The Tramlines Festival is an annual music festival which takes place right here in the heart of Sheffield in venues such as the O2 Academy, Devonshire Green and The Ponderosa. It is an event which combines all forms and genres of music and this year will be held from Friday 21st– Sunday 23rd July. With so many amazing acts taking to the stage, here are just a few of the headliners.
Formed in London in 1997, The Libertines first gained notoriety in the early 2000’s by spearheading the garage rock revival movement in the UK. Their 2004 self-titled album went to number one and sold over 70,000 copies in its first week producing top ten singles such as “Can’t Stand Me Now” and “What Becomes the Likely Lads.” The band’s debut single “What a Waster” led NME to name them as best new band in Britain.
The indie garage band continued success throughout the 2000’s headlining multiple festivals such as Leeds and Reading in 2010. They most recently released their third studio album Anthems for Doomed Youth which gave the band their second top ten album.
All-Saints burst on to the music scene in the mid 90’s as a part of the new girl group wave kicked off by the Spice Girls. Whilst most girl groups focus on girl power and pop anthems, the All-Saints stayed true to their roots in the R&B genre. Their 1997 debut album went to number one and landed the girls three number one singles on the UK charts, including songs such as “Never Ever” and “Under the Bridge”. This led to the band becoming five times Platinum in the UK and Platinum in the US.
The band reunited in 2006 and began working on new material under a new label. The band released their third album which became a huge success selling nearly 60,000 copies and producing another top ten single “Rock Steady”. After this All-Saints chose to go on hiatus before reforming in 2014 supporting the Backstreet Boys and releasing a newer sound for the band in the form of dance-pop track “One Strike” which was released early last year. This was soon followed by their latest self-managed album Red Track.
Mercury Prize nominated Metronomy have been creatively blending rock and electronic music for nearly twenty years now and have been working as a quartet for nearly five following the introduction of bassist Gbenga Adelekan and drummer Anna Prior. The Devonshire natives have recently sold out the Royal Albert Hall and toured both North America and Europe following the success of their album “Love Letters” which earned the band their first top ten album in the UK and an NME Award nomination..
The band take inspiration from a variety of genres including artists such as the Supremes, the Zombies and the White Stripes, giving them a highly unique sound which is individual to them as artists.
The bands most recent album Summer 08 reflects on their twenties and the nights out era of their lives. Produced in Paris over the course of a summer, the album adds a funky melody to interesting lyricy and featured collaborations with the likes of Robyn and Erol Alkan. With the album’s release in July 2016 the band solidified themselves within the music industry earning recognition across Europe.
I’ll be the first one to admit that the first dozen times walking along Arundel street, I didn’t notice the hidden gem that is The Holt. Hiding among surrounding workshops and student flats, you wouldn’t think from the outside that it could be such a great place to hang out with friends or get lost in a good book for a few hours.
Walking in will fill you with a sense of calm. The quaint music and the quirky décor are welcoming and relaxing. The design of the place is certainly unique, with almost everything being recycled or second hand. It makes for a lovely setting as you enjoy some of the best tea and coffee in Sheffield.
Second-hand couches fresh from the set of ‘This is England’ and ceiling decorations give off a cool vibe to the place. Hanging above you is seemingly everything from light bulbs to carnations, plant pots and even a bicycle. Empty bottles and bean bag chairs, not to mention the funky artwork give this place a cosy ambience and a quirky feel.
Once sat down, you can fully appreciate the wonderful decor as you take notice of all the magical little features around you. What’s even more impressive than The Holt’s intriguing interior, is their menu. They boast a fine selection of teas and coffees, as well as interesting sandwiches and soup.
Two personal favourites of mine have been their ‘Fully Monty’ breakfast tea along with some very heart-warming ‘Roast Spicy Parsnip Soup’, served with coriander and fresh bread.
What made my tea and soup taste even better, is the fact that almost everything they prepare is locally sourced. Coffee beans are roasted on site, their tea comes from Birdhouse Tea company, as well as their milk being freshly delivered daily, from their cow Molly in Dungworth.
In terms of customer service, the staff were wonderful! So wonderful in fact, I even got a chance to talk with the owner, Gareth, who took time out his work to tell me a little bit about The Holt.
Not even a year old, The Holt was based on Cafe’s seen in Germany. “The Holt was inspired by some of the places in Berlin”, Gareth told me. “We liked the way they used industrial spaces to hang out”
Having always dreamed of running a cafe, Gareth and his partner Jess designed the place themselves. The couple regularly host exhibitions supporting local artists as well as selling amateur photography. “We set it up to have somewhere to call our own and enjoy being”
All in all, I would definitely recommend visiting The Holt when you are next have a gap in your day and you’re around city campus. It’s certainly worth the visit! Great Tea, great food and a cosy atmosphere! Don’t miss it!