Polkadodge in seventh heaven after radio-poll springboard

Sheffield indie band Polkadodge are from left, Paul Robertson (drums)'John Burton (lead vocal/guitar)'Tom Fletcher (bass/vocals)'Martin Greening (lead guitar)
Sheffield indie band Polkadodge are from left, Paul Robertson (drums)'John Burton (lead vocal/guitar)'Tom Fletcher (bass/vocals)'Martin Greening (lead guitar)
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After their single Borderline was voted the seventh best song of 2013 by BBC Introducing, Sheffield indie pop band Polkadodge are on the rise.

With a tour list last year that included supporting Catfish and the Bottlemen, and dates with Alvarez Kings and playing at Jon Windle’s last full band gig, the band are looking to strip back at this years Tramlines. They have reduced their gigs from four to two from last year, with a BBC Introducing gig at The Leadmill on Saturday, and another more intimate show at the Frog and Parrot.

Lead singer John Burton, aged 24, a lettings negiotiator from Hillsborough, said: “When Tramlines is on Sheffield becomes unrecognisable, like a completely different city. It’s chaos, but it’s great.”

The band have grown since last year’s festival, and have worked to show their hometown how much they have improved and matured.

John said: “We’ve realised playing to 10 people is better than playing to 100 – its all about interacting, chatting to everyone, sticking around after the shows, knowing our audience and giving them a good time. Tramlines is going to be great because its our backyard: we’ve played twice before.”