You don’t need us to tell you that the Tramlines Festival 2014 line-up is jam packed with great acts, because it always is. Over the years, Tramlines has built up a reputation for being a festival that caters to all, with an ever-growing lineup and this year they’re set to do it again. With a wide variety of musical talent, ranging in genre and coming from all over, it becomes extremely hard to decide which of these to watch, let alone work out when to be where. To help you compile your Tramlines schedule, here are top five acts to watch over the course of the weekend.
M.O. // Saturday, Main Stage
Any festival wouldn’t be complete without a little R&B thrown in the mix. Having spent most of 2013 in the studio working with the talented Jess Glynne and supporting Disclosure and Rudimental on tour, M.O. have just released their first studio single ‘For A Minute’ this April. Following swiftly with the upbeat and danceable, electronic meets R&B single ‘Dance On My Own’, which is set for release on 24th August and having already racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, Tramlines is the perfect chance to catch these girls live.
Tropic of Youth // Saturday, Queens Social Club
Sheffield may not be known for its warmth, but with Tropic of Youth on the cards for this years’ lineup, Tramlines couldn’t be sunnier. Let yourself be whisked away by the blissful melodies of ‘Poa Kichizi Kama Ndizi’, featuring lilting guitars and bouncing bass lines alongside dreamy vocals and beachy guitar riffs and licks. The summer vibes and upbeat melodies will have you lost in the youthful sound and guarantee to get you dancing. Admittedly, these guys can often be found playing around Sheffield. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t catch them amongst the madness on Saturday at Queens Social Club.
Best Friends // Sunday, Queens Social Club
Tramlines festival is the perfect opportunity to catch local garage surf-pop band, Best Friends. With a few EPs and singles on the table boasting a number of upbeat, danceable, hook-laden tracks my personal favourite is title track of the band’s second EP – ‘Throwing Up’. It opens with melodic guitars together with fuzzy rhythms, which are soon accompanied by low-fi distorted vocals and you just can’t resist bopping along to the infectious rhythms – sure to be a crowd pleaser. A live performance from this band is definitely one to fit into your Tramlines schedule.
Menace Beach // Sunday, Queens Social Club
From surf-pop to slacker-rock, Menace Beach are ones to watch. Hailing from Leeds this rock duo present a grungy, slacker-rock sound with a dash of psychedelia thrown in. It might sound like a bit of an odd mix, but boy is it a mix that works. ‘Where I Come From’ is my pick of the tracks on the recently released ‘Lowtalker’ EP. Opening with psychedelic guitars, this track launches straight into the vocal interplay of Ryan Needham’s scuzzy voice and the accompanying higher pitched but equally scuzzy vocals of Liza Violet, creating a hypnotic harmony. You simply can’t miss Menace Beach this Tramlines Festival.
The Cribs // Sunday, Main Stage
Originally hailing from West Yorkshire, three-piece indie rock band, The Cribs, are set to perform on Tramlines’ main stage this summer. The trio, consisting of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman, plus younger brother Ross, have been releasing music together over the course of 10 years with a total of 6 albums on the table. Coining a sound that is almost anthemic, full of dirty distortion and sporadic rhythms, alongside a having reputation for giving live shows full of relentless energy with a flawless mix of old and new tracks, The Cribs performance may just be the perfect way to boost your energy on the final day of Tramlines 2014.