Bands and DJs go head to head for Sheffield festival date

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MUSIC lovers in Sheffield have spoken - and now 16 of the city’s top acts are in with the chance of performing at the city’s Tramlines festival.

The bands and DJs are shortlisted in the festival’s People’s Choice competition, after thousands of votes were received from fans for their favourite local artists.

The top eight in each category will be taking to the stage at two special shows next month, with the winning acts opening the main stage and Dance World bill on Saturday, July 21.

A panel of local experts will judge the 16 groups and DJs, and fans will be able to buy tickets for both gigs.

Kate Hewett, head booker for Tramlines, said the competition was a ‘fantastic opportunity for two local acts’.

She said: “The best part of it is it is the music lovers of Sheffield who have driven this competition.

“We have received thousands of entries with music fans emailing in to tell us who they want to see on those opening slots.

“A big part of Tramlines has always been about showcasing Sheffield talent and this competition does that.”

The eight bands shortlisted include indie bands Blue Lip Feel and Polkadodge, as well as post-punk influenced group The Ratells.

Sour Cherry, a four-piece rock band, are also shortlisted along with The Monday Club, who are inspired by Britpop and guitar legends.

The three final bands are Pistola Kicks, who had a track featured on a commercial for sportswear firm Umbro, 10 Bob Millionaire and Dead Like Harry, who write songs influenced by country and folk music.

DJs shortlisted include Trow, a regular at Sheffield clubs Forward, Soyo and The Viper Rooms, Jimmy May and house DJ Simon B.

Wheresnorth, who started on the Yorkshire underground party scene, is also in the running for a Tramlines slot, along with J2H, Autograph, Josh Kerr and Dejedi.

The gig for DJs takes place at DQ, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield city centre, on Friday, May 4, while the show for bands is on Saturday, May 19 at The Leadmill.

Potential nominees had to be based within a 10-mile radius of Sheffield.

n Tickets are on sale now for the two finalist shows. For details, visit www.facebook.com/tramlines