A jewel on the Northern calendar for music fans, Sheffield’s Tramlines will return with a massive new-look site. This year will see a huge milestone celebrating the tenth edition at Hillsborough Park.
Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5 have been confirmed as headliners for Tramlines Festival 2018. From an inner-city festival to a city-wide event. Tramlines returns from Friday 20 July – Sunday 22 July 2018 at Hillsborugh Park, Sheffield.
Ourselves, the Tramlines team, The Leadmill, Northern Exposure and Sound & Style have selected, from the diverse lineup, a number of up and coming acts you may have missed that deserve your utmost attention.
Bang Bang Romeo
Bang Bang Romeo – Natural Born Astronaut
Bang Bang Romeo are sure to offer up spine-tingling vocals, huge atmospheric sounds and full on rock n roll in their live performance at Tramlines 2018.
Being part of South Yorkshire’s ever-evolving music scene they are about to explode onto the world having just signed a worldwide record deal. Having seen the 3 piece play the likes of small pub venues to big festival stages they always deliver with pure energy, passion and terrifyingly perfect vocal melodies, delivering a performance that any headline act would struggle to top. The song I’ve chosen is the uplifting “Natural Born Astronaut”.
Craig – Editor-In-Chief Gig Addict
Bitter – Palace
I’m really excited to see Palace, I saw them for the first time at Y-Not Festival last year and I’ve not had the chance to see them since. They sort of combine downbeat lyrics with quite summery guitar tones, solid festival act.
Sam Feeley, Live Promoter – The Leadmill
Tom Grennan – Sober
Tom Grennan has exploded on the scene over the last 18 months with his unique songwriting and performing style, inspired by soul, blues, grime and indie. Tom’s work shows real depth – his storytelling through music knows no bounds.
With, soulful bluesy tones balanced with the poetry of grime-inspired rhetoric, he has certainly proved to be a hit up and down the country during his recent tour. His song writing is inspired by life experiences and the world around him, his dyslexia informing his methods of writing, allowing him a certain freedom with layering sounds, styles and phrasing. His work nods to an eclectic mix of influences including Alex Turner, Adele and Ray Charles. His debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ will be released on July 6th with the production on it described by Tom as ‘a big landscape of music … orchestras, brass, choirs, big vocals, big songs.’ Another tour will follow its release, confirming Tom’s commitment to his fans: he is well-known for his relentless touring schedules. NE predict that Tom Grennan is destined for greatness as his steely grit and determination propel him from success to success.
Rachel and Kate – Northern Exposure
Getaway – Wulfman Fury
Having seen the boys packing out several smaller venues around Sheffield, I can’t wait to see them rockin a bigger stage. ‘Getaway’ has an awesome groove and for me they are one of the most exciting bands coming out of Sheffield right now.
Timm Cleasby, Tramlines Operations Manager
Sophie and The Giants
Monsters – Sophie and The Giants
There is a band called Sophie and The Giants playing on the stage I’ve curated who have a song called Monsters. I wanna hear that live – it’s such a tune.
Jon McClure, Reverend and The Makers
Flamingods – Taboo Groves
I first experienced The Flamingods at Picture House Social in 2016 and was entranced within seconds. They perform their own breed of jungle psychedelia that combines Middle Eastern sounds with percussion instruments sourced from travels across the globe. Their rhythms are intense and trippy, layering over each other until they create this euphoric state that makes you lose your sense of time and couldn’t say when the song actually started. It’s the ultimate escapism. Another reason I’m a big fan is the visual show the band put on, which usually includes potted plants, dim lights and belly dancers – they really go all out! And their costumes are always dazzling, too. Expect wildly adorned head-wear and rainbow kaftans all round.
Becca – Editor Sound & Style
16 Shots – Stefflon Don
I’ve liked Stefflon Don for a while now and was really pleased when she confirmed with us. This is a tune that I turn up loud, she’s not only amazing at rapping but moves to singing so easily and equally as well.
Sarah Nulty, Tramlines Festival Director
Cough Cough – Everything Everything
Some great memories of being on tour with the boys and this always being the song that tears it up!
Russell Pate, Tramlines Production Manager
Lonely – Patawawa
I discovered this band as a result of them being booked for Tramlines – and what a find. The guitar riff in this track could’ve been played by Nile Rogers! It sounds like classic disco yet it’s so frigging fresh. I hope the sun shines for this one.
Nicola Freitas, Head Of PR – Tramlines and Sliding Doors
This northern indie-alt-rock five piece are one of the best bands to come out of Sheffield in a very long time. Their energetic, punchy performances of guitar heavy, intelligent indie-punk rage is unlike anything out there currently and may explain why they are taking the UK by storm, be it in headlining or supporting slots as they tour endlessly up and down the land.
By taking inspiration from home yet avoiding the usual cliches of northern indie sound – broad and brooding, working class youth angst – their sound is unique. With nods to Black Keys and White Stripes infused with punk and expounding lyrics defying the wrongs of popular culture, each release shows their growth and merit as one of the UK’s greatest new indie bands.
Their brazen sets are loaded with addictive melodies and catchy riffs. While retaining a regional sound they create songs which are instantly memorable and anthemic in style. Their loyal fan base have many favourites tracks such as ‘This is Not a Protest’, ‘Mind Pollution’ and ‘Shock Machine’ with audience participation in gigs which once seen is never forgotten. With a hugely busy festival season and exciting plans ahead, this firm NE favourite will go far.
Rachel and Kate – Northern Exposure
As one of UK’s most popular inner-city music festivals, Tramlines’ new home is just 13 minutes from the city centre by tram, meaning it stays connected to the plethora of fringe activities happening all over town.