As the end of the Festival season draws to a close Bingley Music Live had massive festival memories to live up to. It’s been an incredible summer even minus the sun. Wellies have been worn more than ever before in front of some of the hottest line up’s the UK has ever seen. This year’s festivals have flourished just like the artists that have graced their stages.
Nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire hills, Bingley is a quaint town that oozes character. Friendly locals, bustling country pubs and picture post card scenery with a festival hidden away at its centre. Camping sites surround the festival on the town’s farmland with pockets of local farmers opening up their grounds to visitors. Wildlife, fresh air and rolling fields become a cosy home for the three days that Bingley Music Live is in town.
With three stages, over 32,000 visitors and an awesome line up Myrtle Park came alive. Headlining the main stage over the three days saw The Charlatans, Razorlight and Nero all take the top spot.
Having had a complete band overhaul leaving Johnny Borrell as the only remaining member, Razorlight were back to their best. Playing classic tracks ‘Golden Touch’, ‘In The Morning’ and ‘America’ the crowd sang every word. Not only did they look like a band that was stronger than ever, their performance was solid waving two fingers up to anyone who doubted their return. Their set finished perfectly by a firework display lighting up Bingley’s night sky.
King Charles, Jake Bugg, Clement Marfo and The Frontline and Maverick Sabre all gave standout performances with the crowd loving every second. With White Lies, Hard-Fi and DJ Fresh all hitting the main stage there was something for every age and musical taste. As the sun shone groups relaxed on the grass, children played in the playgrounds nearby and couples walked amongst the park’s brightly coloured flowerbeds.
For the ticket price Bingley serves up artists that you would see at bigger festivals for four times the price. With smaller crowds you can get closer to the stages and see and feel the performances.
If you are a fan of festivals then you will know what makes a good one and what makes you question the money that you have spent on a bad one. Bingley shines brighter than most. Not only is it amazingly organised, everything is focused on the music. Family friendly, everyone is there for a good time. The crowd are all in high spirits without any fights, rushing paramedics or overly clamped down security. The toilets are clean, there are no queues for the bar and everything you could possibly need is within reaching distance.
Its name may not be as well known as V Festival or Reading and Leeds but it stands taller than all of them. With more and more festivals popping up and others going into Administration, organisers should take note of what Bingley delivered this year. The team behind the scenes were one of the best and most organised at any festival. Everything was covered, perfectly executed and done with a massive smile. Next year forget paying the price of a holiday for a weekend festival and get your ticket for Bingley Music Live. We’ll see you there.