The world’s a stage for singer-songwriter Richard

Richard Bedford

Richard Bedford

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A Calderdale singer-songwriter has just completed a mammoth 12-month tour with top trance DJ, Armin van Buuren.

Richard Bedford, who has worked in trance music for the last ten years, toured with the top DJ on his tour - Armin Only Intense.

The tour hosted half a million guests - shows were held in some of the most iconic venues in the world, in front of audiences of more than 30,000 people.

Richard, 42, first met Armin Van Buuren at a music festival in 2005.

“He was the DJ everyone looked up to and he has been a big influence for everyone in the industry,” Richard said.

“The tour was an amazing experience and a testament to the quality of the local music scene where I started my career playing in local bands.

“To play in front of so many people was mind-blowing and surreal. It was a massive adrenaline rush.

“The tour was something I never expected to do, I’d done shows on my own but it was really nice to work with a team of people.”

Richard, who lives in Copley, now plans to release his own album in summer 2015 and hopes to build on the success of Armin Only Intense.