Bingley Music Live has been going for a few years now. Up in the heart of West Yorkshire, Myrtle Park, each is a great pilgrimage of music to see a host of acts for what is really a very reasonable price (£35 for the weekend!) and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere for the weekend. This year is no exception, as this year BML has become even bigger. On Friday, the 15,000 strong crowd were treated to a day of free music at one of the most diverse stages music can give.
First up was Alice Gold (read a recent interview with her here). Mixing elements of experimental rock with a punk rock attitude and catchy pop tracks with a genuinely beautiful voice, she further warms up an already quite warm crowd and certainly wins over some new fans, many of which are only here for the last two bands of the day.
Young Guns (pictured right) come on second as the stage already starts to lag behind, for one reason or other. They appear unsettled by the daylight setting they’ve been placed in, and whilst their most dedicated fans don’t seem to care where they are or what time it is, many of the others assembled don’t appear to be sold by Gustav Wood and company’s breed of rock. Their attempts at singalongs only really work with their fans, especially as the lead microphone is playing up. The band sound so much better on record or at their own show that you have to feel like they just got a bit lost on this stage here. That said, the track ‘Crystal Clear’ still sounds huge no matter what.
Their performance, however, is nothing compared to the next band who I kind of wish had gotten lost. Caught somewhere between Balamory and indie-pop, The Go! Team are a hugely enthusiastic group playing a kind of music that I’m not sure is tolerable in a live situation. I’m not sure if it’s the heat or just the naive sense that they’re a fantastic band, but the Go! Team just don’t cut it in person. The less said the better.
But today is all about the next two bands. Playing a sunset set to a crowd that seems to have appeared out of nowhere and prepared itself completely, Skindred (pictured below) come on stage with the kind of confidence that can only come through years of reinforcement of their brilliance live from their fans. Playing from throughout their entire back catalogue, everyone starts moving as if they haven’t moved all day. ‘Stand for Something’ and ‘Ratrace’ of course bring some of the biggest responses of the nigh,t but they blend in fantastically with new tracks from ‘Union Black’ such as ‘Warning’, and both Skindred and crowd appear to be in unison. Lead singer Benji is a fantastic showman, pulling off the robot (with full participation; it really is a sight to behold) and even joking with the crowd calling them both the worst and best crowds of their tour, just to evoke different responses. Sadly, all of this must come to an end, as tonight’s headliners are still to come.
After using up so much energy in the last hour, the crowd are virtually still panting as Fun Lovin’ Criminals take to the stage. Their breed of cool funk takes a while to get going, but once the crowd has readjusted, especially with such a big changeover in those at the front, it’s a chilled out party all the way. With such a nice atmosphere, it’s easy for Huey Morgan to take charge. Only on a Friday night can the Criminals play ‘Friday Night’ and they do it with the usual flair you would expect. ‘Barry White’, ‘Scooby Snacks’ and ‘Loco’ all feature in a set that you can’t help but enjoy. Before you know it, the night is over and after a brief firework display, everyone goes home happy for the night. Friday was free which made it extra special, but the rest of the weekend has an awful lot of promise. As it stands, thank god for diversity and Bingley Music Live.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th August 2011 at 6:00 pm
Here’s the video for ‘End of the World’, taken from Alice Gold‘s debut album ‘Seven Rainbows’ released in July. The lovely Alice answered some questions for us recently as well as the TGTF Quickfire Questions: you can read all her responses here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 29th June 2011 at 12:00 pm
The lovely Alice Gold will be releasing her debut album, ‘Seven Rainbows’, next Monday (4 July) so we took the time to ask her some questions about the new release and of course give her the TGTF Quickfire Questions. We talk to the singer/songwriter about NME’s comparing her to two past greats of rock. And would you envision Miss Alice running around the woods, taking care of trees? No? Read on…and there’s a nice five-track sampler of songs from the upcoming release at the bottom of this post.
NME called you “part Joan Jett, part Tina Turner” – do you agree with this? Maybe you can talk to us about your musical influences.
Yes, I don’t mind those references actually…I think Joan Jett closer than Tina but what an honour to be compared to that hero lady. I think I have big hair, sing quite loudly and have a bit of a strut on stage, so I could see where it came from, yes. Neither have been influential as musical influences. I think the spirit of the ’60s, the freedom and classic sound of that older analogue music has been a massive influence as I grew up listening to Hendrix; Neil Young; Janis Joplin; Pink Floyd; Crosby, Stills and Nash, etc.
It must pretty exciting to be releasing your debut album next month! Tell us about the title, ‘Seven Rainbows’. How did you come up with it, what does it mean? Does it represent a theme for the album?
