Friday, 27 July 2012

Radio Playlist 26 July 2012

Yorkshire Music Collective broadcasts every other Thursday at 10pm on BCB Radio.

You can listen to the 12th July show on this blog, by clicking on the YMC on The Radio tab, or on our website

Don't forget to send your music to and post any events in the facebook group, or tweet us on

Our studio guests were Littlemores from York

What We played:

So Thin by Glassbody 

Have You Seen The News,  For The Lads, Stranger (Live) by Littlemores

Lullaby Us by Utopian Love Revival

Dirty Oxygen by Silvertin

Who are you by Bootscraper

Just beneath the Skin by Imani Hekima

Back from Battle by IMP

Ships are A Coming by Pet Accessories

John Green by Pony and Trap

Karolina by the Scandal

Imbroglio by Marsicans

Monday, 16 July 2012

Radio Playlist 12th July 2012

Yorkshire Music Collective broadcasts every other Thursday at 10pm on BCB Radio.

You can listen to the 12th July show on this blog, by clicking on the YMC on The Radio tab, or on our website

Don't forget to send your music to and post any events in the facebook  Group or tweet us on

Our studio guest was Isaac Heywood from Rockschool UK (

What we played:

Powerhouse Blues by Indecisive Crisis

Once More by Inlaze

Bearpit by Seas of Green

Wrong Side of the Door by The Scandal

Apres by British Daylight

Listen to Me by Distorted Sky

Here Comes The Storm by The Artists

See The Rain by Traffic Wire

Willow by PaperPlane

A Love obscene by The Mexanines

Good to back by Middleman

Live Today Die Tomorrow by Redwire

Yorkshire Music Collective Theme Tune by Boxing Club

Bingley Music Live (Press Release)

The final pieces fall into place as BML announces
special guests White Lies

The last remaining parts of the musical jigsaw have slotted in and we now have a virtually complete picture of this year’s Bingley Music Live line up! Our special guests appearing on Sunday night are the outstanding White Lies; they’re also joined by hot newcomersClement Marfo and the Frontline.

There’s a diverse array of extraordinary talent appearing in MyrtlePark from 31st August to 2nd September. To ensure you get to see your favourite bands we’re releasing a limited number of advance day tickets for the event. Entry on Friday is £17.50 (+ booking fee) and tickets for Saturday or Sunday cost £30 (+ booking fee). Advance day tickets are now on sale but hurry there’s limited availability!

Since springing onto the music scene in 2008 to universal acclaim and numerous 'one-to-watch' accolades White Lies have gone on to surpass all expectations. Their debut albumTo Lose My Life entered the UK chart at number 1 and they've built an impressive reputation around the globe for their euphoric, uplifting, indie anthems. Followed by 2010's mature, full-bodied tech-rock sequel Rituals the three-piece from West London have developed into a tightly knit, focused and imaginative force. With an 18 month world tour and numerous international festival appearances under their belts you can expect a knock out live performance at Bingley.

Sunday also welcomes Clement Marfo and the Frontline to the Main Stage. Nominated for MTV's 'Brand New for 2012' award; the exuberant, lyrical skills of South London rapper Clement are set to take the UK by storm. The release of the appropriate (and timely) titled single 'Champion' is a motivational rallying call that exudes an energetic and irrepressible enthusiasm. With its hyper-catchy hook, it’s a track that’s destined to feature throughout the Olympic highlights this summer. The seven members that make up The Frontline bring a vibrant fusion of musical genres to the mix; creating a unified sound of the city street and presenting a unique urban vibe with an inspirational perspective. Be prepared for a full scale attack from this upbeat army - they're sure to be victorious.

Big Heart, Big Sounds
Organised by Bradford Council, Bingley Music Live has firmly established itself on the festival circuit consistently impressing audiences and performers alike with its intimate, friendly atmosphere and professional organisation. The chance to really get up close and personal to your favourite bands is one of the event’s stand-out features and means that festival goers can eagerly anticipate getting to the heart of the action.

