Tramlines have revealed details of their ‘Apply to Play’ scheme that will give performance slots at the festival to emerging talent.

Each year, the team at Tramlines plus a group of tastemakers and artists, handpick performers to play on stages across the festival.

Previous Apply to Play acts include Lio, Speed for Lovers, Matic Mouth, Before Breakfast, and more with panelists including, Reverend And The Makers, The Leadmill, and BBC Music Introducing Sheffield.

As well as getting to play on stage at the festival, successful applicants will also receive a small fee for their performance.

You can apply here and learn more information. Applications close on Friday, 27 May.

Tramlines takes place at Hillsborough Park from Friday, 23 to Sunday, 25 July. The first line-up announcement in April was followed by tickets selling out in record time.

2021 headliners include, The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft plus over 40 more acts which have been announced so far.

The festival has also announced that ‘The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation’ will be an official charity partner for the 2021 event.

The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation was created in 2020 by family and friends of Sarah Nulty who was the Festival Director of Tramlines until her passing in 2018. The Foundation aims to honour Sarah’s legacy by helping socially and economically disadvantaged people in Sheffield to develop musical abilities.

Initial grants were awarded to Hartley Brook Primary Academy in Shiregreen to provide free ukulele lessons, Mossbrook Primary School in Norton who bought a keyboard to support their pupils who have special educational needs and to Sheffcare Limited who funded an ‘acousmatic storytelling project’ with their care home residents.

After arriving in Sheffield as a student, Sarah worked in various iconic local bars and clubs before becoming one of the driving forces behind the creation of Tramlines in 2009. After taking the role of Festival Director in 2013, Sarah was instrumental in safeguarding the long term success of the event, overseeing many changes leading up to the move to Hillsborough Park in 2018 that has since been heralded as a huge success.

Sarah Nulty with Flava Flav

Sarah Nulty with Flava Flav

Tramlines has also partnered with the Make Yourself at Home campaign to promote and support Sheffield’s fantastic businesses through the easing of lockdown.

More info can be found on the Make Yourself at Home website.

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