Ok, perhaps it is a little bit of a cop out when one of the headlining acts’ side projects is under the spotlight as a more obscure recommendation but it would be rude of us to ignore Jealous Nostril on that basis alone. Fronted by Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell, there are moments where they delve into the kind of scuzzy rock and roll that his parent band used to flirt with relentlessly, but the musical palette with which they paint is altogether broader and, potentially, even more exciting.
The Bingley Weekender 2023 lineup is something of a Greater Manchester love-in on a number of levels this year and who are we to deny Wigan the opportunity of joining in? Stanleys are part of an emerging group of acts who are pilfering their own (and their parents’?) record collections and using the emergent influences to blend invigorating new anthems for another generation. Tracks like ‘A Better Life’ and ‘Measured in Gold’ have already proved themselves as singalong gems and this year’s ‘Time Waits For No One’ EP has further shown the depth and breadth of the Stanleys sound. There are promising things instore for Wigan’s latest exports.
Since their 2021 release ‘False Company’, Weekend Recovery spent several months drip-feeding explosive singles such as ‘No Guts, All The Glory’ and ‘Chemtrails’ before offering up their third album ‘Esoteric’ back in June. This summer is seeing the band landing spots on festival bills across the country and, after flying under the radar for far too long, it appears that Weekend Recovery are finally being given the attention they deserve. With a backs-to-the-wall rock approach, they’re sure to help the Bingley Weekender crowd shake off any lingering Friday hangovers as the Saturday proceedings kick into action.
Bingley Weekender runs Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August, with a stunning opening party taking place on Thursday 3rd August. Tickets for all events are available now on the festival website and the full lineup is shown below.