City bands ‘proud’ to star in festival

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THE first wave of Sheffield acts has been announced to star in the city’s award-winning Tramlines festival this summer.

Favourites The Crookes and The Everly Pregnant Brothers are included in the line-up.

Revellers can also enjoy homegrown music from the likes of Hey Sholay, Wet Nuns, Dead Sons, The Violet May, The Hot Soles and Alvarez Kings.

The Crookes have played every Tramlines so far, usually performing in a bigger venue, as well as a more intimate show.

Guitarist Daniel Hopewell said: “We’ve played city festivals similar to Tramlines all over the world, in Texas, Amsterdam, Tokyo. And we’ve done all of the major ones in England too.

“But Tramlines is unrivalled in terms of atmosphere.

“Unlike many others, music spills out of the venues and into the streets and makes the whole of the centre feel closer to a traditional camping festival.

“It’s always a highlight in our calendar and makes us incredibly proud of the whole of Sheffield.”

Tramlines will fill the city with music between July 20 and July 22. The free festival began in 2009 and has grown to include more than 70 venues, attracting 150,000 people last year.

Artist Pete McKee, who stars in popular ukelele band The Everly Pregnant Brothers, performing for the third time at Tramlines, said: “It is good fun, also it’s a celebration of music in Sheffield and of Sheffield itself. It’s great to be part of that.”

Big names signed up this year include Roots Manuva, We Are Scientists and Ms Dynamite.