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We are over the moon to share the Tramlines 2024 Apply to play judging panel!


As you know, Tramlines is all about supporting our local talent, with over 56 emerging artists playing Tramlines through this scheme since 2018. We are beyond proud to be adding to this in just under 7 months, and with our recent win at the UK festival awards for ‘Best Festival for Emerging Talent’, Tramlines is no better place to be!


Last year’s winner Harri has said that the Tramlines success has ‘given us a massive career boost in and outside of Sheffield, headlining a stage at Tramlines is a great talking point when applying for gigs.’


The overall winner will be picked by Radio X host, John Kennedy and we have a stellar panel alongside him to help pick our finalists. 


“The privilege of getting to choose the winner of Apply To Play is not just discovering loads of brilliant new talents and being able to give them a leg up the ladder but seeing the positive impact the scheme can have on artists’ mental health.’ John Kennedy


Here’s a reminder of the prizes up for grabs this year:


The Winner of the 2024 Apply to Play Competition receives:

  • £500 worth of rehearsal + recording studio credits at Pirate Studios.
  • Paid festival slot at Tramlines and the opportunity to perform at Truck Festival in Oxfordshire and Victorious Festival in Portsmouth.
  • Interview feature with Rock Revival hosted by John Kennedy
  • Interview feature with Exposed Magazine.
  • Interview with new talent advocate Shell Zenner on Amazing Radio.
  • Performance opportunity at This Feeling industry showcase event at The Social in front of music industry professionals.
  • Professional press shots


The Finalists receive:

  • Paid festival slot at Tramlines
  • £100 Pirate Studio credit each 


So the news you have been eagerly waiting for….


The panel picking the 2024 Apply to Play finalists are:


  • Amazing Radio
  • This Feeling
  • BBC introducing – Sheffield and Leeds
  • The Rock Revival
  • Waterbear college 
  • Exposed Magazine
  • Pirate.com
  • Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation


Shell Zenner, a self-proclaimed advocate for grassroot talents,  joins the panel from Amazing Radio. Amazing Radio, is a radio platform that prides itself on helping new and emerging artists get discovered across the UK and the USA. 


This Feeling strives to be an organisation supporting emerging talent by helping band get their foot in the door, providing spaces to perform, hosting gigs – ultimately creating an amazing platform giving artists a true chance to crack the industry.


BBC Introducing is an industry renowned platform showcasing upcoming talent, where the likes of George Ezra and Everything Everything have had their start in the music industry.


The Rock Revival is an online space dedicated to promoting bands artists. Their site is jam- packed with interviews with artists big and small, alongside album and concert reviews spanning the indie-genre. The Rock Revival will host the winners interview with the one and only John Kennedy!


Waterbear – The College of Music, founded by Adam Bushell and Bruce John Dickinson, is a college run by professional musicians and creatives actively-working in the music industry. They are dedicated to supporting musicians and artists, focusing on building them sustainable and long-term careers.


Exposed Magazine is the definitive entertainment, lifestyle and listings magazine for Sheffield. Established in 2003, it is the essential guide to culture, clubbing, food & drink, fashion, music reaching over 17,000 people weekly. This year our lucky winner will be invited to take part in an interview feature with our friends at Exposed.


Pirate.com is the artist go-to for 24/7 studio space, boasting over 700 purpose-built, 24-hour studios across the UK, US and DE. They have curated a vast community of artists and help progress their careers through free events and workshops online and in their studios. All finalists receive a whopping £100 credit for Pirate bookings.


The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation is right at the heart of Tramlines and the Sheffield Community. Their work enables, encourages and guides socially and economically disadvantaged people in Sheffield to develop musical abilities.

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