As the last remaining tickets for Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival get snapped up we have the latest round-up of announcements including Emerging Talent announcements with 12 acts added to the line-up, After Parties happening in the city centre and a change of name for the Main Stage.
Tramlines takes place from 19th to 21st July at Hillsborough Park across four stages of music and will feature headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Courteeners and Nile Rodgers and CHIC, alongside Rag’n’Bone Man, Lewis Capaldi, Manic Street Preachers, Reverend and The Makers, Happy Mondays and many more.
New additions to the 2019 lineup comprising of some of the hottest breaking talent around. From thousands of entries via the festival’s Apply To Play scheme, six acts were selected by a panel that included Jon McClure (Reverend and The Makers), BBC Radio Sheffield, Clash Magazine, the Leadmill and Tramlines’ organisers. A further six were chosen by BBC Introducing as part of a wider relationship with BBC Radio Sheffield, which will include multiple live broadcasts on various shows over the festival weekend from an exclusive backstage performance area.
BBC presenter Christian Carlisle has selected six local acts to perform at Tramlines in 2019. These include the powerful vocals of Before Breakfast, who will be joined by alt-grunge rockers Hands Off Gretel, while indie vibes come from Oh Papa and Exiled. Sheffield based rapper and Tramlines veteran Matic Mouth will perform solo following a guest slot with Steve Edwards’ Universal Tree group last year. The final addition to this group is Guest Singer who explore the dark side of pop music. These acts will be performing at The Library Stage over the weekend.
The Apply To Play winners are a diverse bunch including ‘art pop’ from Fauves who take their inspiration from ‘Fauvism’, an early 20th Century French art movement, and Perfectparachutepicture who have a unique noise rock sound. Speed For Lovers are heavily influenced by the sound of Sheffield’s clubs with their ‘disco-not-disco’ sound, they have already received airplay from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music. Ambient alt-pop act LIO played the Tramlines fringe last year but make their Hillsborough debut in 2019. They are joined by indie rock band Graces who have collaborated with Phil Gornell of Bring me the Horizon and Matthew J Hall, a dark pop act to complete the new acts for 2019.
Details have just been announced for a very exclusive after party following the Saturday night at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield. Following his Main Stage appearance on 20th July at Hillsborough Park as frontman of Reverend and The Makers, Jon McClure will head to the decks at the O2 Academy Sheffieldto take crowds on a reet good ride with a specially programmed set of funk, soul and plenty of indie classics. Alongside the Sheffield giant comes a DJ set fromThis Feeling. The club who only deal in the future of rock n roll stars will do nothing less at the after party when it comes to their own set, thrashing out the big tunes of today, tomorrow and from the far away future. In association with Scotts Menswear, tickets for the official Tramlines After Party are only fiver and are on sale now at www.tramlines.org.uk/tickets .
Giving a taster of his sundown set after Tramlines, The Rev said: “We’re having a massive party on the Saturday night. I’m at the controls throwing down some huge tracks and there will definitely be some indeh bangers thrown in. Can’t wait to see you there.”
Tramlines Festival has announced that its Main Stage will be renamed to ‘Nulty’s Main Stage’ in honour of the late Festival Director, Sarah Nulty who passed away just three weeks before the 10th Anniversary in 2018.
Tramlines Festival Organiser, Danielle Gigg commented, “Sarah was the driving force behind the festival, so it felt completely fitting to rename the main stage in her honour and as a memorial for everything she’s done for us. We will continue to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care who both helped her so much.”
On a personal note, Sarah was always great to communicate with, always finding the time to do Q&A’s with this small publication, all of which are still live on the site. A rare trait to find in the music industry. Her passion for the festival and Sheffield is unrivalled.