In heart of Yorkshire, every last weekend in August comes a brilliant family-friendly festival, Bingley Music Live. Known for always bringing the best new bands and local talent to their stages, this year is no exception to that rule. Better yet, it’s their biggest line up ever. Featuring the likes of Gorgon City, Nick Mulvey, Pet Shops Boys, Example, Bipolar Sunshine and many more. All this for the pocket friendly price of £49! It’s set to be an unforgettable weekend of great music and people, count me in.
Well, just in case you’re stuck on who to watch at the festival, we’ve put together a small list of who we’d recommend checking out:
Charlie Cunningham’s distinct style is something that you don’t come across regularly. His acoustic strumming’s, sonically, are undeniably influenced by Latin music, there’s some very sensual about his music yet haunting. His delightful folk pop musings are.causing quite a stir with anyone that hears him live and I can fully understand why. Catch Charlie playing the main stage on the Sunday morning at the festival.
Eliza and the Bear
London’s Eliza and the Bear are the breath of sunshine that brightens up even the dullest of days. Their music is uplifting, vibrant and direct, you’ll be dancing and singing along in no time. New single, Brother’s Boat, flourishes in it’s summery pop majesty, complete with soaring vocals, passionate keys and trumpet, the song builds and simmers creating a rich, textured soundscape. It definitely feels like the start of festival season listening to this track. Catch them headlining the second stage the Friday night.
Liverpool four piece, Carla, still are quite an enigma with only one track online as of yet and not much info to go on. But having said that, their demo Are You Wanted? shows that they are a band that are a must see. Infectious, straight-to-the-point indie pop, a very promising young band. Catch them playing the second stage on Sunday.
Emma Garrett has a voice that will instantly grab you and send you into a hypnotic haze, her songs have a power to them that is undeniable. Dramatic sweeping melodies and tormented lyricism plague her music creating nothing less than a stirring rock opera, along with searing orchestral elements and pop sensibilities, her music is a wondrousness delight. Catch her playing the second stage on the Saturday.
The Ramona Flowers
This Bristol quintet are set to release their début album, Dismantle and Rebuild, on 14th July. They have a sound that has seen them gaining comparisons with the likes of Radiohead and U2, and they’ve supported Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club to name a few. The Ramona Flowers are clearly a band that you need to see, combining elements of indie, electronica and rock, they have a sound that is sonically intricate and dizzyingly visceral. Complete with epic melodies and pop hooks, it’s an alternative music lovers dream. Catch them on the second stage on Sunday.
There’s no need for embellishments, it’s guitar music straight up, served with blazing energy, bold melodies and infectious lyricism. Dexters have been kicking around for a while now, sweeping up fans whenever they go, surely a must see band at the festival. Catch them on the main stage on Saturday.
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen’s brand of no nonsense indie rock has gained them fans all over the world and support from the likes of the BBC and NME. Latest single, Kathleen, clearly shows a band that mean business. Guitars come in fast and heavy with infectious lyrical hooks and melodic prowess, what’s not to love? This is band that you don’t want to miss this summer, just ahead of the release of their highly anticipated début record, things are about to get even more exciting for this band. Catch them on the main stage on Saturday.
The three day festival opens on Friday 29th August and continues through till Sunday 31st August. Weekend tickets are still available to buy here for a mere £49 per adult and £34 per child. Day tickets are also available.