I’ve not done the whole festival thing for years and after using the long drop at Leeds one too many times I realised that I was better suited to proper toilets.
Then I discovered Tramlines… A festival in Sheffield if all places. The main pro of this festival is that you can stay in a proper bed and have a shower – woop! As Jonny is from Sheffield it also meant we could stay at his Mum’s and have cheese toasties when we got in, win, win!
If I’m brutally honest, the line up wasn’t that exciting but with six of our besties going it would have been rude to miss out. We paid about £70 for a full weekend ticket which included access to a VIP bar and posh portaloos, upgrading to VIP was probably the best £20 I’ve ever spent as the queues for drinks in the main arena were unbelievable and hiding from the rain in a nice portaloo that had hot water was a dream!
We watched Twin Atlantic and The Libertines on the Friday night and on the Saturday we saw Chemical Brothers and wait for it… All Saints!!! All Saints were obviously my highlight of the weekend, they over delivered in my opinion, performing all their golden oldies and some extra delights like their take on ‘Push it’ and ‘Lady Marmalade’. Shaznay obviously stole the show but all four ladies were on top form #fangirl.
My second highlight from the weekend was food related, in fact, it was the food of my dreams… SCOOPS OF COOKIE DOUGH!!!! Let me tell you now, it was everything you’d expect and much, much more. You chose the flavour of cookie dough you wanted (salted caramel obv) and then added flavours, I opted for a large but that could get a bit sickly if you’ve not trained your stomach to over indulge since you were a child.
It rained pretty much the whole weekend but The Dancing Unicorn made that okay by making me feel like a vaguely pretty drowned rat with their gorgeous festival glitter! They did two eyes for £5 which I thought was a bargain, you can buy their glitter on their website which I’m tempted to do, just to jazz up a Sunday afternoon.
I’m probably not going to rush back to Tramlines now I’ve done it once but if the line up tickles your fancy next year then it’s a cheap and cheerful festival. If you don’t fancy buying a ticket, Sheffield in general is so busy during Tramlines and there are loads of things going on in the pubs and clubs so you could make a weekend of it without a wristband, but it might be worth it for the cookie dough…