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Bingley Music Live: Day 3 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 6th October 2011 at 5:35 pm
 

Sunday brings a third day of quality music over to Bingley, a place where most artists will admit they’ve never heard of, and only a few have ever played. Bingley Music Live has really brought big name acts out here and made a name for itself over the last few years and as the third day begins, you get a sense that it’s now an established festival that supports both local and up-and-coming acts as well as the all important ticket selling, fan pleasing headliners.

Having not learnt my lesson from yesterday, I was yet again thwarted by public transport on a Sunday afternoon, but I’m informed that Daley was beautiful to witness in the early afternoon sun. As I arrive at the festival, I’m subject to watching Stereo MCs performing what I’m told were their hits. A long time ago, this band might have been enjoyable live, but as it stands they look like the kind of ageing people that would be in the pool at a Butlins, avoiding their family and doing some sort of swimming aerobics whilst their grandchildren frolic about with rubber inflatables. That song where they say “yeah” a lot was bearable though.

Doing their very best to pick up the pace of things come The Sunshine Underground. A nearly band of lad rock, you can’t help but feel that if Oasis had adopted these guys as openers in their last years, TSU might have made a real go of it. Sadly, however, they’re destined to do their best to liven mid-afternoon crowds with their two albums worth of music. ‘Nobody’s Coming to Save You’ makes the crowds bob, yet nothing aside from their nearly hits from the first album makes people move. Shame.

Eliza Doolittle is up next though. Surely the genuine singalongs can start here? Yes! Finally today, you get polite movement and a genuine festival feeling as ‘Skinny Jeans’, ‘Pack Up’ and even a cover of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’ make everyone start to smile again (‘Runaway’ actually gets a bigger singalong than most of Doolittle’s tracks, but I’m sure she won’t mind). Even the security make a go of it.

The bands on back to back next are a little dissimilar. With Chase and Status playing their final festival of the season later, The Coral take to a stage that they’re really never going to own and with an attitude that doesn’t appear at all enthusiastic. Even the odd summertime classic leaves the crowds questioning their billing. ‘In The Morning’ doesn’t even feature as the set is filled with their most recent album’s tracks. As enjoyable as the record is, it doesn’t translate on stage. Happily, they do at least play ‘Dreaming of You’ and ‘Pass It On’, which gets everyone warmed up just as they leave.

Twenty minutes later, it’s still light and the crowds are restless. With just two albums under their belt and even a few anthems in the making, Chase and Status’s live shows are more sought after than ever. Coming on to rapturous responses they get straight to it with new single ‘No Problem’. Manic dancing ensues and doesn’t stop for as long as the group play. As the sun goes down and darkness takes over Bingley, the band seem to be reinvigorated as collaboration artists appear on the big screens with huge graphic designs and pre-made videos. Urban music with a rock and roll feel has gained itself a huge reputation these days with everyone from Jay-Z to Pendulum using elements of it in their famously huge sets. Chase and Status bring this along as well and probably do it better than Pendulum do. There’s less annoying on stage talk but still enough to get everyone going. Bringing their main set to a close with ‘Fool Yourself’, it builds up and releases what you’d assume was the last piece of energy in everyone that’s been going all weekend long.

Wrong! Coming back out with ‘Blind Faith’ which features a hyped up Liam Bailey creates an atmosphere of completely blissful pandemonium as the backing track soars over the park and sends everyone home running on the last of their adrenaline. Of course there’s another firework show, but tonight has been all about that Chase and Status show. A fitting close to a genuinely fantastic small festival.

 

Bingley Music Live: Day 2 Roundup

 
By on Wednesday, 5th October 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

It’s the second day of Bingley Music Live ’11, the first of two paying days, but at £35 for the Saturday and Sunday, no one’s really complaining. It’s a far cry from neighbouring Leeds Festival as the 15,000 descend back on Myrtle Park, Bingley, readying themselves for a day of sunshine and music.

Due to the excess amount of people arriving in the area, trains are pushed to their limit on the arrivals front and as such, my first train of two for the day was delayed and I managed to miss the first three acts of the day and Dot Rotten is hardly my thing, but when White Denim come on, the fun really begins. They’re showmen at heart, not the most commanding or talkative towards crowds, but musically, showmen that could make most showboating guitarists blush. Their set is half an hour of mostly instrumental which allows the revellers to have a little dance, even if they have no idea who’s on stage in front of them for the most part. After them come another showman in the form of ex-Fratellis’ frontman, Jon Fratelli. Mixing his new solo material with a blend of full electric band and adding in a few ‘telli’s classics such as ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and ‘Whistle for the Choir’, he manages to rustle up a lot of good feeling across the site as people warm to both him and today’s scorching weather.

