Tramlines Festival – Crystal Stage

Tramlines Festival took place in Sheffield from 25th July to 27th July. The festival was back for it’s sixth year and they had a brill line-up including Public Enemy, The Cribs, Katy B, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Toy & Deap Vally (plus so many more)

The festival took place over different venues including Leadmill, O2 Academy, The Harley & yes Crystal down Carver Street. (You can find full info here).

The venue is pretty swoosh – incorporating elements of new and old design. The stone walls were visible giving it a cosy country feel.  It’s a super quirky venue and looks pretty up market. The stage was towards the back of the venue, surrounded by plenty of standing space and seating area and a biiig bar area to the right as you walked in. It was free entry too – as if! (It really was)

Oh, there was also a huge disco ball over the stage, did I mention. It was so pretty.

I headed down for the day since I haven’t shot much live stuff recently. Miss it a bit! I almost got too lazy and didn’t bother to go down. I’d been down in London the previous day and didn’t get back until 2am or so… The day began at 4am the previous day. Figure I can sleep when I drop dead. Ha!

The line-up caught my attention a while ago & most of the bands I’d seen and shot before, either band portraits or live, so it was cool to see them all on one stage.

Puppet Rebellion are Manchester based and have been together for a little while. Their performances get better and better each time & there’s so much energy on stage. Don’t think the crowd knew what was coming. Check out their EP No Means Yes on iTunes.

See their video for Pirouette below

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I’d seen The Darlingtons in Manchester supporting Puppet Rebellion at their EP launch show.  I was digging their sound & their performance was stellar. It was great to see them on stage again. Totally recommend you see them live when you get the chance to – Amazing sound and energy, pretty heavy.  Check out their video Rotations

 

 

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The Struts were due to be on next and the room filled up pretty damn quickly from front to back. I’d shot them for Local Wolves Magazine previously down in London ( Check out some stills here from the shoot) & had shot them live a little while back when they played in Manchester. They played at Sound Control to a sold out venue on the night. If you’re a fan of old school rock – I urge you to check them out. Their album Everybody Wants dropped this past Monday here in the UK. Check it out on iTunes.

At the beginning of their set, they had an audience that were unsure of them / their sound. Apart from their fans who had come down for the show of course. By the end of their set, they had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands. Natural born entertainers! Luke ended up jumping on to a table in the crowd and getting the crowd involve – to say he had them engaged would be an understatement.

Check out Could Have Been Me below

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Just after 7pm The Dunwells headed on to the stage. The band are about to drop their next EP during the month of September & they head out on a UK tour to promote it. Think I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve shot this band but it’s great to see them engaging with their crowd a whole lot more and front man Joe lost the guitar for a few songs. I think it’s great when the front man gets involved with the crowd – body language does wonders. Hey it worked for Gavin Degraw right?!

Check out their track Show Me Emotion off their forthcoming EP below

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