Tramlines Festival launches search for new talent


Organisers of Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival have now opened applications for emerging artists to play at the 2016 event.

Taking place 22-24 July, Tramlines is billed as the biggest metropolitan music festival in the UK. 15 performing slots are now up for grabs for new bands and artists.

Hopefuls have until 29 April to submit their details via the Tramlines page at, with the winning entries chosen by a mix of festival organisers, BBC Introducing presenters and influential music industry figures.

The panel of judges selecting bands to play at Tramlines this year includes the festival’s head of programming Kate Hewett and – ensuring that a wide portion of UK talent is represented – presenters from BBC Introducing Kent, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, York, and Sheffield.

Kate Hewett, head of Live Bookings at Tramlines, said: ‘Showcasing undiscovered talent has always been a key part of the festival’s ethos.

‘The Tramlines audience are open-minded and experimental, and new bands are guaranteed a great show, regardless of what kind of music they make.’

Dizzee Rascal, Goldie and Field Music are among hundreds of acts already lined up to perform at this year’s event.

This wave of band applications are now open until Friday 29 April.

Visit the Tramlines Festival page on Gigmit to submit your entry.