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Preview: Tramlines Festival 2018

The Sheffield festival which celebrates new music and home talent is set for another sell-out this year with yet another stellar lineup, even having moved the main stage to the outside of town in Hillsborough to accommodate for the high demand. Taking place on July 20-22, it’s sure to be a weekend to remember.

Our top picks from Tramlines include:
Stereophonics
The Big Moon
Mystery Jets
The Magic Gang
The Orielles
Honey Blood
King No-One
The Seamonsters
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Reverend and The Makers
Fickle Friends
Stereo Honey
The Sherlocks
Jake Bugg
Sheafs
Black Honey

Aside from the headliners of the weekend, Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5 which show the diversity of this festival in how it accounts for different genres of music opening up to a wider more generalised audience. It also offers to predispose fans to a more eclectic choice of favourite bands. The festival respects and praises homegrown talents like Reverend and The Makers, The Sherlocks, Sheafs and The Sea Monsters. By continually giving local music the exposure it deserves and placing these bands quite high on the lineup, it pushes the local talent to succeed.

Another aspect of this festival which celebrates local talent is Tramlines Fringe, which is dedicated solely to new music, local bands, and rising talent; it showcases some of the finest music of the future while highlighting who you should be watching. The Fringe line up is released a little later than the main stage line up as bars and pubs release their own individual agenda for the weekend.

Some of the best venues for Fringe include:
– Cafe Totem
– Record Junkee
– Great Gatsby
– The Frog and Parrot
– Bungalows and Bears
– The Picture House Social
– Wick at Both Ends
– The Washington
– The Plug
– Crystal

These bars and pubs make it easy for passers-by to just stumble across great new music without a strict pre-planned itinerary which makes the discovery of your new favourite band just that bit more exciting and totally authentic. This festival is not to be missed!

Tickets can be bought from the festival’s website – https://www.tramlines.org.uk/tickets/

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