Canal-Lines 2024

Back to our Grass-roots inside the Pax

It’s here, what you’ve all been waiting for, our Canal-Lines 2024 line-up…

FREE ENTRY from midday all weekend long. Scroll down to see the full line-up or click here to jump to the FAQs and information for the weekend.

We’ve highlighted our top 5 not to miss picks over the weekend

Kicking off the weekend on Thursday 25th July from 6:30PM, featuring some of the current students and graduates of Waterbear The College of Music:

Thursday 25th July 2024 FREE ENTRY. Live music from 6:30PM

  • Frazer Harris, 9:50-10:20PM, A folk off grid nomad enters the modern world
  • Good Damage 9-9:30PM, Dynamic alternative pop band with dense vocal harmonies
  • Wicked are the Branches 8:10-8:40PM, 4-piece Alt-Rock with influences from Folk, Grunge, Metal and Punk.
  • Sundress 7:20-7:50PM, Dreamy, reverb-soundscape, capturing the essence of 90s shoegaze
  • Katesley Arriola 6:30-7PM, Singer/songwriter performing alternative indie-pop

Then on Friday 26th July from 5:30PM, as soon as you’ve finished work, ran home and back, our mate Sammy Fangers bring us his Indie Showcase

Friday 26th July 2024 FREE ENTRY. Live music from 6:00PM

  • Bean Weevil 9-10:30PM Grunge-Pop, fast and loud but not shy of a sweet harmony
  • Oh Hippo 7:30-8:30PM Soaring vocal harmonies, smooth basslines, and a subtle undercurrent of anxious dissonance
  • Precious Metals 6-7PM Beachcombing post-punk riffs, psychedelic keys and earworming alternative pop harmonies

Saturday 27th July from 1:00PM The Dorothy Pax will be presenting some of our favourites, here to make you dance, laugh and sing-along until you’ve lost your voice!

Saturday 27th July 2024 FREE ENTRY. Live music from 1:30PM

  • Speed For Lovers, 9-10:30PM A dark pulsing new wave with elements of disco punk
  • Mappin Street Collective, 7:30-8:30PM A fresh, fun performance, from a jazz, funk and soul band
  • Galloping Dick, 6-7PM Suave, atmospheric rock-n-roll with a prevailing sense of glamour and danger.
  • Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq and The Fancy Chaps, 4:30-5:30PM , Delivering his own brand of singalong, musical humour – There is your clue…
  • Hot Flamingo + Special Guests, 3-4PM Traditional Gypsy Swing, bebop era, early ‘50s and beyond
  • Peet Jackson & Mick Holmes, 1:30-2:30PM A beautiful voice with knockout harmonica, delightful and jovial.

Then rounding off a fabulous weekend Sunday 28th July from 1:00PM, Americana, Blues, Folk & Country artists brought to you by Chorlton Country Club and friends

Sunday 28th July 2024 FREE ENTRY. Live music from 1:40PM

  • Chorlton Country Club & Friends, 8-10PM A revolving cast of Americana musicians and artists, playing classics
  • Lauren Housley & The Northern Cowboys, 7-7:40PM Beautiful, engaging songs, with an emotive knock out vocal performance
  • Robert Vincent, 6-6:40PM Americana singer/songwriter with a powerful and soulful voice
  • Cambell Jensen, 5-5:40PM A one-of-a-kind blend of Bluegrass, Country and Americana.
  • Robbie Cavanagh, 4-4:40PM Award-winning Country, Blues and Americana performance with emotion
  • The Greatest Endangered Thing, 3-3:40PM Tender, bittersweet British-American indie folk duo
  • Rob Jones & Grace Kelly, 1:40-2:40PM Pop, folk and soul with a west-coast sound

It really is going to be a truly epic weekend. On top of the music inside, we’ll have an outside Triple Point bar, seating under our gazebo cover, with the music being pumped outside too until 10PM. We’ve got some extra info and FAQs too

 How much are tickets?

Nothing, nowt, absolutely free. The Dorothy Pax always has, and always will provide FREE ENTRY music over The Fringe At Tramlines

Where do I “purchase” a ticket?

You don’t, just turn up. We recommend getting down early. The Dorothy Pax is a small intimate space inside, so the best seats in the house will be limited. However, there will extra seating outside, canal-side, under gazebo cover, with a bar, and the music inside will be pumped outside too until 10PM. The Dorothy Pax will be open from noon each day over Canal-Lines weekend. During busier periods we will be operating a 1-in-1-out door policy.

Where can I park?