These latest two bands virtually complete our line up with just two Battle of the Bands competition winners to be announced later in the month. This leaves the day splits as follows:
Friday 31st Aug
Saturday 1st Sept
Sunday 2nd Sept
Main Stage
The Charlatans
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Kids in Glass Houses
BBC Introducing… DrivingLolita
DJ Fresh Live
The Pigeon Detectives
The Jim Jones Revue
Black Spiders
The Chevin
White Lies
Maverick Sabre
Clement Marfo and theFrontline
L Marshall
Raise the Roof Stage
Miles Hunt & EricaKnockalls
Skinny Lister
Sadie and the Hotheads
Matt Belmont
Spirit of John
The Lancashire Hotpots
King Charles
We Were Evergreen
Jake Bugg
Karima Francis
Lilygreen & Maguire
The Milk
The Idiot B*stard Band
Yes Sir Boss
Ellen and the Escapades
Juan Zelada
L&U Competition Winners
Me and My Friends
Nico Cara
The Musicians Centre Stage
all too human / Ballyhoo Eventide / Bearfoot Beware / Control is Dead / Dan Audio / Deadwall / Den Miller / Down The Machine / Eskimo Fandango / Foxes Faux / Gods of Hellfire / Joe Tilston / Lunar Coup / Return to Ajustrel / Small Words / Talking To Strangers / Ti Amo / The Coopers / The Simon Pollard Band / Tom Savage & The Hash Mafia

Throwing its gates open to over 15,000 happy revellers per day for three glorious days of diverse music, Bingley Music Live delivers ‘Big Heart, Big Sounds’.  At £45 (+ booking fee) for a three day ticket, BML offers music fans real value for money too.
Weekend, VIP and day tickets are available online or call the ticket hotline 0871 220 0260. Other ticket outlets include: The Musician’s Centre (Keighley), HMV (Bradford / Leeds), Crash Records (Leeds), Jumbo Records (Leeds), Leeds Visitor Centre (City Station), Motorpoint Arena (Sheffield), Bingley Council Shop, Shipley Town Hall, Keighley Town Hall, Cottingley Bridge Stores, Haworth Visitor Information Centre, Saltaire Visitor Information Centre, Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, Bradford Visitor Information Centre. For regular updates and additional band announcements please log on to or follow @BingleyFestival

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Eiger Music Studios - Wall of Sound (Press Release)

Eiger music studios lies within the heart of the Leeds' vibrant music scene. It acts as a resource for many, many bands throughout the city. It has built a solid reputation as being the most friendly, yet professional studio in the region, run by musicians, for musicians. The Eiger music complex, houses one of the most dynamic recording and rehearsals spaces, venue, bar and chill out area, all within easy reach of the town centre. 

On August 4th, Eiger will be throwing a massive party, Walls of Sound, a celebration of some of the city's greatest talents, both in art and music. 

The event runs from 12 noon, and will feature bands from every genre, such as local punk hero's Bootscraper, the critically acclaimed Harry George Johns, newly signed rockers Delerium Theory, the legendary Simon Pollard Band and the truly awesome Icelandic Death Cloud, as well as many, many more. There will be art from local artist Danny PIG. 

There will also be a BBQ, cheap drinks (especially 12 - 4 during happy hour!) 

This will be a great excuse to come and meet some fellow music people, network with other people across the Leeds music scene, enjoy good music, good food and good company, all this for the meagre price of £5! 

Please find attached the flyer for the event, with further details of the line up and drinks promotions. 

Eiger Music Studios Map: 

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Keep It Live - YMC June Diary

Sunday June 2nd BD6 Live at Wibsey Working Mens Club. First gig of the month is a really enjoyable all day event. First on were Peculiar Faces, 3 piece rock indie rock band. I’ve seen photos of them on facebook as a 4 piece so don’t know if they were a member down. Good set in any case. Next up was Subject Citizen ( Danny Egan), I do love this guy, such a versatile performer, not sure how he can sing so fast and the reggae acoustic tunes are just fantastic. Next up are Twisted Culture, 4 piece electronic band. First time I’ve seen them, really enjoyed this set, will look out for them again.

They are followed by The Rudiments, I like this Bradford 4 piece a great deal, good solid set, not sure why I’ve only just noticed today that the drummers provides some excellent backing vocals. Next up are Kascarade, I saw them do a couple of acoustic numbers  recently – they are a band I really like either as a full band or an acoustic one –  but tonight they are doing a full electric set. They are a 5 piece, the keyboards add a great deal to this guitar band, good solid songs.

