The crowd goes Bonkers for Dizzee Rascal at Tramlines Festival 2016

Posted on 25 July 2016
By Lucy Nowak
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Come and dance wiv me? Need a holiday? Come see me! Is everything Dizzee promised the crowd as he got the party started on Tramlines main stage on the first night of Sheffield’s inner city music festival.

He set the tone and atmosphere for the rest of the weekend, promising fun, dance and mischief with his dance floor bangers everyone knows.

Dizzee performed his new song Hype on which he has collaborated with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, with smoke and bright lights shooting out from the stage. Hype has brought Dizzee back onto the music scene after being away for a while. The crowed showed their appreciation of his presence at Tramlines by going wild alongside the man himself, who was clearly having the time of his life on stage.

It was fantastic to see such a diverse range of people at Tramlines, representing the city of Sheffield itself. From a 2 moth old baby with the biggest headphones you’ve ever seen in your life perched over his ears as he slept, to a grandma jumping up and down with her grandchildren, everyone was simply there to have a fun time, and no judging was allowed.

Dizzee Rascal’s set wouldn’t have been half as good without his backing singer Daniel Pearce, from former One True Voice and 2009 X Factor contestant fame. Daniel doesn’t leave Dizzee’s side whilst performing up and down the country, even supporting Dizzee on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2013.

However Daniel isn’t any ordinary backing singer, as he provides main vocals on many of Dizzee’s songs including Holiday. Never in the shadows, Daniel was there with Dizzee at the front of the stage enthusiastically pumping the crowd as they sang through Dizzee’s back catalogue.

As well as being Dizzee’s right hand man, you may also recognise Daniel’s voice from Sigma’s Nobody to Love. The music industry can’t get enough of him at the moment.

Dizzee Rascal left the crowd wanting more as he disappeared from the stage before returning for an encore and performing his iconic smash hit Bonkers, his second UK number 1. Even the second time he left was too soon and the crowd were still left wanting more. Sheffield couldn’t get enough of Dizzee.

After Dizzee’s set, the whole crowd were buzzing as they left the stage, ready to party on through the night and into the rest of the weekend, which saw Kelis, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Craig Charles to name but a few all take to the stage in one of Tramlines’ many venues throughout Sheffield’s city centre.

The city of Sheffield should be hugely proud of the inner city music festival they have created. Tramlines has developed into a proper little festival, allowing local acts to flourish and introduce themselves and their music on stage. At the same time, the headlining acts are getting bigger and bigger each year, pulling in more crowds.

Here’s a link for early bird tickets to next year’s Festival: