Simon Butler Photography | Sunday at Tramlines 2016

Sunday at Tramlines 2016

July 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Sunday at Tramlines 2016 carried on the awesomeness from both Friday and Saturday.  It was a day filled with street entertainers, checking out energetic men of a certain age at The Crystal Bar, the amazing Thomas Truax at Folk Forest, Gaz Coombes and Fleetmac Wood at Fusion amongst the highlights.

I started off the day in town at midday. I walked past the Crystal Bar and heard live music being played so I headed in. I'd seen and admired lots of photos by my friend, and amazing photographer, Kevin Wells of bands in this bar in past years.  But I'd never had the time to pop in before.  So I decided to head in for a few minutes. And I was pleased I did because not only did the venue have amazing light, the band who were on, Rinse, were really great.

Next I headed over to Barkers Pool to see if there was any street entertainment happening but was disappointed to see that nothing was on.  However, I soon spotted the mobile entertainment, the Granny Tourismos.  Like Crystal I'd seen photos of them before but had never seen them myself.  They were great fun, full of banging tunes, klaxons and dance moves!  In the photo below you can see the Grannies dancing with a shopper.

I then ran into the Cafe de L'Amour, two guys pretending to be French waiters looking for love.  They were hilarious, serenading any women that came across.

I now needed to head back to my car so I could go over to Folk Forest to cover the afternoon there. My car was parked near the Crystal Bar so I popped in on my way to the car park.  I was pleased I did because Repoman, the band playing the stage were fantastic.  They were a band of men of a certain age, having been together for 25 years.  But they played with the energy and enthusiasm of teenagers, especially the lead singer.  He bounced and pogoed around brilliantly.

Below are two photos of the band: the first of the singer pogoing and the second during a song about selfies where he took out his phone and took photos of me and Kev (he's the fella taking photos stage right).

I was heading to Folk Forest mainly to cover Jane Weaver and Marika Hackman, but I decided to make an afternoon of it and stay there to cover all of the other artists too even though I didn't know much about them. Because, why not? In past Tramlines I've made some great discoveries this way.  And this year was no exception because I absolutely loved the first artist, Thomas Truax.  He was simply superb playing songs on his Heath Robinson-style homemade instruments.  He even took two excursions out into the crowd to play acoustically.  He was also really funny too.  Wonderful!

Next up was Jane Weaver.  I had heard quite a few of her songs on 6 Music so I was really looking forward to seeing her live.  And she and her band didn't disappoint, they were great.

My 3rd artist to cover at Folk Forest was C Duncan. This was another band I didn't really know much about.  But as luck would have it I was listening to Guy Garvey on 6 Music on the way to Folk Forest and he mentioned how C Duncan had supported him on his recent solo recent tour.  Guy said they were a lovely bunch of lads and then played one of their songs.  I recognised it - I must have heard it on 6 Music in the past - so I was then excited to see the band.  And they were great.  Lots of close harmonies and chilled out songs.

The headline act for Folk Forest was Marika Hackman.  I photographed her last year in the Cathedral and got annoyed that she insisted that virtually all of the lights in the Cathedral should be turned off.  Which then made it almost impossible to photograph her.  Thankfully this year, there wasn't this problem as the gig was outdoors. She was fantastic and she suited Folk Forest down to the ground.

I could only stay for 3 songs of Marika's set unfortunately as I wanted to head to the Main Stage to make some panoramas of the crowd watching Catfish and the Bottlemen (I also wanted to make use of one of my meal vouchers for Smoke too!).

I managed to take some decent shots before the rain came and this one was my fave.

I decided not to stay out in the rain but instead headed over to The Leadmill to catch Gaz Coombes.  He was good but it was a shame it was just him on stage, I think having a band might have been better. I only stayed for his first 3 songs so I don't know if the crowd got the Supergrass songs they were shouting out requests for.

The reason why I only stayed for 3 songs was because I had to head to the Harley to catch Bernard + Edith.  They were a duo who were heavily influenced by Kate Bush, which is no bad thing, and I enjoyed shooting them (although I had to use my flash thanks to the poor lighting).

Tramlines was almost drawing to a close for me, all I had left was two club nights at the University of Sheffield: Fleetmac Wood in Fusion at the Students' Union and Norman Jay OBE in the Octagon

Fleetmac Wood were a pair of DJs who had remixed Fleetwood Mac songs into dance classics.  I really enjoyed the new way to listen to FM classics.

Norman Jay OBE was playing a mixture of Northern Soul. He was positioned high up surrounded by lots of smoke so was difficult to photograph but I get one decent shot.  And the crowd were having a great time,

So that's Tramlines over for another year.  I already can't wait until Tramlines 2017!


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