Tramlines, one of the UK’s biggest inner city music festivals, rolls into Sheffield this weekend and we are celebrating with a FREE 12-track download album featuring many of the top acts.
It’s easy to download, just right click on the track links below and ‘save link as’ or ‘save target as’, to download the MP3 songs and CD jewel case art work to your computer.
If you want individual tracks only, download those that appeal to you. You can listen to the songs first by simply clicking once on the the links. You will only be able to listen to them on most mobile devices and a computer may be required to download.
You can play them on your computer, or transfer the songs to your phone or other mobile music device and take the Tramlines acts with you.
If you want a good old-fashioned physical copy, we’ve got that covered too. Simply burn the songs to a blank CD, using appropriate software such as iTunes. We’ve produced front and back CD jewel case album artwork download, print off, cut out and place inside a standard CD case.
Then you’ve got a hard-copy of your official Tramlines 2014 keepsake album to play on any CD player.
And if you like what you hear, remember you can catch up with all these acts at Tramlines.
Below is the track list of song titles, bands, background details, plus where and when you can see these acts perform this weekend at Tramlines.
VIDEO: Tramlines head of programming Kate Hewett previews all the highlights of this year’s festival in a chat with digital editor Graham Walker.
Hundreds of acts will play the city’s pubs, clubs, parks and even on public transport over the next three days at Tramlines – the city’s own ‘urban Glastonbury’.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to watch with 500 acts, 200 of them at 15 pay-to-enter venues, including the main stage at Devonshire Green, featuring the likes of disco queens Sister Sledge, American hip-hop rappers Public Enemy and chart star Katy B.
Around 300 of the acts will play the so-called Tramlines fringe festival, at free entry venues showcasing talent all over the city.
Our album is a mix of what’s on offer. The first 10 tracks have been sourced by Tramlines bosses – featuring acts from pay-to-enter venues, including Saturday acts performing on the Main Stage in Devonshire Green.
Two bonus tracks feature bands tipped for the big time, but playing at free entry venues this year, so catch them while you can – The Sherlocks and The SSS.
FREE ALBUM DOWNLOADS: RIGHT CLICK ON THE BAND NAMES/SONG TITLES AND SAVE LINK AS TO YOUR COMPUTER
With his roots firmly based in the world of hip-hop mixing and turntabalism, Andy H has shown that the art of DJing is well and truly alive in 2014.
As a UK DMC and Redbull Thre3style finalist, he takes skills honed over the years, combined with his outstanding understanding of the dancefloor to develop a style making him ‘the DJ’s DJ’. Tramlines, Main Stage, Devonshire Green, Saturday, July 26, 4pm to 5pm.
Born, bred, built and based in the North of the UK, Clubs and Spades have a lot more to say than your average inner-city group. Comprised of MCs Matic Mouth, Shinobi and producers Bear Trainer and Manakin, the band formed with the sole purpose of making fresh, innovative and above all, inspiring music. Clubs & Spades deal in hip-hop- influenced music infused with subtle Sheffield tones. Their tunes are punctuated with a northern twang made up from broken slang. Tramlines, Main Stage, Devonshire Green, Saturday, July 26, 7pm to 8pm.
This Sheffield neo-soul outfit open Saturday’s Main Stage, care of Toddla T, who hand-picked them to play this year’s festival. Drawing on far-reaching influences, the band offer up a diverse and energetic sound, offset by singer Dnae’s vocal, which pays homage to the tone of Badu, with substance and style to match. Tramlines, Main Stage, Devonshire Green, Saturday, July 26, 1pm to 2pm.
Father Funk is known for energetic DJ sets and productions crammed with big bass, big beats and the biggest samples sucked from the green sweetness of his youthful days. He made headway in 2013 by topping the Juno Breakbeat chart and crashing his way onto the Juno Best of 2013 reggae chart. Tramlines, Night Kitchen Basement, 7 Smithfield S37AR, Sun, July 27, 2am
Hailing from Sheffield, Hot Soles are a rough and ready rock and roll duo. Priding themselves on delivering an incendiary live performance at every show they’ve been enchanting audiences since October 2010 with their riproaring raucous soul vibe. They have jammed with the legendary Duane Eddy on BBC Radio, performed to 20,000 people to honour Jessica Ennis’ homecoming. Tramlines, The Leadmill, Saturday, July 26, 7pm to 8pm.
