PREVIEW Bingley Music Live Festival

When: 4th September – 6th September 2015

Where: Myrtle Park, Bingley.

The progression of Bingley Music Festival since establishing in 2007 is quite frankly astonishing.

Fast-forward to 2015 and it is not only evidenced by the headliners; James, Labrinth, Super Furry Animals, but also at the rate at which the tickets have flown out of the door.

With no many incredible acts gracing the stage this year, it’s hard to select just a few to watch out for. However the beauty of only having the 2 stages makes the decision of who to see a little bit easier. Well, maybe.

Besides the likes of the headliners and Ash, Idlewild, Embrace, Funeral For A Friend and Cast to name a few, here’s a number of other acts to open your ears to;

Apollo Junction – Gracing the Main Stage on Friday afternoon, the Indie/Electro-Pop band will kick-start your weekend with addictive melodies and riffs. Having received national press recognition and more festivals planned in before the summer has officially finished, highly recommend watching these.  ‘Blood on Hands’ = Anthem.

Gallery Circus – There’s a lot of noise that comes out of this identical duo. All good noise too. Chicago to San Francisco and now Newcastle, raucous rock and roll is being brought to Bingley Live Friday afternoon on the Main Stage. ‘Hollywood Drip’ will draw you straight in.

Model Aeroplanes – Guitars and good vocals entwined with a little bit of 90’s Indie. This young band is very impressive. Supporting Twin Atlantic shortly and active on the festival scene throughout this summer, it can only been good things for Model Aeroplanes. ‘Electricity’ will give you a taster of their talent. Discovery Stage on Friday is where to be.

The Black Delta Movement  – Hailing from Hull, a good ol’ guitar ridden rock and roll band is the best way to describe The Black Delta Movement. Saturday afternoon on the Discovery Stage is where you will find this talented group. If you have chance to listen prior to then; check out ‘Sleeping Pill’.

Nothing But Thieves – Some people don’t see (Or should I say hear this). I love the fact that there is a band challenging the vocal talents of Matt Bellamy and combining it with catchy yet sometimes dramatic undertones. ‘Wake Up Call’ is a must listen. Main Stage on Sunday is where they will be at.

The Sherlocks – Unless you have been absent from anything remotely music-related recently, The Sherlocks MUST have appeared on your radar. From Sheffield you know with the city’s history it will only mean good things. The alternative-indie group played a solid set at Leeds/Reading last week and Bingley’s Discovery Stage on Sunday will be another chance to showcase just what they can do. Listen; ‘When I Call Your Name’.

Just a small taster of a truly brilliant line-up this year. With the weather more-a-less holding out what’s not to love about Bingley Music Live this weekend.

Festival Information can be found HERE

Full line up can be found HERE

EP REVIEW – Apollo Junction ‘II’

There’s no doubt about it; Apollo Junction, you could say, are having a pretty damn good 2015.

4th September sees them on the main stage at Bingley Music Live sharing the bill with the likes of James and Cast. Not too shabby at all. This isn’t the start of the festival season for them though. They kick-started their summer of festivals at York’s Apollo Festival (Headlined by Inspiral Carpets and Space), captured the audience at Oakwell Festival (The Feeling, Dodgy) and following their appearance at Bingley, will be playing Yorfest (The Pigeon Detectives) before returning to their home city with Leeds University mid-October.

Apollo Junction image courtesy of facebook.com/ApolloJunction

Apollo Junction image courtesy of facebook.com/ApolloJunction

Interspersed with stints on the radio, local and national press, they have somehow managed to release a new EP.

‘II’ available now, features 4 tracks; ‘I Could Dance With You’, ‘Blood On Hands’, ‘In Your Arms and ‘Woke Up’.

Fancy a bit of Electro/Indie-Pop? ‘I Could Dance With You’ will solve that one for you. A slow solo introduction builds into a head-bopping worthy chorus that once stuck into your head, will not leave (and is far from being a bad thing in doing so!).

‘Blood On Hands’ begins slightly darker and more sinister, with an addictive riff between verse/chorus and vice-versa. I’m no expert but I would release this song as soon as possible, it does need to be heard. Royal Blood crossed with Biffy Clyro and maybe a bit of 3rd album Kaiser Chiefs?

‘In Your Arms’ in contrast slows completely down, but it works. A soothing ‘ballad’ (Kind of) until about 2 minutes in, at which point the song gradually picks up a little bit of temp. The vocals and harmonies on this track are extremely impressive.

‘Woke Up’ returns to a catchy ‘Indie-Pop’ number with yet another lively chorus and melodic bass line. There’s a nice little exchange of vocals and harmonies again towards the conclusion of the song making it an ideal ending.

An impressive EP release from Apollo Junction and following local and national coverage over the last few months, one that has not gone unnoticed

So what’s next for the band? Who knows, however I think a full-length album and tour is probably what most fans are desperate to see.

Apollo Junction ‘II’ is available for a limited time free HERE

The unique animated video for ‘In Your Arms’ can be found  HERE