I am SSOOOO excited about my album release on the 4th of July. ‘Seven Rainbows’ is a lyric in one of the most important tracks on the album, ‘How Long Can These Streets be Empty?’ ‘Seven Rainbows’ is a memory I have of driving around a roundabout loads of times to keep seeing this enormously full and beautiful rainbow, the clearest I’ve ever seen. It was a very sad time in my life and the title was chosen to represent the journey I’ve been on since then…the ups and downs, etc.
If you had to describe to someone what your music sounded like, what words would you use?
Soulful psychedelic pop.
I read in your biography that you took the chance on going to America on a one-way ticket and went around the country in a Winnebago. This sounds like an amazing story…
It was a very special time in my life. I do believe that when you bravely walk into the unknown, life rewards you. It seems to be getting harder to do as I get older but trusting life at that time was a very rewarding journey. I met life long friends who looked after me over there even though I travelled on my own for months. It was a time in my life when I had no responsibilities, only to myself to write and record music, so I was able to throw caution to the wind and take off…I’m not sure I realised at the time how rare an opportunity it was…
After the release of your album, what are you most excited to be doing the rest of this year?
Meeting more lovely people and hearing them singing these songs with their own voices, in their own lives. As a musician, that is so important to me…giving them over and knowing they connect or provide solace in someone else’s life as they did in mine when they were written. I am also looking forward to playing Shepherds Bush Empire at some time in my life because I have a vivid memory of wishing for that when I was 16/17.
And on to the TGTF Quickfire Questions…
What song is your earliest musical memory?
Crosby Stills and Nash’s ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ and being swung around in my Dad’s arms who was dancing to it being played really loudly in our old sitting room,so loudly that it felt so different and I found it thrilling, an awakening or something…I must have been very small though.
What was your favourite song as a child?
Madonna was at her height in the ’80s when I was a small child and I can remember learning all the words and singing the Immaculate Collection in the shower loads.
What song makes you laugh?
Funkadelic – ‘Can You Get to That?’ – It’s the deep man’s voice soul singing, “I wanna know…” It’s an awesome track about the struggles of keeping afloat and Funkadelic always have a great sense of humour in their music generally…makes me smile big time.
What song makes you cry?
Pink Floyd’s ‘Great Gig in The Sky’….always has..always will. It’s something about the wordless screaming singing that I find so emotional. And I love knowing that it was the first time Clare Torry, the vocalist, had heard the music and was told to just let go,to see what comes out…fucking amazing…that’s what I love about music, that you can capture emotion like that? It’s out of this world.
What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘The Look of Love’ by Burt Bacharach. Still a favourite of mine, you can’t beat those old classic love ballads.
What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I was I have to admit a bit of a crusty in my youth! I had steel toe cap Doc Marten boots that I loved scuffing up and a German army jacket. The shame!? The Stone Roses are a band I grew up with and I listened to their debut album when I was sad or angry and it is a very emotive album for that reason, and I still don’t get bored of it.
Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Is That All There Is?’ is a song that was written by American songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, written for Peggy Lee. PJ Harvey covered it amazingly and I’ve always LOVED the dark and wonderful lyrics…it always makes me want to waltz the room.
Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Ernest Hemingway because of his simplicity alongside worldly wisdom.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
My mum told me when she was ill that I would be a very good nurse? But otherwise I love the outdoors and I love climbing…so maybe a tree surgeon in the Amazon jungle?
If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Jimi Hendrix – ‘Are You Experienced’
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 11th November 2010 at 9:00 am
The line-ups for the second annual New to Q Sessions, to take place at London’s Bush Hall in early 2011, have been announced. Five special shows have been scheduled for the week of the 24th to the 28th of January 2011. Though the presale already started on Tuesday, general tickets go on sale at 9 AM tomorrow (12th November). The bands playing are listed below; you’ll definitely recognise some TGTF favourites in there.
Monday 24th January 2011 – Funeral Party, Kid Adrift, Liz Lawrence
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Clare Maguire, Primary 1, Liam Bailey
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Noah and the Whale, Ben Howard, Alice Gold
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Egyptian Hip Hop, Dutch Uncles
Friday 28th January 2011 – The Pierces, Murray James, David Lyre
Power popper Alice Gold will be supporting Eels on their forthcoming European tour, as well as doing a couple of solo shows. The UK dates are as follows:
Tuesday 24th August 2010 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Wednesday 25th August 2010 – Edinburgh Picture House
Thursday 26th August 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Wednesday 1st September 2010 – London O2 Academy Brixton
Thursday 2nd September 2010 – London The Lexington (solo show)
Saturday 4th September 2010 – Manchester Academy
Thursday 23rd September 2010 – London The Drop (single launch party)
All dates are supporting Eels, unless otherwise noted.
Check out the video for Alice’s debut single, ‘Orbiter':