Tramlines Festival adds over 60 news acts to its bill

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UK: Tramlines – the UK’s largest metropolitan festival – has announced an additional 60 artists for its 2016 event, which will take place across Sheffield from July 22 – 24. The latest genre-spanning additions range from The Dandy Warhols and Public Service Broadcasting to Kate Jackson to Big Narstie, with a bonus DJ set from snooker legend Steve Davis.

Over four outdoor stages and 17 venues, Tramlines festivalgoers will discover internationally-acclaimed artists alongside up-and-coming talent and – with weekend passes from just £42 plus booking fee – it’s one of the most affordable festivals around.

2016 marks the eighth edition of Tramlines, which sees 100,000 music fans turn out to transform Sheffield into a vibrant festival site. This year, festivalgoers will be able to catch the already-announced likes of Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, The Mystery Jets, Gaz Coombes, Dawn Penn, Crazy P Soundsystem, Goldie, Craig Charles, Field Music, Hinds, Little Simz, The Enemy, Norman Jay, Toddla T, Young Fathers, My Nu Leng, David Rodigan and many more.

In addition to the household names, Tramlines Festival is well known for its impressive bill of breaking artists. A whole host of the UK’s most exciting new talent will appear across the city’s best live music venues, including reggae artist and recent Radio 1 favourite Kiko Bun, and multi-instrumentalist Marika Hackman, who returns to Tramlines to head up Sunday’s bill on the outdoor Folk Forest Stage. Elsewhere, London quartet Inheaven will play at the legendary Leadmill, Nordic Giants will perform live soundtracks to a backdrop of award winning short films at City Hall, and rising stars Eliza and the Bear showcase their shimmering indie-pop on Devonshire Green.

After the sun goes down on Tramlines, the night welcomes a diverse electronic and DJ programme to Sheffield’s best clubs and warehouse spaces, ranging from techno to grime, and drum & bass to disco.

The line-up at O2 Academy will see the addition of rave-culture royalty DJ Hype and Ragga Twins, who appear alongside Ninja Tune’s Machinedrum; Manchester super-producer Dub Phizix and versatile lyricist DRS; and Urban Music Award winning rapper Big Narstie.

For those looking to discover new DJ talent at Tramlines, key sets include Global Roots Soundsystem, a collaboration between Boiler Room founder Thris Tian and Cervo of local promoters Banana Hill, taking in everything from afrobeat, disco and techno. Hotly-tipped jungle, grime and drum & bass DJ Jack Dat will play at Plug, while Belfast rising star LOR – who’s been enjoying heavy support from the likes of Dixon, Ame, Roman Flugel and more – will play at Code.

Sheffield is a melting pot of music scenes and Tramlines continues to celebrate its homegrown talent. Added to the 2016 line-up are some of the city’s best DJs and producers including Lo Shea – owner and resident of Hope Works and its successful techno events; DMC finalist and Redbull Thr3style UK finalist Andy H; Denham Audio, whose unique blend of techno and jungle has been supported by Nemone at 6 Music; and Pedram, whose debut production got snapped up by James Zabiela’s Born Electric label.

More homegrown talent from Sheffield’s live music scene features on this latest announcement, with dream-pop four piece High Hazels, dynamic rock-duo Hot Soles, afro-jazz-funk outfit Hot Diamond Aces and the captivating Daniel Whitehouse.