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  • Matt Codd

Tramlines Apply to Play: Huge Opportunity Again Available to Local Acts

Tramlines Festival is back from 21st - 23rd July at Hillsborough Park. Following the announcement of headliners Richard Ashcroft, Courteeners and Paul Heaton with Jacqui Abbot in January, the focus now shifts to opportunities for emerging talent. The ‘apply to play’ scheme has been a fixture of the festival for many years but has been revamped for 2023. This year in addition to the opportunity to perform at Tramlines, one act will receive studio time, multiple festival performances, and the chance to perform for industry professionals as just some of the prizes.

The Tramlines team and panel of experts will select a shortlist of artists from the applications to go forward to a public vote. The overall winner will be rewarded with an incredible prize including, £500 of rehearsal and recording credits at the renowned Pirate Studios, a series of paid festival slots at Truck Festival (Oxfordshire), Victorious Festival (Portsmouth) and of course, at Tramlines, among a bevy of other prizes.

Runners-up will also receive a paid slot at Tramlines and £100 credit for Pirate Studios. Full details on how to apply can be found on the Tramlines website.

Emerging talent already features heavily in the 2023 line-up. Local acts such as Jetski, Franz Von, VIVAs, Delilah Bon, and Rumbi Tauro represent the best in new music from Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

The aforementioned Rumbi Tauro is one of apply-to-play’s success stories. Her career has flourished since being selected to play in 2021 and she’s returning for the third time this year, climbing the billing and playing on Tramlines’ second stage. Rumbi also won the Pattern + Push competition in 2021. Pattern + Push specialises in mentoring aspiring rappers, lyricists and singers and will be returning in 2023 to programme the Saturday line-up on the Library Stage with regional acts Coco, Deuxe, JxK, DJ Lamour and more to be announced soon.

Tramlines Operations Director Timm Cleasby said, “Local music and new acts have always been a key feature of the festival. It’s always such a privilege to feature acts who then go on to achieve great things and we must continue to use the platform the Tramlines provides to support and nourish local music. I am excited to see which acts blow us away this year.”

This is an amazing opportunity for any local artist so be sure to apply soon if you have what it takes. The 2022 festival was a sell-out and 2023 is very close to being the same so be super quick for this last batch of Weekend tickets.


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