Fri 21 - Sun 23 July

Everly Pregnant Brothers head up Friday night's Sheffield Showcase

New announcements for Friday night include The Everly Pregnant Brothers, Velocity Brown and the Hotrods and The Stars Band. Elsewhere, there's an exclusive performance from a Sheffield supergroup, plus a host of breaking talent via the Apply To Play scheme.

We're delighted to announce that 2016 will see the launch of a Sheffield Showcase, which will take place on Friday 22nd July at o2 Academy with The Everly Pregnant Brothers, Velocity Brown and the Hotrods and The Stars Band.

Long-renowned as firm Sheffield favourites, The Everly Pregnant Brothers were conceived during a drinking session between artist Pete McKee and ukulele player Richard Bailey. Their tongue-in-cheek reworkings of famous tracks are drenched in Sheffield humour and the unmistakable, rootsy sound of ukuleles and beer barrels. With huge local support, their headline set at the o2 Academy is sure to be a festival highlight.

Joining The Everly Pregnant Brothers on Friday night are Velocity Brown and the Hotrods. Something of a Sheffield supergroup, this well-regarded and authentic rockabilly band have played at Glastonbury and Shambala, and have become a crucial fixture of the 50s revival scene.

Completing the bill on Friday night are The Stars Band, a group created at Under The Stars, a music project for people with a range of hidden disabilities. Having played together for six years, they are seriously talented musicians with a lot to say and a lot of attitude. Having excelled at the Peace Gardens stage in previous years, they are now appearing on a main stage for the first time.

Also at the o2 Academy, the Revolver 50th Anniversary Project celebrates 50 years since the release of The Beatles' seminal seventh album, which is frequently listed as one of the top albums ever made by any band. Sheffield musicians including former members of Screaming Maldini, Hey Sholay, 7 Black Tentacles and current members of Rengade Brass Band have joined forces to create a one-off performance of the full album, excusively for Tramlines 2016.

There’s also good news for new talent at Tramlines, as the festival announces the successful picks from its Apply To Play scheme. Thousands of acts apply to play at the festival, and this year's applicants have been whittled down by local music industry partners and BBC Introducing presenters from across the country, with Sheffield artists including Ginger Tom, Bang Bang Romeo, Emma Crowder, King Capisce, Caroline Francess and North Adolescence among those selected from the list.

Meanwhile, impressive Barnsley indie-rock outfit Aztec Doll, Manchester afro-beat 11-piece Agbeko and Leeds experimental outfit Living Body - playing their first ever gig for Tramlines 2016 - will appear across a range of venues and stages including the Main Stage and Folk Forest. Hotly-tipped Leicestershire outfit Lusts, BBC Introducing Linconshire pick Real Talk, BBC Introducing Nottingham pick Silver Wilson and BBC Introducing York pick The Black Lagoons complete the list, ensuring that, as ever, Tramlines is a great place to discover your new favourite band.

Tickets are available now.

23 May 2016

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