Sometimes it’s the simple ideas in life that prove the most effective. Lots of bands, lots of venues, one weekend. Simple but yet brilliant. London has Camden Crawl, Manchester has just hosted the International Festival and Leeds even has two festivals. So why does our beloved steel city, arguably the music capital of the North, not have its very own extravaganza? After all, Sheffield is responsible for producing some of the nation’s most diverse and acclaimed acts in recent decades: from The Human League to Def Leppard, Pulp to Moloko, Joe Cocker to Richard Hawley. Oh and that band about Monkeys you might have heard of.
Thankfully Tram Lines is here to shake things up. The brainchild and collective efforts of Matt Holders, Jon McClure, Toddla T and James O Hara, prepare for a weekend of musical adventure running from Friday 24th through till Sunday 26th. With 20 venues taking part feel free to explore the city and the vast array of music talent on offer. Whether it’s the big names draws of Reverend and the Makers and Athlete, current hot acts such as Pixie Lott, Little Boots and Slow Club or the dozens of up and coming local acts (Skeletons are my tip), it’s your festival, make it your own. Best of all it’s completely free, whether you see one band or whether you see twenty. No excuses for not getting out there and having a wild one.
Ladies and gentleman, lads and lasses, welcome to Tram Lines.