Preview: Outlines Festival 2017

The metropolitan new music event in Sheffield takes place from 3-4 March


The spring is almost upon us, meaning it’s nearly time for city centres across the UK to be taken over by various metropolitan festivals.

One of 2017’s first is Outlines Festival, a new music event in its second year, held around Sheffield city centre from 3-4 March.

Four venues – Leadmill, Plug, Queens Social Club and The Harley – will feature a lineup of new bands from around the UK, plus one or two more established names.

Expanded from its 2016 debut, Outlines features both a Friday night schedule and an all-dayer Saturday event.

Last year’s event featured Loyle Carner, one of this year’s breakthrough stars, and bands including Pumarosa, Spring King and PINS.

Loyle Carner at Outlines Festival 2016
Loyle Carner is the main star to emerge from the first Outlines Festival last year. Photo: Katy Blackwood

That means this year’s lineup is well worth a look for the next breakout talent, and a few names jump out as highlights.

The headliners include Aussies Jagwar Ma and grime queen Lady Leshurr, and for older gig-goers the veteran 2 Tone band The Selecter.

The new bands we’d tip most highly include Our Girl, fronted by Soph Nathan from The Big Moon, and South London’s Shame.

Soph Nathan at Liverpool Sound City
Our Girl’s Soph Nathan also plays guitar for The Big Moon. Photo: Katy Blackwood

Clean Cut Kid will surely be a star attraction, in a chance to catch them live before their headline tour later in the spring.

Bands from Yorkshire naturally feature heavily, including Sheffield’s Slow Club and The Crookes and Rotherham’s Alvarez Kings.

Chesterfield’s Trash return from the 2016 event, and Leeds’ Fighting Caravans – who we featured in January – also play.

Trash at Outlines Festival 2016
Trash return from 2016, when they performed at the scrapped Skate Central venue (pictured). Photo: Katy Blackwood

Outlines will have five stages this year – Plug will use both of its rooms – across four venues.

Two venues are scrapped from the 2016 schedule: The experimental stage at Skate Central, and the O2 Academy Sheffield.

Despite this, the overall number of bands performing increases due to the additional Friday sets.

The Seamonsters Рwho we recently featured as part of FEISTY Introduces Рkick off the festival on the Friday, performing at Plug at 6pm.

The Seamonsters at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield
Sheffield band The Seamonsters are the first band on stage at Outlines Festival 2017. Photo: Katy Blackwood

Slow Club and The Wytches headline at Leadmill and The Harley respectively at 10pm, with The Membranes last on at Plug.

The Saturday schedule starts at midday, featuring both Eyre Llew (Leadmill, 2pm) and Banfi (Leadmill, 3pm) early in the day.

One of the biggest bands on show, Clean Cut Kid, take to the stage at Plug at 4pm.

The two Plug stages alternate and may well form the entire itinerary for many, with Our Girl (7:30pm), Lady Leshurr (8pm) and Bruising (8:30pm) starring in the mid-evening slots.

Lady Leshurr
Grime queen Lady Leshurr is known for her energetic, improvisational live performances. Photo: Katy Blackwood

Jagwar Ma headline at Leadmill at 10pm, clashing with The Selecter (Plug, 10:15pm), Hookworms (Queens, 10pm) and Blood Sport (The Harley, 10:15pm).

Queens Social Club and The Harley will host after parties on both evenings.

Tickets for Outlines Festival are £25. For more information, including full stage times, visit

Full list of bands performing at Outlines Festival 2017:

  • Alimony Hustle
  • Alvarez Kings
  • Astraluna
  • Azusena
  • Babe Punch
  • Banfi
  • Blind Saints
  • Blood Sport
  • Bossy Love
  • Boxed In
  • Braver Than Fiction
  • Bruising
  • Clean Cut Kid
  • Cowtown
  • The Crookes
  • Dead Slow Hoot
  • Ella On The Run
  • Eyre Llew
  • Faitala
  • Family Ranks
  • Fear Of Men
  • Fighting Caravans
  • Floodhounds
  • Flamingods
  • Girl20
  • Girl Ray
  • Graceland
  • Hannah Peel
  • Harkin
  • Hejira
  • Hookworms
  • Indian Queens
  • Islet
  • Jagwar Ma
  • Jodie Abacus
  • Kadjha Bonet
  • Katie Pham and the Moonbathers
  • KONG
  • Lady Leshurr
  • Laurel
  • Law Holt
  • Liberty Ship
  • Lio
  • Living Body
  • Logs
  • Luxury Death
  • Matic Mouth
  • The Membranes
  • Mi Myr
  • Nadia Rose
  • Nachthexen
  • Novella
  • One Day, After School
  • The Orielles
  • Our Girl
  • Post War Glamour Girls
  • Rocky NTI
  • Rozelle
  • The Seamonsters
  • The Selecter
  • Shame
  • Sheafs
  • Shock Machine
  • Skinny Pelembe
  • Slow Club
  • Sophie Longshaw
  • The SSS
  • These Gangs
  • Tobi Sunmola
  • Trash
  • The Wytches
  • Yassassin
Katy Blackwood
Katy Blackwood is the Editor of FEISTY. She's been a self-confessed music geek, stan and encyclopedia since her childhood, loving both new and older sounds alike. Katy started out as a contributor to various magazines before founding FEISTY as an independent, female-led platform for new music.

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