TRAMLINES music frestival fans were even serenaded on two double decker buses as they popped along to the three day Sheffield festival - thanks to a Grammy award winner and other sponsors, writes Graham Walker.
The so-called Buskers’ Buses did 20-minute circuits, starting at the Devonshire Cat, sponsored by The Milestone, VOICE and The Steelworks, the city centre studio owned by Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning producer Eliot Kennedy.
Eliot, who has made records with the likes of Bryan Adams, Take That and The Spice Girls, said he was delighted to be involved and got his latest signings, vocal harmony four piece, The Reason 4, to sing on one of the buses.
VIDEPO: Press the play button to watch our special video report with The Reason 4 and others entertaining passengers on the Buskers’ Bus.
Crying Out Loud, their fortcoming debut album, features catchy single Take It All - out on August 7 - which will be the first ever release on Eliot’s new FarWest Music label. The band, who got as far as Simon Cowell’s house at X Factor bootcamp, now hope to hit the big time.
Band members Nathan Rawlings, aged 30, Marc Higgins and Scott White, both 29, and Glenn Vine, 26, earlier thrilled Tramlines festival-goers with a showcase of the album in front of almost 10,000 people on the Hallam FM Main Stage in Devonshire Green.
Marc said: “It was probably the biggest audience we’ve played to live - then we played to our smallest ever, on the Buskers’ Bus. It was just a great day. Tramlines is an amazing festival and we were delighted to be part of it.”
Eliot added: “The Buskers’ Bus was one of the many extras which made it such a memorable weekend. I’d like to be even more involved next year.”
Lee Mullin, Buskers’ Bus Manager said : “This year we pulled out all the stops. Two double deckers, national artists as well as home-grown talent, secret sets, sing-alongs and much, much more.”
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