Tramlines programmes are available throughout city centre venues at a mere £3, it’s the only expense you need to make this year, and we urge you to buy one and help support the festival.
Kicking off on Friday, there’s no gentle way to start the weekend. The main stage in Devonshire Green boasts The Violet May, Dead Sons and headliners Reverend and the Makers, if you look further afield there’s plenty to see and do.
The Library Theatre in Tudor Square plays host to Arkham Karvers, David J Roch, See Emily Play with the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and Neil McSweeney accompanied by his full band. It’s a gentle way to ease in to Friday night.
(Re)Mixed in Sheffield opens up at The Washingon, spilling over for the duration of the weekend there’s heap of delights. Friday is all about live music with the emphasis on acoustic performances with Sarah Mac, Steve ‘Papa’ Edwards and Blue Lip Feel amongst others donning their wears.
Oxo Foxo : Sheffield Cathedral, 10pm
Oxo Foxo is a creature of many past musical projects and collaborations, along with nocturnal guest appearances with many bands. Her music has progressed from its humble pop beginnings in her own den, to a much more expansive range and sound. Combining a plethora of instrumentation with layered soaring vocals, she slyly creates aural soundscapes which belie her meagre form; achieving this with just the aid of her trusty loop pedal. On Friday, Oxo Foxo will be plying her trade amongst the hallowed pews of Sheffield Cathedral, hanging beautiful musical tapestries upon its ancient stone walls. Bring your own tails.
Alt-J: The Bowery, 10pm
The band I am looking most forward to seeing at Tramlines has to be Alt-J at The Bowery. After reviewing their album, An Awesome Wave, I have avidly been listening to them over and over again. They are something new, innovative and exciting. It is like nothing you have heard before and crosses too many musical genres to be placed in one. It is like a mash-up of everything good in music. After ritually listening to their album, I now would love nothing better than to see them live on Friday at 10:00pm.
From start to finish Saturday is the time for a wander and be part of the greatest show in town. There’ll be an awesome vibe, people, places and music. It’s a time to get onboard the Buskers Bus and head to the Folk Forest or down the Blues and Ale Trail, visit the places you don’t usually see and hear the artists you don’t usually hear.
Signals Festival: Yellow Arch Studios, all day event.
Bringing the finest in electronic underground to you are the Signals team, set in the 1500 capacity Yellow Arch Studios there’s an array of electo/audio/visual wizardy from Objekt, Demdike Stare, From The Kites of San Quentin and many many more.
There are also panel discussions throughout late afternoon headed up by a variety of music insiders including The Quietus, Beep.com and The Wire.
If you’re an electro head we suggest you get down, in more ways than one.
Blue Lip Feel: Devonshire Green Main Stage, 1pm
Winners of the Tramlines People’s Choice Awards Blue Lip Feel are going from strength to strength in a turned up to 11 70’s flare style.
Hey Sholay: Devonshire Green Main Stage, 2pm
I’m looking forward to seeing Hey Sholay at Tramlines because I admire how far they’ve come. Mind you, it was just a matter of time. Their big breakthrough happened this time last year, when the band discovered they’d won two Festival slots, Exit Festival and Tramlines. And they obviously impressed as the boys are welcomed back onto Saturday’s Main Stage with sweaty, beer-soaked arms. Well, that’s the prediction. Secondly, their psychedelic, indie rock has an enchanting pop quality guaranteed to win over new fans. Listen out for the beautifully emotive, ‘The Bears, The Bees, The Clocks’.
Brave New Storm : HUBS, 7:45pm
2012 has seen an almost meteoric rise for Brave New Storm; a year in which they’ve won Sheffield’s “Battle of the Bands” and secured a slot to play at Wireless Festival in Hyde Park. After regular gigging in the local pond, they are poised to dip their toes in much bigger waters. It is clear that Brave New Storm are not your average folk band. Their melding of strings, percussion with delicate male and female vocals demonstrates a great skill and delicacy, whilst the song-writing shows maturity and understanding of folk traditions. They are definitely a band to keep a close eye on.
There ain’t no stopping us now, as we’re bound to rear our sore heads and get back on it, yup Sunday the final destination on the Tramlines track.
The Nando’s New Music Stage curated by Rolo Tomassi will shed those sore heads as math core prevails and local types 65DaysOfStatic take the headline.
For the second year running the Everly Pregnant Brothers open up the Main Stage and pave the way for acts including Little Comets, Beth Jeans Houghton and We Are Scientists.
South Yorks 2012: UTC+2 , Sidney Street, 2pm onwards
An audio-visual delights from Kid Acne and friends encompass the world premier of Kid Acnes 2D animated film Zebra Face. There are representatives from the photography and DJ world to soundtrack the event. This is a rarity of an event, and definitely one not to be missed.
Screaming Maldini : SOYO, 8pm
If fame and fortune were solely dependent on musical accomplishment, song-writing ability and innovation, Screaming Maldini would be a household name. Under the leadership of musical genius Nick Cox, they weave their magic by blending a menagerie of instruments, five-part vocal harmonies with inspired lyricism; creating near perfect pop songs. They have a debut album on the way which will surely herald a whole new chapter in the evolution of the band. After experiencing Screaming Maldini, you are guaranteed to leave with a broad smile. They are also playing Weston Park and the Riverside over Tramlines in a stripped-down form.
Joanna Gruesome: Bungalows and Bears, 10:15pm
Something a little bit crazy and a whole lot of fun, this five-piece bring everything vintage indie into one set.
Obviously we can’t tell you everything we’re planning to see and do, you’ll just have to get onboard and experience the most of the weekend. Keep your eyes and ears open for secret sessions at venues including Frog and Parrot and The Great Gatsby, dance ‘til dawn at the Harley or simply see your mates and just have a damn good time.