Tramlines Festival Announces Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Sheffield’s inner-city music festival, which will take place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July across four huge outdoor spaces and 15 diverse venues across the city, is thrilled to announce that Catfish and the Bottlemen will headline the Main Stage o

For the eighth edition of Tramlines Festival, Catfish and the Bottlemen will join an already impressive bill which includes Dizzee Rascal, Young Fathers, Dawn Penn, Goldie MBE, Toddla T, Norman Jay MBE, Amy Becker, Mumdance, Field Music, Hinds, Gwenno, C Duncan, Randall, Meilyr Jones and many more, further cementing Tramlines’ status as one of the most diverse festivals around.

Tramlines is pleased to welcome the return of Catfish and the Bottlemen after the indie-rockers played at one of the festival’s smallest venues some years back before their incredible rise to success. The four-piece are now seriously in demand, recently selling out a 8,000 capacity show at the Manchester Castlefield Bowl in just six minutes and bagging a UK Top 10 for their album ‘The Balcony’.

Indie-pop band The Crookes are also newly announced, and will play the Saturday at Tramlines on the expanded Devonshire Green stage, the former site to the festival’s main stage. With a string of hit singles under their belts, widespread support from 6 Music, an American tour and a fourth album recently released, ‘Lucky Ones’, The Crookes are one of Sheffield’s hottest exports right now.

Also flying the Sheffield flag are Blessa who will play on the Sunday at Queens Social Club. A year on from their debut EP 'Love is an Evol Word', which garnered attention from the likes of the NME and the Guardian, Blessa have undergone a regeneration. Swapping fuzzy guitars for melancholic disco, they are preparing to free their reimagined set out of their Kelham Island practice space onto the Tramlines Festival circuit.

In 2015, 100,000 festival-goers attended Tramlines to witness performances from the likes of Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, Buzzcocks, Sugarhill Gang, Martha Reeves, Slaves, Billy Bragg, Ghostpoet and hundreds more. The festival sprawls across the entire city centre, taking in spaces such as the new 15,000 capacity Main Stage, the woodland location of the Folk Forest, intimate spaces like Sheffield Cathedral, legendary institutions such as the Leadmill and Sheffield’s coolest clubs and warehouse spaces, including Hope Works and The Night Kitchen.

Published on 15 February 2016 by Ben Robinson

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