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Eighteen more incredible acts, including Sigala, Lightning Seeds, All Saints, Black Grape and We Are Scientists, are the latest acts to join the line-up for Bingley Music Live 2016.

The Myrtle Park festival, which takes place 2-4 September, already boasts headliners Tinie Tempah, Travis, Echo and the Bunnymen and Sigma.

The headlining act on Friday 2 September are Echo and the Bunnymen, who are set to thrill the crowd with hits such as Nothing Lasts Forever, The Cutter, The Killing Fields and Bring On The Dancing Horses.

Joining them are the Lightning Seeds, with Ian Brodie and band delivering a plethora of super pop hits like Lucky You, The Life of Riley, Pure and Three Lions at the Bradford Council-run festival.

On Friday, revellers will also be treated to a DJ set by Sigala, best known for his number one ‘Easy Love’ which sampled ‘ABC’ by The Jackson 5 and hits ‘Sweet Lovin’ and recent single ‘Say You Do’ featuring Imani and DJ Fresh.

There will also be a special slot dedicated to David Bowie where a number of acts will perform their favourite David Bowie track.

Saturday headliner and multi Brit Award winner, Tinie Tempah brings mammoth hits such as Pass Out and Wonderman, Written In The Stars and the Jess Glynne guest track Not Letting Go. Supporting will be chart topping exponents of Drum and Bass, Sigma with their smash hits like Higher, Glitter Ball and Changing.

Back by popular demand following a triumphant performance at last year’s BML is former Joy Division and New Order founding member Peter Hook with classics such as Blue Monday and Love Will Tear Us Apart.

The Canadian band Barenaked Ladies will air their array of super pop hits like One Week, Brian Wilson, If I had a $1,000,00 and the theme tune to the hit America comedy The Big Bang Theory.

The Coral founding member and hugely talented songwriter and producer Bill Ryder Jones also joins Saturday’s line-up having also guested on guitar for the Arctic Monkeys tour, and provided guitar for The Last Shadow Puppets recordings.

John Robb brings The Membranes with a very special performance which includes a choir. The Age of L.U.N.A, fresh from supporting acts like Public Enemy complete the Saturday line-up.

Sunday will be headlined by Travis with two Brit Awards for Best Band they will bring their arsenal of mega hits such as Why Does It Always Rain On Me, Flowers In The Window, Turn, Sing and their recent returning single Closer.

Multi-Brit and MTV Award winning All Saints will join Travis on the Sunday night. The band has just gate-crashed the album top three again with Red Flag, after reforming following their previous split. Huge former hits like, Under The Bridge, Lady Marmalade, Pure Shores, Black Coffee and the second biggest selling girl group track of all time Never Ever, make the band a must see.

Also appearing on Sunday, are We Are Scientists who are regarded as one of the best festival acts on the circuit.

Happy Monday’s members Shaun Ryder and Bez bring a Sunday dose of tracks from their Black Grape outfit. The band are most noted for their outrageously clever It’s Great When You’re Straight Yeah album with hits such as Reverend Black Grape and Kelly’s Heroes.

To see the full line up for both stages the Main Stage and the Discovery Stage visit the Bingley Music Live website

A tiered ticket system is in place this year, which means the sooner people buy tickets, the cheaper the price. And for those who prefer to spread the cost there is a payment plan where the ticket price can be paid in instalments.

Weekend tickets for the three day festival are available on-line via Ticketline on the website and at other local outlets. Day tickets will be released closer to the festival, subject to availability.

Also new for 2016 is on-site camping. Details of tickets, camping and other accommodation providers in the area can be found on the website.


Madness front-man Graham McPherson brings his show Suggs: My Life Story to King’s Hall, Ilkley on Monday 25 April. Tickets have nearly sold out for this hilarious, yet moving, one-man tour de force, which has played to rave reviews.

The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggered a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970’s Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen.

Is it a play? Is it stand-up comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is, the audience should hold on to their seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trapdoor of failure – then trampolines back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success!

The show includes musical accompaniment and interjection from Deano, his loyal manservant-cum-pianist.

