HOMEGROWN musical heroes Reverend and the Makers promised to take Sheffield by storm when they head this year’s Tramlines festival.
The Sheffield band have revealed they will take to the main stage at Devonshire Green on Friday, July 20.
The news is likely to receive a huge welcome by the city’s residents, who turned out in force to get their hands on the group’s latest album at High Street’s HMV yesterday.
The band headlined Tramlines in its first year in 2009 and is looking forward to making a welcome return at the free festival.
Jon McClure said: “Obviously we were delighted to be asked. We’re going to give Sheffield the best day ever.
“Everyone’s been really down with the recession so we’re going to lift them and have a big mash-up.”
Laura said: “We’ve played the Devonshire Green venue before and it was fantastic so we’re really looking forward to it.”
Hundreds of people queued to meet Jon and Makers’ Laura McClure and Ed Cosens as they signed copies of @Reverend_Makers.
Jon said the album’s title was inspired by the growing influence social media sites such as Twitter are having on the music industry.
The trio were overwhelmed by the support of their Sheffield fans and attributed the success of their third studio album - which was riding high in the iTunes top 20 on the day of its release - to them.
Laura said: “The likes of David Guetta and Rihanna have PR teams spending a fortune on marketing. We don’t have that, so it’s amazing that we’ve reached that chart position.
“We’ve hardly had any radio airplay and people are still going out to buy it.”
Jon said: “A lot of people follow us on Twitter because they’re fed up of the mainstream and are going back to proper indie music.”
Their appearance is the latest coup for Tramlines, who have announced Sheffield Cathedral will become a place of pilgrimage for music lovers for the second time when it hosts festival gigs.