Tramlines Festival returned to Sheffield for an eighth year with it’s biggest line-up ever, featuring the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen, Dizzee Rascal, The Dandy Warhols, Public Service Broadcasting and DJ Steve Davis among the hundreds of artists performing over the three-day event between 22nd and 24th July.
Attending for a third year, and for the first time ever with a press entry, I watched a total of 17 acts perform during the event across multiple locations – from the Ponderosa’s main stage to O2 Academy, and even the much smaller fringe venues that make the occasion so unique.
The opening Sunday at the Crucible was the scene for my first visit of the 2016 World Snooker Championship – my 12th year in a row and 13th in total!
Attending the afternoon and evening sessions, I saw the Scottish duo of Stephen Maguire and Alan McManus complete their first round battle before watching two young stars in Michael White and Sam Baird get their match started with the opening nine-frame session.
It also turned out to be a momentous day in the history of Snooker as a whole as the legendary 6-time World Champion Steve Davis retired from the game competitively, having failed to qualify for this year’s championship.
Dan Gardner’s double gave Chesterfield a deserved victory over strugglers Crewe Alexandra to end Dean Saunders’ poor run of form.
Goals in either half from the wide midfielder earned the Spireites their first three points in over a month and kept Crewe languishing at the bottom of the League 1 table, leaving a number of frustrated home supporters calling for the head of manager Steve Davis.
On Friday 27th April my Dad went down to the Crucible for a drink with some of the Snooker regulars and also a few of the referees. Then on Saturday 28th March we returned to have a wander around and chat to a few people we know. You can see the photos from day 7 and 8 of the World Championship below.
On Sunday 24th April 2011, I was back at the Crucible Theatre for Day 9 of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship, today watching the first sessions of the second round match between Stuart Bingham and Ding Junhui.