The show takes place on Monday 25 April 2016, 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £30*


Womenzone has recently secured a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £69,900 for an exciting heritage project, Loving Grannies Music, in Bradford. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the origins of South Asian folk music, a tradition that has changed over time in modern day Britain.

LGM Launch Event Flyer FRONTTraditionally women recited folk songs and passed them down from generation to generation and there is a wide range of folk songs for every occasion from birth and weddings to festivals, fairs and religious ceremonies.

Thanks to National Lottery players the project will enable local young people to learn about their heritage by documenting stories of women who migrated from the South Asian subcontinent to Bradford in 1960s and ‘70s to capture their memories of first arriving in a cold, damp and often hostile environment. During this time many women felt socially isolated with no extended family and friends close by and often they would make connections with other women from similar backgrounds through these special occasions that involved reciting folk songs.

Womenzone will be hosting a community launch event on Sunday 15 May 2016, 2-6pm, for local people to find out more about the project and how to get involved. The event will include a live performance by renowned singer Shabnam Khan who will take audiences on a journey to discover the roots of traditional South Asian folk music.



Bradford Indy band Kascarade are gearing up to launch their new album “The start of it all” at a gig at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Great Horton Road, on Saturday 30th April.

The band, formed five years ago, will be playing the full list of tracks from the album which has been made possible thanks to funding support from Brighouse-based metalworking firm Arkoni.

imagejh1The new album cover has been released and features a night time view of Godwin Street in Bradford City Centre looking towards the Odeon building.

Lead vocalist Maf Milnes, one of the band’s founding members, commented “We’re Bradford born and bred and have always been proud of that fact.

“The album features a number of songs directly relevant to the city and we opted for an image that reflects the fast changing pace of life of Bradford.

“We’ve spent the last five years building up a solid portfolio of songs and performing at many iconic music venues and festivals across Yorkshire. We’ve been working on the album for around a year at our Thornton Road studios and we’re delighted with it. We hope it will go down well!

“It’s great to have the financial support of Arkoni. It’s allowed us to acquire the latest sound recording technology which adds a real professional edge to the whole project.

“We’d love 2016 to be our breakthrough year and are actively talking with festivals, promoters and record producers with a view to increasing our profile. I’m biased but I believe we put out some great music and we just want to share it with a wider audience,” added Maf.

A few tickets still remain for “The start of it all” priced at £5 from


The big countdown to Bingley Music Live 2016 has begun with the launch of new ticket deals and, for the first time ever, on-site camping.

This year, organisers of the Bradford Council-run festival, held on 2-4 September, in Bingley’s Myrtle Park, are operating a two-tier ticketing system. This will apply to adult, teen and child weekend tickets. It means that the earlier people buy their tickets, the less they pay.

AroundTheSite1-BingleyMusicLive2009-GS-5A limited number of Tier 1 weekend tickets (access to all three days) are now on sale. These are priced at £55 plus booking fee for adults (aged 16+); £49 plus booking fee for teen (12-15 years) tickets and £35 plus booking fee for child (3-11 years) tickets. Under 3s have free entry. Teens and children will also need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Tier 2 weekend tickets will go on sale once all Tier 1 tickets have sold out.

Alternatively, festival goers can spread the cost by signing up to a payment plan. This is available for weekend tickets only. More details of the payment plan and the terms and conditions for all tickets are on the website –

For the first time ever, there will be the option of camping on the festival site, as well as the usual campsites. The meadow over the river at the rear of Myrtle Park has been set aside for campers). For camping tickets and information on the campsite see website.

Last year’s event was a runaway success and featured acts including James, Labrinth, Ash, Super Furry Animals and Ella Eyre. The first three headliners of this year’s BML are expected to be announced at the end of this month.

The organisers have also announced that as a tribute to David Bowie, the musician, actor and producer who died in January, this year’s fancy dress theme will be based on the star.

Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “Following on from the success of last year’s event, people can expect more big names for 2016. The tiered ticket system and payment plan give people lots of choices for how to pay for this year’s event and ensures they get the best possible value for money.”


Music-lovers will get a lesson in Hip Hop history this weekend during a free event at Leeds City Museum.