With a percussion-heavy sound set against layered, rapturous vocals, Mike has created his own trademark sound, perhaps best described as ‘Apocalyptic Gospel Blues’. Mike is currently in the studio recording his full-length debut album with producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, MIA), due for release later this year. His debut single late last year has already had radio play from the likes of Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2), Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2 & 6Music), and Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6music). Tramlines, Cathedral, Saturday, July 26, 7pm to 8pm.
Combining eight horns with two percussionists, scratch DJ and MC, Renegade Brass Band mix jazz, funk and hip-hop with a raw brass sound and high-energy live show. RBB have already established a big live reputation as a headline act, appearing at festivals and packed-out shows around the UK and Europe, alongside artists including Xavier Rudd, The Apples, Quantic, DJ Vadim, and Ms. Dynamite. Debut album, RBB: Rhymes, Beats & Brass is out this month. Tramlines, Main Stage, Devonshire Green, Saturday, July 26, 6pm to 7pm.
Sheffield based DJ/producer Sam Vandal burst onto the scene in 2001 when his single Delivering the Goods won the support of Andrew Weatherall, XLR8R, NME and Radio 1. Since then, Sam has continued to produce a string of underground classics. He signed to the now seminal breakbeat funk label Lot49 in 2004. Tramlines, Night Kitchen Basement, 7 Smithfield S37AR Sunday, July 27, 4am to 5am.
Sheffield’s Screaming Maldini are big in Japan. Their self-titled debut album hit number three in the Japanese iTunes alternative album chart and two songs (The Awakening and The Extraordinary) spent weeks in the Tokyo Hot 100, leading to a 10-day tour. They have been releasing a download track per month in their latest project, #monthlymaldinixii, at screamingmaldini.net. Last year they played London’s Hyde Park as part of BBC Radio 2’s Festival in a Day, completed their first full UK tour and two singles were heard on Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea. Summer, Somewhere video clocked over 35,000 YouTube views, a further 40,00 as the soundtrack to the 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival trailer and was the soundtrack to The Star’s Cliffhanger 2014 Longest Day video. Tramlines, The Harley, Saturday, July 26, 9pm to 10pm; Cathedral, Sunday, July 27, 9pm to 10pm.
Where’sNorth? Is a Sheffield-based DJ/producer who pulls together genres from across the board and fuses them with his unique breaks style. Currently releasing material via the underground dance label 48 Inch Records, Where’sNorth? has cemented himself in the Northern breaks/underground scene. This set sees his brand new live act featuring sax, guitar, percussionists, synths and Where’sNorth? on the decks. Tramlines, Night Kitchen Basement, 7 Smithfield S37AR Sunday, July 27, 3am.
Our Free download album also features two bands to watch who are playing free venues at the festival.
The Sherlocks are a four-piece band from Sheffield, featuring two sets of brothers, singer Kiaran Crook, aged 18, Brandon, 21, on drums, Josh Davidson, 20, on guitar and Andy, 16, on bass. Embracing the success of their debut EP, First Bite of the Apple, they have provided support to bands such as Twisted Wheel, The Buzzcocks, Reverend & The Makers and The Enemy. Their sound is upbeat and bodacious, with thrashing vocals and rhythmic guitars. They have performed in excess of 500 gigs and were recently signed up by the management of Pete Doherty, Babyshambles and The View. Tramlines, The Plug, Saturday, July 26, 11pm
The SSS are a Sheffield five-piece blending various influences ranging from Joy Division to Band of Skulls. Since forming in early 2013, SSS have become a recognised name with a growing fan base. The quintet have been championed by Sheffield Band – who crowned Snake In The Grass the unsigned Track of the Year 2013 and Little Indie Blog stated that they are “a band that are worth catching before they make it big”. They are playing four free entry gigs during the Tramlines weekend. Tramlines, The Plug, Friday, July 25, 10pm; Crystal, Carver Street, Saturday, July 26, 3.20pm; The Rocking Chair, Furnival Gate, Saturday, July 26, 8pm; Green Room, Devonshire Street, Sunday, July 27, 7.50pm.
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* Many Tramlines events are free, with a fee to see the biggest names on the Main Stage and in paid venues. Weekend tickets are £28, in advance only and come with a free festival programme. Advance day tickets are £12. Full details and prices at www.tramlines.org.uk or from a variety of venues around the city including The Leadmill, The Harley and the University of Sheffield box office.
For details about thousands of other events visit The Star’s online entertainments and listings site at www.wow247.co.uk.
See our Tramlines guide in The Star’s special edition of WOW247 – our weekly entertainments supplement - on Thursday, July 24, 2014.Read it for free on our Star web tablet app - for download details CLICK HERE.