A newly introduced festival debuted in Bingley, West Yorkshire in August with an incredible line up. The weekend saw the likes of Tom Grennan, Circa Waves, Doves and Miles Kane take up the stage to perform incredible sets to the public of Bingley.

The Friday hosted Kawala, Louis Berry, Idles and Ocean Colour Scene amongst others, but our first act of the weekend came on Saturday morning as we were welcomed into the arena by Baltic playing the Discovery Stage.

Following a great set, we witnessed Catherine Mcgrath and Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam hit the stages until heading to the main stage to see ex Red Dwarf Actor and Robot Wars Presenter Craig Charles perform his Funk and Soul DJ Set. After long anticipation, it was announced that Craig would not be performing.

Following the main stage gap, a stellar performance was required to re-ignite the crowd which rested on the shoulders of Marsicans. After an amazing year appearing at festivals across the UK including headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival, there were no other band to do it better. Performing their hits, ‘Too Good’, ‘Your Eyes’ and their latest release ‘Little Things’ they truly smashed it out of the park.

Circa Waves were next to grace to Main Stage and thank fully the rain held off to be ‘T-Shirt weather’. The Liverpudlian band had the crowd rocking throughout with the likes of ‘Times Won’t Change Me’ and ‘Movies’ from their latest released album ‘What’s That Left Over There?’ until handing the wheel over to 2018 nominated Best Breakthrough Act Tom Grennan.

Tom really got the arena buzzing, performing the BBC Radio 1’s tenth hottest record of 2017 ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ and ‘Barbed Wire’. As the sun was setting behind the stage, the crowded field of fans were bouncing to ‘Sober’ and waving their hands to ‘Little By Little’. I think everyone can agree; they don’t make them like you anymore.

After recovering from dancing along to Tom, we headed back over to the Discovery Stage to see The Blinders headline before topping the night off with Doves. The three piece entranced the mass with their incredible political punk music. Creating an ecstatic sound with ‘L’Etat C’est Moi’ and ‘Brand New World’ they were one of the standout performances of the weekend.

Finally, we headed for the muchly anticipated headliner of the night, Doves. Ricky Tomlinson and Phil Jupitus’ love child Jez Williams along with twin Andy Williams and Jimi Goodwin has the whole crowd singing their hearts out to the likes of 2005 release ‘Black and White Town’ and closing the night off with ‘There Goes The Fear’.

Sunday saw the rain begin to fall with showers throughout the day but that didn’t deter the festival goers. They adorned their ponchos and wellies to see the day through as dry as possible.

Our day began with a hot Weatherspoons breakfast before heading out to see The Marble Arches open the Main Stage. The day was mostly spent at the Main Stage with chance to see Arcade Hearts and Patawawa between sets on the Discovery Stage.

King No-One set up a lively atmosphere with their upbeat tune of ‘Alcatraz’ ready to lead onto Ten Tonnes, brother of chart-topper George Ezra. Playing hits from his recently released debut album, including ‘Lucy’, ‘G.I.V.E.’ and ‘Better Than Me’ Ethan Barnett had the whole crowd singing along and loving the set despite the downpour.

Next came a very political set from Billy Bragg who had a lot to say about Morrisey and current events of Brexit and the election of the new Prime Minister through the rewording of several songs to fit his opinions.

To lighten the mood away from politics, Miles Kane surely produced in his following set. Whilst undecisive whether to wear his shades, Miles delivered an outstanding performance of ‘Coup De Grace’, ‘Too Little Too Late’ amongst others.

Following from Miles Kane, we saw a snippet of Echo & The Bunnymen before heading over to see Scottish foursome ‘The Snuts’ headline the Discovery Stage after The Night Café pulled out. With a lot of banter with the crowd and winning themselves free drinks from the nearby cocktail vendor, the band entertained the crowd with their indie rock anthems and especially their single ‘Glasgow’ was a highlight of the weekend.

To draw the festival to a close, James headlined the Main Stage. With crowd surfing and face to face signing with the front row, it was a sheer delight to watch him perform his well-known hits including ‘Sit Down’ and ‘Getting Away With It’ and finally finishing with ‘Laid’.

Overall, the festival was amazing and a big mention to the organisers for a well set up, local festival and putting on sign language interpreters for the main stage so that the festival can be enjoyed by all.

Written by: Anthony Daley Photo by: Polka Dot Studios Bingley