Taking place this Saturday, November 14, the event will celebrate 41 years of Hip Hop culture and 42 years of the Universal Zulu Nation, the founding family of Hip Hop culture, formed by legendary artist Afrika Bambaataa.

This weekend’s event follows on from last year’s successful celebration, which attracted almost 3,000 people.

800_hiphopevent4As well as live performances from local and national artists including Donald D, Dynamax (Ice T’s Rhyme Syndicate), DJ Supreme (Hijack), Ithunder & D.M.W, DJ Rasp, Kaos Krew and Testament, the museum will also host some exciting workshops and DJ sets.

And one of the highlights of the all-day event will be a question and answer panel with English rapper, poet, and journalist Akala, and Talib Kweli an American Hip Hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York.

Marek Romaniszyn Leeds Museums and Galleries assistant curator of community history, who has been helping to put the event together, said:

“This weekend will be a great opportunity to celebrate and learn about one of the most influential music and cultural movements of the last four decades.

“Hip Hop has permeated so many aspects of our society, so it’s important that we recognise the impact it’s had and give those with an interest and passion for Hip Hop a chance to learn more and pick up some tips from those who have paved the way.”

Saturday’s Hip Hop history celebration takes place at the museum from 11am until 4pm and is free for all ages.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said:

“Hosting vibrant events like this at the museum is a reminder that history and culture are not just about looking back to the ancient world, they’re also about celebrating things like Hip Hop and music which have made a deep and lasting impression on modern society.

“By doing that, we can engage a whole new generation and help them to learn about culture in a new, fun and exciting way.”



Fans of hit TV talent show X Factor will get the chance to hear one of last year’s success stories, Rachel Adedeji, performs live later this month as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s legendary musical Jesus Christ Superstar rocks the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.

Fresh from the UK and European tour of Thriller Live, Adedeji takes on the role of Mary Magdalene in this explosive new production of the ground-breaking rock opera, alongside seasoned performer Glenn Carter who returns as Jesus, a role he has played in the West End, on Broadway and on film; and Australian star Tim Rogers who made his UK stage debut 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

Jesus Christ Superstar burst onto the musical scene in 1971. Stunning audiences, it changed the face of musical theatre forever. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

As compelling today as it was at its inception over 40 years ago, Jesus Christ Superstar features some of musical theatre’s most legendary songs from I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Everything’s Alright, Gethsemane and Superstar.

Jesus Christ Superstar is at the Alhambra Theatre for one week only from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 November 2015. Please call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit for more information.

*Tickets: £39.50 – £13.50

Call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit

*All prices shown include booking fees but are subject to postage charge if applicable. Bradford Theatres usual terms and conditions apply.

James Guy is from Bradford and he is the Media Executive Director of KODHTV, (King of Da Hillz TV) which is an online promotional media channel for up-coming artists.

The channel started promoting up-coming artists in West Yorkshire giving them a platform to showcase their talent, and has now expanded its credential to different areas in the UK.

KOTVjpgKODHTV has interviewed international Hip-Hop artists, such as Method Man, Red Man, Mob Deep; UK artist Big Nasty by Presenter Sophia Ray and recorded music concerts featuring artists such as Rick Ross, Tiger, Ashanti and Jeremih.

Speaking to Urban Echo, Mr Guy tells us, “KODHTV also promotes music, sports and corporate events for various businesses, organisations and social enterprises of which can be viewed on the KODHTV YouTube channel. KODHTV has amassed 4 million views worldwide on YouTube and has a social media following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”

Mr Guy won an award for his creation and development of KODHTV and the award applauded not only his achievement and contribution for creating a company that was relevant, but also for acknowledging talent in the community and beyond. The award also highlighted his dedication to growing his company which has generated interest, followers and views as well as for his vision and drive. The award was presented by the High Commissioner of Dominica and the Lord Mayor of Bradford.

KODHTV continues to attract followers, viewers and up-coming artists on a regular basis.

For bookings contact James Guy (KODHTV) by email at


Audiences at Bingley Music Live (BML) are being encouraged to don capes and masks to channel their inner superhero.

