The first Outlines festival takes place this Saturday (27th February) in several venues around Sheffield, including Plug, Queens Social Club and The Harley. The line-up includes Roots Manuva, Spring King, Gang of Four, Shura, Oscar and The Big Moon.
I spoke to Kate Hewett, the organiser of the festival;
Why did you decide to run a festival in the winter?
Running a winter Tramlines was something we’d always talked about, and
it’d felt like the right way to expand on what we do for a while. The
format of Tramlines is one that we know works well, and so we were
keen to replicate it at a time of year when people are ready to start
thinking about partying again after the January slump!
How did you go about choosing the name/branding, with it being a
sister festival to tramlines?
We wanted to draw a parallel between this and Tramlines, but also make
it clear that they’ll have two very distinct personalities to them.
Both will be exploring festivals, with a strong focus on emerging
talent and a real opportunity to catch a new favourite, but we’re
expecting the first Outlines to have a real intimate feel to it. We’ll
be hosting film screenings and offering up warming food and craft
beers to add to what’s on offer.
How do you feel the crowds will react to the line-up?
The response to the lineup has been really positive. We’re fortunate to have two true British music icons on the bill in Roots Manuva and Gang of Four. Both have had an influence which can still be heard today and which is echoed in a few of the younger artists on the bill.
How did you go about picking the venues?
We’re lucky enough to enjoy a really great relationship with all the
venues in town, thanks in part to our work on Tramlines, and in part
to the fact that – when we’re not putting festivals on – we’re
promoting shows at our own venue, The Harley. The Sheffield music
community is small enough and friendly enough that forging really
productive partnerships is achievable. Outside of that, though, we
just really wanted to have a roller disco!
I also spoke to Tarek from Spring King, who are performing at The Harley for Outlines.
Have the band played in Sheffield before & what was it like?
Tarek: We’ve played Sheffield a few times, one of the most stand-out was with Courtney Barnett at the Leadmill. It was our first proper tour and we were playing to some of the biggest crowds we’ve ever performed to.
Are they excited for Outlines?
Tarek: Definitely, a lot of our friends bands have played the festival and are playing this year too!…I’m going to try and spend the day walking around and listening to good music.
What other acts are they hoping to see at the festival?
Tarek: The Big Moon (who I met when I produced a track for them), Babeheaven, and Loyle Carner who I first saw at MIDI Festival in France. Also Trash and Zuzu are on my list to check out!