THE NORTH’S LAST BIG PARTY OF 2014 – BINGLEY MUSIC LIVE – HAS ANNOUNCED THE DAY SPLIT OF ITS ACTS.
Headlining the main stage on the opening night (Friday 29th August) are York Britpop heroes Shed Seven – a massive show in their home county to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary.
Shed Seven amassed fifteen Top 40 singles – including GOING FOR GOLD, CHASING RAINBOWS and BULLY BOY – and four Top 40 albums and, during 1996, singer Rick Witter and the band had more UK hits than any other act that year.
Other acts appearing on the main stage on the Friday include three time Brit Award winning ex-Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes (whose solo debut HERE COME THE BOMBS was release in 2012), MNEK, The Selector, Joel Compass and Coasts. The Second Stage presents Eliza and Bear, Champs, We Are Catchers, Prides and Woman’s Hour.
On Saturday 30th one of the UK’s biggest dance anthem hit-makers headlines the main stage. Example makes a second appearance at the festival – and is the first artist to return as headliner.
Example (aka Elliot Gleave) debuted in 2007 with album WHAT WE MADE and is set to release his fifth – LIVE LIFE LIVING – in June. His third, PLAYING IN THE SHADOWS, topped the UK’s album chart, following up the success of WON’T GO QUIETLY, which spawned hit single KICKSTARTS.
Other main stage acts on Saturday include Gorgon City (fresh from top five smash MNEK collaboration READY FOR YOUR LOVE), The Strypes (who recently released the 4 TRACK MIND EP), Jess Glynne, Bi Polar Sunshine, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Dexters, Avec Sans and ‘Doncaster Dylan’ John Lennon McCullagh (who recently followed up his acclaimed 2013 debut NORTH SOUTH DIVIDE with Alabama 3 collaboration TOWERLAND LULLABY). Power ballad DJs Ultimate Power will be hitting the decks between acts.
The Second Stage on Saturday will play host to critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey, Natasha North, Young Kato, Emma Garrett, Bird to Beast, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, Renegade Brass Band, Warme and The Mispers.
Closing the main stage on the final night of the festival, Sunday 31st, will be legendary electro duo Pet Shop Boys. With fifty million sales, forty hit singles, fifteen top ten albums, six Grammy nominations, three BRIT awards, an Ivor Novello for outstanding contribution and a reputation for flamboyant live performances, it’s a certainty that the duo will close Bingley in spectacular style.
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 it was reissued in 1985, and was eventually voted Song of the Decade by six million BBC listeners. Subsequent hits for Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe included IT’S A SIN, GO WEST, OPPORTUNITIES, BEING BORING, DOMINO DANCING, the Dusty Springfield-accompanied classic WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?, ALWAYS ON MY MIND, RENT and THURSDAY (which featured a guest appearance by Saturday headliner Example).
Other main stage acts sharing the final day’s bill are: Simon & Oscar (playing acoustic versions of their Ocean Colour Scene hits), Naughty Boy, Etta Bond, D/C, Night Engine, Charlie Cunningham and the Brit Award and BBC Sound of 2014 nominee Chlöe Howl, whose self-titled debut album will be released in June. The final Second Stage acts are The Wytches, Neon Waltz, Ramona Flowers, Kyla La Grange, Georgia Harrup, Port Isla, Carla, The Sherlocks and The South.
The 16,000 capacity three day event’s theme this year is ‘robots’. As ever, it’s incredible value for money – £53.90 (including booking fee) for the full weekend, though individual day tickets are now available here. Phil Barker, Bradford Council’s Assistant Director for Sport & Leisure, said: “We’ve decided that tickets were selling so well that we are now able to tell people when all the acts are playing, in case they can only commit to one day. They can then pick which day best suits their musical tastes and book a ticket”.