Tramlines Festival Preview



Now in its ninth year, Sheffield's Tramlines Festival returns over the weekend of July 21-23.  Accommodating events at more than seventy venues and four main stages in the city centre, the inner-city shindig has played host to such luminaries as Echo And The Bunnymen, Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, Julio Bashmore, Kate Tempest, De La Soul, The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx, Public Enemy and Dizzee Rascal.

This year's diverse, genre-straddling bill, caters for most tastes, ranging from the turbo-charged, electro-rock-dub of Primal Scream, to vintage era hip-hop, from: The Pharcyde. But there's more. The genre's sprawl to cosmic psych-disco, from Jane Weaver, and British rapper, Loyle Carner, to festival faves Metronomy, and the reformed Libertines. 

Named after the city's tram network, the festival is the brainchild of numerous promoters and organisations in the city, whose aim is to throw urban sounds and intimate, niche fare next to indie rock and populist styles. A mixture of heavyweight and regional talent are brought together in eclectic style. Initially a free event, Tramlines Festival started charging a ticket price in 2013, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

Tramlines is held at various parkland, bar and music venues in Sheffield on July 21st-July 23rd. Don't miss out.

Michael Sumison