Local Listen: Tramlines SpecialPosted by: Paul Stimpson
VIBE takes a look at the crème de la crème of Sheffield talent playing over Tramlines weekend (21 – 23 July)
What started out as a small festival with local acts, is now one of the finest inner city music festivals in the UK. The Libertines, the Pharcyde and Primal Scream will join Sister Sledge, Public Enemy and Jurassic 5 in the proverbial crypts of legendary Tramlines acts.
Despite the international artists and legendary UK bands, the weekend is still all about discovering the local artists that make Sheffield one of the most creative cities in the land. Tramlines is all about catching these local bands in the tiny venues, leaving footprints on the wall at the Gatsby and jumping the fence at the University Arms. Read some of our local picks for the weekend below…
Doomlines – Mulberry Tavern – Free
Doomlines is back for the third year, heavier, sweatier and dirtier than ever. There are a shed load of heavy bands playing on Tramlines, and best of all, entry will cost you absolutely nowt! Doom metal band Ba’al, uneasy psychological sludge Kurokuma and sleazy Rotherham rock and roll band Strange Bru are among some of the acts on at the Mulberry Tavern on Arundel Gate.
False Nine – Foodhall – Free
On the Saturday, False Nine will be hosting a free event down at the Foodhall on Eyre Street. A space for the community, it’s worth popping down in the afternoon and checking out some of the live music throughout the day. Baby Names, Dead Slow Hoot and FEET are just some of the acts playing.
Crystal Stage – Crystal Bar – Free
It’s almost criminal that this stage continues to deliver such a stellar line-up year after year. Trash, Sheafs and Cellar Door Moon Crow are on our must see list for the weekend, and they’re all on the same stage. Reyt good!
Octofunk – Leopold Square – Free
Sheffield’s Ryan Taylor leads groove funk collective Octofunk and their standard early afternoon Tramlines slot. Hit it a bit too heavy on Friday night? Get to the Cubana beer garden at 1pm and sup on a cocktail and listen to some soul to perk you up.
Floodhounds – Record Junkee – Free
The Sheffield based band told us recently that they cannot wait for this year’s Tramlines. They’re headlining Record Junkee on the Friday night at 22:15pm – get in early and claim your place – this’ll be one of *the* sets of the weekend.
Liberty Ship – Ponderosa – Tickets
The La’s inspired Sheffield band will open up Tramlines this year, listen out for fan favourites Learning to Fly and Cast Away as the High Green four piece warm up the crowd for The Libertines.