Normally, when Tramlines Sunday comes around, I resemble something from a George A Romero film. Today, I’m fine; and whilst this equates to an extra Saturday in my book, the lure of the sun and relaxation leads me to some of the more out of the way venues.
I venture into the Folk Forest at noon to see The Lost Brothers. The Irish duo, who recorded their second album at Yellow Arch Studios, provide a perfect start to the day; throwing in a cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Hey Miss Fanny’, and finishing on ‘Under a Turquoise Sky’. I decide to make the most of the weather and hop on a bus to catch some jazz courtesy of The Dizzy Club in Leopold Square. I’m instantly rewarded with a rendition of one of my favourite songs, ‘The Girl from Ipanema’. Playing a mix of styles, that pleases lunchtime diners and spectators alike.
The Buskers Bus is bigger and better this year, and I climb aboard for a Simpsons sing-along before heading up to Weston Park to see Pocket Satellite. The Bandstand stage is a great new addition to Tramlines, not just the inclusion of another stage, but a really well thought-out family orientated set-up throughout the park. I manage to catch the aptly named ‘Windows’ along with ‘Rocks in Shoes’ and ‘Paper Aviator’; which all sound great. It has been a while since I’ve seen them live, but their songs all seem more polished and they seem to be playing with renewed confidence.
House vs Home are running affairs in the sauna that is The Red House this year, and I’m in attendance to see a new band, Fall Forwards. This is only their first or second gig (depending on which band member you believe), but it’s a very auspicious beginning. I find Weston Park has taken on more of a party atmosphere as Standard Fare take to the stage. They get the crowd up off their feet, with ‘Dancing” having the required effect. I leave the festivities in full flow to toddle on down to a packed Riverside to see the Early Cartographers. The collective’s number and personnel is forever changing: I don’t think I’ve ever seen the same line-up twice. One constant however, is the quality of their live performance, with the impressive ‘Thread’ being a highlight as always.
A déjà-vu moment down at SOYO to round the day off, as Screaming Maldini revisit the slot they played last year. They are a true joy to behold when they are in full flow. Performing a selection of songs from their forthcoming album, including the current single ‘Life in Glorious Stereo’, they really are the best way to end any festival. In a year which has seen Tramlines alter in many ways, nothing seems to diminish its popularity; it seems even busier than last year.