is an essential part of our return to life where we can freely enjoy the things we love, and the findings so far have shown positive outcomes that allow us to take these next steps towards normality.

“We’re working closely with the DCMS and the Tramlines team to support this milestone event for the city and our music fans. My advice to ticket holders is get your vaccines and, as hard as it might be, if you’ve got symptoms please stay at home.”

All ticket holders will be contacted through email by Tramlines’ event ticketing partner Gigantic by Thursday 1st July with further details about this year’s festival.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket but does not wish to take part will be able to roll over their ticket to Tramlines 2022 at no extra cost or receive a refund for the face value of their ticket.

More information, including how to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, is available at

Featured image credit: GILES-SMITH/ FANATIC and TRAMLINES 2019

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