Outlines Festival Preview
The people behind Tramlines Festival, the highlight of Sheffield’s musical calendar, decided that once a year just wasn’t enough and so created Outlines. This one day festival brings a similarly eclectic line-up and mix of established and up and coming artists to the steel city. Godfather of British hip hop, Roots Manuva, tops the bill and arguably justifies the price of entry on his own but there is plenty more to look forward to. With only a few weeks left until the event we take a look at some of the artists further down the bill that deserve some attention and a big crowd come February 27th.
Loyle Carner brings something unique to the British hip hop scene – a sensitive side. His introspective and confessional lyrics lay all his deepest feelings bare and they’re backed perfectly by jazzy minimalist beats that are clearly inspired by A Tribe Called Quest and Slum Village. He’s been labelled one to watch after recently being nominated for the BBC’s sound of 2016 and is no stranger to playing to big crowds after supporting Joey Badass on his UK tour.
Like many of her fellow Domino Records signees Georgia defies being confined to a single genre. The singer/producer takes harsh, rhythms and electronic sounds and transforms them into relentless and engaging pop tracks. Elements of MIA can be heard on tracks such as ‘Move Systems’ and in her adventurous and experimental takes on pop music. Her debut self-titled album was well received by the music press and is filled with plenty of tracks to get the Outlines crowd moving.
This trio of 20 year olds channel 90s rock with their heavy and fuzzed up guitar led tracks. Although they bring constant comparisons to The Smashing Pumpkins and The Pixies they still retain their own sense of style and are capable of forging their own place in the rock discourse. Kagoule are a band on a rapid trajectory having gone from playing Nottingham pubs to supporting Johnny Marr in the space of a few years. Make sure to see them rock the Outlines stage.
This psych-soul jazz singer manages to effortlessly fuse the retro and modern. His interest in music began as a young crate-digging DJ who’d seek out disco, funk, soul and Latin records. All these influences have clearly been absorbed into his style. His singing is hushed and on some of his slower songs has a dream-like quality. ‘Flowers’, his 2012 collaboration with Theo Parish, gained Andrew the recognition of Gilles Peterson and then the song of the year title at the Worldwide Awards. Expect a soulful, laidback vibe when you see him live.
There’s still plenty more to be enjoyed at outlines with plenty of great artists on the bill you’re sure to find a new favourite. Tickets are available online here or from The Harley, o2 Academy and Plug box office.