Katy B, Toddla T and Benji B set for Tramlines

Katy B performs. Pic: PA Wire.

Katy B performs. Pic: PA Wire.

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The first artists for this year’s Tramlines festival have been announced with organisers boasting it will be the biggest line-up in its six years

Appearing across the weekend of July 25-27 will be The Cribs, Katy B, Toddla T Sound, Deap Vally, The Wedding Present, The Gaslamp Killer, Benji B, Gold Panda, Jonwayne, Lewis Watson, Levon Vincent, Leon Vynehall, Blessa, Shy Nature and Moxie.

Tickets are on sale now at £28 (plus booking fee) for a weekend ticket and £12 ( plus booking fee) for a day ticket. This compares to £6 a day or £12 to £15 for the weekend last year.

This is a result of the axeing of the grant from Sheffield City Council, though they are supporting it with support in kind including waiving the rent on Devonshire Green.

Last year Tramlines lost £40,000 after attracting 95,000, three-quarters of the sales needed to break even and have been forced to increase prices.

Headlining the Main Stage on Friday night will be a set from Mercury-nominated Katy B who has a second album Little Red set for release this month. She will be supported by Sheffield’s own Toddla T, who will bring his full live Toddla T Sound set.

Long-time Tramlines favourites The Cribs will head up Sunday’s main stage lineup. The Wakefield trio will play past hits, as well as tasters from their two forthcoming albums, both set for release this year.

At the Leadmill on Saturday are Leeds’ finest, The Wedding Present, the Eighties indie band led by David Gedge championed by John Peel. Tramlines will be hosting a dance/electronica takeover at the University, with the likes of Gold Panda, The Gaslamp Killer, Moxie of Radio 1’s In New DJs We Trust and more.

Down at Fez Club, Toddla T will host his traditional venue takeover, going head to head with Benji B for a two-room marathon.

Elsewhere, artists will take to the stage at venues including The Harley, The Leadmill, Queens Social Club, the Cathedral and more.

Tickets are available to purchase online (see www.tramlines.org.uk) or in person with no booking fee from The Harley.