From the 23rd to the 25th of July, Tramlines will be taking place in Hillsborough Park. The sold-out event is Sheffield’s biggest festival and won the Best Metropolitan Festival in 2019. This line-up comes long-awaited after the festival was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19. In this article, we give you rundown of the best acts to check out.
There’s something for everyone with Indie bands, rappers and rock duos headlining. On Friday, see The Streets, an English rap project led by Mike Skinner. We can’t wait to see them play ‘Who’s Got the Bag (21st June)’ a song inspired in protest to the government’s Coronavirus lockdown plans. On Saturday check out Royal Blood, the rock duo who latest album, ‘Typhoons’ followed in the success of ‘How Did We Get So Dark’ and the self-titled ‘Royal Blood’. On Sunday, the headliner is Richard Ashcroft, famous for being the lead singer of the Verve and as a solo singer-songwriter who recently won the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding contributions to British Music.
Those who love Pop Tarts will definitely need to see the Fratellis play Chelsea Dagger, whilst Roar lovers should check out Dizzie Rascal’s rendition of Bonkers. If you love Leadmill, check out Pale Waves, whose indie-pop tunes and goth look will take you back to Avril Lavinge in the early 2000s.
Other acts to see include Jake Bugg, with his Beatles influenced brit-pop and Sophie Ellis Bextor, whose songs Murder on the Dancefloor and Grooveyet will have you dancing in the crowd.
Lesser known but still worth seeing are indie band Fickle Friends, they released two EPs during lockdown so we are looking forward to seeing them played live for the first time. Alt-pop band Sundara Karma will also play on Sunday, debuting their EP ‘Kill Me’. If that’s not your thing, Mahalia will be gracing the stage on Friday with her R&B soul music. The Jamaican-British singer, songwriter and actress has released several Eps and two albums and Tramlines will be her after-lockdown debut.
After Tramlines, take the tram into town where you can enjoy the Leadmill’s after-parties which have rooms for party anthems, indie classics, disco and pop-punk. Leadmill isn’t the only club in town with afterparties and its tradition to enjoy Sheffield’s nightlife before stumbling back to Hillsborough Park the next day. We can’t wait to see you there.