Rising Sheffield stars set for Tramlines music festival

Stage stars: Rolo Tomassi.
Stage stars: Rolo Tomassi.
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HOMEGROWN talent will take to the stage alongside emerging artists from across the UK at Tramlines this year.

The three-day festival - which organisers stressed will ‘never’ be cancelled due to bad weather - promises local bands appearing alongside acts from Brighton, Nottingham and Cardiff.

The New Music Stage is one of four outdoor stages which will be erected in Sheffield city centre as part of the festivities.

The line-up includes signed trio Matador, Esben and the Witch, Alarm Bells and Dog is Dead.

Sheffielders Rolo Tomassi, who have appeared at Download Festival, will return for a third year to curate. Other local favourites appearing on the stage include 65daysofstatic.

Kate Hewett, head booker at Tramlines, said: “Tramlines has always put a lot of emphasis on showcasing the best breaking talent and giving a stage to new and often unsigned acts. With the New Music Stage, we have the opportunity to introduce festival-goers to some slightly more left-field acts than those that appear on the Main Stage and hopefully help people discover their new favourite band.

“The stage is often host to some of the most exciting independent artists on the bill and this year is no exception. We’re honoured to have the wonderful 65daysofstatic play the stage with their brand of electronic, danceable post-rock sure to prove one of the weekend’s highlights.”

Tramlines takes place in 70 venues across Sheffield from July 20 to July 22. The free event’s headliners include homegrown heroes Reverend and the Makers, Ms Dynamite and We Are Scientists. A spokesman said: “We’ll never cancel due to weather as so many of the events are indoors.”