Tramlines have now announced waves 4 and 5 of the acts set to grace this year’s festival, with a whole host of live performances and DJ sets squeezed into the already bulging schedule. Running across Sheffield’s favourite music venues from Friday 22 July until Sunday 24 July, Tramlines can now boast the addition of the likes of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, David Rodigan and Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi alongside the abundance of talent previously revealed.
Being the UK’s biggest inner-city music festival necessitates a lineup of some magnitude, and Tramlines has achieved that by bringing George Clinton and his P-Funk collective to headline the main stage on Saturday night. Clinton and co have been responsible for some of the chunkiest, funkiest hits of each of the last five decades, with the diffusion of the band’s coalescent sound into modern soul, funk and hip hop demonstrating the unbelievable influence that they’ve had on their industry. Famed as much for their visceral and unpredictable live shows as their masterpiece recordings, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic would stand tall near the top of any festival bill imaginable.
Also fighting in the bands corner, Little Comets return for a third year and The Enemy stop off at the Leadmill as part of their swansong tour as a group, whilst Basement come out the other end of a hiatus as they reunite to headline Grand Ballroom and show off their glittering new album, Promise Everything. Joining Basement in the City Hall’s Ballroom, Norwegian alt-rockers Shining also get their name onto the Tramlines guestlist.
Over in the dance music corner, genre matchmakers Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi will lead proceedings as the festival kicks off at Leadmill for the Thursday night opening party, offering up almost anything that a pair of feet can move to as they dip into techno, funk, soul, reggae and whatever else they fancy. David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan offers up a more focussed exploration of bass-heavy dancehall at 02 Academy on the Friday, whilst Craig Charles shows why he gave up making robots fight as he Sergeant Bash-es out a funk and soul masterclass at Foundry.
Crazy P and Quantic fly the flag for deep electronic cuts; the former assisting Nice Like Rice’s Friday takeover of Queens Social Club and the latter enjoying a live set in front of 7000 at Devonshire Green before skipping off to a more intimate DJ set at Harley for Sunday’s after party.
Saturday evening at Queens Social Club will be hosted by Sheffield’s most cosmopolitan collective, Banana Hill, who bring Rita Maia over from Lisbon to show why she’s so hotly tipped by Gilles Peterson and team her up with 4hero’s Dego. If Grime’s more your thing, Plug nightclub will house Last Japan, Logan Sama and ascending MC Capo Lee on the same evening.
The chance to also see Jane Weaver, Moon Duo, Teleman, Holy Esque, Beaty Heart and many more makes Tramlines an exciting proposition, and tickets can be bought for the entire weekend for just £42, making it one of the best value festivals that the UK has to offer this year.
For tickets and more information, including the full lineup including Kelis, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Leon Vynehall, and Young Fathers, click here.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Tramlines