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Huge opportunity announced for emerging talent at Tramlines

Brand new apply-to-play competition will offer a festival tour, studio time and a magazine feature for the winning act. 

Tramlines Festival takes place from 21st - 23rd July at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield. Following the announcement of headliners Richard Ashcroft, Courteeners and Paul Heaton with Jacqui Abbot in January, the focus now shifts to opportunities for emerging talent. The ‘apply to play’ scheme has been a fixture of the festival for many years but has been revamped for 2023. This year in addition to the opportunity to perform at Tramlines, one act will receive studio time, multiple festival performances, a magazine feature and the chance to perform for industry professionals.


The Tramlines team and panel of experts will select a shortlist of artists from the applications to go forward to a public vote. The overall winner will be rewarded with an incredible prize including, £500 of rehearsal and recording credits at the renowned Pirate Studios, a feature interview in Sheffield entertainment magazine Exposed and a series of paid festival slots at Truck Festival (Oxfordshire), Victorious Festival (Portsmouth) and of course, at Tramlines. Additionally, they will be invited to perform at an industry showcase event hosted by future rock ‘n’ roll star club, This Feeling at Sheffield performance space The Social in front of music industry professionals.


Runners-up will receive a paid slot at Tramlines and £100 credit for Pirate Studios. Full details on how to apply can be found on the Tramlines website -

Emerging talent already features heavily in the 2023 line-up. Acts such as Stone, The Mary Wallopers, Primaqueen, Jetski, Franz Von, Amaroun, Deadletter, Lizzie Esau, and Rumbi Tauro represent the best in new music from Sheffield and beyond.


Operations Director Timm Cleasby said, “Local music and new acts have always been a key feature of the festival. It’s always such a privilege to feature acts who then go on to achieve great things and we must continue to use the platform the Tramlines provides to support and nourish local music. I am excited to see which acts blow us away this year.”


Rumbi Tauro is one of apply-to-play’s success stories. Her career has flourished since being selected to play in 2021 and she’s returning for the third time this year, climbing the billing and playing on Tramlines’ second stage. Rumbi also won the Pattern + Push competition in 2021. Pattern + Push who specialise in mentoring aspiring rappers, lyricists and singers will be returning in 2023 to programme the Saturday line-up on the Library Stage with regional acts Coco, Deuxe, JxK, DJ Lamour and more to be announced soon.


Only a handful of Weekend tickets are left for Tramlines 2023, with over 97% sold already. They are on sale now, priced at £140 (+ booking fee) with day tickets from only £60 (+ booking fee). To buy tickets and for more info, people should visit


Over five stages of music, comedy and performance, a family-friendly area packed with quirky things to do, the best festival food around, bespoke craft beer and ale, vintage clothes stores, and roaming entertainment, there’s a lot to love about Tramlines. The 2022 festival was a sell-out so the advice is to be super quick for this last batch of Weekend tickets

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