Tramlines is one of Sheffield’s favourite weekends. It just seems to get bigger and bigger! Here’s 8 artists you MUST see at some point over the famous, celebratory weekend.
Sheffield is a hotbed for musical ingenuity. It plays home to numerous amazing new bands, none more impressive than RedFaces. If latest single ‘Messed Up Feeling’ is anything to go by, their main-stage debut is something of a ‘must see’ event.
‘Messed Up Feeling’ in many ways soundtracks the entire summer, catchy and musically impressive. ‘Wise Up’ is already a stable track for the most devoted fan of the Sheffield formed band. ‘Take It Or Leave It’ has already racked up over 200,000 streams on Spotify and also does well to compliment their live sound. Ultimately, RedFaces are onto something special.
Bang Bang Romeo
Okay, Bang Bang Romeo are mainstays on our site but for good reason, their 2018 festival season is going to be utterly impressive! Already, they have taken the Isle of Wight’s main-stage by storm with one of the biggest opening crowds of all time. Now they are coming for Sheffield with another main-stage performance at Tramlines.
‘Natural Born Astronaut’ was one of our favourite tracks of 2017. Despite that, 2018 has seen monumental growth already. With a record deal already in the bag and latest single ‘Shame On You’ already picking up national radio airtime it is clear that they’re about to hit the big time, no doubt about it!
The Seamonsters have been one of Sheffield’s most impressive new bands for a while now and for good reason. Tracks such as ‘Wonderland’ have been doing the rounds for a while. Their 2018 has got off to a blinder too, they were victorious in the Pirate Prodigy competition alongside Alex Ohm, Red Rum Club & YVES. They managed to beat thousands of other breaking bands, receiving all kinds of support to break this year.
Latest single ‘Max and Archie’ channels inspiration ranging between the likes of Cherry Glazerr and the Velvet Underground, upbeat and ready to brace the stages of Tramlines. The Seamonsters are talented, their music catchy and lyrically vibrant. Tramlines is no doubt a homecoming for the Sheffield based band.
The Orielles are no strangers to festivals in fact, their commitment to touring is relentless. 2018 has become a celebration of the release of debut album Silver Dollar Moment. Released via Heavenly, the Halifax trio fuse 80s inspiration with their own unique blend of guitar to create a live sound which can only be described as mesmerising.
‘Sugar Tastes Like Salt’ is not only a quote from a Tarantino movie, but it is the ultimate closing track to any set. Alongside hits such as ‘Old Stuff, New Glass’ and ‘Henry’s Pocket,’ The Orielles are yet another ‘must see’ band at this year’s Tramlines Festival.
Sheafs have taken Sheffield by storm over the previous couple of years or so. Last Autumn’s Musicians Against Homelessness showcase with Northern Exposure proved exactly why, they had The Leadmill bouncing!
With a UK tour in the pipeline, featuring a tonne of larger venues (which will no doubt sell out), it is no wonder that Sheafs go into this year’s Tramlines Festival as one of THE bands to watch out for. Listen out for ‘This Is Not a Protest’ and ‘Shock Machine,’ two relevant tracks guaranteed to blow any festival goers’ mind.
Sophie & The Giants
Unlike other names on this list, Sophie & The Giants are still in their relative infancy. However, what they lack in experience is certainly made up for in a sound which will no doubt conquer the country over this summer!
With only ‘Monsters’ out on streaming sites so far, it is certain that the bands’ sound is still masked with secrecy. However, if their debut single is anything to go by, their enigmatic mix of voice and synth is one to be envious of. Early reviews suggest that it is one of the greatest debut singles of the year.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Reinvention has never been a word closely associated with Noel Gallagher. Later Oasis records all came with a vague familiarity, early High Flying Birds releases all basked under the umbrella of ‘arena dad rock.’ However, Who Built The Moon? changed all that…
Okay, it’s not ‘out there,’ not a Lonerism, but it’s certainly different to the drab which was on offer in the late 00s. ‘Fort Knox’ builds tension, with ‘Holy Mountain’ no doubt becoming a great opener to any festival set. Mix in a few Oasis classics and it is certain that Noel Gallagher’s Tramlines debut will become one of the festivals’ most memorable.
Blossoms seem to be conquering the all important second album with ease. Cool Like You has already received much support from press and fans alike and is rapidly becoming a radio favourite. Tracks such as ‘There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’ and ‘I Can’t Stand It’ already provoke mass singalong.
Not so much uncharacteristically upbeat, Blossoms have purposely livened up their sound to suit the festival setting. With this in mind, combined with hits such as ‘Charlemagne’ and ‘At Most A Kiss,’ it’s clear that their Tramlines return will be nothing less than impressive!
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