RADSOUND // TRAMLINES 2015 PREVIEW
Originally published on Radsound
Slowly becoming the place to be on the last weekend of July and spanning the breadth of every single venue in the city, Tramlines is evolving into a treasured institution to add to the gleaming prowess of Sheffield’s music scene, and with previous years playing host to the likes of The XX, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cribs, Public Enemy and Annie Mac alongside countless breaking bands, it’s hardly surprising. For 2015, the festival has expanded further, securing one of the seemingly best line ups of the summer, here’s our top picks and advice on who you should catch over the weekend.
Kicking things off in fine style, Friday night hosts headline sets from 90s alt-pop favourites The Charlatans and a DJ set set to be unmissable from groundbreaker Erol Alkan.
Elsewhere the electronic theme dominates Friday with synthpop fueled sounds from the likes of Tropics, Walls, Kamera and Blanck Mass, before Camo Krooked, Loadstar and the elusive U all bring their talents to the turntables of the city.
If searching for a more soulful, chilled alternative to ease your way into the weekend, Charlotte OC and Ghostpoet offer shows set to be utterly enchanting, whilst in juxtaposition to crash your way into Tramlines, Slaves will bring a fiery set of raw punk to begin the festival with a bang.
Boasting a fine array of big names in the form of dance duo headliners Basement Jaxx set to put on a huge show alongside hip hop gurus The Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Melle Mel with The Furious Five, and Motown favourites Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Saturday continues the ever instantly impressive Tramlines theme.
However if the 70s aren’t your thing, alternative new sounds are aplenty via some of the best rising talent the weekend has to offer with garage rockers Best Friends, scuzzy poppers TRASH, heavy duo Man Of Moon and the all round wild Fat White Family, whilst Ultimate Painting, Hey Sholay, Hooton Tennis Club and Tuff Love offer lo fi indie pop-tinged sets.
For a chilled out alternative to ease you back into the party spirit, melancholy is provided by the alternative pop sounds of Meadowlark, upcoming Quatre Femmes favourite Hannah Lou Clark and the cult legendary Slow Club, meanwhile the latest wave of psychedelia and dream pop comes via unmissable sets from newcomers Alcest, Gulf and Polo across the day.
When it comes to electronic music, Saturday is also no less lacking providing sets from Portico, Tom Demac and Errors are all set to provide synth fueled slices of dancing accompaniment before sets from Mike Skinner (DJ), Jus Now and West Street Mob are bound to dominate the late night highlights.
The last day of the festival brings an even bigger dose of diversity with even a quick glance at the headliners of the Sunday evening – folk rocker Billy Bragg, punk heroes Buzzcocks and none other than rap legends Wu Tang Clan, a strange trio that will be more than welcome sets to the city, whilst further big names come in the form of the soulful electronica of Neneh Cherry and one of Craig Charles‘ world acclaimed DJ sets.
Sunday too brings a wave of female dominated new sounds with the fuzzy pop sounds of Bruising and FURS, alongside the arty lo fi punk of Lonelady and Honeyblood, whilst Ekkah, Jagaara and Shopping bring their own doses of soulful disco pop tones.
If you’re looking for a lighter ‘Sunday afternoon’, folky producer Diagrams, singer-songwriter Ezra Furman and acoustic trio GoGo Penguin all provide softer, classical takes on pop to soothe heads of the night before. However, if you’re straight back into the action, raring to go, heavier highlights of the day are showcased by noisy trio Blood Sport, post-punkers Gnod and Sheffield’s own Nai Harvest.
Electronica highlights of the day come from Manchester’s critically hailed Dutch Uncles and electro pop’s finest Aquilo, before the weekend is rounded off with inevitably packed out sets from Sheffield’s latest best exports, returning Tramlines champions High Hazels and northern soul dabbling local favourites, The Crookes.
More information about the festival and tickets can be found on the official site.