The theme of this year’s Bradford Council-run festival, at Bingley’s Myrtle Park on 4-6 September, is superheroes, whether it’s those who appear in comic books and Hollywood blockbusters, or some original creations. Organisers are encouraging people to follow the festival on twitter @BingleyFestival using #pantsovertrousers.

Photographers will be roaming the festival site, looking for the best-dressed or most original ensembles and posting pictures on the BML website. Some of those who were brave enough to ‘suit up’ for last year’s theme of Bingley Robots are already on display.

As well as capes and tights, festival goers are advised to bring some ID. Anyone lucky enough to still have the same fresh-faced good looks they had at school, will be asked to show their ID at the bar.

Security staff will be at the entrance gates carrying out bag and personal possession searches, so to avoid disappointment people are advised to visit www.bingleymusiclive.comin advance to look over the list of ‘what not to bring’ and conditions of entry.

Coun Imran Khan, Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “While we want people to have fun at BML, we need to ensure it can be done safely and in a way that does not affect other people’s enjoyment of the event. This is why we have a list of items not to bring and would urge everyone to check the website for details.”

Tickets are selling faster than before and organisers are urging people to get theirs now to avoid disappointment. A limited number of tickets may be available at premium rates from the on site ticket office on the day, subject to availability.


Music-lovers in Leeds will get a special backstage pass thanks to three short films that give a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the local gig circuit.

With thousands of fans set to flock to Leeds Festival later this month, Leeds Museums and Galleries are launching the special online exhibition to celebrate the hard work of the city’s many bands and venues.

10698695_10152079806442255_608254756567883712_nRecorded predominantly in 2013, the films focus on The Brudenell Social Club in Headingley, Eiger Studios in Hunslet and The Cockpit in Leeds city centre- three venues that have acted as a springboard for several groups and artists who have since gone on to play at the annual Bramham Park spectacular.

Over three days of filming acts including Ellen and The Escapades, Red Chevrons, Andy Doonan and King’s Parade were all interviewed about their experiences playing in Leeds.

In the first video, Ellen Smith and James Warrender from Ellen and The Escapades discuss how the band met while studying at the Leeds College of Music before going on to play both the Leeds and Reading festivals.

They name the Brudenell Social Club as their favourite venue in the country, with Ellen adding: “There are so many venues and so many nights, with stuff going on all the time.”

The second film focusses on Dear Atria and was filmed during a heavy metal night at Eiger Studios.

Skiddle%20Case%20Study%20-%20leeds%20and%20reading%20festivals%20ticketsThe band discuss their course at Leeds College of Music and how they used social media to get gig slots around the city.

The final film in the series offers a nostalgic look back at the The Cockpit which, before closing its doors last year, was one of the city’s biggest and most popular live music venues.

In more than twenty years of business, the venue played host to some of the biggest names in music including The White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stoneage, Flaming Lips, The Libertines, Feeder, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Bloc Party, Coldplay and The Kaiser Chiefs.

The video looks at the 2013 Cockpit Futuresound Competition, with various band members and staff discussing the venue and the competition.

Rob Rhodes from Red Chevrons says: “Being in an unsigned band, to get to The Cockpit, it’s quite good to play there, one of the venues you wanna play in Leeds really.”

Olly Corpe from King’s Parade adds: “No venue is like The Cockpit though, it’s really kind of an honour to be here. The Cockpit is kind of this legendary venue.”

The online exhibition begins on Aug 24 and music-lovers can watch all three films at :

Marek Romaniszyn, assistant curator of community history with Leeds Museums and Galleries, who worked on the project, said:

“All the venues and bands involved were fantastic and we are planning to further develop our contemporary music material over the next few years.

“These films also testify to how quickly things can change in music, as the legendary Cockpit venue is now closed and sadly both Ellen and The Escapades and Dear Atria have gone their separate ways.”

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for culture, said:

“These films really give an insight into the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at some of our local venues and the dedication and enthusiasm it takes for artists to get their big break.

“As we prepare to welcome thousands of fans to Leeds Fest later this month, it’s fitting that we celebrate our thriving local live music scene and look back at some of the places and stories that have helped make it so successful.”