Tramlines – Promoter Picks

Who better than to point you in the right direction at Tramlines than some of the great and good of Sheffield music.

THAT FUCKING TANK (Friday, The Audacious Art Space) – Adam, Nothingshortoftotalwar/ & Loic, Audacious Artspace

“A decade in, the Bradford/Leeds two piece are still as fierce as ever. A Lightning Bolt you can dance to. An LCD Soundsystem you can can head bang to. My inner 13 year old still enjoys swearing too.”

“Sheffield is blessed this year as the county’s premier instrumental duo, That Fucking Tank, come roaming into town like a loose Juggernaut. The Yorkshire riffers are currently celebrating and performing a decade of high volume hits so expect nothing but a barrage of painful drumbeats, classic grooves and high kicking.”

HOLY OTHER (Saturday, Bungalows & Bears) – Jeremy, Bungalows & Bears

“I know it’s lame to pick your own act. I didn’t last year, but this is one guy I just can’t wait to see. His live set promises to be pretty special, capturing his atmospheric ghostly productions in all their touching beauty.”

MONEY (Friday, The Great Gatsby) – Aye

“Allusively alluring, this export from the Manchester music scene have appeared under various different guises over the past couple of years, playing in somewhat unconventional arenas across their home ground, MONEY bring their electric, outstanding live show to The Great Gatsby on Friday 19th as part of the AYE line up. Expect something different with an amazing visual show to boot.”

FIRSUITE (Saturday, Penelope’s) – Sam, Sloucher

“With the sheer variety of bands and genres being covered by Tramlines, it’s hard to pick only one. I’ll go for local heroes Firesuite, who play a fiercer kind of Shoegaze, rocking the dual vocal harmonies. Real musical treat in all senses. Check their Red World EP.”

SHANGAAN ELECTRO (Sunday, International Peace Gardens)- James, Small Ideas

Ridiculously fast (talking like 180BPM here) and exciting south African electro. Basically the musical equivalent of when you ate too many sweets at your friends’ 5th Birthday party and ran around the house pretending to be Batman, but with more ass shaking. They’re doing a dance workshop as well as a gig so you can twerk the twerk as well as talk the talk.”

LULU JAMES (Saturday, Main Stage) – Kate, Harley Live

“I can’t get enough of the kind of hot-cold R&B that Blood Orange is
trading in at the moment with the likes of Solange and the
newly-reformed Sugarbabes. Lulu is a master of it, pairing her warm,
70s-disco vocal with icy beats to come up with some of the finest new
pop around. The fact that the whole thing will undoubtedly be topped
off with seriously potty-mouthed between-song chat just makes it all
the better.”

ALASKA (Saturday, Gatsby) – Semi Detached

“After supporting King Tuff at The Bowery back in May and blowing everyone’s minds we’re really looking forward to catching Alaska at Tramlines. Forgive the cliché but their music is infectious – it will spread from a symptomatic tapping of your foot to an incurable twerk. For fans of Django Django and The Young Knives.”.

MISTY’S BIG ADVENTURE (Saturday, Harley) –  Chris, Cool Beans

“Thoroughly recommend checking out Misty’s Big Adventure, a fantastic 8 piece dabbling in a unique mixture of pop, jazz, psychedelia, ska, folk, lounge and beats. They’ve recorded radio sessions for Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe, they’ve been championed by Don Letts, Phil Jupitus, Huw Stephens and Dave Gorman even asked them to write the theme music to his BBC2 show Genius! In fact, John Peel once pronounced their lead singer Grandmaster Gareth to be “The New God”, it should be a very special show all around.”

ROAMING SON (Saturday, CADS/Sunday, Shakespeare’s)Craig, WagonWheelsMedia

 “One of the brightest, still relatively new, bands delivering “100% rock ‘n’ roll”. At last year’s Tramlines they hadn’t got many gigs under their belt as a full band but are ready to take it by storm this July. Their twangy dirty guitars, greasy bass and jungle drums can perhaps be heard best at CADS on the Saturday afternoon or Henry’s later that day before they round the weekend off with a stripped down acoustic set at Shakespeare’s on the Sunday night.”

DEATH RAYS (Sunday, Queens Social Club) – Rob, Washington

“Veering ever closer into all-out Space Rock territory, Death Rays have grown from a blues flecked garage two piece into streamlined psychedelic warlords (disappearing in smoke.)”

 BEST FRIENDS (Friday, Forum) – Tom, Xrayhorse

“I’m most looking forward to seeing Best Friends; they are playing for us on Friday night at The Forum. The Bass player plays so fast and they write tracks that are drenched in Californian sun and surf… but they’re from Sheff! I’m massive Theo Parrish fan too, so really want to get to down to see him too.”

BRIDIE JACKSON AND THE ARBOUR (Sunday, Riverside) – Ben, Ideas on a Postcard

“Bridie Jackson has been making waves for some time with her dark, ethereal and beautiful take on folk music. With her band The Arbour, their engaging and passionate performances have seen them win the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition, giving them the opportunity to play to thousands at Worthy Farm. Featuring four part female harmonies, cello, violin and handbells, they have a unique and diverse sound.”


“This Sheffield based record label and collective will be performing a special one off showcase of Liege and Leif by Fairport Convention. Featuring members of The Purgatory Players, Screaming Maldini, Magpies, Captives on the Carousel, as well as Oxo Foxo and Jim Ghedi.”

DEATH RATTLE (Saturday, Academy) – Max, Get Rad

“Chris and Helen Hamilton have been crafting dark synth-pop gems for the past two years now but with the recent addition of Helen’s brother Rob on guitar and synth duties as a live member their gigs have taken that extra step up and are both visually and musically a tour de force. For fans of The Knife, Depeche Mode and Bjork.”

FAWN SPOTS (Saturday, Tye Die Tapes HQ) – TDT, Adam

“Playing at various haunts around the city over Tramlines (Tye Die Tapes HQ included), Fawn Spots are one of the best new-ish bands in the UK. They work real hard at creating their lofi, poppy, punky dirge and it shows.”

CARL WOODFORD (Sunday, The Folk Forest) – Knife and Folk

”Carl Woodford has a very curly bonce, dry wit and an idiosyncratic finger picking style which turns his guitar into a rhythmical percussive golden music machine. Drawing inspiration from English folk artists like John Martyn, Carl offers up slow laments as rhythmical toe tappers.  He is currently recording his new album and encouraging his friends to lock him in his basement studio ‘til it’s finished. We can’t wait to hear it”

PINS (Saturday, Stage 2) – Rob, Drowned in Sound/The Fly

“There’s a point in ‘LuvU4Lyf’, the lead track on PINS’ debut EP from last year, where the sound of someone switching on a distortion pedal becomes the sound of a guillotine falling on a neck. PINS are deadly in their simplicity. They walk on stage and twist every rock convention into songs that actually excite instead of just functioning; they challenge every assumption you’ve ever made about musicians who dress in black, fuck around with the stuff that works, and confront you with a set of love songs for fighting to. They are post-punk in the purest sense, pop in the perverted sense, making music to die for.”

JOSH RECORD (Friday, Cathedral) – Matt, Tired and Mardy


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