Monday, 1 September 2014

Bingley Music Live Review: Day 2

The Barmines
Blue Skies this morning, this is more like Bingley weather! I'm here bright and early to see the two acts I watched at the Battle of The Bands earlier this year perform on mainstage. First on are The Barmines from Leeds, starting off with the powerful song 1990 they rip through a great set of tracks, good solid band with a bright future ahead of them. 

I hotfoot it up to stage 2 where the other BOTB winner is
playing. Tropical Contact play a lively set and have some good banter going on with the crowd. Sad about their announcement mid show that they are splitting up as they are a great band.

Avec Sans
Back to the mainstage to see Avec Sans, duo from London, they were firmly on my list to check out today after listening to a couple of their tracks on line. Certainly did not disappoint, love the tunes with their blend of catchy pop vocals and darks synths to give them a bit of an edge. Would definitely see this band again.

Next I got a chance to go backstage to interview The
Barmines, I was invited to their tent (which the day before had been Shed Seven's tent) and chat about their big day, the interview is below. Listen to the interview here.

It was also great to bump into Van from Catfish and The Bottlemen outside his tenand get a chance to tell him how much I love this hardworking band!

John Lennon McCullagh was next on mainstage, this was another act I had enjoyed the year before on Stage 2. This time he was back as John McCullagh & The Escorts with a full band behind him. The focus is still very much on the talented frontman though, his songs have a maturity and execution well beyond his years.

Next I went back up to stage 2 to see Bradford band Warme. First chance I have had to see them live although I have been listening to their music for a while. Good set which is pleasing the large crowd here at stage 2.  We also manage to interview them live on BCB broadcast later in the day. You can listen to that interview here.

Off in search of team BCB (no easy task weaving in and out of deck chairs) I find them watching Nick Mulvey on mainstage. Glad I got here in time for this, love these vocals, another CD purchase on the cards

We are about to set up the afternoon's broadcast but I am
forced to jump ship for a while as its Catfish and the Bottlemen on the main stage. There is no way I am missing this! Can't help but jump in the mosh pit for this fabulous band, I have been watching them for the last 3-4 years since I first saw them in a small venue in Leeds. They will be back next month playing at Leeds Uni Stylus. The crowd is going wild and already knows the words to the album that is about to be released.

Time for our live broadcast again, out and about in the crowd chatting to people about their experiences at Bingley Music Live, and also talking to stall holders and organisers of children's events. Have to say that is is all positive, some are repeating, some are here for the first time but all say they will be back. Many point out the friendly and helpful attitude of all the staff and volunteers. De does the mechanical bull challenge and teaches everyone a new dance. 

Broadcast finalised I am gutted to only catch 1 song of Renegade Brass Band the huge crowd is dancing away for this Sheffield 9 piece band. One of the highlights of the day on stage 2 judging by the number of people who have mentioned them to me.

Back to Mainstage where the team are watching The Strypes. I liked this young rhythm and blues band a great deal, sometimes the hype is true. The guys are staying down but I'm heading back up to stage 2.

So with the broadcast finished I am now able to drink but real ale is not my only reason for visiting Stage 2. I have been looking forward to Young Kato and they do not disappoint. Love the track Drink Dance, Play which is kind of a festival theme tune in its self.

The smaller queues at the beer tent are actually my reason for staying in this area but what a stroke of local to catch the wonderful talent of Esther Turner. What a voice, she held a note like forever which had the whole crowd gasping and her lovely nature had them all behind her. A delight.

Next up are Saturday Stage 2 headliners Dexters great way to close this stage, excellent band who you can catch again at The Cockpit on 27th November. 
Last gig of the day for me, I'm bushed and head off before Example (next year maybe I will get a deck chair (or maybe not).

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