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Tramlines Fringe to return to Sheffield city centre this weekend

Venues including Record Junkee, the Dorothy Pax and Shakespeares will host a range of smaller acts and DIY delights.

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The Tramlines Fringe festival is returning to Sheffield for the first time in two years, with live music, DJ sets and entertainment planned for venues across the city centre.

Highlights include a set from legendary Sheffield selector Winston Hazel and a live podcast recording by BBC 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins on the theme of 'How to be a DJ' with the Haçienda's Graeme Park.

The Fringe takes place from 23 to 25 July, with stages at Devonshire Green and the Peace Gardens, as well as dozens of smaller bars, pubs and clubs.

On the Saturday, Shakespeares will host a day of DIY bands including Black Mamba Fever, Potpourri, Feral Family and Babe Punch.

Falseheads and Bellevue Days feature on the Saturday lineup at Record Junkee, alongside Delights, Cucamaras and The Sickboy Method.

Sponsored by the Council, the fringe will also feature street food, a helter skelter and roaming children's entertainment.

“Our hospitality venues have worked so hard to stay afloat during the pandemic and to stick to the guidelines that have kept us all safe and they should be applauded for their efforts," said Deputy Leader Julie Grocutt.

"With social restrictions being lifted and so many bars, pubs and clubs eager to be involved, The Fringe will provide a huge boost to our local economy and will feel like a huge celebration for everyone."

Both the Fringe and the main Tramlines Festival at Hillsborough Park will be the biggest events in the city after the lifting of Covid restrictions on 19 July.

Twitter user Adam Follett has created a public Tramlines Fringe clash finder, showing lineups confirmed so far.

Other venues hosting Fringe events include the Dorothy Pax, the Washington and the Frog & Parrot.

Headliners at this year's Tramlines include The Streets, Dizzee Rascal, Supergrass and Royal Blood. Both weekend and day tickets are still on sale.

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