Stars on track for Sheffield music fest

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Motown, punk and hip-hop legends are heading to Sheffield – to play the city’s famous Tramlines Festival.

Punk stars Buzzcocks, Motown queen Martha Reeves and veteran rappers The Sugarhill Gang have been announced as performing at the inner-city festival, following in the footsteps of acts such as Echo and the Bunnymen, We Are Scientists and Lianne La Havas.

(Embargoed to 2230 Thursday July 21). Martha Reeves arrives at the Mojo Awards, where Martha And The Vandellas picked up the Merit award. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Picture date: Thursday 21st July 2011. The annual music magazine awards ceremony was held at The Brewery, in east London.  Photo crdeit should read: Ian West/PA

(Embargoed to 2230 Thursday July 21). Martha Reeves arrives at the Mojo Awards, where Martha And The Vandellas picked up the Merit award. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Picture date: Thursday 21st July 2011. The annual music magazine awards ceremony was held at The Brewery, in east London. Photo crdeit should read: Ian West/PA

Sarah Nulty, festival director, said: “The 2014 lineup was one of our best ever, so we knew we’d set the bar high for this year, and we think we’ve done it again with the legendary likes of Buzzcocks and Sugarhill Gang.

“We pride ourselves on being a ‘discovery’ festival, where people can seek out established talent alongside breaking talent and are excited to share more big and brand-new names for the festival.”

The festival takes place at venues across Sheffield from Friday to Sunday, July 24 to 26.

Other acts confirmed as playing this year include singer-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg – making his Tramlines debut – indie-pop group Dutch Uncles and Kent punk duo Slaves.

A festival spokesman said: “The 2015 event comes hot on the heels of Tramlines’ biggest year yet, with performances from Public Enemy, Sister Sledge, The Cribs, Katy B and more than 200 other artists having made 2014’s festival a truly unforgettable weekend for 100,000 festival-goers.

“The early artists announced for Tramlines 2015 point towards another unforgettable weekend in the making, and with it come some true music legends.”

n Tickets for Tramlines are now on sale, priced £30 for all three days. To buy and for more information, visit www.tramlines.org.uk