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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.

 

This week’s Gonzo – Plan B and Pigeon Detectives talk new albums, Daisy Lowe and dog stop by

 
By on Friday, 8th April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

Tonight’s episode of MTV Gonzo is just chock full of goodies! Plan B stops by to talk about his forthcoming album ‘The Ballad of Belmarsh’, to be released later this year, and what’s been going on in his life since his his award winning appearance and infamous performance at this year’s BRITS. Model Daisy Lowe (pictured above) pops in, little dog in tow, for a chat with Alexa on music and Doctor Who. She likes the Big Apple but was reportedly quoted as saying, “I would move to New York, but I can’t bare putting my dog through the plane journey!” (Frankly, anyone who’s been on a plane as of late can surely commiserate. I know I can.) West Yorkshire band the Pigeon Detectives, just coming out of the dark and not having been seen in a long while (probably since their 2008 album ‘Emergency’) are in the Gonzo studio to talk up their hotly-anticipated third album, ‘Up, Guards and at Em’!’

From America comes the Man himself, Snoop Dogg, ready to have an exclusive convo with Alex about his 11th studio album ‘Dogumentary’. The Horrors‘s Faris Badwan has a new band (name unknown at this point…?) and they play for us at the Vatican. (Um…I guess we’re just going to have to watch and see it to believe it.) And Jon Fratelli, who we’ve written about quite a bit on here at TGTF, will be playing his new solo work. Not enough for you? Punk band Flats make their first TV appearance. It all happens tonight on Gonzo.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 

Video of the Moment #446: Jon Fratelli

 
By on Tuesday, 5th April 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Jon Fratelli is a one-man touring band in the video for his new single, ‘Santo Domingo’. Catchy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJwe4be_114[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day (and more!) #293: Jon Fratelli

 
By on Wednesday, 9th February 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Scottish band the Fratellis have been on hiatus since 2009, with lead singer/guitarist Jon Fratelli going on to co-found Codeine Velvet Club. Then he decided he wanted to go solo. Still following on? Good.

You’re probably wondering what Jon been up to, and here’s something new for you to sink your teeth into. Called ‘Rhythm Doesn’t Make You A Dancer’, it’s a taster to the album he just finished recording (yet to be titled) and being given away as a celebration that his work on the new recording is complete. I like to think it’s a good-natured knock to Snap!’s 1992 hit ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’. Seriously. Watch the video and be prepared to laugh. (Unless of course you take line dancing seriously.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sZyjhV-QCA[/youtube]

 
 
 

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