Sunday, 8 January 2017


 This year brings the second 'Outlines Festival'.
The Sheffield based multi-metropolitan festival of which is set to showcase a well-chosen blend of established artists and up-and-coming acts.

Brought to you by some of the team which make up that of the Steel City's much loved festival, Tramlines.

Outlines Festival was created to act as the serving little sister of Tramlines Festival to take place in the colder months ahead of the official 'festival season'.

With this event having been such a success in 2016, the organisers have decided that this year they shall be expanding the festival from just one day as it was last year so this year the festival shall take place over the course of two days.

Line-up so far
The programmer of the festival, Kate Hewett, said 'we've expanded Outlines for its second year to allow us to showcase and even broader range of artists and give more of a platform to breaking talent from across a range of genres. With the likes of Loyle Carner, Shura and Spring King having featured on 2016's bill we're confident that there will be some new names to suit all tastes on 2017's line-up.'

Heading up 2017's bill are the Australian psychedelic rock outfit, Jagwar Ma, whose second album earned them a critical acclaim and when it was released it quickly presented promise to build on the success of their tracks of which were released prior to it such as 'Come With Me' and 'Uncertainty'.

One act which shall be taking to the stage of one of Sheffield's most iconic venues, The Leadmill (which is now in its 35th year) alongside this three-piece band shall be alt-rock duo, Slow Club, whose latest album saw them experiment with an Americana-tinged sound without losing the rich vocal harmonies present in their earlier albums.

Additional Sheffield talent shall come in the form of indie-pop quartet, The Crookes, who will be returning to the city following their recent extensive US tour in support of their latest, Fierce Panda released, single 'Roman Candle'. 

Over at the festivals largest venue, Plug, you will be able to catch the return of the legendary 2-tone pioneers, The Selectors, who have an array of hit including 'On My Radio' and 'Three Minute Tour'.

Map of the festival

For fans of electronic music, last year there was the legendary likes of Root Manuva on the bill. Hopefully this year there will also be plenty for those individuals to enjoy, particularly with emerging grime artist, Lady Leshurr, being one of the first announced acts.

For those who love to discover new bands and alternative music, there is also something for them, with Islet, The Orielles, Blood Sport, Luxury Death, Jodie Abacus and Azusena among the first announcements.

Tickets are available now for £17 *not including booking fee* here (while stocks last).

With the festival set to feature a genre-hopping bill of up to 150 artists, organisers are encouraging emerging artists to apply to play the festival due to there being a number of slots still available at of the festival venues (which include Plug, The Leadmill, The Harley, Queens Social Club and Bloc Projects). You can apply to play here.

In a few days time I shall be publishing my top 5 bands to look forward to from the line-up so keep an eye out for that!

To get you in the mood for the festival you can listen to the playlist made specially for it here:

Written by Sophie.

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