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This year the Steel City’s biggest soirée is back for its tenth year. Heading to its new home of Hillsborough (a 13-minute tram ride from the city centre) the intercity festival have an wide range of eclectic acts on offer with Noel Gallagher, Stereophonics and Craig David headlining the main stage. If you’re not keen on catching up with our Kes and are looking for some of the best new music the UK has to offer, then Café Totem is where you need to be heading. This year, indie promoter giants This Feeling, Red Stripe and Pirate Studios are showcasing some of the best new music the UK has to offer on the Tramlines free entry fringe.

So, if you are heading to the biggest party in Yorkshire and your looking to find the new soundtrack to your summer, fall in love with a new band or simply have your mind blown by a future Tramlines headliner, look no further than Cafe Totem and our top picks that you would be insane to miss, below: 


The Bedford bad boys bring their hook driven brand of alt rock to the This Feeling/Pirate Studios stage. Following the release of the highly anticipated debut album last year, the band showcased how they like to mix hip hop rhythms with massive rock hooks to create unadulterated anthems and pure chaos at their gigs. Speaking them earlier its clear they are totally hyped for the event…  

”We can’t wait to be reunited with our This Feeling family to play Tramlines! Always a madness, always a great time, always a hangover! Thanks to This Feeling & Pirate Studio’s for having us”


Coming off a high London headline show and European festivals, Himalaya’s swing by South Yorkshire to deliver some filthy indie guitar jams. Breakout tune “Thank God I’m Not You” has surpassed 6 million streams on Spotify and their live reputation as one of the hottest UK bands is becoming self-fulfilling. Catch them while you can.   


This Geordie three piece are no stranger to chaotic gigs. Cutting their teeth alongside The Libertines, Amazons and The Sherlocks, this is a band that have been honing their craft during their short 2-year existence.

‘We’re properly excited to play our first headline show in Sheffield for This Feeling at Tramlines festival. Every time we come to the city, the audiences are always amazing. We toured with We Are Scientists recently and the Sheffield date was easily the best reception on the tour.’

With comparisons to The Black Keys to The Clash, The Pale White are guaranteed to set the stage ablaze.   


Young indie darlings, SPINN have been praised by Radio One, Radio X and BBC 6 Music to name a few. With a sound reminiscent to The Smith’s mixed with the fresh danceability of something like Superfood, SPINN have the recipe for big things already imbedded in their DNA.    


Manchester Punk Rock via 60s Rock n’ Roll, Dirty Laces aren’t to be trifled with. Growing a cult following across the North and with a huge sound to boot, Dirty Laces are set to attack the stage with fast paced adrenaline, fat riffs and mosh pits galore. When asked about playing the prestigious inner-city festival they said…  

‘Sheffield it’s our second visit to your glorious city, so make sure you get over to Café Totem and get ready for some proper explosive, dirty Manchester rock ‘n’ roll. Big love to This Feeling and Pirate Studios for having us we can’t wait!’   


Alex Ohm delivers some addictive, haunting vocals and choppy rhythms which have seen him opening shows for the likes of Ian Brown, The Charlatans, Ocean Colour Scene and Peter Doherty to name a few, as well as touring worldwide. After fronting ‘The Lines‘, Alex now serves up some solo stripped back material and lyrically driven tunes that will get stuck in your head for days.  

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