Tramlines fans choose Blue Lip Feel to open

Sheffield band Blue Lip Feel, who will open the main stage at this year's Tramlines Festival after beating off stiff competition from 6 other acts.
Sheffield band Blue Lip Feel, who will open the main stage at this year's Tramlines Festival after beating off stiff competition from 6 other acts.
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Sheffield band Blue Lip Feel will open the main stage at this year’s Tramlines festival after beating off stiff competition from six other acts.

The Tramlines People’s Choice Gig was held at the Leadmill in order to pick the opening act.

Seven of the city’s favourite bands battled it out to be crowned the People’s Choice, with the prize a coveted spot as the opening act on the main stage at this year’s Tramlines.

The four-piece band members Oliver Tooze, Will Adams, Conor Houston and Sam Bywater said they felt ‘really privileged’ to have won the contest against ‘tough competition’.

“A massive thanks to everyone involved and to everyone who watched us play,” the band added.

Blue Lip Feel will be opening on the main stage at Devonshire Green on Saturday, July 21.

The lunchtime slot will see them sharing the stage with the likes of Roots Manuva, Ms Dynamite, Chew Lips and Clock Opera.

Judge Kate Hewett said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the People’s Choice competition.

“As is always the case in a city with such an amazing musical heritage, there are loads of really exciting up-and-coming bands in Sheffield at the moment, meaning picking a winner wasn’t an easy task.

“That said, it was one we really enjoyed.

“We got to see some great music at the show, and are happy to be able to award Blue Lip Feel the prize of playing on this year’s main stage in front of up to 7,000 people.

“Being able to show off your influences without ever becoming derivative is no mean feat, and we were all very taken with the band’s 1970s sound, as well as the ease with which they produced a really impressive performance.”

The Tramlines festival will be staged from July 20-22.

For more details go to www.tramlines.org.uk for up to the minute line up information and festival news.