At this year’s free Tramlines Festivall Red Bull Studios Live enlisted the help of steel city native Toddla T to programme the stage. 1,500 revellers descended on the outdoors daytime event at the Sheffield University concourse. The stage was heaving with ravers all wanting to get an earful of the studios Funktion-One’s pumping a banging tune selection from garage master Oneman, Hyperdub’s T Williams, PMR fam Julio Bashmore and L-Vis 1990.
At sundown the stage was transported to The Octagon for a night of smoke, visuals and live performances from Toddla T and his ‘Sound live show featuring MCs Serocee, DRC and the wonderful Shola Ama. Toddla and friends performed a live rendition of ‘Alive’ and a stunning version of Shola’s legendary neo-soul track ‘You Might Need Somebody.’
Jackmaster took to decks rinsing out an eclectic mix of 80s sounds, techno and house before dubstep superstar Benga performed with his partner in crime Youngman. Studio friend Melé’s set included his latest contribution to the dancefloor ‘Beamer’ featuring Kano.
The festivities at the Red Bull Studios Live stage were just one part of this amazing three-day festival promoting the best in local and national talent from the realms of electronica, indie, blue, folk and world music. Find out more by visiting the Tramlines.org.uk.
Read an interview with Toddla about the best places to go raving in Sheffield
More about Red Bull Studios Live
Listen to a DJ mix by Oneman