Tramlines: Reverend and the Makers put bounce into Sheffield festival - VIDEO

TRAMLINES, Sheffield’s own urban Glastonbury, was on track at the weekend to be the biggest free pop festival in Europe,

And the fun began with a performance by home grown band Reverend and the Makers on the Nokia Lumia Live main stage in Devonshire Green.

Sheffield band Reverend and The Makers.

Sheffield band Reverend and The Makers.

Frontman John McClure and his band mates, spoke of their excitement about performing for fans, family and friends, told the crowd to do just one thing - bounce.

And the thousands who turned up, braving the slightest of drizzle, did just that.

After months of preparation, Sheffield’s Tramlines festival took place - with bands playing in scores of local venues.

Performances by blues musicians also kicked off the proceedings on Friday at Sheffield pubs such as Delaney’s Bar off London Road, which have teamed up with the fesiitval for a special Blues and Ale Trail.

And there was much more to see as the free festival got going.

Headliners were urban acts Roots Manuva and Ms Dynamite, while elsewhere sets by DJ Toddla T and indie group Future of the Left.

More sedate sounds were on offer in the Folk Forest, in Endcliffe Park, while the Yellow Arch recording studios in Neepsend hosted a series of performances and discussions from music writers.

Festivalgoers were sent off in style by main stage headliners We Are Scientists, Field Music and the hotly-tipped singer Beth Jeans Houghton.

Tramlines - now in its fourth year - has taking over 70 venues around Sheffield, including many city centre pubs, but the biggest gatherings were on Devonshire Green, Barker’s Pool and the Peace Gardens.

There was also a stage in Tudor Square for the first time, a huge turnout after the event attracted 150,000 revellers in 2011.

A special children’s music event was held in Orchard Square.

Music for the Kids took place at Waterstones, offering an acoustic line-up and the chance for youngsters to meet fun character Theo the Bear.

The family-friendly stage was organised by the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity.

Kate Hewett, who was in charge of booking acts for Tramlines, said: “We’re really excited to have the charity involved in this year’s festival.

“We try to add new areas to Tramlines each year, so when the team approached us with their idea for an acoustic, family-friendly stage, it seemed like a perfect addition to the programme, and we were more than happy for them to run with it.

“The charity is a great organisation and we hope that getting involved in Tramlines is as beneficial to them as it is for us.”

Donations were taken for the charity’s Arts for Health programme, which promotes recovery through music, art, poetry and performance.