The Dawnriders are on next. Nice to see the lads from Redwire supporting their bandmates other band too. The Dawnriders always deliver, I think they are one of the best live bands around. Fantastic set. Headliners tonight are The Mexanines, they gig a huge amount so regularly appear in the YMC diaries. Great set as usual.
Seriously good day!

Tuesday 5th of June is the regular open mic night at Factory Street Studios.  The night starts off with Keystone, an acoustic duo from Featherstone. Great vocals and very entertaining. They are followed by Joe Kemp. I haven’t seen him solo before, I have seen him in the band Soul Circle Gang. I was really impressed with this set, was totally mesmerized by Joe’s haunting vocals and jazzy guitar. Next up were Distorted Sky , aged between 12-13 they totally amazed the audience with their musicianship and stage presence. They were followed by the first featured artist Kascarade, this time doing an acoustic set. It was a very well thought out set – not a stripped down version of the full band, but specifically crafted songs for an acoustic performance, members changing instruments and wonderful songs. Headline act is Boss Caine, singer songwriter from York. He has an amazing voice which really grabs your attention, thought he was brilliant and bought his albums.

Thursday 7th June at Empire Leeds. I went to see M.A.S.K.S. who had sent me some great tracks to the radio and who I’ve been promising to see live some time. Very impressed with the great sound produced from a three piece of drums, bass and keys. The lead singer has a great voice. Brilliant! Next up are The Covelles, not seen these before but was really liked them. They are followed by British Daylight. Unfortunately during the second song the guitarist broke two strings, hats off to The Covelles who lent them a guitar to carry on. Good set from this fast paced indie-rock band.

Saturday 9th I went to the Rock School half term gig – I do love these events, amazing to see the good work done in a week of classes and wonderful to see so many young people enjoying music.

Tuesday 12th Open Mic night at Glyde House, featuring Nadeem Leigh, amazing voice, it gives me goosebumps. Good sets also from Paul Carey, Simon P. Kelly and Katherine.

Thursday 14th MaƱana Nights at Carpe Diem. First on was Rory Scammell aka The Hurdy Gurdy man. Anybody who sees Rory for the first time just sits mesmerized by this instrument, I think it has quite a hypnotic effect.  He rapped to one song, fantastic! He was followed by Bury The Ladybird, young band from The Midlands, great set. Very tight band with an excellent female singer.

Friday 15, The Coopers secret gig, subject of a separate blog

Wednesday 20th, an Acoustic night at Glyde House, first on was Georgette Hilton, a young singer from Leeds accompanied by an acoustic guitar, doing a mixture of original and cover songs. She was followed by Black Horse Fairy, a duo from Keighley who sing songs about horror, love, menace and madness, despite that introduction I enjoyed the set. Next up was Martin Plock, I’ve played him on the radio and liked the album he sent me – excellent set of good songs and a bit of banter in between. Last on tonight was Chas T who chose to play off stage up close with the audience. Excellent set – really enjoyed his songs.

Thursday 21st , Carpe Diem, first night for new promotions company ThisandThat, first on were This Legion – good 3-piece band from Leeds, very good set. They were followed by The Artists, 5 piece local band, with a really good set too. Next up were Littlemores, a name I’ve seen around a lot but not managed to see before. I really enjoyed this set, good songs and a good use of instruments, including brass and acordian. Had to leave before British Daylight’s set which was a shame.

Friday 22nd Battle of the Bands night at Empire. First on were Secret Sirens, who played an excellent set – they really put on a show, making use of fan and lights to create some nice effects, to back up the good music and songs. Next up were metal band Cor Amor who were very entertaining, really energetic set which I really enjoyed. They were followed by British Daylight, the band I’d not managed to see the day before. 5-piece indie rock band , they have some good fast paced tunes. Finally get to see Happy Daggers, thought their set was excellent. Next up are The Scandal , 3 piece indie rock band, quite funky – very tight band – good songs. Last one tonight are The Covelles, played as well as when I saw them the previous week. Good night!

