Tramlines TEN – Apply To Play Artists
Tramlines Festival reveal the Apply to Play acts for their 10th anniversary with the best in upcoming talent and local music
These bands have been hand picked from thousands of applicants by festival organisers and representatives from The Leadmill through the ‘Apply to Play’ scheme. We can exclusively reveal that Imi, Kadija Kamara, Little Grace, Polo, Saint Petersburg, The Golden Age of TV and Universal Tree are the final acts to be added to Tramlines this year.
Want to find out a bit more about the acts? Of course you do…
Universal Tree is a brand new band fronted by legendary Sheffield vocalist Steve Edwards. Steve achieved big hits in the dance scene with collaborations with Cassius and Axwell and was the frontman for Lords of the Flatbush, a collaboration with former Artic Monkey Andy Nicholson and Louis Carnall of Milburn. His new project draws influence from psychedelia, soul, funk and blaxploitation films and will be the perfect way to welcome in Sunday on the Main Stage. Also repping Sheffield are St Petersburg. Another recent formation (they were previously known as The Ratells), this group have some serious momentum, their first show sold out over 1,000 tickets in just 4 minutes, come and check them out on Friday afternoon to see what the fuss is about.
As we venture a little further North, there’s a pair of Leeds based bands repping West Yorkshire. Polo have a unique ‘sexy indie electronica’ sound and won the hotly contested PRS ‘Women make Music’ grant. They are joined by The Golden Age of TV who’s ‘razor sharp and perfectly crafted alternative indie-pop’ has already won support from Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X and many more. Also hailing from Leeds is Imi, a female solo artist who mixes dark brooding synths her own soaring vocals described as ‘rich and luxurious’ by Electronic North.
The final addition in our ‘Apply to Play’ acts is Little Grace. This trio have a modern yet nostalgic sound, merging Motown, 80’s synth pop and post-2000’s electronic R&B and have appeared on Robin Schulz’s LP, ‘Uncovered’. They will be appearing in the early afternoon at the Library Stage on Saturday.
Did you feel overlooked London? Don’t worry, Tramlines has you covered! Kadija Kamara has a totally unique ‘alt soul’ sound that includes 60’s and 70’s 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 and she currently holds down a residency at ‘The Finsbury’, a popular North London music venue.