Emerging Talent Competition


Bingley Music Live in association with The Exchange has given new, unsigned bands/artists from the region the chance to compete for a slot on the two stages at this year’s festival. Acts from any musical genre were welcome to enter.Four upcoming bands, have won a place on the bill of Bingley Music Live. The bands beat off competition from a shortlist of 24 acts in the contest with the final taking place on Friday 19 May at The Exchange in Keighley.

The acts –

Your Illuminations, Able’s Army, The Harriets and Sifaka – will be rubbing shoulders with this year’s big name headliners Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs and The Wombats.Sifaka will appear on the Main Stage Saturday 2 September. The band’s unique breed of soulful rock was forged in the fires of the Leeds music scene.  Their sound is inspired by West African funk and blues and South African cape-jazz.

The Harriets have a slot on the Second Stage Saturday 2 September. The Leeds-based power pop trio consist of Daniel Parker-Smith on guitar and vocals, Ben Schrodel on bass and vocals and Ryan Bailey on drums.

Your Illuminations are an indie rock trio from Thirsk. They will appear on the.Main Stage on Sunday 3 September.

Able’s Army will take the Second Stage slot on Sunday 3 September. The Huddersfield trio are Mike Foy on guitar/vocals, James Livesey on bass/vocals and George Corless – drums. They met while working at the local multiplex.