FESTIVAL NEWS: Tramlines Festival have begun their search for the UK’s best breaking talent

Organisers of Sheffield's Tramlines Festival have begun their search for the UK's best breaking talent, and have opened the artist application process for the forthcoming festival, which is set to return for its eighth instalment from 22nd to 24th July.


In its ongoing mission to showcase the country’s breaking bands and artists, the UK’s biggest metropolitan music festival is looking to fill 15 slots across a wide range of official festival venues and stages.

Hopefuls have until 29th April to submit their details via Tramlines’ page at gigmit.com, with the winning entries being chosen by a mix of festival organisers, BBC Introducing presenters and influential music industry figures.

Tramlines has a long history of showcasing breaking acts before they hit the big time, with Blossoms, Toddla T, The XX, George Ezra, Charli XCX and Alt-J just a few of the artists who’ve gone on from early shows at the festival to bag chart-topping singles and sell-out shows. Having played at some of the festival’s smallest venues just a few short years ago, indie four-piece Catfish and the Bottlemen return for 2016 as Sunday night headliners on the huge outdoor Main Stage. As the band themselves said:

“We’re absolutely buzzing to be headlining Tramlines this year. We remember it like it was yesterday. The last times, we were in Frog & Parrot with Little Comets or in Soyo with the Broken Hands lads watching Kieran Gallagher crowd-surfing and pulling the chandeliers down. It’s a real honour to be headlining.”

The panel of judges selecting bands to play at Tramlines this year include, the festival’s Head of Programming, Kate Hewett and – ensuring that a wide portion of UK talent is represented – presenters from BBC Introducing Kent, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, York, and of course Sheffield.

Band applications are now open until Friday 29th April. Applicants should head to Gigmit.com to fill out an application using the following link https://www.gigmit.com/gigs/tramlines-festival-festival-in-tramlines-festival-sheffield-4289

Kate Hewett, Head of Live Bookings at Tramlines commented:

“Showcasing undiscovered talent has always been a key part of the festival’s ethos. The Tramlines audience are open-minded and experimental, and new bands are guaranteed a great show, regardless of what kind of music they make.”


For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2016 and to find out who is selected from the Apply To Play programme, visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines



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