Room for Manuva on Tramlines bill

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THE line-up for this year’s Tramlines festival was announced this week.

Already confirmed for the main stage in Devonshire Green are London-born Sheffield-based rapper Roots Manuva, American indie band We Are Scientists, Ms Dynamite (who played at the Octagon last year), the highly-rated Field Music led by Sunderland brothers Peter and David Brewis and fellow Wearsiders Frankie & the Heartstrings.

Roots Manuva'Tramlines 2012 headliner

Roots Manuva'Tramlines 2012 headliner

The line-up also includes nu-folksters Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, dance pop duo Chew Lips, goth singer-songwriter Charli XCX and London synth rock outfit Clock Opera.

More than 70 locations, including open air stages, pubs and bars, will be used as the free festival, now one of the biggest in Europe, returns for a fourth year, from July 20 to 22.

It has grown in size - more than 150,000 music fans were attracted last year - and reputation. It was declared the Best UK Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards in London last year, rubbing shoulders with the like of Glastonbury and Bestival on the winners’ podium.

Festival director Sarah Nulty said: “We are really proud of this year’s line up. Tramlines really is a festival like no other. We give music fans a chance to see their favourite artists absolutely free, and this year we are giving people even more for their nothing.”

The latest line-up offers as an eclectic mix of music as ever, covering all musical genres from indie, electronica and blues to world music, folk and everything in between, offering a high profile platform for Sheffield’s diverse musical community and showcasing emerging and established artists.

The alternative stage in Barker’s Pool has another bill, including 65daysofstatic, Rolo Tomassi, Future Of The Left, Esben & The Witch, Mazes and Frankie Rose

This year the Dance World has been expanded, taking over two venues at Sheffield University. Steel City DJ and producer Toddla T is curating the main stage on the Saturday night, and Toddla Sound will lead another strong line-up including Benga & Youngman and Jackmaster. This is the fourth year that Toddla T has been involved in the festival.

Cornell Campbell & Top Cat with Soothsayers Band, and Rafiki Jazz will headline the World Music Stage in the Peace Gardens, and James Yorkston will play the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park.

Other artists appearing over the weekend include Mr Scruff, Spector, Alt-J, Hookworms, TOY, Wild Palms, Lulu James, Troumaca, Cymbals, XXXY, Midland, Logan Sama, Champion, Swindle, Elijah and Skilliam, The Neat, Kill It Kid, Peace and The Heartbreaks.

The 2012 festival is being billed as “bigger, better, louder and free-er”.

While some money comes from the council, Tramlines depends on sponsorship and the enthusiasm of venue operators and the people of Sheffield. This year’s festival is again being sponsored by Nokia.

Sarah Nulty said: “We’ve always said that we want to rely on the council less and less as the festival grows. That being said, the funding we receive, together with sponsorship and revenue, is key to the festival’s success. We just need to make this money work harder and look at other ways of generating cash. We are grateful for the continued support we get from the council and are committed to doing everything we can to keep Tramlines both independent, and free for all.”

Past events have included performances from Echo and the Bunnymen, Toddla T and Annie Mac, David Rodigan, The Mystery Jets, Rolo Tomassi, Darwin Deez, Heaven 17, Futureheads and Ash.

l www.tramlines.org.uk.