DIZZEE Rascal is the first headliner announced for this year’s Tramlines music festival which takes over Sheffield from July 22-24.
Also announced are Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, Hinds, Goldie, Field Music, Dawn Penn, Little Simz, Norman Jay and Toddla T.
Dizzee’s music spans grime, garage, bassline, and hip hop and he will be bringing his legendary energetic live set to the main stage on Friday night.
Young Fathers will deliver their unique brand of UK hip-hop, while cult art-pop heroes Field Music - a.k.a. brothers David and Peter Brewis - will show off their indie rock.
Legendary Jamaican singer Dawn Penn will be touching down in Sheffield to wow the crowds with her classic hit, You Don’t Love Me and more, while former Pipettes vocalist Gwenno will showcase her stylish, Welsh Music Prize-winning brand of indie-pop.
Tramlines has also sourced some of the best emerging talent.
Acts include acclaimed rapper Little Simz, Madrid four-piece Hinds, 2015 Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan, former Racehorses frontman Meilyr Jones’ new solo project, singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise, Liverpool psychedelic trio All We Are, and Sheffield slacker-pop outfit Trash.
The electronic offering at Tramlines is always a major talking point, and this year's lineup mixes up a selection ranging from house through to grime, from feel good tunes to underground techno.
Local hero Toddla T returns to the festival to takeover the O2 Academy where he will curate the lineup.
Elsewhere on the festival site is drum and bass royalty Goldie, purveyor of Good Times, Norman Jay, 1Xtra Daily Dose Mix resident Amy Becker, and experimental grime/techno producer Mumdance, performing a back-to-back set with Pinch for the first time in Sheffield.
Tramlines festival director Sarah Nulty said: “We are really excited to return with Tramlines, for what is now our eighth year.
“Having Dizzee to headline the Main Stage on Friday will be an incredible way to start the weekend.
“We’ve got some great headliners yet to announce plus a great mix of international and local talent still to come and we’re all looking forward to sharing what is set to be our biggest year yet.”
Now in its eighth year, Tramlines remains one of the most diverse music festivals, bringing a unique selection of international and UK talent to Sheffield.
The 2015 event saw Tramlines move its main stage to a new site, with capacity doubled to 15,000, as the city welcomed more than 100,000 festival-goers.
The 2016 ticketing system brings with it some changes, with the introduction of day and night tickets.
A full weekend ticket (covering all stages from day until night) costs £42 plus booking fee (bf) A day ticket costs £23 plus bf, which gives access to all outdoor stages and various venues.
A night ticket costs £20 plus bf, which permits entry to clubs on Friday and Saturday night, or from £5 plus bf for Sunday night Tramlines festival recently won Best Medium-Sized Festival and Best City Festival at the Festival Baby Awards, and was shortlisted for Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards.
For more information visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines
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