Tramlines, Sheffield’s award-winning inner-city festival, has a wealth of talent on this year’s bill. Now in its ninth year, the focus of the festival has shifted to the best outdoor spaces in the city, enabling Tramlines to deliver it’s biggest line-up to date.
Highlights at this year’s event include headliners: The Libertines, Metronomy, & Primal Scream, as well as The Coral, The Pharcyde, Twin Atlantic, We Are Scientists and many more.
Tramlines have brought top class acts to Sheffield by the bucketload year on year. We’ve selected, from the highly diverse line up, a number of up and coming acts you may have missed that deserve your utmost attention.
Speaking to the good folk at Tramlines HQ including Danielle Gigg (part of the Programming Team), Bhavesh Patel (from PRS Foundation), James East (Tramlines sound engineer) and Tim Feben (Tramlines Folk Forrest organiser).
Tramlines Class Of 2017:
[highlight color=#e90f0f ]Spring King[/highlight]
Spring King are sure to offer up unruly guitars, hurtling rhythms and rowdy sing-alongs in their live performance at Tramlines 2017. As a four-piece, Spring King have racked up close to two hundred shows. ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ captures the chaos and rollercoaster turns of Spring King’s previous few years.
Danielle Gigg: Spring King ‘The Summer’ was my anthem of last year’s festival season. Their live show is extremely energetic and exactly what people will need on a Saturday afternoon. They’re one of the bands I am most looking forward to seeing on this year’s lineup.
The SSS are an energetic indie quintet from Sheffield, blending various influences, ranging from Joy Division to Band of Skulls. Since forming in early 2013 the band have received numerous accolades including Sheffield Band’s ‘Track of the Year 2013’ for premiere track “Snake In The Grass” and to ‘Best Unsigned Band 2015’ at the Exposed Magazine awards. For feel good indie vibes be sure to check them out.
Danielle Gigg: Sheffield has great local talent and Tramlines has always incorporated them into the line ups, offering a platform to support new and upcoming artists. We are very excited to have The SSS as part of this year’s festival as we welcome back the Devonshire Green stage.
The singer-songwriter from Portsmouth, Jerry Williams, is raw and poetic. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Coldplay, Vampire Weekend and Slow Club, her life growing up in Portsmouth, and her relationships, she’s already made a huge impact on her local scene.
Bhavesh Patel: I’m sure Jerry Williams will be a household name soon. It’s great to see her getting love from BBC Radio 1, and her chill pop songs will be the perfect Sunday opener.
The four lads from South Yorkshire, Alvarez Kings, have an indie-pop vibe with synthesiser sounds and enchanting guitar melodies. The quartet—brothers Simon [vocals, guitar] and Paul Thompson [bass, keys, backup vocals], Sean Parkin [guitar], and Richard Walker [drums, samples, pads]—has quietly built up an international buzz since their 2012 formation.
Danielle Gigg: Local lads Alvarez Kings have gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years winning over audiences throughout America and Europe. We look forward to welcoming them back to South Yorkshire for some good old indie pop.
Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Cattle & Cane, songwriting shines through with their captivating vocals. Very much a family affair, Joe and Helen are joined by their brothers Fran (keyboards & backing vocals) and Vin Hammill (bass), along with close friend Tom Chapman on drums.
Bhavesh Patel: The songwriting on their new album has a classic sound to it that will no-doubt provide some epic festival moments this summer, I am looking forward to enjoying their performance at Tramlines 2017.
Liberty Ship are a four piece with laid back vocals and energetic authentic rock ‘n’ roll sounds. The band have become a part of Sheffield’s perpetually exciting music scene having sold out the Leadmill, as well as opening the main stage at Tramlines Festival.
Danielle Gigg: I first saw Liberty Ship at one of their first gigs when they were 15 years old. It’s clear to see with age they have grown as musicians and are now at the forefront of the Sheffield music scene. It’s been nice to watch them work their way up the running order of the festival to now having a slot on the main stage in 2017.
From their fiery live shows to their bold and catchy tunes, Estrons, are sure to be a highlight of Tramlines 2017. Expected an adrenaline pack set from Cardiff based four piece.
James East: I saw Estrons supporting at Deaf Institute in Manchester. They absolutely tore through their set with pure energy and passion. Pounding drums, rumbling bass, scorching guitar and terrifyingly perfect vocal melodies carried a performance that any headline act would struggle to top. They’re guaranteed to wake up anyone lounging around Dev Green on Saturday afternoon that’s still feeling a bit drowsy after a late Friday night.
British musician and singer-songwriter, originally from Swinton, South Yorkshire. Paul Littlewood’s emotive vocals stop you in your tracks, the songs have a haunting quality about them with their exquisite tone and pitch.
Tim Feben: Sheffield’s Paul Littlewood, has been slowly refining his sound and his songs have been maturing with every year I’ve seen him. He now returns to the Folk Forest with his best work yet, with influences ranging from Jason Molina, Neil Young and Bon Iver. He’s now quite the craftsman when it comes to songwriting and I predict a very bright future for him.
All Saints / Kano / Metronomy / Primal Scream / Toots & The Maytals
Akala / Cabbage / Cate Le Bon / Hot 8 Brass Band / Lady Leshurr / Loyle Carner / M.O / Nadia Rose / Omar Souleyman / The Coral / The Magic Gang / The Pharcyde / Twin Atlantic / We Are Scientists
The Age of LUNA / The Big Moon / Blaenavon / Bossy Love / Champion / Don Letts / Estrons / Flamingods /The Heatwave / Lucy Spraggan / Mista Silva / Ms Banks / Nubiyan Twist DJ set / Our Girl / Rachel Dadd / The Reflex / Spring King / Yorkston Thorne Khan
Alvarez Kings / Buffalo Skinners / Cattle & Cane / Fizzy Blood / Goat Girl / Goat Head / Jalen N’Gonda / James Tait / Jamie Isaac / Jerry Williams / John Joseph Brill / Katie Pham & The Moonbathers / Leroy / Liberty Ship / Little Robots / LOGS / Luxury Death / Matic Mouth / Mike Hughes / Neil McSweeney / Paul Littlewood / Reasons To Be Cheerful Soundsystem / Sheffield’s Sgt Pepper Project / Souljam / The SSS / Thirsty Ear / UK Mondo / The Wharves
Tramlines Festival 2017 After-Party Lineup:
Bugzy Malone / Faithless DJ Set / Gilles Peterson / Fuse ODG / TQD / Camo & Krooked / Gerd Janson / Mike Skinner / Nightmares On Wax DJ Set / Andy Butler (Hercules And Love Affair)
DJ Marky / S.P.Y / DJ Zinc / Coco / Loadstar / Prince Fatty & Horseman / 2 Bad Mice / Cause & Affect / Donae’o / Barely Legal / DJ Target / Artful Dodger / Gotsome / Kideko / Royal T / DJ Q / Flava D
Andy H / A-Kid / Cheff / Deadbeat UK / Displace Crew / Dr Cryptic / Earthworm Jim / Forca / GM Ben / Inja / Junglist Alliance / Kidlib / Killa Jo / K-Orse N Basshound / Lowqui / Mr Muliplex / Nice Like Rice DJs / Pedram / Phatworld b2b Superior Cornrows / Rogue Fiesta / Sekt-87 / Steel City Rhythm / Tippa / Trojan Explosion
The Tuesday Club / Nice Like Rice / Roots / Wildlife / Off Me Nut Records / Quality Control / Jungle Jam