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Bingley Live Preview

Chase and Status headline this year's festival

Written by . Published on July 26th 2011.


Bingley Live Preview

HAZY SUMMER days, the smell of massively overcooked sausages and a hose pipe ban after two days of no rain.

Yes, it's the great English summer time.

My favourite realisation that summer is well and truly upon us is that festivals are well and truly on. Music is in the air and it's a beautiful thing.

For the last several years I've had the pleasure of sampling one of the finer festivals to hit West Yorkshire. Much plaudits and most of the coverage goes to the Leeds Festival but for me it's all about Bingley Live.

Since its relaunch in 2007, Bingley Live has snowballed in the perfect surroundings of Myrtle Park.

Last year we were treated to the likes of Sea Sick Steve, James, Example and Professor Green. This year, the bar has been raised even higher.

Let me whet your appetitive. Firstly ladies and gentlemen I give you Chase and Status - dubstep's hottest duo will be amping up the sound system for maximum effect. They need little introduction after storming the charts frequently and working with Rihanna and Dizzee Rascal.

Throw in some Stereo MCs and you've got enough to appeal to another generation of music lovers. The Mercury nominated Athlete also bring their infused indie-pop to the town and after a decade they continue to deliver. Indie heroes Maximo Park are another accomplished festival band with plenty of hits under their belts.

Another act which will have my personal attention are the Fun Lovin' Criminals. Yes, I can confirm Huey and co will be coming to the shire. Have some of that. Scooby Snacks all round.

That line-up alone would be worth justifying the reasonable weekend ticket price but it's even more bumper than that. Take a deep breath and ingest these list of beauties; Eliza Doolittle, Feeder, Jon Fratelli, Mystery Jets, the Coral and Wretch 32. I kid you not.

You'll also be introduced so some acts that have less mainstream success but are as worthy a watch as any of the above. It really is a cracking feast of music all organised with precision that laughs in the face of mile long bar queues. To boot, it's a hop and a skip from the local train station and near by camping is available if you so desire. At the bargain basement price of £35, you can't beat it for value for money.

I shall once again be donning my sparkly hunters and summer staples for what promises to be another banging Bingley Live. Let the good times roll.

Bingley Live takes place at Myrtle Park from September 2-4. For full-line up and ticket information visit www.bingleymusiclive.com

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