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.