Our roving reporter Elliott Kendal headed to Tramlines festival , which took over venues in Sheffield city centre from fields, forests, parks, pubs.
He gave his two cents on some of his top acts of the weekend .
Electronic Art pop come sound samplers Public Service Broadcasting were by far the best act of Tramlines festival.
They stole the show on the main stage with their comedic commentator and constant energy.
Tracks of their latest album, The Race for Space, were amongst their best, with Go a particular high point with its danceable beat – great in a festival setting.
A dancing astronaut bounced across the stage, much to the delight of the crowd, through the similarly bouncy sounding Gagarin.
Song Sputnik was just as epic live as on record.
The spectacular set lit the whole festival up and it was not something that I will quickly forget.
Field Music brought their eccentric brand of quirky indie to the Folk Forest venue with success.
The banging tune of The Noisy Days are Over which got everybody tapping their feet.
The lead singer’s humble and humorous stage presence was a delight and the catchy melodies went perfectly with the band, who seemed to just be having good fun.
Teleman, an exciting new band, also took to the Folk Forest stage.
Their electronically–tinged pop could really bring something to the modern indie scene if they were more popular.
Everyone was on their feet for the great final track, Christine, an intimate piece that worked well in the festival setting.
Little Comets, a straight-up indie pop band, brought their catchy tunes to the main stage on Saturday and boy did their melodies sound great.
The singer’s good stage presence helped them connect with the crowd who enjoyed their sound– a great combination of the electronica of MGMT, the quirkiness of The Futureheads with the overall tone of a band like Circa Waves.
New indie sensation and Sunday main stage headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen kicked off with a collection of fan favourites, including Seven, Soundcheck and my favourite, Kathleen.
But, even though Cocoon was a joyous finale, the rest was a bit safe and mediocre, much like their sophomore record.
Van McCann’s incredible stage presence was as convincing as ever although even he couldn’t save this entertaining but- for the most part-sub-par performance.
I had a blast seeing some of my favourite acts and discovering some new bands as well and can’t wait to return next year.