Here is the first in what will be a regular series of news round-ups for this year’s Live In Barnsley festival. Here we take a look at the first lot of acts announced to play the festival. Fifty-six acts announced so far, with many, many others to go.
THE BLACK LAMPS / CAVORTS / AZTEC DOLL / BLACK VINES / HANDS OFF GRETEL / FOUR AUTHORS / THE ROLLING DOWN HILLS / BARNSDALE HOOD / MORRIS & WATSON / MINUS ONE / NATHAN J KOZMA / SCOTT SWIFT / FIGURE OF SPEECH & MR. P / RETRO DELUXE / THE SPIRALS / MARRIED TO MACHINES / BIG BAD WOLVES / LIBERTY SHIP / FEAR LIES / I SET THE SEA ON FIRE / GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY / LOUISE DISTRAS / KID85 / WHERE FIRES ARE / EUPHORIA RADIO / BAD CARDIGAN / KERNAL PANIC / THOSE DELTA WOLVES / ARCADIA FALLS / KATH AND THE KICKS / FLOODHOUNDS / TOWNSMEN / PARK FIRES / JUPITER FALLS / NODDY NT / MKII / THE TALKDOWN / DAN BURNETT / PEUR / INDIGO BONES / GOODNIGHT DAKOTA / MAD LOVE / THE HOMESTEADS / THE NOW NOWS / CELLAR DOOR MOON CROW / PISTOL PETE WEARN / RICKY FLEMING / JACK THE LAD / LATE NIGHT LEGACY / THE FILTHY PALMS / NOVA HANDS / ELECTRIC LUDDITES / FRAMING WITCHES / MILA LEE / KOVAX / SHADES
The majority of the acts announced already will be making their festival debut, so there is going to be lots of new music to discover as you make your way around town. So far, the Barnsley acts announced include The Black Lamps, Cavorts, Black Vines, Aztec Doll, Hands Off Gretel, Four Authors, Minus One – a new band comprising of former members of festival favourites Demographic, and Hip Hop act Figure Of Speech. A bunch of new bands of the local scene will be playing for the first time, including Retro Deluxe, The Spirals, Married to Machines and Big Bad Wolves. Solo acts Scott Swift and Nathan Kozma will also appear. On top of all of that, a number of local folk acts have also been announced to play – former Folkus members Morris & Watson, Barnsoey Celtic Session organisor Alan Jones showcases his new duo, Barnsdale Hood and the Folk Rock Americana sextet The Rolling Down Hills.
Figure Of Speech of the first of a number of Hip Hop and Rap acts announced this year, including also Shades, Jack the Lad and Ricky Fleming.
Of the other acts announced so far, I’m really looking forward to seeing The Ghost Riders In The Sky. I saw them about two years back and they blew me away, so I can’t wait to see those guys. They feature former Gallows member Steph Carter and reminded me of a mix of The Kills and Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell, but with extra sass and bite – highly recommended. Louise Distras is a must for me also, as is I Set The Sea On Fire; a band I’ve wanted to see for some time, so I’m dead chuffed they’re added to the bill.
I’m really looking forward to seeing some electro-pop courtesy of Leeds duo PARK FIRES, reminiscent of Little Boots and Ladyhawke. Wakefield’s acoustic cow-punk trio The Now Nows sound great too, as do the Sheffield alt-rock n roll band Cellar Door Moon Crow. And finally, Nova Hands from Huddersfield are a must for fans of Cocean, Biffy Clyro and
Death Cab for Cutie.
Other news for the festival, is the addition of two new venues; Old No 7 will make it’s official festival debut, as will Legends on Wellington Street. This means a total of venues, showcasing 144 acts.