Myrtle Park’s music scene has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1991, when Bradford Council held the first concert there to promote its green spaces. Then, it was little more than a small scaffold stage and a few fence panels to secure the backstage area.
Fast forward 25 years and Bingley Music Live has built a reputation for itself as one of the best small festivals in the UK, playing host to some of the biggest names in the industry and acting as a springboard for tomorrow’s talent.
Today around 15,000 people attend the three-day festival each day to see established platinum selling acts as well as the best in emerging talent destined to be the next best thing.
In the beginning…
Event Manager Andrew Wood has been involved since the start and remembers the first event which consisted of three days of music including classical, pop and jazz. Over the next few years the event focussed on the most popular of the days which was ‘pop’ and featured bands like The Manfreds, Suzi Quatro, Boney M, Alvin Stardust and Hot Chocolate.
In 1997 the Council joined forces with local radio station ‘The Pulse’ and the event took on a ‘party in the park’ style. The first ever collaboration was due to feature an up-and-coming girl band called ‘All Saints’ but the event was cancelled as a mark of respect to the Princess of Wales, who died earlier that day. The event went on to feature acts such as Steps, Gareth Gates, Busted, McFly and Rachel Stevens.
The relationship with The Pulse ended in 2007 and marked the end of the event until Andrew approached senior Council figures with an idea for a new kind of event to benefit the local community and businesses. The idea was approved and with just 12 weeks to prepare Bingley Music Live was born…
Discovering tomorrow’s talent
A second stage was added in 2011 to give new and developing artists from around the area a platform to get their music heard. From a simple 12m round tent this has grown into an integral part of what the festival offers. Audiences are drawn to The Discovery Stage, as it is now known, by the possibility of discovering a hidden gem that might just turn out to be the Next Big Thing.
A win-win for Bingley
The much-loved three-day event also has a hugely positive effect on the economy of the Bingley area, with local shops, takeaways and pubs all benefitting from the arrival of the 15,000-strong crowd. Local venues like the Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club and nearby Keighley Rugby Club also offer festival goers a place to camp for the weekend to keep the party going.
Keeping local residents happy is also high on the list of priorities: “A residents’ committee was set up in 2012 to make sure people were involved in the festival’s planning. Some positive results have been achieved in the last 4 years simply by working together.
In 2016 the festival celebrated it’s 10th year. That is 10 fantastic year’s which has seen the festival develop and grow into something really special. 2017 starts a new chapter which we hope will bring you more great experiences of meeting people you never normally would, drinking and dancing with your mates, listening to sweet melodies and making golden memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
See you in the summer.
Take a look at the BML history gallery.
The story so far…
Echo & the Bunnymen, Lightning Seeds, Sigala, Imani Williams, Alias Kid, As Sirens Fall, Anne-Marie, Kloe, Espa, Rews, Vanessa Maria.
Tinie Tempah, Sigma, Peter Hook and the Light, Barenaked Ladies, Bill Ryder-Jones, Age of L.U.N.A, Jake Isaac, Sound of the Sirens, The Membranes, Fling, John Power, Redfaces, Inheaven, Kagoule, Slovenlie, Brownbear, Joe Treacy, No Hot Ashes, Sam Parkes.
Travis, All Saints, We Are Scientists, Black Grape, Clean Cut Kid, The Jacques, Blaenavon, Cattle & Cane, Pusher, Hidden Charms, Tempesst, Passport to Stockholm, Glass Mountain, Fronteers, Broken Witt Rebels, Joe Crookall, Rupert Stroud, Sleepy Jake & The Duvets
Dan Audio, Lynsey Cawthra, Sarah Widdup, Lewis Crossley, Nikki Hope, Jake Segrave, Dan Mungovin, Sylvia Cullen, Shira Colombick, Issimo.
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James, Cast, The Beat, Gallery Circus, Apollo Junction, Holy Esque, Rae Morris, Fickle Friends, Weirds, Model Aeroplanes, The Turning.
Labrinth, Ash, Ella Eyre, Carl Baratt and the Jackals, Funeral for a Friend, Hurricane #1, Natasha North, Room 94, Will Joseph Cook, Nervous ‘Orse, DJ’s – Scott Mills and Chris Stark, Deaf School, Stephanie Fraser, Pixel Fix, Meadow Lark, The Black Delta Movement, The Swiines, Randolph’s Leap, April, Clubs, Rock Bottom Risers.
Super Furry Animals, Idlewild, Embrace, Peter Hook & The Light, Nothing But Thieves, Vant, Mike Dignam, Clay, Tom Prior, The Incredible Magpie Band, DJ – Huw Stephens, Scott Matthews, Adam French, Kimberley Anne, The Sherlocks, Runaway (Go), Eoin Glackin, The Carnaby’s, James McLaren, The Jacques, Francis.
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Shed Seven, Gaz Coombes, MNEK, The Selecter, Dave McCabe/Ian Skelly, The Struts, Eliza and the Bear, Champs, We are Catchers, Prides, Woman’s Hour
Example, Gorgon City, The Strypes, Jess Glynne, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Nick Mulvey, John Lennon McCullagh, Avec Sans, The Barmines, Natasha North, Dexters, Esther, Young Kato, Renegade Brass Band, Emma Garrett, Bird to Beast, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, Warme, The Mispers, Tropical Contact
Pet Shop Boys, Naughty Boy, Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene, Chloe Howl, Etta Bond, D/C, Night Engine, Charlie Cunningham, DownReno, The South, Kyla La Grange, The Wytches, Neon Waltz, Ramona Flowers, Georgia Harrup, Port Isla, The Gramotones, The Sherlocks, Happy Daggers
The Human League, The Neville Staple Band, Katmen, Nina Nesbitt, Frankie & the Heartstrings, The Dunwells, Dave McPherson, The Dirty Rivers, John Lennon McCullach, Small Words
Primal Scream, The Fratellis, Tinchy Stryder, Wilko Johnson, Summer Camp, The Virginmarys, Loveable Rogues, The Temperance Movement, Down Radio, Chris Helme, The Electric Swing Circus, The Struts, The Lake Poets, Natasha Haws, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Bytoutatis, Jade Helliwell
CHIC ft Nile Rodgers, The Cribs, Katy B, The Wonder Stuff, Theme Park, China Rats, Sons and Lovers, St Somebody, Lucy Spraggan, JJ Rosa, Rose and the Howling North, Man Can’t Fly, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Dolomite Minor, Born Thief, Issimo Add images for Nile Rodgers and Primal Scream
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.
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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.
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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
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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