Tramlines 2017 Review


Opening up the main stage for this year’s Tramlines were local band Liberty Ship, who definitely deserved that big slot, providing an upbeat set of crowd-pleasing indie rock that kicked things off proper.

Following on from Liberty Ship were Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic.TA9.JPG

Drawing a big crowd fairly early on, Twin Atlantic were one of the tightest acts of the weekend, kicking their set off with ‘Whispers’ from last year’s GLA album.

After a few songs from them however, I had to dash over to the Devonshire Green stage to catch US Hip Hop Legends The Pharcyde. PS2.JPG

One of the most high-energy, fun sets of the weekend came from The Pharcyde.

Getting the crowd moving and making noise on every song, and Bootie doing his part from Dirty Harry by Gorillaz was one of my highlights of the weekend.


Closing the Devonshire Green stage on Friday was Mercury nominated grime legend Kano.  Alongside an incredible live band, Kano performed cuts from his latest album, Made in The Manor alongside some old favourites. Many big grime acts have someone else to fill in the gaps when they need to take a breath bars, but Kano did not need that at all, effortlessly spitting even through the rain.



Saturday was wet. But that didn’t stop Sheffield. The first act of the day for me were the ever-brilliant Estrons.


As punchy as ever, Estrons delivered a great set to an upbeat Dev Green crowd despite the threatening weather, with big hitters ‘Make a Man’ and ‘Drop’ getting the slightly damp crowd moving.

Next up were another act that I had seen a few times before, and knew that they would be great; Spring King.


I was expecting a good crowd for Spring King, but they had the liveliest crowd of the weekend, with most songs ending up with a mosh pit, much to the delight of Tarek and co.

After a short, very wet interlude, it was time for the Saturday night headliners, Primal Scream.


A large amount of people had left before Primal Scream had even started, the weather was that bad. But those who braved the rain knew they had made the right decision as soon as the opening of ‘Movin on Up’ blasted out across the Ponderosa. A greatest hits set in the biggest way possible, massive track like ‘Loaded’, ‘Rocks’ and ‘Come Together’ did their best to shake away the clouds.



Having mostly dried off from the night before, it was out to the main stage for Akala.


Akala drew a massive crowd for 3 in the afternoon, bringing his fire from the booth to the Tramlines main stage.

After Akala’s short and sharp set, Loyle Carner took to the (very smartly dressed) stage.


Launching into his set with ‘The Isle of Arran’, Loyle played a blinder of a set, getting a great reception from the main stage crowd. Witty lyrics with great delivery made for one of the highlights of the festival, with set closer ‘NO CD’ going off in a big way.


After Loyle, it was back over to Devonshire Green for The Big Moon. tbm13.JPG

Starting off with ‘Silent Movie Susie’ before ripping through most of ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’, The Big Moon were one of the best acts of the weekend.


Closing Tramlines 2017 were Metronomy.m6.JPG

Despite it being another wet one, the main stage was rammed. ‘Back Together’ from ‘Summer ’08’ kicked off Metronomy’s hit filled set, with ‘Old Skool’ from the same album following that. The whole hour was filled with memorable synth lines that got Sheffield grooving in the rain, from ‘The Bay’ right through to closer ‘Reservoir’. The final, and best act of the weekend.

Overall, another great year for Tramlines. Very well organised with very friendly, helpful staff and one of the most diverse festival lineups I have seen this year.


SOTD 2/8/17 – The Seamonsters: Wonderland

Wonderland by The Seamonsters is song of the day:

‘Wonderland’ is the follow-up single to the Sheffield band’s brilliant debut ‘Lost (and found)’ which was released earlier in the year.

They have just announced a new show, supporting Anteros at the Leadmill on the 28th September, with v cheap £5 tickets being available here.

The last song of the day was from The Cornshed Sisters with ‘The Message’. Check out all of the tracks from 2017 so far in the playlist below.

14/7/17 New Release Roundup

Sloan Peterson – Rats: The new single from Sydney based musician Sloan Peterson is a great piece of indie pop, following up her last single ‘105’ with another punchy track full of charm. 84%

Nina Nesbitt ft. Goody Grace- The Moments I’m Missing: A subtle but effective track from Nina here; often autobiographical lyrics can come across as forced and cheesey (See 7 Years by Lukas Graham) but on ‘The Moments I’m Missing’ Nina manages to tell her life story in a way that comes across as genuine. 89%

Arcade Fire – Electric Blue: ‘Electric Blue’ is the latest single to be taken from Arcade Fire’s upcoming ‘Everything Now’ album and it is v v catchy. A synthy disco track with a really infectious hook. 80%

Trash – 81: Another nice new single from Sheffield indie favourites Trash, ’81’ is another example of that they do best. Catchy indie guitar rock with great, personal lyrics on top of chill melodies. 90%

Split Milk Society – She Tastes Like Summer: This new track from Split Milk Society starts off as a gentle guitar ballad before developing into a more riff-driven, synthy bop. 75%


SOTD 13/7/17 – The Orielles: I Only Bought It For The Bottle

The Orielles have song of the day with ‘I Only Bought It For The Bottle’ – watch the video below:

The Halifax trio have also announced some tour dates:

  • 23rd July Truck Festival
  • 27th July Port Eliot Festival
  • 19th August Green Man Festival
  • 26th Aug Sea Change Festival
  • 27th Aug Bristol, Thekla
  • 3rd Sept Bingley Music Live
  • 16th Sept The Good Life Experience
  • 7th Oct Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
  • 27th Oct Nottingham, The Old Angel
  • 28th Oct Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
  • 31st Oct Brighton, Sticky Mike’s
  • 1st Nov London, The Lexington
  • 3rd Nov Sheffield, Record Junkee

The last song of the day was ‘Rats’ by Sloan Peterson. Check out the playlist below to hear all of them from 2017 so far: