Preview: Outlines Festival 2017

Josh Levin looks ahead to Sheffield’s Outlines Festival 2017.

Outlines Festival is just two weeks away! The second running of Tramlines’ winter-counterpart takes place on 3rd and 4th of March 2017. The line-up features acts both local and afar; renowned and recently found. With Sheffield venues The Leadmill, The Harley and Plug also confirmed for the event, it’s sure to be a lovely pick-me-up during the cold mid-semester period. Here’s who I’ll be seeing…

 

Jagwar Ma

Headlining the bill, flying all the way from Sydney, Australia to greet us with their psychedelic powers, it’s a no-brainer to see Jagwar Ma. Promoting recent album Every Now and Then, they’re sure to deliver a set filled with highlights including single ‘Slipping’ as well as older numbers like ‘Man I Need’. It’s no surprise that whilst on the rise Jagwar Ma supported legends like Tame Impala and The xx, and now with their platform at its current peak, a psychedelic party in the Steel City awaits.

 

Slow Club

Part of Sheffield music scene for over 10 years, with a 2016 album under their belts as well as an imminent sold out three-night residency at Yellow Arch – Slow Club are back. The ‘anti-folk’ duo played a wonderful slot on the Exposed Magazine stage at Tramlines 2015 and I’m sure their Outlines debut will be no different – except for having more great tunes to create a set from. Beautiful harmonies and euphoric vibes – there will be ‘Tears Of Joy’ all around.

 

Lady Leshurr

‘Queen’s Speech Ep.4’, uploaded to Youtube one year ago, has now reached over 38 million views – another example of the increasing popularity and success of grime music. Lady Leshurr makes music with a unique rap style, hilarious wordplay but serious skill. Her tunes are built for a live setting, including most recent single featuring Wiley, ‘Where Are You Now?’ which attacks those who “leave the scene” after a bit of achievement in the music industry. Judging from her rapidly growing success, she’ll be having little time for leisure in the coming years.

 

Clean Cut Kid

 After a year of touring the UK supporting acts like Shura, Fickle Friends and Circa Waves, Liverpool indie-pop quartet are discovering their own recognition. Having headline status at October metropolitan festivals Neighbourhood (Manchester) and Twisterella (Middlesbourgh) as well as near-enough selling out a current tour, Clean Cut Kid are smashing it. The We Used To Be In Love EP pulls on your heartstrings, whilst single ‘Make Believe’ lifts you up into a dreamy world of fun.

 

The Crookes

 When playing to a huge crowd at Sheffield O2 Academy for Tramlines 2016, this indie-rock four-piece told us they had played Tramlines every year, at pretty much every stage, so this was clearly a pinnacle moment for them. No signs of taking a long break then as The Crookes are now high up on the Outlines 2017 line-up. They have been compared to Vampire Weekend and The Smiths previously but there’s more to this band than just an indie label – ‘The World Is Waiting’ carries 2 minutes and 46 seconds of euphoria with an explosive chorus, enjoyed both live and on record. They supported Catfish and the Bottlemen earlier this year, and evidently they’ve got their own festival headliner status envisaged.

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