Tramlines 2011: Sheffield music festival had got the Lott - VIDEO

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Thousands flock to the free party as top acts perform live on stage

THOUSANDS of people will be waking up with a smile today after the best party Sheffield has ever seen.

Pixie Lott performing at Tramlines

Pixie Lott performing at Tramlines

Three days of amazing free music and glorious sunshine are set to go down in history.

‘Tramlines 2011’, people will say in years to come, ‘were you there?’

It seemed most people were; the Peace Gardens was carpeted with bodies as thousands soaked up the sun and the world music.

Division Street was taken over by happy people, with just one or two alarmed-looking motorists wishing they had looked up from their sat nav.

Barkers Pool was swarming with revellers and Devonshire Green was buzzing with excitment - and then packed - as Pixie Lott and Olly Murs drew thousands of youngsters to the Main Stage on Saturday afternoon.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch digital editor Graham Walker’s backstage video report from the pop party in Devonshire Green hosted by Hallam FM on Saturday - featuring Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Alistair Griffin, The Reason 4 and more.

Such was the excitement some started queuing at 6am on Saturday morning - 200 had arrived by 7.30am according to security - ahead of the gates opening at midday.

The Main Stage was set on fire a second time when nineties indy heros Ash headlined after The Futureheads on Sunday evening.

For many though, Tramlines was about mooching along and dropping in on venues dotted about the city, from Endcliffe Park to the Fat Cat pub at Kelham Island.

David Scott of Fulwood said he caught the Everly Pregnant Brothers at the Fat Cat before hopping on a free festival bus into the town centre.

Daughter Amelie, aged seven, said: “I think it’s really good, I like all the people and the loud music.”

Student Kris Holland, aged 21, said: “I just wandered around, there was a great atmosphere.”

Dave Healy, festival director, said: “Musically this has been our biggest and most diverse bill ever and I’m delighted with the way it’s turned out.

“Tramlines is first and foremost about putting on an amazing show. But it’s about more than that, it’s about putting an entire city in a ridiculously good mood.”

More than 175,000 people attended, but police said there was little trouble.

Chf Insp Simon Verrall said: “We have been delighted to see so people in good spirits without causing trouble this weekend.

“Given the thousands of people in and around Sheffield city centre both for Tramlines and the Sheffield Wednesday versus Leeds United football match, there were just three arrests on Saturday for minor public order offences. They were not at the main Tramlines site.”