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Bingley Music Live
Ones to Watch

Paul Stimpson, Features Writer

Having only been running for eight years, Bingley Music Live festival has grown quickly in the time since its inception. Boasting headliners such as Chic, Example, Primal Scream, Razorlight and James in previous years, it's the former band on that list that has been asked to come back due to popular demand.

The plethora of talent on the line-up is quite unbelievable considering the price of a weekend ticket - £54 for a weekend ticket for three days and nights of live music.

Here are our top ten picks of the weekend:


Friday, Main Stage

James are legends of the music industry - indie heroes from the north of England. Last year's release 'La Petite Mort' saw them reunited, stronger and as musically exciting as when they dominated the 90s. It's no wonder that the Bingley Music Live audience have asked that they are booked again - the first time that has happened in the history of the festival.


Friday, Main Stage

Also emerging solidly from the 90s UK music scene are Cast who bring their distinctive indie to Myrtle Park for a late afternoon slot. Re-energised after reuniting in 2010 and with an album due in 2015, be ready for some exciting new material.

Rae Morris

Friday, Discovery Stage

With being relatively new to the scene, the Blackpool singer often plays in the daylight of the early afternoon slots at the festivals. This time, she headlines the Discovery stage on the Friday night. Her debut album, Unguarded, is one of the releases of the year and is set to be performed in it's rightful setting.

Deaf School

Saturday, Discovery Stage

Formed in Liverpool in the 1970s and hailed as one of the most influential bands of the time, Deaf School have split reunited split and reunited and now together they bring their new wave art rock to Bingley.

Even when they had split they were busy - guitarist Clive Langer spent most of his time messing about with some mates in a studio - resulting in the production of internationally acclaimed hit songs for Elvis Costello, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, Madness and Dexy's Midnight Runners to name only a few.

An alternative to Labrinth on the main stage on Saturday night.

Hurricane #1

Saturday, Main Stage

Another recent 90s Britpop reformation, Hurricane #1 were reformed last year whilst lead singer Alex Lowe was battling cancer. Coming from the label which also housed Primal Scream, Oasis and Jesus and The Mary Chain, expect new energy from the group and for Alex Lowe to give ''Only The Strongest Will Survive'' a whole other meaning.

The Jacques

Saturday, Discovery Stage

Immediate comparisons are made to The Libertines as soon as you click play on The Jacques. Messy, indie pop on top of some top social commentary - ''Pretty DJ'' brought them to our attention in 2014 and the Bristolian brothers are now a must see.

Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, Main Stage

Having stood the test of time, Funeral For A Friend are a big draw for a mainstream music audience. Normally a difficult feat for such a heavy punk band, but classics like ''Streetcar'' and ''History'' tug at any person's heart strings.

Carl Barat And The Jackals

Saturday, Main Stage

Usually an unenviable task for somebody to follow Funeral For a Friend on the bill, but Carl Barat certainly has the substance and style to do just that. His new project, running parallel to another Libertines reunion, showcases Carl's ska influences and who knows? We may even be treated to a few classics from his previous bands.


Saturday, Main Stage

Northern Irish hit makers Ash sub-headline the Saturday night of this year's Bingley bash. Blasting their way back to the forefront with the new studio release 'Kablammo!' expect some serious power pop and a revitalised sound.

The Sherlocks

Sunday, Discovery Stage

Sheffield band The Sherlocks are actually making some history at this year's festival. They are the only band to be asked to play two years running since the festival began - quite a feat for the young indie lads. You can't walk around the Steel City without hearing the name of this band recently, they are gathering momentum rapidly, reminiscent of another South Yorkshire band ten years ago...