Fri 21 - Sun 23 July

Get to know this year's Apply To Play picks

Tramlines is a discovery festival put together by a team of new music obsessives, who are constantly trying to out-nerd each other with our new favourite sounds. Emerging talent makes up over half of the bill, with new and unsigned artists appearing at every one of our 21 venues and stages.

Meanwhile, even outside of the festival's official venues, the whole of Sheffield turns out to make Tramlines the biggest weekend in the city, with music spilling out of every doorway and a party which lasts 72 hours.

We invite unsigned artists to join us at the festival via our Apply To Play scheme and, this year, have 14 incredible artists joining us across a number of different venues and stages. Winning out over 1000 applicants, these 14 artists were hand-selected by music experts and industry insiders.

Get to know all 14 here.

Agbeko
The Harley
Friday
6.15pm - 7.00pm
Channelling afrobeat & ethiojazz, Manchester's Agbeko create grooves that call to mind the Lagos & Addis of the 70s. Expect pithy horns, fast-paced guitars, wailing organs and guaranteed dancing.

Aztec Doll
o2 Academy

Sunday
2.45pm - 3.15pm
Hand-picked by the team behind Live In Barnsley, Aztec Doll have been described on various platforms as 'Siouxsie plays Soft Cell' and 'lyrical lonerism', giving you an idea of the dark-veiled, goth-infused post-punk niche they've crafted.

Bang Bang Romeo
Main Stage
Sunday
3.00pm - 3.30pm
With a truly amazing live show, the much-loved band bring their unique brand of dark, emotive, 60’s inspired rock & roll back to Tramlines this summer after earning widespread critical acclaim that has seen them compared to the likes of The Doors, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac and Tarantino soundtracks.

The Black Lagoons
o2 Academy
Saturday
2.00pm - 2.30pm
The Black Lagoons is made up of two brothers and two cousins ranging from 14 to 17 years old making music which spans indie, rock, prog and punk. They appear at this year's festival having been hand-picked by BBC Introducing York's Jericho Keys.

Caroline Francess
Folk Forest
Sunday
12.00pm - 12.35pm
Sheffield-based singer-songwriter and Exposed Awards 'Best Unsigned Artist' nominee Caroline Francess playfully weaves her way through a range of upbeat foot-tappers, and more thought-provoking, emotional tracks, combining melodic piano with her powerful yet delicate vocals, while adding a sprinkle of wit and elegance to her lyrics.

Emma Crowder
Cathedral
Saturday
2.30pm – 3.00pm
Emma Crowder is set to entice her home crowd with a gorgeous and beguiling voice, which carries itself with the power of any arena act. Her soul-searching lyrics, chilling guitar melodies and climatic drums allow Emma to connect with her audience on a level which is all the more impressive in the landscape of her young age.

Ginger Tom
Main Stage
Saturday
2.00pm - 2.30pm
Ginger Tom began as a duo in late 2013 with Dan (Ginger) & Tom, with a full band set up allowing them to add a rock-driven edge to their sound, while retaining the much-praised, harmony-rich pop-rock hooks which piqued the interest of BBC Introducing Sheffield's Christian Carlisle, who selected them to appear at this year's festival.

The Herron Brothers
Cathedral
Saturday
1.30pm – 2.00pm
The Herron Brothers are two music-making, folk-loving siblings from Derby. With a delightful and accessible indie pop quality, their percussion-accompanied rhythms are both honest and homegrown and they appear at Tramlines courtesy of the team behind BBC Introducing Derby.

King Capisce
Cathedral
Sunday
8.30pm - 9.15pm
Sheffield locals King Capisce take to the Cathedral stage with their frenetic and fascinating instrumental music. Fusing jazz with global influences, they create a sound that is unmistakably their own.

Living Body
Folk Forest
Saturday
12.00pm - 12.35pm
Jeff T. Smith collaborates with Tom Evans (Vessels) and Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin, Wild Beasts, Sleater-Kinney) to bring joy and address his fascination with contorting the pop song into a uniquely imaginative and immediate form. Augmented by new and additional live members, Tramlines 2016 will be the group’s first live performance.

Lusts
The Harley
Saturday
7.00pm - 7.30pm
Brothers Andy and James Stone are Lusts; a dark, new wave indie duo who are no strangers to a melodic pop hook. Hand-picked to appear at the festival by BBC Leicestershire's new music champion Dean Jackson, Lusts can be found in the Harley on Saturday.

North Adolescence
Leadmill
Friday
5.40pm - 6.10pm
Since forming just short of 2 years ago, Sheffield indie outfit North Adolescence have gigged non-stop around the city, including highlight shows at o2 Academy, The Rocking Chair and The Greystones, among others, before being picked to appear at Tramlines by the team from iconic Sheffield venue The Leadmill. Having recently recorded their debut EP, and with a strong local following already growing, 2016 is set to be a big year for the band.

Real Talk
Cathedral
Sunday
7.30pm - 8.00pm
Lincoln based four-piece Real Talk create refreshingly fun and honest pop-rock, with their current EP having already been played on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Nottingham, whose presenters picked them to appear at this year's festival.

Silver Wilson
The Harley
Sunday
5.00pm - 5.30pm
Nottingham-based three-piece Silver Wilson started life in 2015 and, using fresh ideas, they began making superb indie music with an original twist. Incorporating new technology with a mix of indie of guitars, bass, and drums, the band have organically built a loyal following for their summery, danceable indie-pop.

With this year's festival just over five weeks away, tickets are selling fast. Head to the Tickets page to get paid up.

14 June 2016

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