Today seemed so much busier but with the same energy and buzz that has been flowing through this year’s festival from both the audience and also the bands waiting to go on stage.
Sheffield ukele parody The Everly Pregnant Brothers were joined by Reverend and the Makers‘ Laura McClure for their version of The Human League‘s ‘Dunt Tha Want Mi Baby’, this proved to be an amazing way at warming up a crowd. The set providing chuckles from the audience and sing a long chants from the crowd to ‘No Woman, No Pie’ was entertainment at its best.
The majority of Saturday was spent by the main stage, I wanted to witness The Lathums perform, following their fast rise in popularity during lockdown, continuing to do live streamed gigs from places such as the Blackpool Tower has had many fans eagerly awaiting their live performance, also after them selling out their debut tour in 2020. The band opened with ‘I see a Ghost’, It was clear to how the popularity of the band had risen, with every single lyric getting sung back to them, it was a brilliant thing to witness.
I was able to chat to lead singer Alex Moore after his performance, who expressed his gratitude and joy of being able to get back out there to a live audience but also admitting it wasn’t that easy finding the motivation.
The Sherlocks caused a tidal wave of screams and huge support from the crowd, walking onto the stage with a Yorkshire Rose flag draped over their backs, this was after being part of the official Sheffield Wednesday kit launch earlier in the same day. Drummer Brandon Cook strolled on wearing his Wednesday shirt with pure swagger and pride, the same swagger you would expect on a Steel City derby match day.
Tramlines was their biggest outdoor music festival played since last year and also their debut as a new line up sporting new material. It was so nice to see new members lead guitarsist Alex Procter and bassist Trent Jackson completely slot in and provide an amazing set. Their new track ‘Falling’ which was written during the pandemic and a time of uncertainty set the crowd alight, as well as the flares with its heavy intro. Welcome back to The Sherlocks.
Tramlines also saw Lucy Spraggan return to the City where she was raised to play the main stage, The Sarah Nulty Stage stating, “Performing again gives me a purpose and Tramlines was the best possible return to live music for me.“
‘Run the Hills’ proved very poignant about getting back to doing what she loves.
The main stage which brings about great joy to those performing and also those spectating is dedicated to Sarah Nulty and what she brought to Sheffield, working her way up to become one of the driving forces behind Tramlines and putting it on the map. Sarah helped to bring thousands of music lovers to the City each year to to witness some of the biggest and best up and coming acts in live music.
Read more about Sarah Nulty at https://www.thesarahnultypowerofmusicfoundation.co.uk/meet-sarah
Indie giants Blossoms did their thing on the main stage. This is a band offers pure slickness in their performance, their style and look oozes charisma. Blossoms showed their class by also doing a cover of ‘Tonight the Streets Are Ours’ by the Sheffiled Don Richard Hawley which was really fitting under the circumstances. Blossoms manage to portray a coolness about romance and love songs which proves so popular amongst the audience.
Before Royal Blood‘s Performance I caught Bloxx on the Leadmill Stage, there was a big bubble of confidence surrounding lead singer Ophelia Booth and this was enjoyable to see, there is usually an argument around the gender split at festivals and Bloxx certainly showed that they are there to help balance this at future festivals.
Royal Blood‘s stage set up made sure it focused on drummer Ben Thatcher. I’ve been lucky enough to see Royal Blood a few years back at the Sage in Gateshead, I was mesmerised by how much sound can come out of just the two of them and it was captured beautifully in a building that was made for music. I was so excited to see how they can provide the same noise in an open air performance and wow, they did not disappoint. New tune ‘Limbo’ was a high highlight and allowed Thatcher to showcase his talents whilst finishing with the huge ‘Figure It Out’ which allowed the two to compliment each other in the way that they do best. Royal Blood are born to perform to a for these large crowds and to my delight the open air didn’t tame their monster sound in anyway way.
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