by Holly Frith Staff | Photos by Richard Gray

10 bands you can't miss at this year's Tramlines Festival

From Catfish and The Bottlemen to Marika Hackman, the Sheffield festival's highlights

 

Tramlines Festival best bands on line-up 2016, Marika Hackman, Catfish Photo: Richard Gray

Catfish and The Bottlemen

With their second album The Ride entering the UK charts at No.1 in June, a BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act and a series of sold out shows across the calendar, Catfish and the Bottlemen are making 2016 their year. Van McCann and co are a definite headline act to check out at this year's Tramlines.  

Basement

Ipswich band Basement went on indefinite hiatus in 2013, just after releasing their second record Colourmeinkindness. Accruing a dedicated posthumous following, the band came back with a three song EP in 2014, showing that a break hadn't stopped them. Now, the time has finally come to experience them live.

Marika Hackman

Her debut album, We Slept At Last, was released in February 2015 and was met with significant critical acclaim. Having wowed audiences across the UK over the past 12 months with the addition of her newly formed live band, Marika Hackman is a must see at this year's Tramlines. 

Hinds

In the past year, Hinds have emerged as the indie gang that everyone wants to join. They’ve played shows with The Strokes, The Libertines and Mac DeMarco, become the first Spanish band to appear on one of Glastonbury’s main stages and now they're taking over Sheffield for what we expect will be one party you don't want to miss.  

Inheaven

South London quartet Inheaven have already got Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas' seal of approval, topping a number of 2016's Ones To Watch lists. One of the UK's most exciting new bands are set to pull in a crowd at this year's festival.  

Kiko Bun

Kiko Bun is a London-based reggae singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and music obsessive. 2015 saw infectious cuts ‘Where I’m From’ and ‘Alipanga’ introduce Kiko to the music world, with co-signs from reggae’s biggest authorities including David Rodigan MBE and Sean Paul. He'll be bringing the summer vibes to Tramlines this month.  

Novelist

One of the most hyped grime artists around, Novelists' rise over the past year alone has been pretty formidable. Bringing his Lewisham crew The Square up with him, Novelist was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2015 and now we're sure will pull in one of the biggest crowds at this year's Tramlines.  

Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma released the popular track 'Indigo Puff' through 203 Recordings in September of last year, and the single catapulted the band into the ears of many more listeners than before. Go see what all the hype is about. 

Jurassic 5

Jurassic 5 - Chali 2na, Cut Chemist, Akil, Mark 7even, Zaakir and DJ Nu-Mark (yes, there’s six of them). Their first release, The Jurassic 5 EP, has become a cult classic featuring the likes of  'Concrete Schoolyard' and 'Jayou', which we're sure will help you round off the weekend up North. 

Black Peaks

It's set to be a massive year for Brighton's Black Peaks, with support from Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Daniel P Carter alongside the enthusiastic patronage from Zane Lowe who described the band as “exceptional”. With their own culmination of heavy but progressive style, Black Peak's 2016 debut album has been on repeat since its release.  

Tramlines Festival takes place in Sheffield between 22 and 24 July 2016. Get tickets and more information here.


Holly Frith

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