Tramlines, Sheffield’s annual music festival, includes a line up of top new talent and The Star is giving you the chance to hear them today - with our FREE album download, writes Graham Walker.
To celebrate the festival - which runs from Friday to Sunday, July 19 to 21, 2013 - The Star has teamed up with Tramlines, who have compiled tracks by 10 of the hundreds of incredible artistes playing this year.
It features local bands and DJs, including the likes of hotly-tipped producer Squarehead, Fierce Panda-signed The Hosts and BBC 6Music favourites Screaming Maldini.
We list each band and track below, with a brief note and details of where you can also catch them playing live at Tramlines.
The album - complete with front and back jewel case art work, if you want to make a CD keepsake version - is available now to download.
Simply right click the links of the tracks lsited and ‘save link as’ or ‘save target as’, to download the MP3 tracks and art work to your computer.
If you want individual tracks only, download those that appeal to you. You can liusten to the tracks by simply clicking once on the the links. You will only be ablet o listen to them on most mobile devices and a computer may be required to down load them.
You can play them from your computer, or transfer the songs to your phone or other mobile music device and take the Tramlines acts with you.
Or burn the tracks to a blank CD, using appropriate software such as iTunes, download the PDF art work, cut it out - get an adult to do this - and insert in a jewel case. Then you’ve got a hard-copy of your official Tramlines keepsake to play on any CD player.
And if you like what you hear, remember you can catch up with all these acts at Tramlines.
Here’s the track list of bands, song titles, details, plus where and when you can see them this weekend.
FREE ALBUM DOWNLOADS: RIGHT CLICK ON THE BAND NAMES/SONG TITLES AND SAVE LINK AS TO YOUR COMPUTER
This five-piece Sheffield band has gained popularity since playing many festivals and shows alongside the likes of Richard Hawley. Expect traces of Roy Orbison, Jonathan Fire Eater, The Beach Boys, Phil Spector and The Velvet Underground from this band dressed in black (O2 Academy 2, Saturday).
Offering a combination of indie rock and chilled acoustic sounds, Screaming Maldini are a six-piece band from Sheffield. A genre-straddling, multi-instrumental six piece, Screaming Maldini’s talent is clearly evident in the details of the work produced (Queen’s Social Club, Sunday ).
He’s a musician and songwriter from Sheffield. First album, Remember To Smile, was released in 2006. Subtle notes of country, folk and blues in Neil McSweeney’s distinctive acoustic sound (The Folk Forest, Sunday).
Low Duo is a band of two brothers, providing lo-fi pop melodies through their use of one guitar and one voice. (The Cathedral, Saturday, 4.30pm).
Hailing from Sheffield, The Gentlemen create heart-pumping pop melodies with their own individual stamp. They have also put together a spoof video focused on the city, called The Gentlemen’s Guide To Britain - watch it on The Star web site at thestar.co.uk/video (The Leadmil, Friday).
After first getting noticed as a 17-year-old with his first track On the Line, young Sheffield producer Oliver Ledger has since received praise and strong radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Skream, B.Traits, Annie Mac, Toddla T, T Williams and many more. As well as mixes on both Radio 1 and Rinse FM, he’s had releases on Wolf Music, Pets Records, Bad Taste and his own imprint 5andSeven (The Plug, Friday).
Rogue State is co-owner of Sheffield label R8 Records. He has been releasing music for close to a decade, collaborating with YT, Daddy Freddy, Top Cat and many more. (The Sidney Street Warehouse, Junglist Alliance vs Off Me Nut Records event, Friday).
Consisting of producers Bear Trainer and Manakin with vocalists Matic Mouth & Shinobi, these lads are set for big things. Consisting of two MCs, ‘Matic Mouth’ and ‘Shinobi’, and two producers, ‘Bear Trainer’ and ‘Manakin (The Plug, Saturday).
Phatworld are a pair of freaky producers from Off Me Nut Records, this track features vocals from local MC, Dubzee (The Sidney Street Warehouse, Friday) .
Smiley Maxx is a local DJ, producer and event promoter. A junglist through and through. (The Sidney Street Warehouse, Friday).
Tramlines 2013 CD artwork: Download the Tramlines 2013 album jewel case front and back as a PDF - CLICK HERE.
Let us know what’s happening at Tramlines this weekend, what you’re watching and tweet us your short reviews @SheffieldStar – using the hashtags #tramlines and #StarReview. Also review this download album and tell us what you think on Twitter, or by leaving a comment below.
** O’Hara’s Spiced Rum is a core drinks sponsor for Tramlines 2013 in Sheffield, to be found in all events and associated venues. O’Hara’s Spiced Rum, also sponsoring The Star’s Tramlines coverage, will be running a bar on Barkers Pool – so go along and enjoy tasty cocktails.
There are also several bars with the signature drinks during the weekend.
For a full list of venues, listings and a map of all paid-for stages see The Star on Thursday, July 18, 2013 and visit the official Tramlines website, where you wil also find an interactive map.
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