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Tramlines Announces Host Of Up And Coming Talent On Apply To Play Shortlist For 2024

Tramlines 2023, CFaruolo

As we've already discussed at great lengths here, this year's Tramlines festival is not only shaping up to be one of the greatest events of the calendar year in Sheffield, but in the history of the festival itself. With huge acts already announced and talked about in detail, we now shift our focus to what is perhaps my favourite part of Tramlines - The Apply to Play Scheme.

In 2023, Tramlines was recognised as "Best Festival for Emerging Talent" at the UK Festival Awards and the Apply to Play Scheme has to be one of the main reasons for this. The scheme offers up and coming artists from South Yorkshire and across the UK a headline/performance slot at the festival, along with a considerable amount of exposure and other massive prizes for any artist looking to kickstart their career.

This year, the winner of the Apply to Play Competition receives:

£500 worth of rehearsal + recording studio credits at Pirate Studios, paid festival slot at Tramlines and the opportunity to perform at Truck Festival in Oxfordshire and Victorious Festival in Portsmouth,

Interview features with 3 amazing outlets, Performance opportunity at This Feeling industry showcase event at The Social in front of music industry professionals and professional press shots. 

Tramlines 2023, CFaruolo

Even if an artist doesn't win, if they make it as a finalist they will also receive a paid slot at Tramlines 2024 alongside £100 of Pirate Studio credit each.

The opportunity is clearly too good to pass up for artists across the country and the shortlist of over 100 artists contains an excellent array of all tastes and genres.

Among those shortlisted, I'm extremely happy to see a few familiar names of incredible local artists that we have featured over the past year in The Pretty Ugly, Chatfield, Minds Idle and boyproblems. The strength of local talent on this shortlist is fantastic and we cannot wait to dive deeper into the exceptional artists as we draw closer to the festival itself!

From further afield there is no shortage of standouts either, only adding to the strength of the list. Keep an eye on artists like M60, Marseille and Dirty Blonde who are all tipped to make big waves this year and would be excellent additions to the Tramlines lineup from across the UK.

There may also be a few familiar names on there for those who attended the festival last year. Alice Ede, The Rosadocs and Life Aquatic Band all made the bill last year and will be hoping to go bigger and better this year, and we have full confidence that they will.

Tramlines 2023, CFaruolo

2023 winners Harri Larkin smashed their headline set on The Library Stage last year and have gone from strength to strength since. Following the announcement of this year's competition, they said, "Winning the Tramlines competition has given us a massive career boost in and outside of Sheffield, headlining a stage at Tramlines is a great talking point when applying for gigs. We made loads of contacts off the back of our summer of festivals. Part of the prize was the opportunity to play a showcase for ‘This Feeling’ in London. We brought our A game and ended up being one of their “Big in 2024” picks leading to further festival and showcase opportunities in 2024”.

The full shortlist can be found on Tramlines' social media, or on their website. All that's left to do now is to vote for your winner! You, alongside the special panel of judges, will decide who wins the competition, and who makes the final. You can cast your vote now here.


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