Chief reason to party this weekend
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...
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.
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.
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