With new material under their belt, and a new album coming out soon, psychedelic progressive-rock five-piece Hey Sholay are back at Tramlines, and looking to wow the crowds.
Guitarist Laurie Allport said: “Tramlines is an amazing platform, a really open music festival. We do not have anything like SXSW, so it’s a real chance to expand our horizons.”
The Sheffield band, consisting of Laurie, drummer Rob Philpot, bassist Stef Kania, keyboardist Liam Ward and Liam Creamer, on vocals and keys, are very excited about the wealth of new talent appearing this year.
Laurie said: “Our fans tend to be music collectors like us, so when new bands play, it’s a chance to get some new records as well as see them live. Tramlines has that element to it, unlike more mainstream festivals.
“There is always chances to buddy up with new bands we like. We recently did that with a Newcastle-based band called Let’s Buy Happiness; it was a great opportunity.”
For Laurie and the band it’s the open-mindedness of the festival that encapsulates its popularity.
“There are so many venues, and it is not genre specific. If you are not specific with your tastes, like if you are into anything from grime-core to gypsy death-core, you will be able to see it on different stages. It is remarkable, as most festivals are quite specific,” he said.
Hey Sholay will be playing at the Leadmill on Sunday, alongside acoustic duo Slow Club, and TOY.