Review: Bingley Music Live
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Now firmly established on the festival calendar Bingley Music Live had some of the largest attendances at this year's festival, in fact Saturday night was completely sold out.
I think this must be the only festival I have attended where there are signed performances as sign language was provided by an interpreter at the side of the stage.
Maximo Park at one time supported Saturday night's headliners, The Kaiser Chiefs but on Friday night the north east indie rockers put on a fine show.
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It is their older tracks such as Velocity, By The Monument and Girls That Play Guitars where the band really shine.
I never thought I would hear James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers say, "Hello, Bingley, Yorkshire" as he and the band arrive on stage to headline the Friday night main stage.
The band play a greatest hits set with nuggets such as Motorcycle Emptiness (which opened their set), Everything Must Go, Kevin Carter and A Design For Life amongst others.
Bassist Nicky Wire still does his scissor kick jumps whilst drummer Sean Moore is described by Bradfield as "the best drummer in the world".
Worthy headliners, the Manics never disappoint and tonight was no exception.
Peter Doherty delivered a solo set on the main stage on Saturday. He even drops a track from the band most people associate him with, The Libertines. You're My Waterloo stood out in what was otherwise quite a morose set.
Fresh from their appearance at Leeds Festival the weekend before, London four piece band, The Big Moon delighted on the Discovery Stage, with tracks such as Happy New Year.
They even treat us to their version of the Bonnie Tyler hit, Total Eclipse of the Heart. Charming yet with a certain innocence these 4 girls gave a polished performance.
"Hello Bingley, so this is the north" says Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson. "I was born in Keighley" he continues.
His stint as a judge on The Voice TV programme has done the band no harm. He races around the stage, goads the sell out audience that northern audiences are better than those in the south and even splits them into two with one half chanting Kaiser, the other Chiefs in a pantomime moment.
The newer more rhythmic tracks such as Parachute, We Stay Together and Hole In My Soul show that the group have moved on from I Predict A Riot and Everyday I Love You Less.
Predictably it was their number 1 single Ruby that received a loud cheer.
Ending with Going Home and a nearly full moon shining over Bingley Music Live, added to the light show and made for a fitting end.
Review: Bingley Music Live, 3rd September 2017, 21:32 PM