And so, we’re finally here. This weekend the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield kicks off and GIGsoup give you their final artist we feel you ‘simply shouldn’t miss’.
Today we feature Newcastle band Little Comets and their wonderful blend of indie-rock. The three-piece take to the Tramlines main stage on Saturday afternoon and are quite possibly one of the finest live acts on this years bill. The band have been around for a number of years but strangely only really started to come to a wider attention after they split from their major record company (Columbia). Their third LP ‘Hope is Just a State of Mind’ was released on the bands own label in 2015 and was a critical and commercial success and a clear indication that you don’t need the backing of a major to release great and memorable music.
As a live act the band are one of the best in the business. Often applauded for their energetic sets they mix old and new to leave their audience seemlingly breathless. Head to the main stage on Saturday at 15:00 for what promises to be a highlight of the weekend. We spoke to the band about this weekends festival…
Summarise your sound in one sentence.
If I could do that then I wouldn’t need to write songs.
How do you feel about playing at the biggest and most sprawling Tramlines Festival yet?
Yeah, it should be cracking – we’ve got some lovely memories from last time we played. Urban festivals are such a class idea and Tramlines is a great example – a peaceful environment with people just wanting to hear good music.
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There’s some great hidden gem venues dotted around Sheffield – have you got any fond past memories in the Steel City?
Yes loads, we played a lot of our early gigs in Sheffield – The Grapes, The Boardwalk (unbelievable venue but now closed) and The Frog and Parrot. We once did a gig that started on the tram and then we walked down the hill to the venue with people following down the street, it was amazing.
My grandad’s family are from Sheffield too, so it’s always nice to see familiar faces when we play there.
Arctic Monkeys or Pulp?
What’s been your favourite past gig, and why?
Ah that’s such a hard question – to isolate one gig from seven years is impossible as there have been so many for different reasons. Our first gig in New York was special just because we were so shocked to actually be there, with people singing along to our music. That gig in the Frog and Parrot was immense – just for no reason an unbelievable energy in the room, also pretty much any gig in Leeds.
I think that’s part of the love we have for playing live – there’s no correlation between the size of a gig in terms of venue or importance, and how much we enjoy it. Any gig can be magic for no reason and then stick in your memory.
What was the most surreal moment in your musical career?
Again there have been a few – Paul Simon having to clear a sample for a song, stopping traffic in Newcastle having played in the bakery aisle of Marks and Spencer, the tram gig in Sheffield, meeting a bloke in Utah who said he’d built a plane and he could fly us around on our next tour as long as we brought our own food, meeting Joe Andrews. Many moments haha.
What music is getting you excited at the moment?
All the classics: Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, tUnEyArDs, Matt Saxon, my little boy singing.
What are your 3 festival essentials?
Friends, cold drinks and an umbrella.
Finally, what have you got in store for your performance in Sheffield this summer?
Loads of mint craic.