Katy B – Friday, Main Stage
Katy B is certainly ‘On A Mission’; with her music the singer tackles attitudes to dance music as merely a ‘fleeting concern’. Her tracks perfectly combine pop hooks, melodic vocals and underground beats to substantiate the claim that the genre actually holds some of the most talented young artists around. Her performance at Tramlines is likely going to be epic – she is, after all, a Mercury nominee. Friday night, Main Stage, is where you’ll find this flame-headed female.
Deap Vally – Saturday, The Leadmill
Deap Vally describe themselves as a duo who represent ‘post-post-post feminism’ and they’re certainly doing wonders for women everywhere, stomping their foot in an industry that is saturated by men. Edwards and Troy certainly bring a level of vivaciousness and raw angst to their music; they’re loud and unapologetic of this fact. Edwards says “I’ve been playing drums in tiny shorts for as long as I’ve been playing drums.” So here’s the breakdown: loud music – check. Short shorts – check. Unapologetic, catchy tunes with poignant lyrics – check. What more do you need?
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Sunday, Main Stage
Catfish & the Bottlemen have had a busy couple of months; supporting Little Comets on their UK tour and playing several shows over in the States. Their recently released single ‘Fallout’ is a fascinating entity that explores the origins of lead singer Van McCann as a test tube baby and we can’t wait to hear the Welsh quartet back on UK soil as part of Tramlines festival. The band play the Main Stage on Sunday – make sure you’re there or else we might ‘Fallout’!
The Crookes – Sunday, Fusion & Foundry
2014 welcomed the release of ‘Soapbox’, a meaty album full of catchy indie tunes from Sheffield-based band ‘The Crookes’. The band lace their live performances with passion and enthusiasm, and it’s not long since they played The Leadmill as part of their tour. If you missed them then, don’t fear because they’re back for Tramlines. The band will be playing on Sunday in Fusion & Foundry and it’s imperative that you catch this band that have been described as “one of the most hard working and prolific bands of the underground.”
The Cribs – Sunday, Main Stage
The Cribs don’t just make music, they make energy. No stranger to hard graft the Jarman brothers (and co) have two records scheduled for release this year. Due to disparity in the direction their creative efforts were headed, the Wakefield trio will be releasing a pop and a classic punk album, fans of The Cribs will be pleased to hear. Their live shows are something else – if sweating profusely, shouting your head off and maybe a bit of crowd-surfing is your cup of tea then be sure to catch The Cribs on Sunday, Main Stage.