For the 8th year in a row I have a photo pass for Tramlines. But it is all change this year. The festival has moved to be all in one location - Hillsborough Park - outside of the city centre. This means that there are 4 stages in one park and the festival is now much more like a smaller version of something like the Leeds Festival than a city centre festival. There is still a fantastic fringe festival in the city centre but it seems quite removed from the new location (especially as unfortunately the trams were on strike). However, the park was rammed with people and the atmosphere was amazing.
I loved the new Leadmill tent - and craft beer bar behind it! - and I can't wait to photograph at the new T'Other Stage once it opens today. There was a very good range of food stalls and I also liked the Library stage even though I didn't get a chance to photograph there - I hope to rectify this today.
For me personally, there is one major change: unfortunately the festival organisers have decided not to use the same photography team as their official photographers this year. This means that I - and my 6 extremely talented colleagues - are not directly working for Tramlines this year. We all still got photo - and VIP! - passes but we are working for ourselves rather than the festival. It's a shame, but things change. I'm determined to enjoy this festival to the max just in case I don't get a pass next year!
So, on to the photos and short write up of the first night of Tramlines.
After what felt like weeks of 25C permanent sunshine it was disappointing to report that it rained but it didn't dampen the atmosphere - I had a blast! I managed to avoid most of the rain in the excellent new Leadmill tent but I did get wet during Everything Everything on the Main Stage. It was worth though because they were fantastic. Other highlights of the night included the wonderful Mystery Jets in the Leadmill tent and the Into the Trees 80s DJ after the bands had finished.
Below are some highlight of my photos from the night; you can see more in my Tramlines 2018 gallery here: Tramlines 2018 gallery.