We were huge fans of this year’s Tramlines Festival. In a year of disorganised festival’s taking centre stage, the Sheffield celebration of music was in many ways a savior. Not only did is prove that Sheffield is a true epicentre of musical culture but it also highlighted the importance of the inner-city festival, a concept which is constantly growing across the country.
Here are words on some of our favourite bands from across the weekend:
The Libertines are legendary, their back catalogue of songs both old and new will stand firm for generations to come. Their return to Sheffield has been a long time coming, it was clear from the start that the raucous, energetic crowd had been anticipating their headline performance for many weeks.
Opening with “The Delaney,” which is now in many ways seen as the perfect opener, it was clear from the outset that the boys in the band were in somewhat of a celebratory mood. With a hotel in the pipeline along with that all important album four this stretch of summer gigs acts almost as the starting point for what they have planned in the years to come.
New tracks such as “Gunga Din” and “Fame And Fortune” featured prominently proving that their third album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ can stand its own in a setlist of classic tracks from over a decade ago. However, songs such as “Time For Heroes” and “Death On The Stairs” truly captured the euphoric atmosphere of the Sheffield crowd prompting mass sing-alongs throughout.
It is incredible to see a band like The Libertines stay relevant for such a long time. Following a gap of almost a decade they still remain as loved as ever by their loyal fan base – their return to Sheffield only cements this.
Toots & The Maytals
Toots & The Maytals are nothing less than legendary. Their sound was once revolutionary and still provides inspiration for many artists of the modern age. Their Sheffield return was something quite like no other. A mixture of sun and summer made the crowd both reminiscent and euphoric, two perfect ingredients to an amazing festival set.
Famous setlist inclusions included “Monkey Man” and “Pressure Drop,” with “Louis Louis” bringing much romanticism to the festival goer who still holds northern soul close to their hearts. However, expectantly it was “54-46, That’s My Number” which obtained arguably the most impressive crowd response of the weekend. Tramlines do well to mix genre and taste for a variety of festival goers however, Toots & The Maytals blew such a statement out of the water. ‘THE’ most perfect festival band, they should be regarded as royalty!
The most prominent upcoming band around at the moment. Cabbage epitomise political anger and have the ability to capture the minds of many. Whilst they may not achieve the coverage in which they fully deserve, the Mosley formed band are certainly growing their reputation throughout the industry. Surrounded at times by controversy, their Tramlines set brought an engaging sound to the forefront.
They opened with “Kevin,” one of their most known tracks to date. It is reminiscent of punk and fast paced throughout. Arguably the most perfect way to begin a raucous, fiery and energetic set. New songs taken from latest EP ‘The Extended Play Of Cruelty’ made an outing including the lyrically genius “A Network Betrayal” which openly takes aim at the UK’s horrific rail industry.
However, it was their already made classics such as “Uber Capitalist Death Trade” which struck best with the Sheffield crowd. Cabbage are destined for greatness and their politically thriving lyricism encapsulated the minds of the Tramlines crowd in the most perfect of manners.
Not shy of festivals, it is fair to say that The Coral thrive upon the summer season. Their sound is suited to sun and joyful emotion which made their Tramlines set all the more intriguing. Opening with “Chasing The Tail Of A Dream” it was instantly clear that their set would rely on anthemic tunes and strong lyricism to match.
Of course it was “In The Morning” and “Dreaming Of You” which obtained the greatest reactions however, their set proves that The Coral are far more than a small-time band. If anything, their strong back catalogue proves that they have every right to reach the higher echelons of the famous festival line up.
The Big Moon
The Big Moon’s touring commitments are second to none, they seem to be everywhere at the moment. However, their set is in no way repetitive, instead they offered something refreshing and new to the Sheffield crowd once again. Having released their debut album “Love In The 4th Dimension” in April, we were allowed time to get to know their new tracks in anticipation for Tramlines.
Their set did in no way disappoint. Opening with “Silent Movie Susie” they transformed their sound from the small venues to the festival stage with no effort what so ever. “Cupid” and “Pull The Other One” were both destined to be big sing alongs and were echoed by the adoring crowd almost were for word. Their set closer “Sucker” was by far a highlight for the gathered crowd. Overall, The Big Moon did well to emphasise their incredible festival credentials.
Check out the full Tramlines line up below:
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