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Tramlines 2023 Writer’s picks: Sheff Mag Tells You Who We’re Buzzing To Party With This Year


Tramlines 2022, photography by Lindsay Melbourne

As you will be well aware by now, Tramlines is returning to Hillsborough Park this July for the 5th anniversary of it’s move from the multi-venue city centre format. This year’s lineup has thrown many tasty treats our way and is sure to be one of the best yet. A diverse mix of artists as always, we thought we’d ask our writers who they are most looking forward to seeing at the annual party in the park.


Matt

Who: Sea Girls

Where: Sarah Nulty’s Main Stage

It has to be Sea Girls for me. One of the most accomplished indie up and comers of recent years, Sea Girls will be ready to blow the Main Stage Crowd away as they did on their last visit to Tramlines in 2019. Their anthemic indie pop has seen the band garner huge success with two incredible albums building on the success of an initial string of brilliant Eps, handing the boys a catalogue of bangers that most bands could only dream of. “Call Me Out”, “Lonely” and “All I Want To Hear You Say” have always been ELECTRIC when I’ve seen them, but any of their songs are sure to wow Sheffielders for their set!


Sophie

Who: Professor Green & Sugababes

Where: T’Other Stage

I can’t choose who I’m most looking forward to so I’m giving you two for the price of one! Sugababes AND Professor Green. My high school years (the 2010’s) were soundtracked to Sugababes and Professor Green, amongst others. The nostalgia of blasting out ‘About You Now’ and ‘I Need You Tonight’ on the school field and at every sleepover ever will never leave me. I absolutely cannot wait for those memories to come full circle!


Emma

Who: Paul Heaton (& Special Guest)

Where: Sarah Nulty’s Main Stage

I’m most looking forward to Paul Heaton! I’m sad Jacqui Abbott won’t be joining Paul at his headline Sunday slot, but I am excited to see who the special guest joining him will be. I grew up listening to Paul’s impressive catalogue of hits from both The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, and I can’t wait to hear them live again on the main stage. Paul is also a huge Sheffield United fan, so I hope he doesn’t mind too much that he’ll be performing so close to his rivals in Hillsborough!


Jack

Who: Pale Waves

Where: T’Other Stage

Definitely Pale Waves! This band's '80s-inspired indie synthpop was huge for me when 'My Mind Makes Noises' came out in 2018. Since then, they've had 2 more albums and helped start a pop-punk revival, focusing on music that's a huge blast to see live in-concert. They regularly play Tramlines and other festivals, and they never disappoint.


Meisha

Who: Bloc Party

Where: T’Other Stage

I’m most excited for Alt-Indie veterans Bloc Party.

If you were an Indie loving teen in the noughties, it’s almost guaranteed that you had one of their songs on your iPod. I absolutely love So Here We Are, its opening guitar riff always makes me think of summer, so I’m hoping it’ll be a hot, sunny day on the Friday, and I’ll be hit with nostalgia if they play it. I’m also excited to see them perform songs from their new album Alpha Games, which I think packs the Punk/Indie punch reminiscent of their debut platinum album Silent Alarm.


Not many tickets are left for the event this year, with availability down to the absolute bare bones, so get them while you can!


Tickets HERE



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