FESTIVAL NEWS: Huge opportunity announced for emerging talent at Tramlines

Brand new apply-to-play competition will offer a festival tour, studio time and a magazine feature for the winning act


Tramlines Festival takes place from 21st – 23rd July at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield. Following the announcement of headliners Richard Ashcroft, Courteeners and Paul Heaton with Jacqui Abbot in January, the focus now shifts to opportunities for emerging talent. The ‘apply to play’ scheme has been a fixture of the festival for many years but has been revamped for 2023. This year in addition to the opportunity to perform at Tramlines, one act will receive studio time, multiple festival performances, a magazine feature and the chance to perform for industry professionals.

The Tramlines team and panel of experts will select a shortlist of artists from the applications to go forward to a public vote. The overall winner will be rewarded with an incredible prize including:

  • £500 of rehearsal and recording credits at the renowned Pirate Studios
  • Feature interview in Sheffield entertainment magazine Exposed
  • Series of paid festival slots at Truck Festival (Oxfordshire), Victorious Festival (Portsmouth) and of course, at Tramlines
  • Additionally, they will be invited to perform at an industry showcase event hosted by future rock ‘n’ roll star club, This Feeling at Sheffield performance space The Social in front of music industry professionals

Runners-up will receive a paid slot at Tramlines and £100 credit for Pirate Studios.

Full details on how to apply can be found on the Tramlines website

Emerging talent already features heavily in the 2023 line-up. Acts such as Stone, The Mary Wallopers, Primaqueen, Jetski, Franz Von, Amaroun, Deadletter, Lizzie Esau, and Rumbi Tauro represent the best in new music from Sheffield and beyond.

Only a handful of Weekend tickets are left for Tramlines 2023, with over 97% sold already. They are on sale now, priced at £140 (+ booking fee) with day tickets from only £60 (+ booking fee). To buy tickets and for more info, visit www.tramlines.org.uk

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