FESTIVAL NEWS: TOY head up a host of new additions to complete the Outlines Festival bill

The new names join Roots Manuva, Gang of Four, Shura, Loyle Carner, NZCA Lines, Spring King, Rosie Lowe, at new Sheffield multi-venue festival. With its inaugural event just a few weeks away, Outlines Festival has released the final list of names for its 2016 bill


Psychedelic rock band TOY lead the new additions to the genre-spanning event, which is set to take place across several city centre venues in Sheffield on Saturday 27th February 2016. TOY will play at the festival’s roller disco venue, where they will appear alongside post-punk heroes Gang of Four, indie-rock upstarts The Big Moon and brooding garage-pop quartet PINS.

The final names join a showcase of established names and emerging talent, including UK hip-hop pioneer Roots Manuva, Gang of Four, Shura, Loyle Carner, NZCA Lines, Georgia, The Big Moon, Pumarosa, Spring King, Rosie Lowe and PINS, amongst others. The new festival comes from the makers of the critically acclaimed Tramlines, which attracts over 150,000 visitors to Sheffield each year and has hosted shows from artists including alt-j, the xx, AlunaGeorge, Public Enemy, Lianne La Havas, Neneh Cherry, Basement Jaxx, Buzzcocks, Gold Panda, The Gaslamp Killer, Evian Christ, The Selecter and many more.

Like Tramlines, Outlines will be a city-centre event, taking place across a range of indoor venues in Sheffield. Performance spaces will range from established venues like Plug, Queens Social Club and The Harley to more unusual areas, including the city’s roller rink, where artists will perform while the audience skates.

Elsewhere, organisers have also announced the addition of a brand-new venue, DINA, which will host a day-to-night showcase from cutting-edge experimental labels Fuck Punk and Young Echo. Innovative trio Blood Sport will perform as part of the event, celebrating the launch of their forthcoming new EP with a set of their own locked rhythms and kraut-rock grooves.

A final injection of home-grown talent will see melancholic disco outfit Blessa and irrepressible funk/afrobeat 9-piece KOG & The Zongo Brigade join the bill at o2 Academy, where they will join the likes of Georgia and Pumarosa.

Outlines’ Head of Programming Kate Hewett says “We’re thrilled to have added the incredible TOY to the lineup. The roller disco at Skate Central – where TOY will appear alongside Gang of Four – is set to be a real highlight of the festival and it’s great to be able to give music-lovers the chance to catch some bands in a space that’s a bit out of the ordinary”.

Outside of the music, festival-goers will also have the chance to check out a range of music shorts – programmed in collaboration with Sensoria Festival of film and music – and food and drink from some of Sheffield’s independent retailers.

Advance weekend tickets are now available for Outlines, priced at £25 plus booking fee.

Full lineup:

Andrew Ashong / BabeHeaven / Batida (DJ set) / Blessa / Blood Sport / The Big Moon / Bruising / Coco / Estrons / Fuck Punk showcase / Full Crate / Gang of Four / Georgia / Joy Atlas / Kagoule / KOG & The Zongo Brigade / Loyle Carner / Nimmo / NZCA Lines / Oscar / PINS / Pipes (DJ) / Polo / Pumarosa / Roots Manuva / Rosie Lowe / Saif Mode / Sammartino / Shura / Skinny Girl Diet / Spring King / Thee Mightees / Trash / TOY / Young Echo Showcase / Zuzu



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