Bingley Music Live 2012 festival review

'Bingley shines brighter than most'

Bingley Music Live 2012 festival review

Photographer: Shirlaine ForrestVirtual Festivals on 04 September 2012

Nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire hills, Bingley is a quaint town that oozes character, with friendly locals, bustling country pubs and picture postcard scenery, with a festival hidden away at its centre. Camping sites surround the festival on 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 roster of artists, Myrtle Park came alive this weekend with a line-up headed up by The Charlatans, Razorlight and Nero.

Having had a complete band overhaul leaving Johnny Borrell as the only remaining member, Razorlight were back to their best at Bingley. 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 rock solid, waving two fingers up to anyone who doubted their return. Their set finished rounded off by a firework display lighting up Bingley’s night sky.

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, Jake Bugg, Clement Marfo and The Frontline and Maverick Sabre all gave standout performances with the crowd loving every second.  With the likes of White Lies, Hard-Fi and DJ Fresh all hitting the main stage, there was something for every age and musical taste. 

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 superbly organised, everything is geared towards the music.

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Family-friendly, everyone is there for a good time with a crowd 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. 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.  

Its name may not be as well known as V Festival or Reading and Leeds but it stands shoulder to shoulder with 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. Next year forget paying the price of a holiday for a weekend festival and get your ticket for Bingley Music Live instead. We’ll see you there. 

-- by Carly Wilford

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