On track: a Tramlines 2012 preview
Your guide to this weekend's Steel City festitvities
Chris Swindells - 19 July 2012
Sponsored by Nokia Lumia, Tramlines is a free event in the city made world famous for snooker and steel. Well, until now.
Since 2009 the festival has seen crowds of in excess of 65,000 making noise in many of the cities most revered venues, including the Bowery and Leadmill.
Ok - you've sold me - but how do I get a ticket?
You can't. It's a ticketless event, All you have to do is turn up.
Seriously? But how much does it cost?
Nothing, not a penny.
Right, this sounds too good to be true, what's the catch?
Well like all city centre festivals this event will be limited by the capacity of each venue. The Main Stage has a capacity of 7,500, but once it reaches that point, no more people. The message from the festival is simple: "With a bit of planning and a bit of patience, you should be able to see most of what you have on your hitlist."
So who should I put down on my hit list?
Alright Uma Thurman, here's Virtual Festivals' recommendations.
Future Of The Left
Talk of Mclusky, three pieces, four pieces, break-ups and reunions all seem a bit petty now. Andy "Falco" Falkous is fast becoming the new heir to Mark E. Smith's throne, with the back catalogue and kind of avant-garde lyrical muscle to match him, Falco is no Charles in wait though. Their latest album 'The Plot Against Common Sense' has 15 tracks of fresh wordplay, post-punk fight and now more electro beats than ever before. And if you don't like the music at least go for the possible Reverend and the Makers confrontation, as Andy Falkous once said, in a recorded live performance, he wanted to end Jon McClure's singing career, and of the Makers: "They were so shit, they created new levels to be shit on, and that's just his face."
Straight from the musical gold mine of Bristol, Julio Bashmore
has quickly become hot property in the house scene, and since high profile production work with Jessie Ware
he now has his own baby, Broadwalk label, to channel all his energies through. The Radio One DJ and trans-atlantic megastar
can't be stopped, and Tramlines is one arena to find out just why.
What else to check out?
Well, Tramlines has it's own ale, and in 2012, a brand spanking new app with all the times and details you could ever want to know. Download the app here.