This year, Tramlines takes over the city of Sheffield on 21-23 July
The line-ups have been announced today for the official after-parties at this year's Tramlines festival in Sheffield, which takes place on 21-23 July.
Tramlines is a pretty unique experience as festivals go: If you haven't been, then picture an Edinburgh Festival dedicated purely to music, or a Notting Hill Carnival where 90 per cent of the action is indoors, and you're somewhere in the ballpark. By day, three of the city's parks play host to some of the biggest names in rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae and folk, while hundreds of bands play in dozens of pubs and live venues all across the city centre. But at night, it's all about the clubs and DJs. There'll be DJs spinning in just about every bar, cafe and club in town that weekend, but there are only three 'official' late-night parties, which take place at the 02 Academy, The Octagon and Fusion & Foundry.
Garage, bassline and grime rule at the 02 Academy on Friday 21 July, with garage supergroup TQD (Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D) joined by Artful Dodger, MOBO nominee Bugzy Malone, MC Coco and DJ Barely Legal. The following night (Saturday 22), the same venue will see performances by Fuse ODG, Mike Skinner (The Streets), DJ Target, Gotsome, Cause & Affect and Donaeo.
Over at The Octagon, meanwhile, house and drum & bass are the order of the day. Sister Bliss headlines on Friday 21, joined by Kideko, while on the Saturday night the Octagon will play host to Camo & Krooked, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, S.P.Y, Loadstar and MC Lowqui.
And as for the main event? Names confirmed so far include Toots & The Maytals, Don Letts, Akala and The Pharcyde, with plenty more still TBA. Watch this space...
Tags: Tramlines, Sheffield, Octagon, TQD, DJ Q, Royal-T, Artful Dodger, Bugzy Malone, MC Coco, DJ Barely Legal, Fuse ODG, Mike Skinner, The Streets, DJ Target, Gotsome, Cause & Affect, Donaeo, Sister Bliss, Kideko, Camo & Krooked, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, S.P.Y, Loadstar