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Tramlines 2018 Afterparties: A Whistle-stop Tour

19 July 2018

Each year without fail a little Sheffield-based festival under the name of Tramlines rolls into town and kicks up the dust in the otherwise sleepy summer season. With every promoter and venue in the postcode climbing aboard the gravy-tram and providing a fully formed fringe of events to complement the main festival, it's difficult to know what's on with the sheer volume of it all. So here's a few Party For The People tips for you to check out!     

The Night Kitchen: Dennis Sulta, Brame & Hamo & Friends 
On the Friday evening, The Night Kitchen invites Glasgow wonder boy Dennis Sulta for a post-festival tear up at the venue. Known for his sophisticated, synth-driven taken on House he's never short of a banger, catch him live now or be doomed to suffering FOMO all weekend as the set is inevitably broadcast song by song on the Identification of Music Group. He's joined by Berlin-based Irish duo Brame and Hamo of 'Roy Keane' (aka the sound of the summer) fame, with support from the TNK residents and more!  

Le Freak presents: Horse Meat Disco, Plump DJs @ Foundry 
Horse Meat Disco started as an LGBT club night in London in 2003 and since then their rise seems synonymous with the entire revival of disco in the UK. As well as the soulful and retro-tinged Disco cuts that epitomise their sound, expect to hear House, Italo, Electro-funk and Acid if you opt to head down to the SU’s Foundry on Saturday night. Check our site for remaining tickets.

Displace presents Virus Recordings: Ed Rush & Optical, Optiv & BTK @ Hope Works
It’s an all-night drum and bass affair at Hope Works on Friday, as Displace host the legendary Virus Recordings imprint in celebration of their 20th anniversary. The label was started in the late 90s by headliners on the night, Ed Rush and Optical. It has since become an institution of the scene, with a catalogue of releases from the likes of Optiv, Andy C and Prolix.  

Bluewave: - Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat, So Solid Crew @ 02 Academy 
Grab your Nokia 3310 because Bluewave are taking over 02 Academy on Friday, and serving up nostalgia with some of the key players from the late nineties/early noughties UK Garage scene - Artful Dodger, DJ Luck and MC Neat and So Solid Crew. Act now and buy tickets quickly because they've only got 21 seconds to go - probably.     

Mr Bongo, Ishmael Ensemble, The Soul Professors @ Yellow Arch Studios 
Saturday at Yellow Arch sees the DJs from the revered independent label and Brighton-based record shop, Mr Bongo, deliver an extended 3 hour set in the warehouse. Since the late 1980s, these diggers have dedicated themselves to (re) discovering some of the finest, yet often overlooked records from around the world, bringing them to a new global audience. 
Expect an eclectic set featuring everything from Afrobeat and Brazilian Funk to Disco, Soul, Hip Hop and House.    

Words: Arthur Dickinson