Growing in stature year on year, Bingley Music Live has been operating in its current format since 2007. In 2012 the festival ran the tagline ‘Big Heart, Big Sounds’ – this succinct message perfectly summarises everything that is great about Bingley Music Live.
Feedback from performers and festival-goers alike continues to be incredibly positive and the media seem unable to hold back the love, with Virtual Festivals awarding BML a rare 10/10 score. The high standard of production, friendliness, excellent organisation and the beautiful surrounding of Myrtle Park all contribute to the audience’s enjoyment.
Attracting seasoned festival goers and first timers alike, in just six years Bingley Music Live has developed an incredibly loyal and supportive following, and grown into a nationally heralded festival that is widely applauded for its professionalism and integrity.
Added to this is an ongoing commitment to delivering superb value for money. This means being dedicated to showcasing top quality acts at a price that makes the weekend accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their age.
Another key objective is to deliver a diverse programme of entertainment. This has seen extensive development of the beautiful second stage which in conjunction with the main stage is devoted to both mainstream and up-and-coming bands. BML is also an ardent advocate of supporting local bands from the region; giving them the opportunity to perform on the same bill as internationally acclaimed artists.
As well as the music, Bingley offers plenty more besides! To ensure a family-friendly environment there’s a fantastically improved Kids Zone where smaller family members can play safely and happily while parents relax. In addition to this there are street performers, urban art, woodland traders area, massage tepees, a real ale tent and gourmet food outlets. BML is also signed up to the ‘Attitude is everything’ disabled access charter.
This inclusivity helps to create an intimate atmosphere, with a series of ‘mini festivals’ within a festival, this is paired with outstanding performances from headline bands that are usually only associated with huge, sprawling festivals. With a daily capacity for 16,000, BML is one of the few remaining intimate festivals on the circuit which allows audiences to get up close and personal with all their favourite bands.
But it didn’t all start in 2007, in fact Bradford Council has staged a series of live summer music events of one kind or another at the beautiful Myrtle Park since 1991. In that 22 year history there has been some memorable ups and downs!
Initially conceived as a 3 day event featuring a broad spectrum of musical genres from classical to pop to jazz, this was soon condensed into a single day of live pop acts; featuring many retro chart-toppers such as Edwin Starr, Suzie Quatro, Boney M and Alvin Stardust.
By 1997 the event stretched over 2 days and was organised in partnership with local radio station 'The Pulse'. This reformatted 'Party in the Park' style of event was all set to see the introduction of a number of acts from the current chart scene as well as retro pop groups from yesteryear.
Unfortunately, the very first Party in the Park was all set to stage an up-and-coming girl band called 'All Saints' but sadly the event was cancelled as a mark of respect, following the death of the Princess of Wales, which occurred earlier that day. The event bounced back in 1998 and other acts that appeared during this Party in the Park era included big mainstream stars such as Charlotte Church, Busted, McFly, Rachel Stevens and Gareth Gates.
This two day, weekend festival of live music continued until 2006 but this sadly turned out to be the final year. In February 2007 The Pulse announced their withdrawal from the partnership and as a result Bradford Council decided to pull the plug on the event. Thankfully, in May 2007 following a considerable amount of pressure from supporters of the event the Council made a U-turn and decided to go it alone. Organising the event in its entirety; the objective was to provide an accessible, culturally diverse programme of entertainment that would continue to bring multiple benefits to the local community and businesses in the area.
As a result a re-branded event 'Bingley Music Live' was launched onto the festival circuit. With only 12 weeks to put the event together and Bradford Council struggling to persuade agents to release their bands to come and perform at an unknown festival with no previous history it looked as if the first Bingley Music Live would also be the last.
With a limited line up consisting of 'From the Jam', 'The Bluetones' and local support it was essential that Bradford Council quickly turned things around. In came an industry professional who with just 9 weeks until event day managed to secure indie legends The Charlatans and newcomers The Twang. The first BML was an outstanding success, going on later in the year to be shortlisted in the Best New Festival category of the UK Festival Awards.
Bringing you right up to date and the festival is still organised, in the main, by the same team that started the festival in its current format in 2007. With their hands-on approach and a mutual love for live music, the BML team is devoted to delivering you the best boutique, city festival possible.
Since 2007 there has also been strong growth in the festival’s following. Thanks to your support we’ve experienced near sell out crowds for the past four years including actual sell out in 2011. Being shortlisted to the top 10 of the UK Festival Awards Best Medium Sized Festival last year was also a massive success for Bingley Music Live and a reflection of the many improvements that were made. We’ve also been delighted by the notable performances from outstandingly talented artists such as Nero, Razorlight, DJ Fresh, Maverick Sabre, White Lies, The Pigeon Detectives, Stooshe, Martha Reeves, Hard-Fi, Space, Katzenjammer, King Charles, Chase and Status, Maximo Park, Feeder, Eliza Doolittle, Mystery Jets, Stereo MC’s, James, The Enemy, Public Image Ltd, Seasick Steve, Editors, Calvin Harris, Doves, The Zutons as well as breaking acts such as Jake Bugg, Example, Professor Green, V.V. Brown, Daley, Dot Rotten, Driving Lolita and Kassidy. It’s this exciting mix of the cutting edge, the mainstream and the alternative that makes BML such an exciting event. There’s always something new to discover as well as a line up of guaranteed crowd-pleasers. We look forward to seeing you next summer for the next chapter of the adventure.
The story so far...
The Charlatans, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Stooshe, Miles and Erica of the Wonderstuff, Skinny Lister, Sadie and the Hotheads.
Razorlight, DJ Fresh Live, The Pigeon Detectives, Delilah, Space, The Chevin, The Lancashire Hotpots, King Charles, Jake Bugg, The Milk
Nero, White Lies, Maverick Sabre, Hard-Fi, Kazenjammer, Citizens! L Marshall, Marsicans, The Idiot B*stard Band, Yes Sir Boss,
Fun lovin' Criminals, Skindred, The Go! Team, Young Guns, Alice Gold.
Maximo Park, Feeder, Mystery Jets, Athlete, Jon Fratelli, White Denim, Dot Rotten, Dionne Bromfield, State of Error, Thirteen16.
Chase and Status, The Coral, Eliza Doolittle, The Sunshine Underground, Stereo MC's, Wretch 32, Daley, King Headlock, Geek.
Buzzcocks, The Blackout, Dreadzone, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
James, Public Image Ltd, Reef, Example, Frightened Rabbit , Gaggle, Sound of Guns, The Mexanines, Jasmine Kennedy
The Enemy, Seasick Steve, The Levellers, Hadouken, Professor Green, Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Kassidy, The Dawnriders, Black Diamond Bay
The Undertones, Toploader, New 2, Pama International.
Doves, The Zutons, Ocean Colour Scene, The Sunshine Underground, The Dykeenies, Detroit Social Club,The Moons, The Little Black Hearts, Disco Machine Gun.
Editors, Calvin Harris, Reverend & The Makers, The Futureheads, Qemists, V V Brown, White Belt Yellow Tag, Vandal Supreme, Spike Island.
Happy Mondays, Scouting For Girls, The Automatic, Terrorvision, Delays, Infadels, Ebony Bones, Sergeant, Billy the Kid, Michael Mallinson
Echo and the Bunnymen, Alabama 3, Natty, King Blues, Jubilee, The Sylvias, Desert Eskimo, Rewire, Hundred Dollar Cigar
From The Jam, The Bluetones, White Light Parade, Splash Alley, The Touch, Analog Bombs
The Charlatans, The Twang, Milburn, Dead 60s, Operator 6, Scars on 45, The Good Die Young, Talk to Angels