Bingley Music Live returned for its 11th year at the weekend, for three days of live music which saw Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs and The Wombats headline respectively. As always, it was the special local feel and family-orientated atmosphere that makes this festival so special which shone through.
One of the stand-out aspects of the festival is the demographic. It is something that you don’t quite get with the better known festivals, with people of all ages and personalities coming together at Myrtle Park to enjoy the music, food and drinks.
The music was split across two stages, with the Main Stage catering for the more established artists and the Discovery Stage playing host to some of the best up and coming talents in music. So who were the highlights of the weekend?
Manic Street Preachers brought their musical experience to the table, with timeless hits such as ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ and ‘If You Tolerate This’. The performance oozed professionalism, with tracks that had all ages singing along. Lead singer James Dean Bradfield even threw in a couple of references to Yorkshire’s success with Team GB at the Olympics, ensuring that the local crowd were firmly on the Welsh band’s side from the off.
The Manics’ Friday night headline set followed that of Maximo Park, who despite seemingly sliding away from the spotlight in recent years were excellent. The performance made the torrential rainfall bearable, with frontman Paul Smith as energetic as he was back in the noughties.
Saturday saw indie’s rising stars Sundara Karma and Sheffield veterans Milburn impress, on the night Kaiser Chiefs headlined the main stage. If there was ever a band suitable of headlining a family festival such as Bingley, it would have to be Ricky Wilson & co. Love them or hate them, Kaiser Chiefs will guarantee an entertaining set.
Wilson was born just down the road in Keighley, and although many haven’t been too impressed with the band’s more recent material, classics like Ruby, I Predict a Riot and Every Day I Love You Less and Less were just made for the big outdoor shows.
Sunday saw Badly Drawn Boy, Feeder and headliners The Wombats take to the stage, but it was British legends Soul II Soul who stole the show on the final day.
There was plenty to shout about on the Discovery Stage over the course of the three days too, with the likes of Tom Grennan, Stevie Parker, The Orielles and many others showing promise for the future. Maybe we will be seeing some of those names on the Main Stage some time soon…
Bingley Music Live 2017 was undoubtedly a success. Value for money is incredible for this festival, and we can’t wait to see what is in store for next year!