FESTIVAL NEWS: Jon McClure completes his hand picked Tramlines Leadmill Stage line-up with Spring King and Sophie and the Giants

Spring King

As Tramlines celebrates their 10th birthday party, they have introduced some all new festival features for 2018! This is exemplified by the brand new Leadmill Live Stage that features live music and comedians during the daytime and is exclusively curated by Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers on the Sunday.

Jon McClure, the charismatic frontman of local legends, Reverend and the Makers completes his curation of the Leadmill Stage on Sunday 22nd July with the addition of Spring King and Sophie and the Giants who will join headliner Tom Grennan and Sheafs.

Originating in Macclesfield, Spring King are a four-piece art-pop-punk bank who shot to fame following their appearance at SXSW in 2015. After supporting the Kaiser Chiefs ‘Stay Together Tour’ in 2017 they have a host of festival appearances coming up in 2018 including a return performance at Tramlines after their appearance last year.

Sophie and the Giants are a new band straight out of Sheffield, hotly tipped by the Rev for great things. Despite forming last year they have already made significant forays into the world of music touring with Reverend and the Makers, The Rifles, Findlay and Yonaka. Their debut single ‘Monsters’ was released in April filled with roaring guitars and a fem-punk attitude from the lead singer Sophie Scott.

Jon has also curated a side-splitting comedy line which up is headlined by local legend John Shuttleworth who will be showcasing his unshakeable faith in his own musical compositions which are patchy at best! Joining John will be Britain’s only ‘goth, lesbian, transsexual comedian’, Bethany Black with her uniquely dark humour.

“I am very excited to be bringing the best new music to tramlines for my stage curation. Stoked to be working with my friends at the Leadmill and also having Tom Grennan and Sophie and the Giants there will be ace as they are artists I have worked with previously. All the bands are ace. See u down the front!” – Jon McClure

The Leadmill Stage is a completely new addition to Tramlines Festival. The Leadmill is Sheffield’s longest running live music venue and nightclub. Since opening in 1980 it has become a massively important fixture on the live music circuit, described by Franz Ferdinand as a ‘rite of passage’ for any act with Pulp, Culture Club, Suede, Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, The Killers, The Strokes and thousands more gracing their stage over the years.

Of course, these new offerings come on top of the festival’s hard hitting lineup. Next to music from Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Craig David’s TS5, Blossoms, De La Soul, Jake Bugg, Reverend and The Makers, Stefflon Don, Mystery Jets, Rat Boy, The Sherlocks, Mabel, The Magic Gang, Pale Waves and more, there is also comedy from Henning Wehn, John Shuttleworth, Bethany Black, Tom Stade and plenty of others.

This all plays out across four main stages that includes a stage hosted by iconic local venue the Leadmill, plus an all new Library Stage focusing on contemporary, breaking talent. Also expect great food and drink, special treats from Sheffield’s local breweries and much more.

All this makes Tramlines excellent value with weekend tickets costing £79 plus booking fee and under 12s go for free. Tickets are available now from www.tramlines.org.uk.

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