Bingley Music Live – review

Myrtle Park, Bingley
Acts who do well here tend to be those who get hands up in the air – and Tinchy Stryder, Katy B and Primal Scream do very well indeed

With headliners including the Human League and Chic and what's billed as the last ever appearance of Wilko Johnson, this year's Bingley festival has come a long way since its 2007 inception. The local council's concept of an affordable, eclectic northern music festival has led many to dress up in celebration: there are several pirates, a group of wizards and a posse of cavemen. Acts who do well here tend to be those who get hands up in the air. That suits Tinchy Stryder, who somehow manages to work the festival name into his many requests to "Make some noise", while Katy B's dubstep pop sets off car alarms in the vicinity.

Reformed indie rockers the Fratellis play rowdy old smash Chelsea Dagger just once, to a riotous reception that suggests the crowd would be happy if they played it a dozen times, and nothing else. Meanwhile, one fan is so overcome by the Cribs' set she leaps into a giant bin.

Saturday headliners Primal Scream draw the weekend's biggest crowd, rewarding 15,000 people with a stellar, largely greatest hits set. Bobby Gillespie's excited cry of "Come on you fuckers" may cause palpitations in officialdom, but his dedication of Shoot Speed, Kill Light to Wilko Johnson is a touching moment.

Eight months after he was diagnosed with cancer and given less than a year to live, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist's storming teatime set is full of trademark energy and defiant duckwalks. There's one tiny moment – perhaps when he realises he's playing Back in the Night for the very last time – that his voice seems to falter. Otherwise, the guitar man is going out as he wants to be remembered. When he blazes into the final song, Chuck Berry's Bye Bye Johnny, the tears are in the crowd, as everybody raises their hands to wave goodbye.

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Dave Simpson

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