Saturday 23rd, The Grove. First up was Whiter Than doing a totally acoustic set, a great mixture of original and cover songs. I have seen them a few times but the set was excellent tonight. They were followed by handmadehands in what I can only describe as a magical set. I love this band, their album is one of my favourites and tonight they were doing an acoustic set. They took over half the room and kept bringing instruments in at different times, a saw,  a small piano a double bass, a guitar with a ukulele gaffa taped on top. Instruments were brought in one at a time to a large crescendo then gradually taken out with the band disappearing with the gear in a campervan. Simply one of the best things I have seen in ages!

Sunday 24th, after helping to cover the Olympic torch relay with BCB, I headed up to factory street studios, as I had been invited by Blind Dead McJones band to Factory Street studios to listen to their new album played live in full and to take part in the recording of a live track for their album (yep my claps and cheers are on that track J). Fantastic evening, the new album is great – looking forward to it coming out and it was fun to watch the recording of the live track, with the band joined by friends on Saxophone, Harmonica,  piano and guitar. Afterwards, we could listen back to the recordings in Factory Street’s amazing studio.

Tuesday 26th, battle of the bands for a place at Bingley Music Live at St. Georges Hall. Playing were 12:27, M.A.S.K.S., Alice At Last, Dan Audio and The Mirrortones. Really good night as all 5 bands acts were excellent, the winner of this heat being Dan Audio. It finished in time for me to head to Glyde House for the open mic, which was really packed when I got there. Good to see this night growing, think it’s a combination of the quirky venue and the excellent sound.
Wednesday 27th, battle of the bands heat 2. Marsicans, Sulu Babylon, You Had Me at Hello, Little Victories and Silvertin, who won the heat. Another good quality night.

Thursday 28th, New Model Army at Utopia, subject of a different blog.

Friday 29th, battle of the bands heat at Empire Leeds. First on were Stray Scene,  indie rock band. They are followed by the Sailmakers, these are a polished band with good tunes and great harmonies. They are followed by PaperPlane, excellent vocalist/guitarist. Last one on tonight are  Dirty Green Vinyl, good three-piece with hints of The Ramones.

Saturday 30th, Feel the benefit gig at Melbourne St. Studios. It’s a mixture of music and dance, its very relaxed. Good sets from Tenzin Haarhaus and Lisa Glover.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

A Family Day Out (New Model Army Gig)

I have been looking forward to Thursday 28th of June for a long time! New Model Army at Bradford’s newest live venue!

It started for me last week when I was able to interview Justin Sullivan and chat about the forthcoming gig. The interview is available on Soundcloud and will be transcribed in the blogs soon.

The day itself starts off early as I meet a Spanish friend who I met at a New Model Army gig in Barcelona some years ago. We head to Centenary Square which is one of the meeting points for “the family”, that amazing bunch of New Model Army fans who travel all over to see the band. My friend Nacho and I are one of the first to arrive and are sitting outside as a trickle of New Model Army Shirts start to appear. I am amazed at the brotherhood among New Model Army fans, all these people of different nationalities brought together by a band.

I am a New Model Army fan but not in the same league as the family gathered, that doesn’t seem to bother them however and I am soon made to feel very welcome and part of the group. It’s fun to be among all these people sharing their stories of NMA times and people’s ideal set list. One girl wants more purple NMA clothing and is discussing ideas with one of the merchandising team. One guy is in the industrial clogs that all NMA fans used to wear at one point, Nacho tells me that you can see him in the crowd in videos from the eighties, although he had hair then ;).

It’s not long before it seems we have “taken over” the bar in centenary square it’s a sea of NMA t-shirts.

Bit of disappointment amongst the German contingent as they are knocked out of Euro2012!

Then we head up to Utopia, the venue. NMA had announced yesterday that it was possible that Justin and Dean would do a short acoustic set before the main gig. We are there in good time in case and are not disappointed as they take to the stage to perform the set.

 I think this has to be the first time I’ve seen a mosh pit form for an acoustic set, but New Model Army fans are into the gig from word go and already people are on each other’s shoulders.  Great set and the venue is already full for it.

