Tramlines from Hillsborough Park has been great so far.
Arriving before 5 pm Friday and 2 pm Saturday meant going straight to the security pass without a soul in front. The staff were friendly and the police and sniffer dogs made it feel safe and professional.
The toilets are the best I have seen for a few years due to a raised open floor style of base, so it's not really grim to use the facilities like a skating rink after someone else which is always a bonus.
You can get a can of Red Stripe for £4.80 and there is a range of craft beers on sale too. The queue for the beer has mainly taken about 3 mins, 10 at tops straight after a main band.
The food offering is fantastic. The Vegan stand with the sunflowers was amazing. The staff had come from Northampton so that's great that they get to see Sheffield in such a good light.
There are a few (not enough in my opinion), stalls selling clothes, sun hats, body glitter and BUM BAGS (always been handy TBF but I had not realised they were cool again now!), ATMs etc.
There are lots of litter bins which are regularly emptied. There are also a fair few but not quite enough recycling points. Litter pickers are plentiful and doing a fantastic job.
The recyclable plastic pint pots are being collected with glee by the under 10s. There is a 50p deposit paid per 5 glasses that are returned. (If only there could be such a deal where they would be happy to pick up cigarette butts). I have only seen paper plates, straws and wooden cutlery which is great on the single-use plastic front.
The canopy of trees surrounding the park gives so much extra appeal to the venue, (which is much flatter than the Ponderosa so better on a restricted accessibility front), for this reason, the best yet for Tramlines in my opinion.
The comedy and cinema screen has been exceptional.
On the way out there was still loads of parking spaces nearby and a fair few happy taxi drivers. The tram replacement buses were well organised and plentiful and cost £3 to get back into town.
There are fringe events in the local pubs and at Ollerton Stadium in Hillsborough and the takeaways on Middlewood Road looked to be doing superbly. ASDA has also stocked up on their drinks and cash back offering.
All in all, so far, so good in my opinion. I have seen brilliant live acts, not a single incidence of trouble, lots of car parking spaces in the surrounding areas and well-organised road closures. What is not to like!
What has the atmosphere been like in town and at the Folk Forest this year?
Has it been too loud for locals who do not like the type of music playing?