Sheffield music festival shortlisted for award

Thousands of wristbands lit up the night sky as Xylobands, part owned by Coldplay, were seen for the first time at Sheffield's Tramlines Festival.
Thousands of wristbands lit up the night sky as Xylobands, part owned by Coldplay, were seen for the first time at Sheffield's Tramlines Festival.
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SHEFFIELD’S Tramlines Festival has won the support of huge crowds each year - now its artists and venues have been shortlisted for five honours at the Live UK Music Business Awards.

Fans of the event - dubbed the Urban Glastonbury and which attracted more than 150,000 people this year - are being urged to make sure they take part in a public vote to decide the winners, which closes today.

The live UK Music Business Awards is the only event committed to presenting awards to the business people who drive the country’s contemporary live music industry.

The Sheffield places and people in the running for awards are:

■ Harley Live - Best Indie promoter

■ The Leadmill - Best Venue for 800+ people

■ City Hall - Best Venue Theatre/Concert

■ Motorpoint Arena - Best Venue Arena

■ Wet Nuns – Best Breakthrough Band

Kate Hewett, head of programming for Harley Live, on Glossop Road, said: “It’s amazing to see so many Sheffield organisations nominated for this year’s awards.

“With so many new artists, events and promoters all at work, it feels like a really exciting time to be a music fan in the city at the moment, and it means a lot to have had that buzz recognised nationally.”

Wet Nuns’ drummer, Alexis Gotts, said: “Obviously this makes us really proud.

“Cutting your teeth in the greatest city on earth means playing to rooms full of grumpy realists with their arms folded.”

Sarah Nulty, Tramlines director, said: “I think having so many Sheffield venues and artists shortlisted, really shows the rest of UK what we already know – that Sheffield is a fantastic music city.”

The awards recognise excellence and talent among promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents, through to artiste managers, brand impact and record label partnerships.

“Tramlines is all about showcasing what Sheffield has to offer all year around and attracting more people to our wonderful city. Seeing so many venues shortlisted really does that.

“It has been a fantastic year for Wet Nuns and they truly deserve their nomination. I wish everyone the best of luck and hope the whole of Sheffield, and Tramlines supporters will get behind our venues and artists and get voting.”

Shortlists of nominees were created with the help of specialist Voting Panels made up of industry professionals.

Tramlines organisers have pledged to hold the festival, which involves hundreds of lives performances at bars and clubs and on the main stage at Devonshire Green, for a fourth time next summer.

■ People have until the end of today to vote at http://awards.livemusicawards.co.uk/vote.