Tramlines Unveil Friday Night’s Sheffield Showcase
New announcements for Friday night include The Everly Pregnant Brothers, Velocity Brown and the Hotrods and The Stars Band. Elsewhere, there’s an exclusive performance from a Sheffield supergroup, plus a host of breaking talent via the festival’s Apply To Play scheme.
Tramlines – the UK’s largest and most musically diverse inner-city festival – has announced that it will open its newly-expanded Devonshire Green stage on Friday night with a crowd-pleasing Sheffield showcase that includes The Everly Pregnant Brothers, Velocity Brown and the Hotrods and The Stars Band. The Devonshire Green stage has an increased capacity for 2016 and can now hold up to 7,500 revellers. Also announced are the winners of the festival’s apply-to-play scheme, as selected by regional BBC Introducing presenters and local music industry figures. Meanwhile, a specially assembled Sheffield supergroup will come together to perform The Beatles’ legendary ‘Revolver’ LP in full, to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
Long-renowned as firm Sheffield favourites, The Everly Pregnant Brothers were conceived during a drinking session between artist Pete McKee and ukulele player Richard Bailey. Their tongue-in-cheek reworkings of famous tracks are drenched in Sheffield humour and the unmistakable, rootsy sound of ukuleles and beer barrels. With huge local support, their headline set on the Devonshire Green stage is sure to be a festival highlight.
Joining The Everly Pregnant Brothers on Friday night are Velocity Brown and the Hotrods. Something of a Sheffield supergroup, this well-regarded and authentic rockabilly band have played at Glastonbury and Shambala, and have become a crucial fixture of the 50s revival scene.
Completing the bill on Friday night are The Stars Band, a group created at Under The Stars, a music project for people with a range of hidden disabilities. Having played together for six years, they are seriously talented musicians with a lot to say and a lot of attitude. Having excelled at the Peace Gardens stage in previous years, they are now appearing on a main stage for the first time.
Also on Devonshire Green, the Revolver 50 Anniversary Project celebrates 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ seminal seventh album, which is frequently listed as one of the top albums ever made by any band. Sheffield musicians including former members of Screaming Maldini, Hey Sholay, 7 Black Tentacles and current members of Renegade Brass Band have joined forces to create a one-off performance of the full album, exclusively for Tramlines 2016.
There’s also good news for new talent at Tramlines, as the festival announces the successful picks from its Apply To Play scheme. Thousands of acts apply to play at the festival, and this year’s applicants have been whittled down by local music industry partners and BBC Introducing presenters from across the country, with Sheffield artists including Ginger Tom, Bang Bang Romeo, Emma Crowder, King Capisce, Caroline Francess and North Adolescence among those selected from the list. Meanwhile, impressive Barnsley indie-rock outfit Aztec Doll, Manchester afro-beat 11-piece Agbeko and Leeds experimental multi-instrumentalist Juffage will appear across a range of venues and stages including the Main Stage and Devonshire Green. Hotly-tipped Leicestershire outfit Lusts, BBC Introducing Lincolnshire pick Real Talk, BBC Introducing Nottingham pick Silver Wilson and BBC Introducing York pick The Black Lagoons complete the list, ensuring that, as ever, Tramlines is a great place to discover breaking talent and your new favourite band.
2016 marks the eighth edition of Tramlines, which sees 100,000 music fans turn out to transform Sheffield into a vibrant festival site. This year, festival-goers will be able to catch the already-announced likes of Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, The Dandy Warhols, The Mystery Jets, Gaz Coombes, Dawn Penn, Crazy P Soundsystem, Goldie, Craig Charles, Field Music, Hinds, Little Simz, The Enemy, Norman Jay, Toddla T, Young Fathers, My Nu Leng, David Rodigan and loads more.
Tickets for Tramlines Festival 2016 are on sale and, as ever, remain seriously good value. A weekend ticket comes in at the bargain price of £42 plus booking fee, covering all stages from day until night. For club access only, a weekend pass costs £20 plus booking fee. To stay for the official closing parties on Sunday night, tickets are an added £5, making it one of the most competitively priced festivals around.
For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2016 visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines
Tramlines 2016 Lineup So Far…
Dizzee Rascal / Catfish and the Bottlemen / George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic / Jurassic 5 / Kelis
Basement / Big Narstie / Craig Charles / Crazy P Soundsystem / The Crookes / The Dandy Warhols / David Rodigan / Dawn Penn / DJ Hype & IC3 / Dub Phizix & DRS / Eliza and the Bear / The Enemy / Everly Pregnant Brothers / Field Music / Gaz Coombes / Goldie / Hinds / Inheaven / Jack Dat / Jane Weaver / Kate Jackson / Kiko Bun / Leon Vynehall / Little Comets / Little Simz / Machinedrum & Ragga Twins / Mica Levi (DJ) / Marika Hackman / Medlar / Moon Duo / The Mouse Outfit / Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi / My Nu Leng & Dread MC / Mystery Jets / Norman Jay MBE / Nordic Giants / Novelist / Paranoid London / Public Service Broadcasting / Quantic / Robert Hood Presents Floorplan / Skream / Steve Davis (DJ) / Teleman / Toddla T Takeover / Young Fathers
All We Are / Andy H / Amy Becker / ArcTanGent DJs / Ardyn / Arnivore / Banana Hill / Beaty Heart / Bernard and Edith / Big Eyes Family Players / Blessa / Blood Sport / Bluewave / Boddika / Capo Lee / Cervo / C Duncan / Clay / Coco / Cowtown / Daniel Whitehouse / Dan Mangan / Da Rico / Deep Space Orchestra / Dego / Denham Audio / Denis Sulta / Dialects / DMK / Ekkah / Emily May / Es.Q / exmagician / Fleetmac Wood / FOES / Frazer / Future Wildstyle / FYI Chris / Gett Off / Global Roots Soundsystem / Goat Head / Gramercy Park / Gwenno / High Hazels / Holly Macve / Holy Esque / Hot Diamond Aces / The Hot Soles / Jasper James / Jayskilatah / Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay / JVC / K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade / Kuenta i Tambu / Last Japan / Laura J Martin / LEVELZ / Loam / Logan Sama / LOR / Lo Shea / Madam X / Marquis Hawkes / Matrixxman / Meilyr Jones / Miles From Kinshasa / Mt Wolf / Mumdance B2B Pinch / Napoleon IIIrd / NARCS / Nice Like Rice / Pareidolia / Pedram / Perc / Pixx / Plenty Vibes / P Money / Pure Bathing Culture / Randall / Rev. Austin / Rita Maia / Roseau / Rukhsana Merrise / Rye Wax / Saif Mode / Scuba / Sir Spyro / Sly & the Family Drone / The SSS / The Stars Band / Souljam / Ste Roberts / Sticky Blood / Suited & Booted Dancehall Brotherz / Sundara Karma / Thomas Truax / Throws / Tom Trago / Toucans / Trash / True Fiction / Unit 3 / Velocity Brown & the Hotrods / Yndi Halda / Zed Bias B2B Paleman / Zuzu
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