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..
Sky Ride ambassador Sir Chris Hoy leads a procession of cyclists as they leave City Park and head for Lister Park along a traffic free route. A record 6500 cyclists took part in Sunday's Sky Ride event.
An absolutely storming session from solo bluesman Angelo Palladino helped kick off the Bradford Festival last Friday. Angelo, originally a Londoner, now lives (and gigs) in West Yorkshire. If you are into blues music just go and see the man live!
This should really have been posted back on the 10th March. It's a Commonwealth Flag Raising Ceremony (I think it's the first time Bradford has taken part in this), one of hundreds being held in the fifty three Commonwealth states across the world. The Lord Mayor of Bradford Khadim Hussain reads a Commonwealth Affirmation before the flag is raised by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe.
A guest on the Radio 4 midweek programme this morning was flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla. Mr Niebla appeared at the Bradford Festival last year and I believe he is also making an appearance at this year's festival (The Radio 4 programme is currently available on the listen again facility).