The English Defence League were considerably outnumbered by police officers when they visited Bradford yesterday afternoon. Members of the public were kept well away from the hour long gathering which took place next to the town hall. Officers had been drafted in from other police forces including Manchester, so all-in-all it was a rather expensive non-event.
The official charity partner for this years Bradford City Run which took place yesterday morning is the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford Here are some very enthusiastic runners at the start of the kid's run which preceded the adult event.
Norwegian rock band Skogmus performing at the Shuttle Shuffle Festival in Bradford a couple of weeks ago. The band have been influenced by 1970's progressive rock bands and are currently (if I have got my facts right) students at the Leeds College of Music.
French electronic musician and composer Etienne Jaumet made a visit to the Fuse Gallery and Art Space in Bradford last week. Etienne differs from most electronic musicians these days as he uses classic anoalogue keyboards (and a saxaphone) in his compositions. I tend not to comment on actual performances as I am fairly new to this type of music, but I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole performance.
Brixton based Cooly G chose the Fuse gallery & Art Space here in Bradford to launch her new five track EP ArmzHouse. Part of the performance was streamed live via the internet as Cooly G (Merrisa Campbell) has a national as well as international fan base. The EP is available on the Hyperdub record label.
German band Suddenly Human performing at Factory St. Studios in Bradford. The band are currently appearing at venues up and down the UK before heading back to Europe for performances in Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt. The band describe themselves as 'alternative, new wave & post punk'. I ought to mention also that local band Francis put in an impressive performance on the same evening which made the jointly hosted event (Yorkshire Gig Guide, Kulchad Live and Factory St.) a memorable one indeed.
Japanese electronic musician and composer Kyoka visited the Fuse Gallery & Art Space last night. Kyoka performs regularly on the electronic music scene in Japan and Germany so it was a rather special treat to be able to hear one of her performances here in Bradford.
Cambodian Singer Srey Thy and Cambodian Space Project deliver a stunning performance of 'Whisky Cambodia' at a recent performance at Factory Streeet Studios here in Bradford. The band with their unique blend of 1960's Cambodian pop and Khmer plychedelic rock have recently performed at the Glastonbury Festival, the Jazz Cafe in London, Womad, and of course Bradford's very own own recording facility Factory Street Studios..