FIFTY MILLION SALES, FORTY HIT SINGLES, FIFTEEN TOP TEN ALBUMS, SIX GRAMMY NOMINATIONS, THREE BRIT AWARDS, AN IVOR NOVELLO FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION… THE LEGENDARY ELECTRO DUO PET SHOP BOYS WILL HEADLINE BINGLEY LIVE IN AUGUST, THE YORKSHIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL SECURING THE COUP OF THIS YEAR’S OUTDOOR SEASON.
The duo have a reputation for flamboyant live performances, so it’s a certainty that Bingley’s crowd will witness something spectacular.
Last year’s ELECTRIC was Pet Shop Boy’s twelfth studio album. 1984 debut single WEST END GIRLS hit the top of the UK charts when reissued in 1985, and was eventually voted Song of the Decade by six million BBC listeners. Subsequent hits included IT’S A SIN, RENT, GO WEST, OPPORTUNITIES, ALWAYS ON MY MIND, BEING BORING, DOMINO DANCING and the Dusty Springfield-accompanied classic WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?
Finishing off one of Bingley’s other nights will be chart topping hip-hopper Example, guest on Pet Shop Boys’ recent single THURSDAY, and who is making a second appearance at the festival – the first artist to return as headliner. Elliot Gleave debuted in 2007 with the album WHAT WE MADE and will release his fifth – LIVE LIFE LIVING – this June. His third album, PLAYING IN THE SHADOWS, topped the UK’s album chart, following up the success of WON’T GO QUIETLY, which spawned hit single KICKSTARTS.
Third headliners are York indie heroes Shed Seven – a massive show in their home county to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary. Shed Seven amassed fifteen Top 40 singles and four Top 40 albums. During 1996 singer Rick Witter and the band had more hits than any other act that year in the UK. GOING FOR GOLD, CHASING RAINBOWS and BULLY BOY have stood the test of time.
Three time Brit Award winning ex-Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes (whose solo debut HERE COME THE BOMBS was release in 2012) will also appear as a special guest. Other weekend highlights include ‘Doncaster Dylan’ John Lennon McCullagh, following up acclaimed album NORTH SOUTH DIVIDE and recent single TOWERLAND LULLABY; duo Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene; Gorgon City and MNEK (fresh from top five smash collaboration READY FOR YOUR LOVE) and BBC Sound of 2014 and Brit Award nominee Chlöe Howl, whose self-titled debut album will be released in June.
The 16,000 capacity three day event, the North’s last big party of the summer, will run over the weekend of 29th to 31st August – with this year’s theme being ‘robots’. As ever, it’s incredible value for money – £49 (plus booking fee). Festival-goers can sign up to a special offer of paying for their tickets for less than £10 a month here.