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Showroom Cinema announces programme of music films as part of Tramlines Festival

Showroom Cinema and Tramlines Festival are excited to launch a new partnership, bringing an exclusive hand-picked programme of some of the most exciting music films of 2016 to this year’s festival.

Ranging from documentaries to concert footage to sound tracked feature films and spanning genres from indie to hip-hop, jazz, folk, reggae and world music, the programme includes Suede: Night Thoughts followed by Q&A with the band, NG83: When We Were B Boys (featuring a very young Goldie), Where You’re Meant to Be plus Q&A with Aiden Moffat (Arab Strap),  Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise, the Northern Premiere of Songs From Lahore and a special screening of the Grammy Award winning Purple Rain in memory of Prince.

Tramlines Director Sarah Nulty says:

In a city full of amazing venues, the Showroom is one of our best-loved and most important cultural spaces. We're delighted to be partnering with the people behind such a cutting-edge and innovative film programme, as well as offering Tramlines-goers the opportunity to enjoy something beyond the music.”

All screenings will be open to Tramlines wristband and pass holders. BUY YOURS HERE. There are a limited number of tickets available for individual films which can be purchased from the Showroom Box Office and website. Entry to the Showroom Café Bar will be free during the festival.

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Upcoming films & events

Suede tramlines
Suede: Night Thoughts + Q&A (12A)
As a drowning man fights for life, what events play out in his mind? Music by Suede, concept and film by Suede and Roger Sargent.
  • Fri 22 Jul
  • 18.15
iggy pop basel
Iggy Pop - Live in Basel (18)
Iggy Pop, an outstanding artist known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics, performs at the Baloise session in Basel where he was honoured with a 2015 lifetime achievement award.
  • Fri 22 Jul
  • 20.15
song of lahore
Song of Lahore (18)
A Pakistani folk group gain success doing Jazz standard covers in their own style. After a groundbreaking week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert.
  • Sat 23 Jul
  • 14.00
when we were b boys
NG83: When We Were B Boys (12A)
Five former breakdancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant UK Hip Hop scene of the early 1980s and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life on inner city council estates.
  • Sat 23 Jul
  • 16.00
purple rain
Purple Rain (15)
Winner of Grammy and Academy Awards for its pulsating song score, Purple Rain marks the electrifying movie debut of Prince as the Kid, a Minneapolis club musician as alienated as he is talented.
  • Sat 23 Jul
  • 18.00
where you're meant to be
Where You're Meant to Be with Q&A (15)
Cult raconteur Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) explores Scotland’s past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs. But he doesn't count on running into 79 year old force of nature Sheila Stewart – a travelling balladeer who upturns Moffat's folk assumptions.
  • Sat 23 Jul
  • 20.30
lee scratch perry
Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise (18)
Volker Schaner has followed Perry on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Germany, Switzerland and London, resulting in a never-before-granted level of access and insight into Perrys’ fantastical, spiritual world.
  • Sun 24 Jul
  • 13.30
a poem is a naked person
A Poem is a Naked Person (18)
An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974.
  • Sun 24 Jul
  • 15.50
sing me the songs that say I love you
Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You (18)
This rousing tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle was recorded at New York City's Town Hall in May 2011 and features her famously musical family.
  • Sun 24 Jul
  • 18.00
james booker
Bayou Maharajah (18)
The Tragic Genius of James Booker
A stunning documentary on New Orleans jazz pioneer and piano prodigy James Booker.
  • Sun 24 Jul
  • 20.30


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