DJ superstars to play at Tramlines music festival in Sheffield
Chicago house legend Derrick Carter and Groove Armada's Tom Findlay are amongst a huge line-up of DJ and electronic artists today added to the bill for this year's Tramlines festival.
New announcements include Cut Chemist, Zero 7 (DJ set), DJ Woody, Ghetts, Footsie, Giant Swan, Joe90 (Futureboogie), The Reflex and and over 40 of Sheffield’s finest featuring amongst the latest additions.
Snooker icon and vinyl records fan Steve Davis will also perform a DJ set at this year's music festival, bosses had already announced.
Tramlines, the UK’s largest and most musically diverse inner-city festival, with four outdoor stages and 17 venues, will take place from Friday to Sunday, July 22 to 24.
Other big names on the bill include Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton, Goldie, Craig Charles, The Enemy, Norman Jay, Toddla T, The Dandy Warhols, Public Service Broadcasting and Kate Jackson.
Venues include the O2 Academy, the Leadmill, The Night Kitchen, the Cathedral, Foundry, Fusion, and The Octagon Centre, The Harley, Hope Works, City Hall, Queens Social Club and Yellow Arch Studios.
But for the first time, Tramlines will open up the university’s club venues for two consecutive nights on Saturday and Sunday, in response to the huge demand for its all-night long club shows and all-things-electronic.
Leading the DJ talent on this latest announcement are Chicago house legend Derrick Carter, Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay, and the genre-bending Zero 7, all appearing at the University on Saturday night.
Ghetts, one of the UK’s most highly-acclaimed rap artists, will perform at the O2 Academy on Saturday night, joining the already-announced garage, grime and drum & bass lineup with My Nu Leng & Dread MC, DJ Hype, Machinedrum & Ragga Twins and Big Narstie.
At Foundry on Sunday night, revellers will be treated to a masterclass in turntablism, from World Champion Scratch DJ Woody and Jurassic 5 co-founder Cut Chemist, who takes to the decks following the full group's Main Stage live set.
Other key sets across the festival come from Newham Generals’ grime favourite Footsie, known for releasing on Dizzee Rascal’s Dirtee Stank label as well as producing for Big Narstie; Joe90 of the Bristolian dance music collective Futureboogie; The Reflex, who breathes new life into soul and disco staples, with his boxfresh edits praised by Nile Rogers and Craig Charles, and industrial techno duo Giant Swan, whose improv approach makes for a singularly unique live show.
Known across the UK for its forward-thinking club scene, Sheffield is home to some serious DJ talent, with over 40 local artists newly added to Tramlines' 2016 bill.
Joining the lineup at The Night Kitchen are Huddle, famed for their killer parties around Sheffield with the likes of Crazy P and Medlar, both of whom are also playing Tramlines. Joining them is Chip Butty Records’ DJ Cryptic, no stranger to the top of Juno Download charts and Roots, helmed by the much-loved club promoter Akid.
Another stand-out local act are the Hybrid Vigour collective. The electronic brainchild of local experimental band Blood Sport, they have curated the venue's lineup, and will DJ alongside featured artists including Giant Swan, Guttersnipe, Negative Midas Touch, Steve Davis (DJ) and Mica Levi (DJ).
It’s not just the night-time programme that sees 100,000 music fans turn out to transform Sheffield into a vibrant festival site, with everything from indie to R&B, and electronica to reggae appearing across the sprawling festival site.
Over three outdoor stages and 15 indoor venues, the 2016 lineup already includes Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, The Dandy Warhols, The Mystery Jets, Gaz Coombes, Dawn Penn, Crazy P Soundsystem, Goldie, Craig Charles, Public Service Broadcasting, Field Music, Little Simz, The Enemy, Norman Jay MBE, Toddla T, Young Fathers, My Nu Leng, David Rodigan, Skream and loads more.
Tickets for Tramlines 2016 are selling fast. Night-time tickets and Sunday day-time tickets are now sold-out, but a weekend ticket comes in at £42 plus booking fee, covering all stages from day until night.
To stay for the official closing parties on Sunday night, tickets are an added £5.