The venue is packed, there is a general feeling that we’re part of something special as there aren’t a lot of venues in Bradford for a hometown gig and who knows when we might get one again. The full band is on now kicking off proceedings with Get Me Out. It’s a dream of a set list, I’m sure everyone must have their favourite in here somewhere. I was positive that if there was one song they had to play today it would be Green and Grey and wasn’t disappointed.  It was followed by one of my favourites, Ocean Rising. There’s song’s from all the different era’s of New Model Army’s 32 year career. It was great to hear “I Love The World” in the encore – it seems that half the world is in here.

A few of us go for a meal afterwards, goodbyes are said with many already planning the next journey. A grand day out indeed.

CentreStage 2012 Final (Press Release)

Back in April, Martin House Children’s Hospice held their third, annual Centre Stage Heats at The Wardrobe, Leeds. Over a thousand people came down to support over thirty local, young bands and artists who battled it out to earn themselves a place at July’s Final, where they will compete for a place on the bill at both the Leeds and Reading Festivals this summer.

The Final is now looming and very eagerly anticipated, and is set to take place on 17th July 2012 at O2 Academy, Leeds. The event will see a diverse range of acts, from as young as twelve years old, and will be judged by a very high profile panel, including Neil Pengelly (Booker for Leeds and Reading), Mike Heaton (Embrace), Jeremy Lascelles (Former Virgin A&R Manager/ CEO Chrysalis Music), Ross Jarman (The Cribs) and Matt Bowman (Pigeon Detectives). 

The evening will be hosted by BBC Introducing’s Alan Raw, who will also be introducing the winners when they take to the stage at the Leeds Festival.

The lucky finalists are: The Scandal, Distorted Sky, PaperPlane, Traffic Wire, Indecisive Crisis, The Artists, Seas-of-Green, Inlaze, Distorted Sky, Another Life, British Daylight, Euthemia and Glassbody.  All fine examples of young people utterly dedicated to performing music that they are so passionate about. The Mexanines, winners of Centre Stage 2011 will also be performing as special guests.

In order to enter, artists must be under 21 years old, with at least one band member at school or college in West Yorkshire. To put themselves forward for this fantastic opportunity, artists/bands committed to undertake their own fundraising ventures and raise vital funds for the hospice: to care for children and young adults, with life limiting illnesses. The perfect example of young people helping young people.

Since securing their place as finalists, the bands have been taking this opportunity very seriously – upping their rehearsal times, writing new material and getting lots of gigging practice. Not to mention continuing to fundraise and help raise the profile of the competition. As preparation for the final, Martin House has organised professional mentor sessions, to answer any last questions and to deliver some constructive advice for their big performance.

Last year’s final saw over 1200 music fans support the bands and Martin House and this year looks set to attract an even bigger crowd! Tickets available now on O2 Academy, Leeds, website, only £6/£4 concessions. People are also welcome to pay on the door. Doors open and 6pm and the event will start at 6.50pm.

Fantastic prizes also awarded to ‘the best fundraisers’, ‘the runners up’ and ‘the act to bring the most support’. Soundworks Studios and Choque Hosein have generously donated two of these! Decksaver and Blacks Solicitors are both sponsoring the event.

Festival Republic continue their dedicated support and once again are welcoming the winners to perform at both Leeds and Reading 2012. The lucky winners will also receive £1000 worth of musical equipment from John Hornby Skewes and Co. Ltd, a performance music video by Shot by Sodium and also a graphic design consultation, with West Yorkshire company Define Creative, to work on their branding.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Radio Playlist 28 June 2011

Yorkshire Music Collective broadcasts every other Thursday at 10pm on BCB Radio. 

You can listen to the 28th June show on this blog, by clicking on the YMC on The Radio tab, on on our website Don't forget to send your music to and post any events in the facebook group, or tweet us on 

Our studio guests were Ballyhoo Eventide from Bradford 

 What we played: 

Curse of the Black Widow by Deadwall 

Rioters Queue here by Foxes Faux

Soul Fire by Dan Audio 

Eye Contact by Ti Amo 

Life in Film by Return to Aljustrel 

State of Urgency by All too Human

Dear Daddy by Bury The ladybird

Look Outside by Life in colour 

What You Expect by Ballyhoo Eventide 

Morning Song by Harry George Johns

Let it Go by Fossil Collective 

Next show 12th July :)