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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.


Athlete / November and December 2010 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 9th June 2010 at 9:00 am

Athlete (yup, they’re STILL going) have announced a string of tour dates to round off the year.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (11th June). Catch them at:

Tuesday 16th November 2010 – Liverpool O2 Academy
Wednesday 17th November 2010 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Thursday 18th November 2010 – Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 21st November 2010 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 22nd November 2010 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 24th November 2010 – Oxford O2 Academy
Thursday 25th November 2010 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Saturday 27th November 2010 – Leeds O2 Academy
Monday 29th November 2010 – Sheffield O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 1st December 2010 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 3rd December 2010 – Manchester Academy 2
Saturday 4th December 2010 – Birmingham HMV Institute


Athlete / September UK tour

By on Wednesday, 23rd July 2008 at 1:22 pm

Indie bed wetters Athlete have announced a quick five night small UK tourfor mid September as they roadtest some new material.

Tickets are on sale now from the local venue box offices.

Wednesday 10th September – Bedford Esquires
Thursday 11th September – Tunbridge Wells The Forum
Friday 12th September – Hertford Marquee
Saturday 13th September – Aldershot West End Centre
Sunday 14th September – Colchester Arts Centre


Athlete / January 2008 UK tour (UPDATED)

By on Tuesday, 13th November 2007 at 4:51 pm

Athlete press shotDo you like moany mope “rock”? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that Athlete are doing a new tour early next year!

(I’m aware to some it may seem incredibly stupid that I’m loving Air Traffic and hating Athlete – I just think Air Traffic have more exciting tunes than Athlete these days)

Tickets go on sale for this tour at 9am on Friday (16th November)

Thursday 17th January – Exeter University
Friday 18th January – Oxford Carling Academy
Saturday 19th January – London Roundhouse
Sunday 20th January – Cardiff University
Tuesday 22nd January – Leicester University
Wednesday 23rd January – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Thursday 24th January – Warrington Parr Hall
Friday 25th January – Hull University
Sunday 27th January – Aberdeen Music Hall
Monday 28th January – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 30th January – Ipswich Regent Theatre
Thursday 31st January – Bath Pavilion
Friday 1st February – Reading Hexagon
Sunday 3rd February – Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Monday 4th February – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 5th February – Cambridge Corn Exchange


Mencap gigs announced (UPDATED)

By on Thursday, 25th October 2007 at 4:44 pm

Looking for the 2008 Mencap Gigs? Click here. This page is about 2007’s Mencap Gigs!

Updates: I’ve just added the 20th November gig and the 26th November gigs, thanks to a comment from Kathryn below. This was originally posted on 4th October.

Little Noise LogoThe brilliant Mencap have announced this year’s “Little Noise Sessions”, a series of intimate, acoustic gigs, which will take place from Tuesday 20th November to Wednesday 28 November 2007, at Islington’s Union Chapel in London. They’ll be hosted by Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley.

To get tickets you’ll have to register here to get tickets when they go on sale. Ticket registration opens on Tuesday 2 October and closes at 12.00 Friday 19 October. Those who have registered can then buy tickets online on a first-come-first-served basis from 9am on Monday 22 October. Tickets are £35 each.

The gigs will raise money for Mencap’s Arts Awards scheme which enables children and young people with a learning disability to take part in local arts projects.

Tuesday 20th November – Secret Headliner, Jack Penate, Laura Marling, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
Wednesday 21st November – Athlete and The Hoosiers
Thursday 22nd November – Will Young, Newton Faulkner and Adele
Friday 23rd November – Biffy Clyro, We Are Scientists and Young Knives
Saturday 24th November – The Pigeon Detectives and The Metros
Sunday 25th November – Snow Patrol and Cajun Dance Party
Monday 26th November – Kate Nash, Robyn, The Ting Tings
Tuesday 27th November – The Enemy + Special Guests
Wednesday 28th November – Keane, Rilo Kiley + Scouting For Girls


The Courteeners / Christmas hometown show

By on Wednesday, 10th October 2007 at 6:16 pm

The CourteenersOne of Manchester’s finest rising stars, The Courteeners have announced details of a special one off hometown show for Christmas.

They’ll play the Manchester Ritz on Thursday 13th December.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (12th October) at 9am.

The band are also set to release their new single ‘Acrylic’ on October 22.


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