There are only a few days left until Hillsborough Park opens it’s gates for the first time to Tramlines festival, welcoming the biggest lineup in it’s 10 year history. It’s never easy spotting the best new talent amongst a lineup as crowded as this year’s so we’ve done the ground work, listened to every artist performing and picked the top five to catch at the main festival site this weekend.
The RPM’s – 6pm Friday – Library Stage
Little over a month ago, I came across a track called Let Things Happen which blew me away and ever since, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Brighton band The RPM’s. Signed to Xtra Mile Recordings, one of the best alternative labels in the UK, the five-piece are without doubt one of the most eclectic sounding band coming up in the alt-indie scene right now. With praise from a host of top DJ’s including Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, the future looks very bright for these guys so don’t miss out on what could be one of the sets of the weekend.
Saint Petersburg – 3:30pm Friday – Tramlines Stage
I have to admit, when I first saw the stage splits and saw this band were opening, I had never heard of them so immediately went investigating. When scouring YouTube I eventually landed on their track Lies which got me so excited that Tramlines had helped me find someone who genuinely could be “the next big thing”. From the vocals which are stunning, to the catchy guitar riffs, Saint Petersburg have everything that makes a killer pop song whilst mixing the perfect amount of rock to make it a superb alt-rock track. I am really excited to see where the band have taken their sound in the year since this release and are a definite one to watch on Friday afternoon.
Bang Bang Romeo – 1:30pm Saturday – Tramlines Stage
One of my favourite bands in the entire world right now take to the stage on Saturday afternoon to get the crowds going with some real music. The Yorkshire band fronted by Anastasia Walker have one of the biggest, most composed sounds on the circuit right now, and for me, can do no wrong. Every release they’ve put out has both changed, and upped their sound and ambition, evidenced with their recent release Shame on You. Tipped by all of the top critics in the industry, BBR are simply mind-boggling and have to be seen to be believed. You’ll see us right down the front for this one so we’ll see you there.
Stereo Honey – 5:30pm Saturday – Leadmill Live
There are few words that can really describe the beauty of Stereo Honey our fourth band tipped for success this Tramlines Festival. So many bands have tried, and just hit the bar when trying to take inspiration from bands like The Editors, who have crafted the psych-rock sound to a tee in recent years. Stereo Honey though have managed to form a sound and a vibe that cascades between Muse to Editors to Snow Patrol, which makes for a beautiful sound, demonstrated on their 2017 single The Bay. If there’s one band you cannot miss this weekend, believe me it’s this one.
Sheafs – 4:30pm Sunday – Leadmill Live
Where the hell do you even begin when trying to explain how huge Sheafs are going to become in the next 18 months. So far this year the band have dropped one of the biggest UK tours of anybody on the circuit and are gearing up to launch their best music to date. Following up 2017 singles Mind Pollution and This is not a Protest won’t be easy though such are the magnitude of those tracks but we have full confidence that the home town band can top them in 2018. Expect a rowdy crowd for the bands city return and one of the most blistering, energetic sets of the weekend.