Tramlines Festival bolsters its 2015 bill with a host of local talent


The lineup for Tramlines Festival has expanded once again, thanks to an injection of local and regional talent. The likes of Slow Club, The Crookes, RedFaces, Best Friends, Blessa and Milburn’s Joe Carnall Jr will perform in Sheffield from 24-26 July, along with several other new additions.

Now in its seventh year, and with The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx and Wu Tang Clan already in place to headline, Tramlines is one of the UK’s most musically eclectic festivals. Held across multiple outdoor spaces and venues across Sheffield city centre, Tramlines offers music fans the chance to discover a ton of new talent alongside internationally acclaimed acts – and it’s seriously good value for money at just £30 for a weekend ticket.

With its recently-announced expanded Main Stage hosting the festival’s biggest names, the former site of the Main Stage will be used for a brand-new local talent venture, in partnership with Exposed Magazine’s In Session feature. With Tramlines’ reputation for supporting local and emerging talent well established, the lineup for the stage will tie in with Exposed In Session’s model of giving a platform to Sheffield and South Yorkshire artists.

Sheffield duo Slow Club will head up Saturday’s bill on the stage, with their Motown and northern soul influenced alt-pop. They’ll be joined on the day by the likes of the recently Radio 1 playlisted Best Friends, afro-beat outfit Tropic of Youth, and hazy pop band Blessa. Sunday’s bill will see former Milburn frontman Joe Carnall Jr play his first set in his new solo guise, along with The Crookes, whose classic take on indie-pop has taken them to SXSW, Japan, and 6Music along the way.


Elsewhere on the bill, the already impressive array of local talent will be boosted by the addition of much-lauded indie-rock quartet RedFaces, whose show at The Harley is sure to attract an impressive amount of attention. Crowd-pleasing alternative brass outfit Renegade Brass Band return to the Main Stage on Saturday, and the likes of Jim Ghedi, Blossomer and Daniel Whitehouse join the already announced Hey Sholay on the bill at Sheffield’s Cathedral.

Applications to join the festival’s 2015 bill are still open, and emerging artists can apply to play by visiting There will be several slots reserved across the festival for applicants, with the winners being selected by a judging panel which includes the Tramlines booking team and local and regional BBC Introducing presenters, amongst others. Two slots will be reserved on the new Devonshire Green stage, with the Exposed In Session team poised to pick their favourites from those that have applied through the website. Applications are open until the end of April.

Kate Hewett, Tramlines’ Head of Programming, said of the new additions:

“We’ve always seen ourselves as a discovery festival, with a huge proportion of our lineup being made up of emerging, unsigned and local talent. We’re proud to say that we’ve been home to early shows from some truly massive names in music, and we think that this year will be no different, with so many exciting new acts on the bill. We’d encourage festival-goers to wander around the site and check out some acts that you might not have seen before. You might just find your favourite new band.”

Weekend tickets can be purchased from for only £30+ booking fee, which makes Tramlines one of the UK’s best value festivals to attend. Sheffielders can head to City Hall, o2 Academy, The Harley, The Leadmill, University of Sheffield and Greystones to buy tickets in person.

For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2015, visit or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines

Image: © Simon Butler

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