After a lengthy changeover (Fratelli had two drumkits: two!), it’s Athlete‘s turn to wow. As one of those bands with a fair few songs you know, but not many you associate with the band, the crowd appear pleasantly surprised as track by track they turn to their friends and go “hey, I know this one too!” and eventually surprise turns into genuine happiness as ‘Wires’ brings a heartwarming singalong from the assembled masses.

Mystery Jets bring another big show as they’re now so accustomed to doing. With tracks like ‘Two Doors Down’ through to ‘Serotonin’, and even a track with the Count and Sinden featuring to add a Feeder and Maximo Park. The former bring their latest album alive from what was a pretty average record to being a set of crowd pleasers in the form of ‘Renegades’ and ‘This Town’, whilst the bona-fide hits of ‘Buck Rogers’ and ‘Feeling a Moment’ get the crowd going as if they were back at Skindred’s show yesterday. Grant Nicholas and company have been in one of the most overlooked bands of their generation in my opinion as they’ve lacked complete consistency, but they’ve never been a group to disappoint in the live scenario as it’s constant hits and smiles from the trio. After a mere hour, Feeder’s set comes to an end and everyone brushes down in preparation for tonight’s best dressed headliners.

True to form, Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith dashes on to stage and instantly connects with the energy reserves of Bingley and from ‘Girls Who Play Guitars’ onwards, he’s the most theatrical and enigmatic frontman of the day by far. Almost spitting out some of his lyrics, Smith appears invigorated by his spell as a solo artist and as such, being back with his band appears to have given them a new lease of life. New track ‘Waves of Fear’ blends in with both newer and older material with the likes of the beautiful ‘Going Missing’  and ‘The Kids Are Sick Again’’s “I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again” bringing delight from both performers and the newly found 15,000 strong backing vocalists (the singalong to the former being a weekend highlight). The north eastern band prove that they deserve their billing at the top of the weekend.

With the second firework display in 2 days, Bingley Music Live’s second day is over and the pandemonium is over. Everyone remembers how they fell for the day’s bands and I’m sure I’m not the only one who leaves wondering how I managed to hear so many hits in the space of one evening in West Yorkshire.

 

Bingley Music Live: Day 1 Roundup

 
By on Friday, 30th September 2011 at 1:00 pm
 

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.

 

Preview: Bingley Music Live Festival 2011

 
By on Friday, 19th August 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Closing the summer holidays (at least for Yorkshire), Bingley Music Live (taking place 2-4 September 2011 in Myrtle Park, Bingley) brings together a whole load of huge festival names as well as some up and coming, and incredibly diverse acts in the space of one big weekend.

With both Beacons and Ignition festivals cancelled recently (read more in Martin’s piece here), it’s been left to the likes of Kendal Calling, Tramlines and the colossal Leeds Festival to bring major music acts to the north throughout the summer so Bingley Music Live really is a positive thing. The lineup all begins on Friday with a free event which gives stage to both pop music in the form of up and coming Alice Gold, as well as bringing rock into the frame with Young Guns and Skindred. The free evening’s entertainment also features the Go! Team and headliners Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

The rest of the weekend’s bill is brought for just £25 a day, or £35 brings one day of absolute festival favourites Maximo Park and Feeder are at the top of the bill, bringing their infectious breed or indie-rock anthems to the stage and the pattern continues down the bill with the likes of Mystery Jets and Athlete. Further down the bill, TGTF favourites White Denim and newly solo boy Jon Fratelli prop up a solid lineup of pure festival artists. Sunday brings yet more diversity in the form of Leeds group The Sunshine Underground, chart topper Wretch32 and London pop girl Eliza Doolitle. The Coral will be looking to continue a return to form before the heavyweights that are Chase and Status bring their famous live show bouncing over Myrtle Park. Bingley’s hardly going to know what’s hit it!

A festival like this sells itself by booking such phenomenal and diverse acts, and with off-site camping and other options of where to stay, you can hardly argue that it’s not for everyone. I’m sure 15,000 people will loudly agree throughout the weekend.

Weekend tickets are available from HMV stores around Yorkshire, Crash and Jumbo in Leeds, Attick in York, Leeds Visitor Centre and TICs around Yorkshire, and online at Seetickets, priced £35 (plus booking fee).  For more information, visit the official Bingley Music Live Web site.

 
 
 

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