Tramlines and The Showroom team-up for Sheffield city music festival

Meet band Suede at this year's Tramlines Festival.
Meet band Suede at this year's Tramlines Festival.

Tramlines Festival and The Showroom Cinema have teamed-up to give attendees at this year’s event an exciting programme of music films – and the chance to meet iconic band, Suede.

Spanning documentaries, concert footage and sound-tracked feature films, the genre-smashing programme includes Suede: Night Thoughts, which will be followed by a Q&A with the band.

Other highlights include: NG83: When We Were B Boys, which features a very young Goldie; Where You’re Meant to Be, plus Q&A with Aiden Moffat of Arab Strap, Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise; and the Northern Premiere of Songs From Lahore and a special screening of the

Grammy Award winning Purple Rain, in memory of Prince.

Tramlines Director Sarah Nulty said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the people behind such a cutting-edge and innovative film programme, as well as offering Tramlines-goers the opportunity to enjoy something beyond the music.”

Showroom Chief Executive Ian Wild said: “We are excited to be working with Tramlines to curate an equally diverse programme of music films to complement this, and are looking forward to developing this partnership for the future”

The award-winning Tramlines Festival – which is taking place between July 22-24 – transforms Sheffield city centre into a huge festival site, taking the reins on four outdoor spaces and 15 venues with a bill that showcases a diverse range of established names and brand new artists, and attracting approximately 100,000 people every year.

All film screenings will be open to Tramlines wristband and pass holders. There are a limited number of tickets available for individual films which can be purchased from the Showroom Box Office and website.

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Full programme of films:

Friday, July 22

Suede: Night Thoughts (12) plus Q&A

As a drowning man fights for life, what events play out in his mind? Music by Suede, concept and film by Suede and Roger Sargent.

Iggy Pop – Live in Basel

An outstanding artist known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics, performs at the

Baloise session in Basel where he was honoured with a 2015 lifetime achievement award.

Saturday, July 23

Songs of Lahore (Northern Premiere)

A Pakistani folk group gain success doing Jazz standard covers in their own style. Their rendition of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five becomes a sensation, and Wynton Marsalis invites them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a ground breaking week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert.

NG83: When we Were B Boys

Five former break dancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant UK Hip Hop scene of the early 1980s and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life on inner city council estates.

Purple Rain (15)

Winner of Grammy and Academy Awards for its pulsating song score, Purple Rain marks the electrifying movie debut of Prince as the Kid, a Minneapolis club musician as alienated as he is talented.

Where You’re Meant to Be + Q&A

Cultpop raconteur Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) explores Scotland’s past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs. But he doesn’t count on running into 79 year old force of nature Sheila Stewart – a travelling balladeer who upturns Moffat’s folk assumptions.

Sunday, July 24

Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise

For the past 15 years Volker has followed Perry on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Germany, Switzerland and London, resulting in a never-before-granted level of access and insight into Perrys’ fantastical, spiritual world.

A Poem is a Naked Person

An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974.

Sing me the Songs That Say I Love You

This rousing tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle was recorded at New York City’s Town Hall in May 2011 and features her famously musical family – children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, older sisters Anna and Jane - and equally gifted friends including Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones.

Bayou Maharajah

James Carroll Booker III was born in Charity Hospital in 1939 and he died there in 1983. In between, Booker’s life was an odyssey of brilliance and self-sabotage, a perfect-pitch voice saddled with broken dentures. He was an R&B child prodigy, a Dew Drop Inn stuffer, an open homosexual, a magnificent wordsmith and interpreter, a life-changing blessing and train wreck for countless friends and associates.