Myrtle Park in West Yorkshire welcomes another year of Bingley Music Live, Friday-to-Sunday, September 4th-6th:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th
James (QRO spotlight on) are back! You fell in love with the group (QRO live review) thanks to wonderful 1993 single “Laid”, but they were already part of the ‘Madchester’ scene since the late eighties. The group (QRO live review) went on a hiatus as singer Tim Booth (QRO interview) did solo work, but reunited (QRO photos at a festival) behind Hey Ma, The Night Before The Morning After (QRO review), and last year’s La Petit Mort (QRO review).
Brit-pop wunderkinds Cast were a major hit in Blighty in the nineties, only to disappear like all Brit-pop in this new millennium/century, but of course they returned at the start of this new decade, most recently with 2012’s Troubled Times.
One of the founders of the two-tone ska scene way back when, The Beat (QRO photos at a festival) brings the hep-step to Bingley (QRO photos at a festival).
Catch the Unguarded singer/songwriter Rae Morris (QRO photos) at Bingley Music Live.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th
British multi-instrumentalist Timothy McKenzie, a.k.a. Labrinth, first got notice working with Tinie Tempah on hit U.K. single “Pass Out”, then on his own with such pieces as “Beneath You Beautiful”. He comes to Bingley Music Live just before the release of sophomore record Take Me To the Truth, which he wrote with Ed Sheeran.
Things have gone up, down, and out for Northern Ireland’s alt-rock outfit, Ash (QRO photos at a festival). After the success of 1996’s 1977, the band flopped commercial & critically with follow-up Nu-Clear Sounds and narrowly avoided bankruptcy. However, 2001’s Free All Angels was a great return to form, and more recently this year they released Kablammo!. So who knows what’s next for Ash (QRO photos).
Ella Eyre is best known for her smash hit collaboration with Rudimental, “Waiting All Night”, but comes to Bingley all on her own.
|Carl Barat & The Jackals
A British act that was in on the blues-garage act before America was The Libertines, fronted by Pete Doherty & Carl Barat. While Doherty (who now insists on going by ‘Peter’) only recently coming out of drugs & tabloids hole, Barat stayed clean and has fashioned his own solo career (QRO live review). Of course, The Libertines have reunited (who hasn’t?), but before their string of U.K. club dates, catch Barat at Bingley (QRO photos at a festival).
|Funeral For a Friend
Welsh post-hardcore act Funeral For a Friend (QRO live review) returned to their roots with this year’s Chapter and Verse.
Will Joseph Cook
You may not know them, but Liverpool’s Deaf School were one of the most important and influential art-rock/new wave acts of the seventies. So of course they broke up way back then, and of course they’re back way back now.
The Black Delta Movement
The Swiines – QRO photos at a festival
Rock Bottom Risers
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th
Super Furry Animals
Headlining the final day of Bingley Music Live is The Super Furry Animals (QRO spotlight on). The Welsh group (QRO photos headlining a festival), fronted by Gruff Rhys, brought the psychedelics and electronic experimentation to British guitar rock (QRO photos at a U.K. festival), return from a five-year hiatus behind the reissue of out-of-print Mwng and a book about their ascent to fame, Rise of the Super Furry Animals.
While they emerged in the indie boom of the nineties, Edinburgh’s Idlewild brought more speed and dissonance. They recently put out their first record since their three-year break, this year’s Everything Ever Written.
After 2006’s This New Day and putting out England’s official World Cup 2006 song, “World at Your Feet”, Embrace took some serious time off for other projects, but returned last year with their self-titled album.
|Peter Hook & The Light
Four years ago, Peter Hook recruited a new band, The Light, and toured first the U.K. (QRO live review) and then America (QRO live review), performing the two records from his seminal original band, Joy Division, in Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Those two early eighties albums basically defined New Wave, a sound that has more than come back around in today’s acts (think Interpol, think Editors…). They have also always been shadowed by tragedy, in the suicide of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, which brought that seminal band to its end.
In 2013, Peter Hook & The Light (QRO photos in a cathedral) toured the first two records from the band that came out of the ashes of Joy Division, and which basically defined electronic dance music in the eighties, New Order, Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies. The shows (QRO live review) included both records, in full – and singles & b-sides (such as the early, post-Division “Ceremony” and “In a Lonely Place”, as well as the breakthrough hits that came between the two albums, “Temptation” and “Blue Monday”). He’s since been touring both Joy & Order, in his native Britain (QRO review) as well as North America (QRO photos in U.S.), including at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).
Nothing But Thieves
The Incredible Magpie Band
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