Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield's Tramlines scoops festival award

Heaven 17 on stage during Tramlines
Image caption The free festival attracted more than 150,000 fans to Sheffield

A free music festival held in South Yorkshire for the last three years has won a national award.

Tramlines was announced as the Best UK Metropolitan Festival at a ceremony in the Roundhouse, London.

Sheffield's Tramlines beat the winner of the last two years, Camden Crawl, to win the award.

Sarah Nulty, Tramlines festival director, said: "We're already working on next year's festival and hope it will be just as successful."

The metropolitan award is given to festivals using existing venues in the host city or town.

The award for best major festival at the same event went to Glastonbury.

Diverse music

Tramlines is held at more than 70 venues including Sheffield University and the Leadmill, as well as numerous pubs and clubs.

Organisers say the aim of the free festival is to showcase the diverse music in the city of Sheffield.

The 2011 festival attracted an audience of more than 150,000 during a weekend in July.

The first event in 2009 was attended by 35,000 fans.

James Drury, of UK Festival Awards, said: "It's a great achievement to win this award in such a short space of time and is testament to the hard work of everyone involved."

The awards are decided by a combination of online votes and music industry experts.

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