Tramlines: The Time to Shine for the Underdogs

Rhini Townend

For the tenth time in history, the Tramlines festival is back in the Steel City with a musical line-up to top all those it supersedes. For those of you not in the know, Tramlines is the longest-running festival in the city of Sheffield that takes place in the midst of summer, this year covering the weekend of the 20th-22nd July on four glorious stages, including Hillsborough Park.

Having previously held the track record for a mightily impressive programme, this year for the big 1-0 the festival is going above and beyond – the headliners include, but are most certainly not limited to: the one and only Noel Gallagher with his High-Flying Birds, following the release of his new album “Who Built the Moon?”; the classic Stereophonics on one of their tour stops for their latest release “Scream Above the Sounds”; and megastar Craig David is also bestowing one of his TS5 shows to the Sheffielders, who are all ready for one of the biggest parties of the Summer of ’18.

Amongst these big and boastful names (Clean Bandit, Blossoms and Jake Bugg, to drop a few more into the mix), the beauty of Tramlines is the spotlight it shines on the smaller, lesser-known bands and artists. In the past they’ve been seen to help newly-founded bands grasp the attention of a larger audience through their outreach, for example in 2013 it helped the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen and the then recently formed Wolf Alice, who are now significantly prominent figures leading the indie music scene.

This year, the limelight is spread to the current underdogs that are beginning to emerge into local indie fame, such as the rock five-piece Sheafs who are hurtling into the Sheffield music sphere after founding only three years ago. The dream pop quartet High Hazels have consistently thrived in their Sheffield eminence since their live debut at The Great Gatsby Bar in 2012, and are also now being given a spot on The Leadmill stage to emanate their musical splendour to the festival-goers this year. Likewise, the Yorkshire-native Patawawa are excelling as a new electronic trio ready to provide the breezy soundtrack to your summer in Sheffield.

It would be an oversight to miss this big summer bash, so if you haven’t already, go get your ticket to celebrate Tramlines’ 10th birthday do. Not only is it the ultimate chance to revel in the Yorkshire culture that exudes through the streets and bars that stage the marvellous artists, but it will impart unto you knowledge of more than 70 fabulous bands you would otherwise have had the misfortune of missing out on.


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