I am an absolute die-hard festival fan. I love the atmosphere they bring, everyone is pumped up on energy to see their favourite bands so they can sing and dance along. The fruit ciders are casually flowing and everyone is generally having an all-round good time. I’d seen the line up for Tramlines Festival included one of our all time favourite bands, the Libertines and I was dying to see them again after we saw them live at Leeds Festival back in 2015. Luckily, my prayers were answered when I was invited by Festicket to be one of their #FesticketInsiders.
Tramlines isn’t your usual, run-of-the-mill Festivals. It’s based in Sheffield so it prides itself as an “inner-city Festival.” There are various parks and stages that host the line-up. I’ll be honest, it was a totally new experience for me, wandering around between each set. I’m used to heading to more enclosed, in a field, kind of festival experience. You really have to have good man power and be ready to walk about 20-30 minutes if you want to dip in and out of each stage. But that aside, they had created a stellar line up.
We headed down to Ponderosa on the Friday night as this is where the headline stage was. It started to get busy as I’m sure most people were here to enjoy the Libertines, even if it was only just for one night at Tramlines.
There were various food stalls, face glitter stands and even a McFlurry Bullet GIF experience (which happened to be created by the company I used to work for, cool huh?) and because we were #FesticketInsiders we got access to the VIP bar which was right behind the stage. We managed to get a glimpse of Pete Doherty before he went up. How cool is that?
Armed with two beers we set to the stage to get a good spot. It was pretty good as it was on a sloped hill you could see way more than you would normally. Especially if you’re under 5’3″ like me! They were about ten minutes late getting on but when they arrived, boy did they pack a punch. And whilst I’ve not had chance to enjoy the latest album they certainly got the crowd going but it was when they played hits from their self titled album and “Up the Bracket” that everyone really started to get dancing and singing along.
“Can’t Stand Me Now” certainly got us all shouting along and it was clear to see that both Pete & Carl’s differences had been put to one side with their often outpourings of love, hugs and gentle glances at one another. It’s clear why they are back making music together despite the troubled pasts.
It definitely showed after a few years of being back together and with Pete on the road to recovery that their music is an even more intense sound. The vocals are on point and you can really feel what they are singing about. I for one, loved every second of it. We came away around 10.30pm feeling full of love and fun that we decided to enjoy a few more beers in town till 1am on the main strip of bars in Sheffield and it was clear everyone else had the same idea!
Sadly, the next day Mr C wasn’t feeling too good, we headed across to the quiter stage area of the Folk Festival. It was an entirely different experience with crafts and woodwork benches. There was music too, but it wasn’t from well known bands. It had a real “hippy market” vibe to it, that I couldn’t help but feel like I’d been transported back to Ibiza again!
We drank milkshakes and wandered around for a few ours, taking in the relaxed vibe. It was nice to see this area catered for families too.
We had a super time, and would like to thanks Festicket for inviting us to Tramlines. It was an experience we will never forget. Now, the countdown is on for Leeds Festival!
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I'm Bee. 27 year old who is finally starting to understand herself. A Scorpio that's too nice to use that sting in her tail, regularly found searching for holidays or online shopping. Happiest when being fed, travelling & spending time with Mr C.