Throngs of people flocked to Myrtle Park in Bingley at the weekend for what proved to be a musical extravaganza.
Bingley Music Live has built on its reputation and this year drew major headline acts such as the Happy Mondays, teen favourites Scouting for Girls, the legendary Echo and the Bunnymen, Alabama 3 and The Automatic, as well as home grown crowd pleasers Terrorvision.
There were also a host of lesser known and local bands all revelling in the festival atmosphere.
Despite a distinct lack of sun on Saturday the rain held off and added to the carnival atmosphere. The beer tent did brisk trade and the crowds swelled as the day went on. Those who arrived later on Saturday evening for the headline acts will have missed some excellent performances, however, most notably from the post-punk electro fusion sound of Ebony Bones and the spectacularly good, and insanely lively, Infadels.
Former TV actress Ebony Bones (aka Ebony Thomas), now a bona fide singer in her own right, led a raucous ensemble in an outlandish Mardi Gras atmosphere. The band’s guitarists Egyptian head dress had to take the award for coolest outfit of the festival by far. Miss Bones herself was a riot of day-glo colours and her voice was a genuine revelation, by turns growling, ululating and downright sinister.
Any cobwebs remaining due to the early time slot were well and truly blasted away by what came next.
The Infadels, a four piece band from London, coupled electronica with pummelling riffs which always retained a strong melody and a punk ethos and work ethic which were truly astonishing.
The front pairing of vocalist Bnann Watts and Matt Gooderson on guitar combined to excellent effect, to have the crowd eating out of their hand. A spectacular rendition of the Eurythmics classic ‘Sweet Dreams’ would have lifted the roof off had there been one.
You always know what you’re going to get with Terrorvision – they do exactly what it says on the T-shirt. The Bradford lads ripped through a set of hits which included the party anthem Tequila to a delirious reception. They may have lost some of their edge and youthful exuberance but the audience didn’t seem to care.
The evening drew to a close with sets by up-and-coming indie favourites Scouting for Girls and Manchester’s finest, the Happy Mondays, featuring dancer Bez.