Bingley Music Live, Saturday And Sunday
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The organisers of Bingley Music Live must have been pleased that the rain didn't make an appearance this year like a few years ago.
Public Image Ltd fronted by Johnny Rotten or John Lydon, to use his real name, seemed to draw two opinions: the older members of the audience seemed enthralled seeing Lydon on stage, whilst the younger members of the audience seemed to look upon the stage bemused. The encore with Public Image and for many it could be 1978 again.
The Snuts put in a lively performance on the Discovery Stage, the Glaswegians impressed with the track Season's "We've only got one season in Scotland" joked lead singer Jack Cochrane. They even invited a member of the audience up on stage to dance with them as he gives it his best Bez and Happy Monday's impression.
Wakefield band The Cribs were pleased to be sharing "a stage with a Sex Pistol and a Spice Girl" (Mel C who had appeared earlier in the day). Arriving on stage with attitude and energy it showed why the band are so popular with Mirror Kissers and Men's Needs being set highlights.
Spring King have an unusual twist, the drummer is the band's singer too. With their new album just released the band seemed to be on a high. Detroit and Ready For War impressed and the infectious vibes on stage seemed to win over a sizeable audience on the Discovery Stage.
Jake Bugg headlined the main stage on Saturday being one of the youngest headliners the festival has had. The smoke flares were soon going as he appeared on stage with Seen It All, one of his best songs coming on early in the set. His voice sounds like it was from the late 50's with songs that hark back to The Everley Brothers. He seemed the natural successor to follow on from The Cribs.
Nerina Pallot on the Discovery Stage on Sunday said that Bingley Music Live was the best organised festival she has appeared at. She decided to put in a cover of Son of A Preacherman before settling to the piano to play Idaho. Playing her last festival of the year she appeared charming yet friendly.
Getting Noel Gallagher to play Bingley was a huge coup for the organisers and for the festival too. This alone should open up the doors for other big acts to appear at Bingley Music Live in the coming years.
With his band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds they played what was the set of the 3 days.
Opening with Fort Knox and Holy Mountain it wasn't long before an Oasis track was performed - Little by Little and Whatever had the audience singing so loud that it made the 8 hours that most had been waiting to see Gallagher since the first act, worthwhile.
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As he straps on an acoustic guitar most had already guessed that Wonderwall was coming next; again the sold out crowd took over the song. As Don't Look Back in Anger is performed it was a magical moment in time.
Ending with a cover of The Beatles All You Need Is Love it concluded the performance of the weekend.
Bingley Music Live, Saturday And Sunday, 3rd September 2018, 9:58 AM