Acts like new headliners Supergrass, Sheffield’s own The Sherlocks and Dizzee Rascal don’t need much introduction, but here’s nine of our recommendations to look out for on Saturday and Sunday. For set times, keep an eye out on the website, tramlines.org.uk, and Tramlines social media channels.
There’s also going to be a Tramlines Fringe in Devonshire Green and the Peace Gardens, with a DJ line-up including BBC6 Music broadcaster Chris Hawkins and Sheffield legend Winston Hazel. Venues will have their own gigs. For details, check out www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/fringeattramlines
1. Little Simz
The brilliant rapper and singer Little Simz performs on T'other Stage Live on Saturday. She is fierce and edgy, as evidenced by her latest track, I Love You I Hate You, which explores her relationship with her estranged father. There's a lot of excitement about her upcoming fourth album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
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2. The Reytons
Sheffield band The Reytons appear on Sarah Nulty's Main Stage on Sunday. They are championed by BBC Introducing at Radio Sheffield and their sound and drily funny lyrics invite comparisons with the early Arctic Monkeys. Expect plenty of their "blue-collar bangers", to pinch The Reytons' own description.
3. Sundara Karma
If you love bands with anthemic tunes at festivals, look no further than Sundara Karma, who love a big singalong chorus - The Guardian described them as "Indie-Springsteens". They have some great anthems on their EP Kill Me, released last November. Sundarma Karma play T'Other Star Live on Sunday.
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Barnsley dream pop band Weedipus was only formed by Olivia Thawley and Zach Duvall while they were living togther during the pandemic.
Their debut EP Demo Tape, released last August, got things off to a promising start. Weedipus play the Leadmill/BBC Introducing stage on Saturday. They also feature on an Elephant Arch Records showcase with melodic duo Before Breakfast - who are on the Sarah Nulty’s Main Stage on Saturday - and singer-songwriter Holly Redford Jones (see her on the Leadmill stage on Friday) at Sidney + Matilda on July 30.