A permanent memorial to Tramlines Festival director Sarah Nulty has been confirmed.
Nulty died earlier this month following a brief illness. She was just 36.
Figures from Sheffield’s music scene and the festival circuit paid tribute, ahead of Tramlines’ 10th anniversary event. “She was awesome and we were honoured to have worked with her on this year’s festival,” said Jon McClure of Reverend & The Makers. “Sheffield has lost a good’un. Sending love and best wishes to her family and friends.”
During the festival, which took place last weekend, headliner Craig David dedicated his track ‘I Know You’ to Miss Nulty.
Now, it has been announced that plans are in place for a permanent memorial. A commemorative plaque will be added to the wall at the top of Devonshire Green in the Steel City. It will look down on where the Tramlines mainstage was originally located in 2009.
“It’s very important that there is a permanent tribute to Sarah in recognition of everything she put into the city,” said Timm Cleasby, a founder of the festival and the head of operations. “She was a massive fan and supporter of Sheffield’s creativity and independence.”
He described the positioning of the memorial as “a poignant and fitting tribute”.
Thank you everyone @tramlines festival today you were absolutely amazing! Thank you Sarah Nulty for creating such an amazing festival & may you rest in peace knowing that you’ve brought so many people together and your legacy will live on.🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/95n4YFVo5y
— Craig David (@CraigDavid) July 22, 2018
Sheffield is a great festival city, and I've been so inspired by the hugely skilled, tenacious and resourceful women who run our festivals – Sarah Nulty was one of them, a cultural leader, our city's loss. Rock on @tramlines, and rest in peace Sarah. #girlstothefront https://t.co/WNDHAOe1bc
— Melanie Iredale (@Melanie_Iredale) July 2, 2018
Sheffield Mayor Magid Magid will also posthumously honour Nulty with a Civic Award.
Tramlines has grown from a free multi-venue festival across Sheffield city centre, which attracted 35,000 people in 2009, to boasting a capacity of more than 100,000 some years later.
2018’s event saw performances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Stereophonics, Craig David, Blossoms, Pale Waves and many more.