Imi, Universal Tree and St Petersburg join Tramlines’ stellar line-up

Imi performs at Tramlines Festival.
Imi performs at Tramlines Festival.

Seven breaking talent additions join Sterephonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Reverend and the Makers at this year’s Tramlines Festival in Sheffield.

They have been handpicked from thousands of applicants who bid for places under the festival’s Apply to Play scheme.

Playing over the festival weekend of July 20-22, the chosen seven acts are:

Universal Tree, a new band fronted by legendary Sheffield vocalist, Steve Edwards. Steve achieved big hits in the dance scene with collaborations with Cassius, Bob Sinclar and Axwell, and was the frontman for Lords of the Flatbush - a collaboration with former Arctic Monkey, Andy Nicholson, and Louis Carnall of Milburn. His new Universal Tree project draws influence from psychedelia, soul, funk and blaxploitation films and will be the perfect way to welcome in Sunday on the Main Stage at Tramlines.

Also repping Sheffield in this announcement are St Petersburg. Another recent formation (they were previously known as The Ratells), this group have some serious momentum, their first show sold out more than 1,000 tickets in just four minutes. Check them out on Friday afternoon at Tramlines to see what the fuss is all about!

Venturing a little further north from West Yorkshire, Leeds will also be represented at the festival with two standout bands. Three-piece outfit, Polo, who won the hotly contested PRS ‘Women Make Music’ grant, have been selected to play at Tramlines for their unique ‘sexy indie electronica’ sound. They are joined by The Golden Age of TV whose ‘razor sharp and perfectly crafted alternative indie-pop’ has already won support from BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X and many more.

Also hailing from Leeds is Imi, a female solo artist who mixes dark brooding synths with her own soaring vocals described as ‘rich and luxurious’ by Electronic North.

Showcasing hot new talent from further afield comes London-based performer, Kadija Kamara, with her ‘alt soul’ style that includes 60s and 70s analogue sounds. She has won the MTV Iggy Artist of the Week poll and been funded by PRS for Music. Her collaborations include Joey Negro and Zed Bias of the dance music elite, and she currently holds down a residency at a popular North London music venue, The Finsbury.

The final addition chosen from the Apply to Play acts is Little Grace. This trio have a modern yet nostalgic sound, merging Motown, 80s’ synth pop and post-2000’s electronic R&B and have appeared on Robin Schulz’s LP, ‘Uncovered’. Find them at Tramlines on the Library Stage on Saturday, alongside a mix of other contemporary and emerging stars.

Year on year, Tramlines remains one of the largest and most popular inner-city music festivals in the country. Its new home on Hillsborough Park – set to attract around 30,000 people - is just 13 minutes from the city centre by tram meaning it remains as accessible as before. The larger space will accommodate four stages, an expanded Into The Trees area for kids and family fun, pop-up cinema, and a debut comedy lineup. Even more music lovers than before will be treated to a wider range of world class headliners as well as plenty of exciting emerging acts and lots of great entertainment to boot.

Tickets for the 10th Tramlines Festival have been selling fast. They’re now on sixth release costing £79 plus booking fee for a weekend ticket, covering all three days and are available from Keep an eye out for further announcements by following Tramlines on social ‘@tramlines’.


Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Craig David’s TS5,

Clean Bandit, Blossoms, De La Soul, Milburn

Jake Bugg, Shed Seven, Everything Everything, Reverend and The Makers, Tokio Myers, The Sherlocks, Stefflon Don, Mystery Jets, Rat Boy, Tom Grennan

Mabel, The Big Moon, Fickle Friends, The Magic Gang, Coasts, Rae Morris, Teleman, Pale Waves, Little Comets

Gengahr, Black Honey, Palace, Honeyblood, Nina Nesbitt, RedFaces, Flamingods, King No-One, The Orielles, Neon Waltz, Pins, Naaz, Sheafs, Her’s, Self Esteem, Bobii Lewis, Mullally, Bang Bang Romeo, Stereo Honey

Lily Moore, Feet, High Hazels, Oddity Road, Wulfman Fury, Patawawa, SeaMonsters, Sophie and the Giants, Sheafs

Imi, Kadija Kamara, Little Grace, Polo, Saint Petersburg, The Golden Age of TV, Universal Tree

Extra entertainment: Everly Pregnant Brothers, Mr Motivator, Rhythm of the 90s

Comedy: Henning Wehn, John Shuttleworth, Bethany Black, Tom Stade, Tom Wrigglesworth, Jarred Christmas, Dana Alexander, Daisy Earl, Tanyalee Davis, FoxDog Studios, Barbara Nice, Dan Nightingale MC, Jonathan Mayor MC

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Tramlines returns from Friday 20 July – Sunday 22 July 2018 at Hillsborough Park, Sheffield.

Now in its tenth year, Tramlines is one of the UK’s longest running inner-city music festivals. In 2017, it attracted 35,000 to the festival and over 100,000 into the city.

The 2017 Tramlines took place across 3 outdoor stages – the main stage on Ponderosa Park, stage 2 on Devonshire Green, and the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park.

Prior to this, Tramlines existed as a multi-venue festival mixing outdoor stages and city centre venues, including the o2 Academy, the Leadmill, the Cathedral, Millennium Gallery, City Hall, Corporation, Queens Social Club and Yellow Arch Studios amongst others.

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