Tramlines Reveals Apply to Play Winners

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Tramlines Festival, Sheffield’s biggest party, has revealed stage splits and the incredible grassroot talent winners of the Apply To Play talent competition for the 2024 edition, taking place at the 40,000 capacity Hillsborough Park from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July. With Tramlines having scooped the 2023 UK Festival Award for ‘Best Festival for Emerging Talent’, festival goers are in for a real treat with the array of bonafide, rising stars on this year’s lineup.

The Library Stage at Tramlines is the place to discover the best in unsigned and grassroots talents where festival goers can expect anything from neo funk and soul, to ska, indie, and rap from the stars of tomorrow. For 2024 it will showcase the winner of this year’s Apply To Play competition, Hannah Rowe, as selected by Radio X’s John Kennedy. The Barnsley-based Hannah Rowe and band perform an incredible mix of soul, jazz and R’n’B and are not to be missed, as are the other finalists who fought their way through over 2000 applicants to perform at Tramlines, including alt-electro pop artist Darla Jade (chosen by Amazing Radio), UK rapper Tinxshe (selected by Exposed Magazine), alt rock indie band, Sam Scherdel (chosen by BBC Introducing) and more.

Hannah Rowe, Darla Jade, Tinxshe

Fans of rap, spoken word and all round positive lyrics should flock to The Library Stage on Saturday to check out this year’s showcase curated by Sheffield talent development platform, Pattern + Push. As well as the former Apply To Play winner, Rumbi Tauro, and the heavily supported Hip-hop afro fusionist, Franz Von, festival goers can expect an abundance of grooves, phat beats, and sassy lyrics from young talents, Astrels, Lavelle, Chloe Beth Rogers and Harris Lih.

Serving up the soundtrack on The Sarah Nulty Main Stage this year are headliners Paulo Nutini, Jamie T and Snow Patrol, plus a selection box of rock, electro pop, indie and bass music from Sheffield heroes The Human League, Example, Maximo Park, Tom Grennan, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Miles Kane, Coach Party, The View, Bedroom High Club and Sheffield’s very own Everly Pregnant Brothers and The Leadmill Studio Orchestra.

Tramlines’ gigantic T’Other Stage will play host to a brilliant lineup of standup comedians by day, and a melting pot of musical talents, by night. Comics residing here for the 2024 edition include Lucy Beaumont, Angelos Epithemiou, Jon Richardson, Olivia Lee, and Justin Moorhouse among others. While the sound system come night will be put through its paces by The Charlatans, Soft Play, Dylan John Thomas, Holly Humberstone, Annie Mac, Jazzy, Yard Act, The Pigeon Detectives, and Anthony Szmierek, plus Sheffield’s Coco and Otis Mensah.