Jul 02 2015
Events Producer Rosie Eagleton gives a sneak peek into this year’s Tramlines line-up at Millennium Gallery:
Millennium Gallery has come a long way in the Tramlines stakes. As the city’s leading art gallery, we may seem an unlikely venue for the rapidly expanding inner city music festival. However, over the past few years, we’ve grown from small beginnings to become a wristbanded main stage, showcasing international and local artists alike. We’ve faced the challenges of installing a 16 speaker sound installation from local lads 65daysofstatic, bopped along to the African sounds of Songhoy Blues and treated our visitors to the diverse sounds of Shackleton and Allusondrugs. And we’re not giving ourselves a break this year. Contemporary art, illustration and music will all come together once again as we open our doors to the PRISM art collective, Tramlines Poster show and a blinding electronic-inspired lineup including Blanck Mass, Walls and Portico.
Once again we’re working with Sheffield’s curatorial tour de force, PRISM. Expect a range of contemporary works from emerging international artists, screenings and creativity across the weekend to complement our music lineup. Entrance to the PRISM art show is free during the day and doesn’t require a wristband.
On top of that, Dirtyface, Drew Millward and Tom J Newell return to host the Tramlines Poster Show. Last year, we saw Kid Acne take on Public Enemy and Manchester’s Drew Millward handled The Cribs amongst a stellar lineup of illustrator, artist and musical collaboration. We’ll be displaying all the works in our gallery space over the weekend, with an opportunity to get your hands on your own prints in our pop up shop. This year’s show includes the likes of Pete McKee, Pete Fowler and Sarah Abbott- check out the final lineup here.
And music! Oh did we mention we have music too? Friday we’ve got the “beatless, shimmering soundscapes” of The F*ck Button’s Benjamin John Power’s project, Blanck Mass, along with creators of Mojo’s Electronic Album of the Year, Walls. But we don’t stop there. Saturday sees a “blend of the sublunary and celestial” from Portico, whilst Sunday’s lineup is curated by, and features, the DIY, driving guitar sounds of Sheffield’s Bloodsport.
Millennium Gallery is a giant leap from the traditional Sheffield music scene, but we like to think of ourselves of its cool, little brother. We aim to offer a diverse departure (and perhaps an oasis of calm) from the other fabulous offerings of the weekend. And where else could you get it all in one? We’ve got beer. We’ve got art. We’ve got posters, and we’ve got some of the most interesting music of the weekend. You really have no excuse to miss this one.
Tramlines wristbands are available from tramlines.org.uk
Millennium Gallery PRISM exhibition and Tramlines Poster show are free entry during gallery opening hours (10am – 5pm Friday and Saturday, 11am – 4pm Sunday).
A Tramlines wristband is required for access to evening events.
Top: The Heebie Jeebies play Millennium Gallery for Tramlines 2011 © Anton Want
Bottom: Visitors enjoying last year's Tramlines festival at Millennium Gallery © Museums Sheffield