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16th May 2012

Bingley Music line up grows ever bigger - this time with rising local stars

The Chevin and Ellen and the Escapades, Citizens! and Sadie and the Hotheads confirmed this week

Bingley Music Festival have confirmed that two local bands; The Chevin and Ellen and the Escapades will be joining this year's line up. From further afield Citizens! and Sadie and the Hotheads are also set for Bingley's big bash.

These new additions join the previously announced Nero, DJ Fresh, The Pigeon Detectives, Hard-Fi, The Charlatans, Maverick Sabre, Delilah, Kids in Glass Houses, Katzenjammer, The Idiot B*stard Band, StooShe, Yes Sir Boss, Miles & Erica, Skinny Lister,  King Charles and The Lancashire Hot Pots.
The Chevin are an up-and-coming four-piece from Otley. Named after the dominating local natural landmark, the band’s dramatic sound seems to be influenced by West Yorkshire’s scenery. Having met at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, the band has quickly progressed to opening for White Lies and The Pigeon Detectives. Released at the end of 2011, their Champion EP is characterised by epic, uplifting songs that are filled with intense energy.

Leeds-based, folk-pop quintet Ellen and the Escapades have been enjoying an exciting couple of years. Just last month saw the release of their debut album All the Crooked Scenes. Expect a great crowd atmosphere while soaking up Ellen’s stunning, smoky vocals and bittersweet, compelling songs.

Next up is Citizens! whose name is a determined call to action. They come armed with a persuasive treaty to reclaim the pop cause with style and panache. Backed by a handful of infectiously catchy tunes, the band’s second single Reptile was released last month to great acclaim. Expect imaginative, fresh pop that has integrity and depth – come the end of summer Citizens! could be big news.

American, Downton Abbey actress and singer songwriter, Elizabeth McGovern brings her irrepressible, guitar-toting alter ego and band to BML. Sadie and the Hotheads succeeded in making an impression at a select handful of festivals last year so you can look forward to seeing Elizabeth / Sadie ditch the corset for a pair of skinnies on the BML stage.

Bingley Music Live brings an intimate, friendly atmosphere and the chance to really get up close and personal to your favourite bands which is one of the event’s stand-out features, meaning that festival goers can get to the heart of the action.

The improved Raise the Roof stage will include a bigger tent, beefed-up production and a new musical policy to provide a point of difference to the main stage while maintaining a high calibre of bands. This year also see the introduction of a new third stage. Organised in association with the Musician’s Centre the new stage is dedicated to local acts and will focus on uncovering the latest unsigned talent.

Myrtle Park is a perfect festival location, set in a natural amphitheatre and bordered by stunning mature woodland near the pretty River Aire, first timers are always blown away by the beauty of this hidden gem. With its picturesque backdrop BML is a great destination for families wanting to share the festival experience. Not only is there space to chill out, there are specially organised kids activities in a dedicated family area.
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