After a superb initial line-up release which saw the first headliners announced, it seemed the huge, crowd-drawing acts had already come. However, Tramlines caught us all of guard, making this, the 10th edition of the festival the biggest yet!
Tramlines is proving to be a musical feast this year, with the multi-million record selling chart-toppers Clean Bandit topping the pile. With their unique style interweaving classical and dance to shoot them through the ranks faster than most would dream of doing. Their crossover style is a hit at festivals across the globe and sure will be a winner at Tramlines.
Alongside Clean Bandit we see that Tramlines are using Sheffield’s Leadmill as a supporting venue for the main arena in Hillsborough, which saw the big headlining names of Mystery Jets on the Friday night, the standout British band bring an amalgamation of predominantly indie-rock, psychedelia and progressive-rock which makes them a standout performer with 6 albums to their name and future records hinted at with the release of new singles like, ‘Bubblegum’. RAT BOY fills the Saturday headlining duties; bringing a raucous live set along with their guitar heavy tunes. Maybe even tempting a blast from the past, as their new record: ‘SCUM’ came with the help of Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon.
Back to the festival opening, joining Stereophonics on the main stage comes incredible, award winning Manchester outfit, Everything Everything. Coming off the back of their biggest hit album ever in 2017, ‘A Fever Dream’ which was shortlisted for the Mercury Music prize award, they will be a Tramline’s hit this year.
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Also amongst the latest additions, are local Sheffield band, Milburn in what’s set to be an unmissable performance. After reforming 3 years ago, the Sheffield 4 piece have enjoyed an incredible couple of years, hinting that this will be their, “last show for a long time!” so they are surely wanting to go out with a bang.
Completing the latest additions, comes a wave of emerging talents, Nina Nesbitt, Lewis Capaldi, Fickle Friends, High Hazels and Oddity Road. Each embodying their own unique style, but overlapping with incredible youthful flare, Tramline’s are setting the stage for more of Tomorrow’s music that will surely make their mark in the British scene throughout 2018.