Tributes paid after Tramlines Festival director Sarah Nulty dies, aged 36

"Sheffield has lost a good'un"

Tributes have been paid after it was announced that Tramlines Festival director Sarah Nulty has died, aged 36.

Miss Nulty was a co-founder of the successful Sheffield festival as well as a champion of the local music scene. Her colleague Alex Deadman revealed that she passed away following a short illness, as well as paying tribute to her spirit and dedication.

“It is with great sadness that Tramlines Festival must announce that our festival director, Sarah Nulty, has passed away at the age of 36 following a brief illness,” he said in a statement. “Sarah was instrumental in the launch of Tramlines in 2009, taking on the role of festival director in 2013.


He continued: “She came to Sheffield as a student in 1999 and worked at Gatecrasher and Bed nightclub, going on to manage various venues and live events around the city.”

“Sarah dedicated her whole working career to the Sheffield music industry. After nearly two-decades, this work has led to massive benefits for the city and she has been the driving force of Tramlines for many years. Her tenacity, vision and unbreakable work ethic are the reasons that the festival can celebrate its tenth anniversary.

He added: “Sarah turned her hand to every aspect of the running the event over the years, she was the life and soul of Tramlines and no job was too small, but no responsibility too great. “We would like to celebrate Sarah’s huge talent and the profound impact that she has had on the lives of so many people over the years.”

Reverend & The Makers’ Jon McClure was among the figures from the Sheffield music scene and festival circuit to share tributes to Miss Nulty.

“She was awesome and we were honoured to have worked with her on this year’s festival,” he wrote. “Sheffield has lost a good’un. Sending love and best wishes to her family and friends.”


A spokesman for Tramlines added: “We would like to celebrate Sarah’s huge talent and the profound impact that she has had on the lives of so many people over the years.”

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. This year’s Tramlines festival will be held at Hillsborough Park and see performances from Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher, Craig David’s TS5, De La Soul, Blossoms, Clean Bandit, Shed Seven, Mabel and many more – as well as the usual showcase of local talent. Visit here for tickets and more information.


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