Fri 21 - Sun 23 July

Catfish and the Bottlemen announced as Sunday headliner

Tramlines is thrilled to announce the addition of one of the most exciting new guitar bands to burst through in the UK to the 2016 bill.

Catfish and the Bottlemen will headline the Main Stage on Sunday night, joining the previously announced Dizzee Rascal, Field Music, Little Simz, Goldie MBE, Toddla T, Hinds and Dawn Penn on what is set to be the biggest Tramlines to-date.

Tickets for 2016's festival are onsale now, with newly improved ticketing options giving festival-goers the best possible chance of catching their favourite acts. Head to the tickets page to get signed up.

Catfish and the Bottlemen's debut album ’The Balcony’, written by charismatic frontman Van McCann, is heading for platinum status in the UK, with all of their singles getting heavy rotation across national radio stations while, live, they recently sold out this July’s 8000-capacity Castlefield Bowl show in Manchester within just 6 minutes of going onsale!

The band have just finished recording part 2 of their album series in LA with producer David Sardy. When asked about the new album Van recently told Q Magazine that "The last album was the support act. This one is the headliner!"

Having recently picked up a 2016 BRIT nomination as UK’s Best Breakthrough Act, 2016 looks to be the year Catfish and the Bottlemen take over.

Elsewhere on the bill, we're happy to announce the return of the home-grown sounds of The Crookes and Blessa.

The Crookes will play at the o2 Academy on Saturday. With their fourth album Lucky Ones just released on their own recently-formed label Anywhere Records, George Waite (vocals/bass guitar), Daniel Hopewell (lyricist/guitar), Tom Dakin (guitar), and newcomer Adam Crofts (drums), return with a sound which retains the honeyed indie-pop of their earlier releases, but finds them imbued with a compelling and infectious urgency.

Blessa appear on Sunday Queens Social Club. A year on from their debut EP 'Love is an Evol Word', which garnered
attention from the likes of the NME and the Guardian, the band have undergone a regeneration. Swapping fuzzy guitars for melancholic disco, they are preparing to free their reimagined set out of their Kelham Island practice space.

All shows can be accessed via the newly introduced "Daytime Tickets", which are available now on the Tickets page. Day Time Tickets are valid for entry to outdoor stages, daytime venues, o2 Academy (until 10.00pm) and Leadmill

15 February 2016

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