The biggest party in Sheffield is back for its 11th edition this year with its biggest line-up to date. The people at Tramlines have revealed what they have in store for 2020, with a class line-up which is sure to get thousands of feet tapping during the height of summer.
Since forming in 2009, Tramlines has grown and grown. During its former years, the festival resided in the city centre, where the likes of Reverand And The Makers, The Cribs, Echo and The Bunneymen and Alt-J headlined, but in 2015 it migrated to Ponderosa Park, which saw Primal Scream, The Charlatans, The Libertines and Wu Tang Clan headline over a few years.
However, in 2018 Tramlines moved to Hillsborough Park. The switch has seen the festival attract some fantastic acts including Stereophonics, Blossoms, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Courteeners. Although a different setting to the winding city streets, the carnival atmosphere still smothers Sheffield for a fantastic summer weekend.
The winner of UK Festival Award’s “Best Metropolitan Festival” (2019), has ramped it up a notch with Mad-chester hero Ian Brown, indie-frontrunners Catfish & The Bottlemen and, finally, ska-legends Madness all headlining.
The must sees:
One of the more pleasantly surprising inclusions at this year’s Tramlines is Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter: La Roux. The slick electro-pop act encompasses Lou Reed-with-a-synth, oozing nonchalant swagger and underlying lyrical sleaze. Recently releasing her third album Supervision, the quiffed Londoner has stepped her song writing up a gear, taking a musical approach that would sit comfortably in 1980s California, compared to previous explosive modern efforts La Roux and Trouble In Paradise, the 2020 album displays her diversity and quality in banger production. With newest single: Automatic Driver, new-wave club banger In For The Kill and her incredible live presence, La Roux is set to keep Hillsborough Park captivated.
There is sure to be indie-floor fillers when Aussie anthemic trio DMA’s take to Tramlines. Their 1990s Brit-pop enthused, reverb laden rock has seen the band’s stock climb astronomically over the last few years, releasing two banger filled albums along the way. Finding fame in England due to their sound reminiscent of Oasis, the Burberry-clad band’s new single: Life Is A Game of Changing has stolen some electro from the likes of The Prodigy. This new direction could spell the makings of a storming set under a sunny Yorkshire sky, leaving everyone arm in arm belting love songs.
London indie-pop powerhouses The Big Moon have gone from strength-to-strength over the last year, blowing minds with banger after banger. 2020 has seen the four-piece release their debut album Walking Like We Do, blending plenty of summery synthesises with chunky riffs and lyrics that tackle tough topics in life. The band are simply incredible live, utilising some of the best harmonies around.
Fusing 1970s funk and disco with lo-fi modern indie, and a fantastic stage presence sees The Orielles stand out on the Sunday of Tramlines. The Halifax/Liverpool four-piece utilise interesting spikey guitar tones, with smooth vocals creating an incredible blend that pleases the ears. Recent single Sugar Tastes Like Salt sees the band draw from the likes of The Wytches with an injection of Parliament to produce a dark, grungy yet funky number, that is sure to get heads bopping. Whilst latest single Space Samba will induce flared sleeves and dad dancing, with irresistible bass line and Chic-esque guitar. The Orielles have been selling out tours for an age, and Sheffield is about to see why.
With psychedelia rushing through their leads, Children Of The State are doused in 1969 with the addition of synthesisers. Occupying one of the customary local band slots, the Bolsover/Doncaster band are set to drench the stage in swagger with 2019 single I Shiver When I Burn from their cracking EP, Gideon’s Bible. Over-sized blazers, saxophones and tremolo charged guitars, inspired by the likes of The Beatles and Cohen, Tramlines will roll in 35mm for a stellar set.
For more information see http://tramlines.org.uk