LITTLE SIMZ, THE LATHUMS, TALK SHOW, BLOSSOMS,
and many many more!!!
I could tell walking into Tramlines show grounds that Saturday was going to be huge, arriving early doors and the festival was already packed and there it was again that taste of excitement and anticipation hanging in the air.
Today was going to be big, how could it not be? Royal Blood, Little Simz, Blossoms, The Lathums, Mahalia, Talk Show, The Sherlocks to name just a few.
My first port of call was The Library stage, one of the smaller stages on the outskirts of the festival grounds. I was there to check out Oh Papa, Sheffield’s own Indie, Americana influenced groovesters, this is a band for that hipster ground. In fairness to Oh Papa, they had a very healthy crowd, especially when you consider their time slot and being on one of the smaller stages. Even though Oh Papa is not quite my cup of tea, what they do is impressive. Their music feels effortless, and they deliver it brilliantly and the crowd that gathered looked like they were having a ball.
Then it was to the big stage to check out a band whose trajectory is very much on the up and I think are destined for big things. On walked The Lathums and they didn’t disappoint, they play the sweetest of Indie pop with consummate ease or that’s the way it seems. Beautiful vocals, catchy melodies, soaring chorus all wrapped up in perfectly constructed pop songs. They had the mid-afternoon crowd all blissed out, singing, and swaying in the Saturday afternoon sun. A perfect band for a perfect sunny day.
Talk Show was next, and they were on The Leadmill stage named after Sheffield’s iconic venue of the same name. It would be fair to say that Talk Show was the other end of the scale from The Lathums, they were brash, loud uncompromising, and full of attitude and they tore it up, power rock, punk, whatever you want to call it, but one thing for sure was it was exciting. Talk Show deserved a bigger crowd and if they keep on doing what they are doing it won’t be long before they are on bigger stages in front of bigger crowds.
I headed down to T’Other stage for the first time today and I was excited to see the lady off the moment Little Simz, her latest single releases from her forthcoming album “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” has seen her launch herself back on national radio and it is richly deserved, and she has something to say. Firstly, this girl can spit bars brilliantly, words flowing with effortless ease, her songs are a tight melting pot of Hip Hop, Funk, Trap, and Jungle, brilliantly constructed and delivered to perfection. But it’s what she is saying that take it to another level, she raps about intimate dealings with family, love, and relationships, about being a woman and a woman of colour in today’s society, and about social pressures and self-acceptance. With that, all said she brought the house down. A definite highlight of my weekend.
Now it was to the main stage for Saturday’s headliners Brighton’s mighty world-conquering two-piece indie rockers Royal Blood, and it was just WOW. Royal Blood just rocks, yes, their new stuff has an underlying disco groove, but they rock in the truest sense of the word, Punchy rock songs with stadium-sized choruses and if I didn’t know before I know now why Royal Blood are the biggest British rock band around. I loved it and so did the thousands and thousands of people in front of the stage, between Royal Blood and the huge crowd they damn well nearly ripped a hole in the sky. Another massive highlight of my weekend
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FOLLOW TALK SHOW
FOLLOW THE LATHUMS
FOLLOW LITTLE SIMZ
FOLLOW ROYAL BLOOD
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.