Festival News: Pssst, Wanna Be A Rock Star? – Applications Now Open For Grass Roots Artists To Play Tramlines Festival

Grassroots talents can now Apply To Play at Tramlines Festival 2024

If you’re an up and coming artist, looking to mix it with the big girls and boys this summer, then here’s your chance!

Applications are now open for Apply To Play, the annual new talent scheme hosted by Tramlines Festival, which offers local and upcoming artists, paid-for opportunities to play at the event, taking place from 26-28th July at Hillsborough Park. Winner of the 2023 UK Festival Award for ‘Best Festival for Emerging Talent’ thisregular feature at Tramlines – Sheffield’s biggest party – has helped dozens of grassroot talents gain a foothold in the competitive live music industry with the Tramlines team dedicated to nurturing next generation talent and offering career-kick starting prizes.

The Apply to Play judging panel for the 2024 event has been revealed. Finalists will be selected by Amazing Radio (Shell Zenner), This Feeling, BBC Introducing, Rock Revival, Waterbear Music College, Exposed Magazine, Pirate.com and The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation. And the overall winner will be picked by John Kennedy, guru of new music and host of Radio X.

John Kennedy said, ‘The privilege of getting to choose the winner of Apply To Play is not just discovering loads of brilliant new talents and being able to give them a leg up the ladder but seeing the positive impact the scheme can have on artists’ mental health. It was touching to hear from last year’s winner Harri Larkin just how much it helped them grow in confidence and encouraged them to keep going. I’m looking forward to being able to do that again this year!’

Tramlines has partnered up with some brilliant brands and festivals to offer all finalists an extra special prize plus an incredible package is up for grabs for one very lucky Winner. The 2024 winner of Apply to Play will receive a paid performance slot at Tramlines Festival 2024 and the opportunity to perform at Truck (Oxfordshire), Y Not (Derbyshire) and Victorious Festival (Portsmouth).

The winner will also receive industry support from John Kennedy (Radio X), media interviews with new talent advocate Shell Zenner on Amazing Radio, plus Rock Revival and Exposed Magazine, £500 worth of studio time at Pirate Studios and a performance opportunity at the ‘This Feeling’ Industry Showcase. All finalists will receive a paid slot at Tramlines and £100 credit at Pirate Studios.

Photo: Harri Larkin – Credit: Carolina Faruolo

Apply to Play 2023 winners, Harri Larkin, had a huge boost to the band’s fortunes following their Tramlines success. Harri said, “Winning the Tramlines competition has given us a massive career boost in and outside of Sheffield, headlining a stage at Tramlines is a great talking point when applying for gigs. We made loads of contacts off the back of our summer of festivals. Part of the prize was the opportunity to play a showcase for ‘This Feeling’ in London. We brought our A game and ended up being one of their “Big in 2024” picks leading to further festival and showcase opportunities in 2024”.

Mikey Jones, Director of This Feeling said, “We’re all about giving new acts the opportunity to thrive so to be involved in ‘Apply to Play’ with some of the biggest festivals in the UK, we jumped. Harri Larkin, SANTÙ & 88 Miles all won slots last summer and blew us (and packed tents!) away. We’re now working with all three as ‘Big in 2024’ picks and looking forward to developing these outstanding new talents further. It’s a massive chance to crack on in a notoriously tough industry so if you’re a new band, apply to play now!”

Any band or artist who would like to apply for 2024 has until 5pm Sunday 10th March to apply via the Tramlines website – https://tramlines.org.uk/explore/apply-to-play/

The award from the UK Festival Awards for Best Festival Emerging Talent follows Tramlines winning the ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ in 2011 and 2019. Tramlines has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Medium Festival’ in 2022 and the UK Festival Awards named ‘The Sarah Nulty Community Impact Award’ in honour of former Tramlines Director Sarah Nulty who passed away in 2018. This award was won by Teddy Rocks Festival in 2023, a Dorset-based event that has raised over £200k to support the fight against childhood cancer. 

Tramlines Festival 2024 takes place from 26th – 28th July at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield. Tickets are on sale now with the line-up launch expected later this month.

So what are you waiting for? Go and apply now!!!

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