Chief rea­son to party this weekend

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The an­nual What’s On Party In The Park is back on Fri­day for a third year at Me­dia City Am­phithe­atre and that means a full day of mu­sic plus ar­ti­san mar­kets, food and drink. Here’s the low­down on three acts play­ing the main stage...

The Char­la­tans

Tim Burgess and Co first burst onto the scene with storm­ing sin­gle The Only One I Know way back in 1990, emerg­ing as part of a baggy scene that in­cluded the Stone Roses and Happy Mon­days. De­spite the suc­cess of sin­gles such as How High, One to An­other and North Coun­try Boy, the band have suf­fered more than their fair share of tragedy. Key­board player Rob Collins died in a car ac­ci­dent back in 1996 and drum­mer Jon Brookes passed away af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in 2010. Singer Burgess has en­joyed solo suc­cess in re­cent times, writ­ing with Lam­b­chop main­man Kurt Wagner. He’s also an au­thor with the books Telling Sto­ries and Tim Book Two.

Travis

The Scot­tish rock­ers hit the big time in 1999 – you couldn’t es­cape their huge sell­ing al­bum from that year, The Man Who or 2001 fol­low up The In­vis­i­ble Band. Melan­choly sin­gles Drift­wood, Why Does It Al­ways Rain On Me, Writ­ing To Reach You, Sing and Flow­ers In The Win­dow make Travis a pop­u­lar live act, and they re­leased lat­est al­bum Ev­ery­thing at Once ear­lier this year. Fran Healey, Dougie Payne, Andy Dun­lop and Neil Prim­rose are still good bud­dies af­ter more than 25 years in the in­dus­try.

Kaiser Chiefs

With punchy yet melodic hit sin­gles Oh My God, I Pre­dict A Riot, Ev­ery Day I Love You Less and Less and Ruby, the Leeds out­fit are known for their storm­ing live shows. Singer Ricky Wil­son is the best known of the band thanks to his stint as coach on the UK re­al­ity TV show The Voice. He’s also known for his en­er­getic ap­proach to the live arena, so ex­pect plenty of scaf­fold climb­ing and an­tics from the charis­matic singer. They re­leased re­cent al­bum Stay To­gether last month.

DON’T MISS: Lo­cal acts The Box­tones, 13 Daze, Adam Baluch and Tim Has­sall also per­form­ing on the main stage. Tick­ets on sale at plat­inum­list.net

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