Sheffield - A City on The Move, or so the 1970's clip used at the start of 'The Full Monty' told us, it later led to gloomy picture of unemployment and run down industry and male stripping. Much has changed since the clip and that film, but one thing that has run through the blood and 5 rivers of Sheffield is music, and lots of it. From the rocking Def Leppard, to the electro pop of Human League, the emergence of Warp Records and 'proper' indie with Pulp in the 90's, Sheffield has always been ahead of the curve. Even now things haven't changed, with Arctic Monkeys inspiring a million wannabees (for better or worse), Toddla T inspiring bedroom DJ's across the country and Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers inspiring a new generation to put politics and meaning into their music.
So aptly we come to this weekends Tramlines festival, curated by Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys, Jon McClure and Toddla T. A coming together of Sheffield's independent venues and some of it's best emerging talent and best new bands from around the country, and all for free!
Since 'The Full Monty' the landscape of Sheffield has changed significantly too, and if you haven't been for a while then you may notice quite a few changes, an imposing silver blade when you leave the train station, an intimidating new tower block as you go towards the centre (next to the cheese grater car park), a big wheel that will call Sheffield home for the next 6 months, and the recently refurbished Devonshire Green area, which will be home to the 4000 capacity main stage.
The main stage boasts chart sensations, Little Boots, Noisettes and Pixie Lott, Preston from the Ordinary Boys has some new solo material he wants to share, and up and coming bands from locally and afar including Detroit Social Club, highly applauded The Crookes, party animals, Lords of Flatbush, and Sunday night headliners, Reverend and the Makers.
Elsewhere highlights include Frankmusic, Just Jack, Athlete, Chapman Family, Skint and Demoralised, Johnny Foreigner, Maps, Futurecop, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and Rolo Tomassi. Local acts I'd recommend would be amazing singer songwriters, Little Lost David, Sarah Morrey, Nat Johnson, Neil McSweeney and Jody Wildgoose and bands like Oblong, The Violet May, La Folie, Lenders in the Temple and the quite brilliant Slow Club. Matt Helders and Toddla T will be hitting the decks when the live music ends, BBQ's during the day, craft and vintage fairs, international food markets, there's too much to mention, and thats before I even get to the secret guests!
So if you're at a loose end this weekend, get y'sen down Sheffield where the lunchbox has landed!