Outlines Festival, the baby sibling of Tramlines Festival, will be returning to the Steel City for two days at the beginning of March. At just £15 for the weekend, tickets are selling fast. Social Sheffield Live Music Editor, Bea Duncan, picks the Top 5 Acts to catch at this year’s Outlines Festival, Fri. 3 & – Sat. 4 March. 2017.
1. – Jodie Abacus // Plug
It’s almost impossible to listen to any track from Jodie Abacus and not want to dance. His songs have an infectious positivity and his lyrics heartwarming and catchy. With influences from funk, soul, hip-hop and pop, his sound is a fresh one. Jodie Abacus is a must see if you’re looking for an act to put a smile on your face.
For fans of: Kiko Bun, Ady Suleiman, Izzy Bizu
Songs to listen to: I’ll Be That Friend, She’s In Love With The Weekend, Hot Kitchen
Hear a sample: < a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM3j2m1gbBw" target="_blank">Jodie Abacus ‘Hot Kitchen’
2. – The Orielles // The Harley
The Orielles have perfected the current musical trend for rough around the edges 90’s surfer-style indie. Their music has a sense of nostalgia about it, with summery guitar riffs and relaxed vocals. They’re swiftly gaining momentum as a band to watch. With only a handful of singles to their name, they’re sure to hit the big time once they produce their fully worked album.
For fans of: The Big Moon, The Magic Gang, Yak
Songs to listen to: Jobin, Space Doubt, Just Like Glue
Hear a sample: The Orielles ‘Just Like Glue’
3. – Slow Club // The Leadmill
Slow Club are practically Sheffield royalty, and you could be lucky enough to see them right here in their own home town. With consistent album releases, each with a completely different feel to the last, it doesn’t take much to see why Slow Club have gained the following they have. They seem to have managed to master every genre in the book, from folk to pop to garage rock. The duo are likely to pack out the venue, so get down early.
For fans of: Los Campesinos!, Mystery Jets, Tokyo Police Club
Songs to listen to: Everything Is New, Tears Of Joy, In Waves
Hear a sample: Slow Club ‘Everything Is New’
4. – Lady Leshurr // Plug
As grime starts to see a serious resurgence in the UK, Lady Leshurr can be seen as it’s leading lady. While female grime artists are few and far between, she makes up for it with her bold lyrics and unapologetic beats. Her ‘Queen’s Speech’ series has over fifty million views on Youtue, and you may have heard her vocals over the Tiggs Da Author track, ‘Run’. Look no further if you’re after a raw grime act to round off your festival experience.
For fans of: Lethal Bizzle, Giggs, Kano
Songs to listen to: #UNLESHED 2, Queen’s Speech 4, Where Are You Now?
Hear a sample: Lady Leshurr ‘Queen’s Speech Ep.4’
5. – Jagwar Ma // The Leadmill
Jagwar Ma are a multi-instrumentalist duo hailing from none other than Australia. Since 2011, they have been experimenting with various psychedelic electronic sounds, and have combined it to make something truly special. Fans of hazy, alt-rock dance will find it difficult to dislike Jagwar Ma, and anyone heading to see them will be sure to have enough to get them moving.
For fans of: Django Django, DIIV, Metronomy
Songs to listen to: Loose Ends, Give Me a Reason, Ordinary
Hear a sample: Jagwar Ma ‘Give Me a Reason’
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