FESTIVAL NEWS: Tramlines reveals ‘Apply To Play’ winners for 10th anniversary

Golden Age of TV

The breaking talent additions include, Imi, Kadija Kamara, Little Grace, Polo, Saint Petersburg, The Golden Age of TV and Universal Tree. These complete the lineup for the milestone festival that features its biggest lineup to date including Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Craig David’s TS5, Clean Bandit, Blossoms, De La Soul, Milburn, Jake Bugg, Shed Seven, Everything Everything, Tokio Myers, Stefflon Don and Mystery Jets and many more.

Supporting local and emerging talent has always been key to the Tramlines Festival ethos, and today it remains as important as ever at the 10th anniversary event. The linup already features Sheffield’s finest homebrewed talent such as Reverend and The Makers, Milburn, High Hazels, Bang Bang Romeo and comedic songwriter, John Shuttleworth. Thanks to the Apply To Play Scheme, these are now joined by a full spectrum of Sheffield’s hottest emerging acts.

Universal Tree is a brand new band fronted by legendary Sheffield vocalist, Steve Edwards. Steve achieved big hits in the dance scene with collaborations with Cassius, Bob Sinclar and Axwell, and was the frontman for Lords of the Flatbush – a collaboration with former Arctic Monkey, Andy Nicholson, and Louis Carnall of Milburn. His new Universal Tree project draws influence from psychedelia, soul, funk and blaxploitation films and will be the perfect way to welcome in Sunday on the Main Stage at Tramlines.

Also repping Sheffield in this announcement are St Petersburg. Another recent formation (they were previously known as The Ratells), this group have some serious momentum, their first show sold out over 1,000 tickets in just 4 minutes. Check them out on Friday afternoon at Tramlines to see what the fuss is all about!


Venturing a little further north from West Yorkshire, Leeds will also be represented at the festival with two standout bands. Three-piece outfit, Polo, who won the hotly contested PRS ‘Women Make Music’ grant, have been selected to play at Tramlines for their unique ‘sexy indie electronica’ sound. They are joined by The Golden Age of TV whose ‘razor sharp and perfectly crafted alternative indie-pop’ has already won support from BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X and many more.


Also hailing from Leeds is Imi, a female solo artist who mixes dark brooding synths with her own soaring vocals described as ‘rich and luxurious’ by Electronic North.

Kadija Kamara

Showcasing hot new talent from further afield comes London-based performer, Kadija Kamara, with her totally unique ‘alt soul’ style that includes 60’s and 70’s analogue sounds. She has won the MTV Iggy Artist of the Week poll and been funded by PRS for Music. Her collaborations include Joey Negro and Zed Bias of the dance music elite, and she currently holds down a residency at a popular North London music venue, The Finsbury.

Little Grace

The final addition chosen from the Apply to Play acts is Little Grace. This trio have a modern yet nostalgic sound, merging Motown, 80’s synth pop and post-2000’s electronic R&B and have appeared on Robin Schulz’s LP, ‘Uncovered’. Find them at Tramlines on the Library Stage on Saturday, alongside a mix of other contemporary and emerging stars.

Tickets for the 10th Tramlines Festival have been selling fast. They’re now on sixth release costing £79 plus booking fee for a weekend ticket, covering all three days and are available from www.tramlines.org.uk. Keep an eye out for further announcements by following Tramlines on social ‘@tramlines’.


Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Craig David’s TS5,

Clean Bandit, Blossoms, De La Soul, Milburn

Jake Bugg, Shed Seven, Everything Everything, Reverend and The Makers, Tokio Myers, The Sherlocks, Stefflon Don, Mystery Jets, Rat Boy, Tom Grennan

Mabel, The Big Moon, Fickle Friends, The Magic Gang, Coasts, Rae Morris, Teleman, Pale Waves, Little Comets

Gengahr, Black Honey, Palace, Honeyblood, Nina Nesbitt, RedFaces, Flamingods, King No-One, The Orielles, Neon Waltz, Pins, Naaz, Sheafs, Her’s, Self Esteem, Bobii Lewis, Mullally, Bang Bang Romeo, Stereo Honey

Lily Moore, Feet, High Hazels, Oddity Road, Wulfman Fury, Patawawa, SeaMonsters, Sophie and the Giants, Sheafs

Imi, Kadija Kamara, Little Grace, Polo, Saint Petersburg, The Golden Age of TV, Universal Tree

Extra entertainment: Everly Pregnant Brothers, Mr Motivator, Rhythm of the 90s

Comedy: Henning Wehn, John Shuttleworth, Bethany Black, Tom Stade, Tom Wrigglesworth, Jarred Christmas, Dana Alexander, Daisy Earl, Tanyalee Davis, FoxDog Studios, Barbara Nice, Dan Nightingale MC, Jonathan Mayor MC

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