So for my 30th, I decided to venture outside of Manchester! My wonderful friends Ben and Justine invited me and the boy over to Sheffield for the weekend to show us their local delights!
Tramlines is a free festival and played host this year to acts like Roots Manuva, We Are Scientists, Reverend And The Makers, and Mr Scruff.
Tramlines came to life in 2009 and with 155,000 revelers in attendance last year, it will be interesting to see what this year’s numbers are like. It certainly seemed to be busy.
Music fills the whole city center and even spreads into its local parks. Endcliffe Park is turned into a Folk Forest for the weekend and even the local pubs and music venues offer free entry to all the gigs. The festival came up trumps at this year’s UK Festival Awards winning a gong for Best Metropolitan Festival.
We went to an amazing gig at the Sheffield Cathedral where we went to see young talent Paul Thomas Saunders. What a talent he is, I’ve got to confess, that I pretty much blubbed to myself all through the gig while sitting at the front. What an amazing end to my 20s. The venue added to the experience and Paul seemed a little nervous in between songs but gave a fantastic performance. Paul’s grandmother who was in her 90’s came to the gig and he dedicated a song to her, cue more blubs and cheers from a drunken Jenny Winners!
I’ve been to a few gigs recently in churches and they seem to be getting used to a lot more creativity as of late. It’s always nice shooting in churches and I find that they make for a great backdrop.
So all in all, turning 30 wasn’t that bad after all! Sheffield is truly a wonderful place. I ended the first night out in my 30’s being pushed around Sheffield City Center in a shopping trolley waving like the queen, while Jonny, my other half, pushed me round shouting, ‘Make way for the chosen one’. I don’t think I’m ready to settle down just yet, so there will be a few more articles like this one left in me yet!
Let me know how your festival season is going folks!
Over and out for now.