FESTIVAL NEWS: Tramlines announces first wave of acts

Dizzee Rascal, Young Fathers, Hinds, Dawn Penn, Goldie MBE, Toddla T, Little Simz, Norman Jay MBE, Field Music Mumdance, C Duncan, Randall feature among the first announcements Tramlines, Sheffield’s award-winning inner-city music festival, has announced the first wave of artists for its 2016 event, which will take place across multiple venues and outdoor stages in the city’s centre 22nd to 24th July.


Renowned for its eclectic lineup, festival organisers have again delivered a genre-spanning spread of names, with confirmations including headliner Dizzee Rascal, as well as the likes of Young Fathers, Dawn Penn, Goldie MBE, Toddla T, Norman Jay MBE, Amy Becker, Mumdance, Field Music, Hinds, Gwenno, C Duncan, Randall and many more. Now in its eighth year, Tramlines remains one of the most diverse music festivals around, bringing a unique selection of international and UK talent to Sheffield.

The organisers are thrilled to announce Dizzee Rascal as Friday night’s Main Stage headliner. A groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed UK talent whose music spans grime, UK garage, bassline, British hip hop and R&B, Dizzee Rascal’s energetic live sets are legendary.

Elsewhere, fellow Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers have also been announced, and will deliver their unique brand of UK hip-hop, while cult art-pop heroes Field Music – a.k.a. brothers David and Peter Brewis – will show off the best indie rock Wearside has to offer. Legendary Jamaican singer Dawn Penn will be touching down in Sheffield to wow the Tramlines crowds with her classic hit, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ and more, while former Pipettes vocalist Gwenno will showcase her stylish, Welsh Music Prize-winning brand of indie-pop.

With a keen commitment to showcasing new and breaking artists, Tramlines has once again sourced some of the best emerging UK talent. Acts include acclaimed rapper Little Simz; Madrid four-piece Hinds; 2015 Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan; former Racehorses frontman Meilyr Jones’ new solo project; breaking singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise; Liverpool psychedelic trio All We Are, and Sheffield slacker-pop outfit Trash.

The electronic offering at Tramlines is always a major talking point, and 2016’s lineup again mixes up a selection ranging from house through to grime, from feel good tunes to underground techno. Local hero Toddla T returns to the festival to head up a takeover at the O2 Academy where he’ll curate an unmissable lineup. Elsewhere on the festival site is Metalheadz don and D&B royalty Goldie MBE; purveyor of ‘Good Times’ and soul grooves Norman Jay MBE; 1Xtra Daily Dose Mix resident Amy Becker; and experimental grime/techno producer Mumdance, performing a B2B set with Pinch for the first time in Sheffield.

Lineup so far

Dizzee Rascal
Dawn Penn
Field Music
Goldie MBE
LEVELZ Takeover
Little Simz
Mumdance B2B Pinch
Norman Jay MBE
Paranoid London live
Toddla T Takeover
Young Fathers
All We Are
Amy Becker
C Duncan
Dan Mangan
Denis Sulta
FYI Chris
Marquis Hawkes
Meilyr Jones
Mt Wolf
Rukhsana Merrise
Thomas Truax

The 2016 ticketing system brings with it some changes, with the introduction of Day and Night tickets now making it easier for festival-goers to catch their favourite bands. From £23 +bf, fans of bands, new music, and those for whom watching the headliners is a must, can opt for a Daytime Ticket, providing access to all outdoor stages and various venues. For fans of dance music of all kinds, from techno to D&B and everything in between, a Night-time Ticket is available for £20 + bf, permitting entry to clubs on Friday and Saturday night, or from £5+ bf if Sunday is the night to stay out!


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