Festival dates: July 20 – 22
Tramlines christens its tenth year with a full-festival re-vamp breaking into new territory, quite literally. Hillsborough Park is the fresh site for the UK’s best loved inner city music festival, and the introduction of an all new comedy stage co-hosted by one of Sheffield’s most cherished venues, the Leadmill, suggests Tramlines No.10 is set to be the best yet.
With the festival expanding by the year, what deserves a ring around it in the programme for 2018? These 5 acts are a good place to start…
Catch Derbyshire’s nu-disco dance-floor dream team on the yet to be named Second Stage. Tipped by NME as one of the “100 Best New Bands for 2018”, Patawawa have repeatedly hit the million count on Spotify through their funky collaborations with Ted Cazey and French producer Roman Kouder. This trio’s irresistibly feel good beats, glittered guitar riffs and sassy vocals from lead singer Beth Garrett make Patawawa the ultimate sultry summer groove.
The all new Library Stage hosts this other worldly four piece who pride themselves on trippy psychedelia that spirals away from conventional genres. Think African rhythms mingled with Middle Eastern exotica created using a medley of drums and jazz instruments, with a hint cosmic inspired jungle percussion. The Flamingods are famed for their equally wild stage set up and costumes, so those looking for a truly one-off performance experience should be sure not to miss this.
DE LA SOUL
Paying homage to Tramlines’ historically strong ’80s & ’90s hip hop line ups, a chance to catch the legendary De La Soul will sell the festival ticket to many. Expect witty word play, the best of bouncing jazz rap mixed with impeccable sampling and hits like “My, Myself and I” that are sure to qualify these guys a highlight of the weekend.
Could Tramlines recruit a more apt comedian than Yorkshire’s own John Shuttleworth? Spokesperson for Yorkshire Tea, this fictional singer-songwriter has his origins in Walkley of Sheffield, and moulds his audio comedy around a far reaching goal of pop super-stardom. The inevitable guarantee of some Tramlines-themed musings and a serving of comical songwriting will be enough to entice fans both old and new.
Star of “An Immigrant’s Guide To Britain” and the self proclaimed German Comedy Ambassador to Great Britain, Henning Wehn offers hillarious and perceptive observations about British culture that should be offensive but somehow manage to make you like him even more.
4 stages of comedy, music, art and performance mean Tramlines is more intriguing than ever before. As the festival turns a new chapter, we see fresh areas like Into The Trees make their debut. Here you can expect a pop up cinema screening old favourites and a daytime circus school giving way to after hours partying courtesy of sets from Cool Beans and night collectives Fruit N Juice & Tropicana. Prepare your ears for music spanning the 80s & 90s with the best of disco, queer, funk, reggae and basically anything that you can have a dance to.
A 13 minute tram ride will take you from Sheffield city centre to the festival site which has a 40,000 people capacity. A single costs £1.80 and dayrider ticket sets you back £4, totalling £12 over the weekend. Although it’s probably not worth moving to and from the site as much, now that everything is contained in one place.
Happy Birthday Tramlines. An evolution over 10 years; we can’t wait to find out what you’ve got in store for us this time around…
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