We recommend using public transport, walking or cycling where you can. If you are a blue badge holder, you can park on Victoria Quays itself, please ring 07398704810 or email before the weekend commences, we’ll be incredibly busy over the event itself.

Otherwise, free street parking is available on Blast Lane, just walk over the swing bridge on the canal to us. There is also free street parking on Furnival Road, you just have to walk around to us. There is also Victoria Quays secure car park behind us, entry from North Quay Drive. Please be aware if you use this car park you must take your ticket with you, as you will need it to regain access, we do not have keys to get in if you are stuck. All vehicles are left at your own risk.

Where can I stay?

Due to being situated not too far from the centre we are close to many hotels including, The Quays Best Western, OYO, Travelodge, Premier Inn and Easy Hotel. It is Tramlines weekend though, so hotels may be hard to come by, or doubled in price. Maybe ask your mates if you can kip on their sofa instead.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

If you want to bring your own picnic with you, that is fine, we ask that you dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided though, to be courteous to your fellow customers arriving after you. We will have food vendors on site though over the course of the weekend, if you are feeling peckish.

DO NOT bring any drinks though, security will ask you to dispose of any drinks purchased elsewhere. This is a free entry event, our sole revenue stream is the money you spend over the bar. Over the inside and outside bar you will find that we have a vast range on our bar of 9 keg lines and 7 cask lines, including local and continental brews. We’ve got a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks in our fridges. All of our wines are vegan. Our menu changes regularly sometimes on a daily basis. Are bar staff are knowledgeable and friendly, so if you are stuck, please ask and we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy.

Can I bring my children?

Well-behaved smaller humans are always welcome at the Pax. However, at 9PM we have to ask them to leave due to the conditions of our license. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Is the Dorothy Pax accessible?

If you are planning to attend and you have any access requirements, please either ring Briony on 07398704810 or drop us an email to Please do so before the weekend commences as during the weekend itself, as the team at the Dorothy Pax will be super busy delivering a fantastic weekend of free live music and may not get the chance to answer the phone or answer an email. We’ll make every effort possible to ensure everyone is catered for. If you are a blue badge holder, you may park on Victoria Quays. Please be wary of the cobbles, we are aware they are unfit, but there’s not much we can do, please write your letter of complaint to Canal & Rivers Trust. We have level access to the outside onto our mezzanine level. There are 6 steps though to get down to the bar and toilets, we’ll help navigate these if need be. If you can’t get down the steps we can gain access to the accessible boater’s toilets over the footbridge, which is all level access again. We do not have an induction loop within the venue. We do have a disco ball and there are occasionally flashing lights in use. If you have any issues with flashing lights please do let us know in advance of your visit to us.

Are dogs welcome?

Well-behaved hounds on leads are welcome at The Pax at all times. Due to the nature of Canal-Lines weekend though we ask that no dogs come into the venue itself due to the loudness and busyness of the event. Dogs are welcome outside where we always have a water bowl available for them to share.

Can I play?

We are fully booked for this year’s event. If you’d like to be considered to play at the Pax in the future please email Please be aware we get around 7-10 enquiries a day, which means we obviously can’t book everyone.

The Serious Stuff…
  • No alcohol to be brought onto the site
  • No illegal substances
  • No fires, fireworks, barbecues or sound systems
  • All dogs are to be kept under control on leads at all times on-site
  • All children under 14 are to be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Unruly behaviour will result in ejection from the site and re-entry will be refused
  • By entering this event you consent to your image being captured by photograph and film media for security and promotional purposes
  • The promoter reserves the right to change the schedule at short notice
  • Please respect our neighbours and the surrounding community and leave the site quietly
  • If you see or experience anything suspicious, or that makes you uncomfortable, please inform a member of the security
  • Enjoy, sing, dance, look after each other & have fun!
Anything else I should know?
  • Bring what you need for the day, whether that be a brolly or sun cream, let’s hope that we eventually get some summer…
  • Bring your ID. The Dorothy Pax runs a challenge 25 policy, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 but don’t have ID, you’ll be refused service. No proxy sales either.
  • We are a family-friendly safe space, if you see anything you don’t like, please do inform a member of staff or security. We have a 0-tolerance policy for any drugs or any other illegal activities. If you are found using or supplying drugs within our venue we will inform the police immediately. We work closely with Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police.
  • Have fun! Take plenty of snaps, tag us on your socials and dance along to the amazing music we’ve programmed!
Any other questions?

If you have any other questions, you can get in touch via ringing 07398704810 or emailing Please do so before the event. The team will be super busy delivering a great event over the weekend and may not be able to answer the phone or emails over the weekend.