Bingley Music Live is a wonderfully strange event. Popped Music, and this writer in particular, are big fans of it. For one, it is a really small festival which means a wide variety of bands can be seen without doing too much damage to your feet and soul.

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You don’t get better value than Bingley Music Live. £55 for Travis, Tinie Tempah, Echo & The Bunnymen, All Saints, We Are Scientists, Black Grape, Peter Hook & The Light, Barenaked Ladies, Bill Ryder-Jones, Lightning Seeds plus lots more and a second stage featuring the likes of Kagoule and the recently reformed Ordinary Boys (although they failed to arrive and were replaced by John Power of Cast). Plus the food is good and reasonably priced, and there are lots of entertainments and even a fairground this year. You’re not going to get better value than that.

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The music of Merseyside filled the Yorkshire air at the first day of Bingley Music Live with post punk heroes Echo & the Bunnymen headlining….

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Bingley Music Live is gaining a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the UK to see established acts along with new artists. This year’s festival was no exception and with good weather, a strong line-up and a sell out crowd it was one of the best yet.

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Shed 7 are headlining a varied day of music at the annual Bingley music event that has been going from strength to strength and is one of a clutch of northern festivals that braves the weather to celebrate the culture in the rainswept norf…Council backed, this is a great enterprise and puts Bradford and Bingley firmly on the map. This is one of those heartlands of music fans- the people who will sing and dance with pure joy for any style with a broadminded enthusiasm…

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Time for our live broadcast again, out and about in the crowd chatting to people about their experiences at Bingley Music Live, and also talking to stall holders and organisers of children’s events. Have to say that is is all positive, some are repeating, some are here for the first time but all say they will be back. Many point out the friendly and helpful attitude of all the staff and volunteers.

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AAAHHH Freak Out! Is what every man, woman and child do when Nile Rodgers and Chic hit the stage. So many chart hits under his belt it would induce RSI to type them all out. All I can say is WOW! … Long live Chic, and long live Bingley Music Live, so many highlights so little time. See you next year for more of the same.

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Bingley Music Live 2013 gave 15,000 music fans real bang for their buck with an explosive and eclectic three-day extravaganza…Headline acts The Human League, Primal Scream and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers were worth the entrance fee alone…Bingley Music Live’s cri-de-guerre is “Big Hearts. Big Sounds” and they will have undoubtedly won over a few more after yet another fantastic festival.

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This year’s festival saw Bingley play host to an incredible set of headliners- The Human League, Primal Scream and Chic/Nile Rodgers- that undoubtedly rivalled, if not completely outstripped, many of the much larger and far more widely known UK festivals…There was a real sense of people coming together just to enjoy themselves and lose themselves in their love of music

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Organisers of the Bingley Music Live event should have every right to feel proud.  The 2013 event finished to the classic disco sounds of Chic featuring Nile Rodgers soaring above the town’s Myrtle Park…This year’s lineup was as strong as any other festival of its size, but perhaps made more impressive by the fact that this is a council run event.

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With headliners including the Human League and Chic and what’s billed as the last ever appearance of Wilko Johnson, this year’s Bingley festival has come a long way since its 2007 inception.

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Bingley Music Live is a festival that bang for buck offers more than almost any other contender. With a ticket setting you back only around £40 it is roughly a case of £1 per band. In no way does this limit the calibre of the acts on offer either, with some of the biggest names from this years festival circuit all in attendance. In terms of access to the festival ground, BML again comes out a winner, with the site an easy stroll away from the train station and town centre… with home grown talent peppered across the line up this is one festival that really has a homely northern feel to it… All in all, Bingley Music Live is the perfect family festival for the end of the season. 7/10.

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It was one of the last festivals of the summer, and Bingley Music Live didn’t disappoint…Festival closers Chic featuring Nile Rodgers put on a truly excellent performance.

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So another year under the belt of Bingley Festival. Bingley Music Live, drew to a fabulous close last night, under dramatic skies, which couldn’t have been scripted better. The entire weekend had so much going for it, the atmosphere, the organisation and the music, all were of the highest order and this growing annual event will no doubt be penciled in peoples 2014 diaries come Christmas…Only 362 days to go.

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Bingley’s Myrtle Park hosted dozens of diverse bands and tens of thousands of music fans over the weekend for one of the most successful Bingley Music Live events yet…the festival prides itself on providing something for everyone, and this year was no exception, with young families rubbing shoulders with seasoned festival goers.

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This festival has that bit of magic about it that makes it memorable. You always take something away with you from Myrtle Park.

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Over the last few years this once small festival has grown in both size and popularity… This year’s festival was a 3 day affair with 3 stages, a Kid’s Zone and a range of food stalls… the Kid’s Zone…  was a brilliant addition to the festival with a wide range of activities including a sand pit, bouncy castle, tunnels and face painting…  The atmosphere was really chilled out with lots of families sat around enjoying the sunshine and music. The festival is continuing to grow and the new additions have made it even better. The fact that they manage to provide so much entertainment whilst only charging £45 for a weekend ticket is superb value for money. 9/10

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Bingley Music Live it’s grown and is doing more and more to make it a festival for family and friends of all ages. The line up itself helps with that of course, they don’t hide the fact that they book a variety of acts that will give something for everyone… it’s not all about the music now, as good as some of that has been it’s the fact that it’s such a diverse crowd, is so well priced (early bird tickets now available for next year) and is growing in stature year on year.

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As if Chase and Status didn’t bring the weekend to enough of a banging close, a secondary firework display rounds the weekend off nicely.  Roll on Bingley Music Live 2012.

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Photo review of Bingley Music Live.

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It can definitely be said that the festival has something for everyone’s tastes…

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A spectacular fireworks display marked the end of headliners Chase and Status’s final tour date of the summer. The band, playing for the first time at Bingley, repeatedly hailed the Yorkshire audience – and their enthusiasm was returned by a sea of fans in front of the stage.

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How awesome would it be for this festival to become so popular that Beyonce or Rihanna headlined in a venue small enough to pretty much guarantee seeing them up close?

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What they say…

“I’d never heard of the festival before and I was quite surprised; I thought it was a small festival then when we got here and we see thousands upon thousands of people; we thought this is the real deal. I mean, we do this for a living and we go around the world playing festivals. This one, I swear, it’s second to none.”

Benji Webbe, Skindred

The small Yorkshire town of Bingley may be an unlikely home for a major pop festival, but the fourth Bingley Music Live has established itself as a cheaper, more family-friendly alternative to the giant Leeds.

The Guardian

“I’m really impressed. The organisation is first rate, it’s easy to get to, easy to get in to, everyone’s having a good time, there’s a great vibe going on and everyone seems really happy which is the ultimate importance.”

John Giddings, Global Music Agent

“One stage many acts; that’s what a festival should and is all about.”

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd.

“I would just like to say Bingley was a great way to finish our summer, both band and crew loved it. Big thanks from everyone.”

Thomas Stone, Tour Manager, James

“What a terrific experience, one of the best organised, nicest festivals I have ever had the good or bad fortune to be in attendance at…..Geoff, (Geoff Meall, The Agency Group) you can happily book any of your acts there, what a great gig.”

Michael Jobson, Tour Manager, Doves

“Thank you for looking after my bands. It’s not often I get tour managers reporting back to me saying what a great time they’ve had and how well looked after they’ve been so thanks again on that.”

Steve Zapp, ITB Agency

“What a great finish to the Festival Season to be able to play at Bingley Music Live! Great venue, Well Organised, Great Catering, and Wonderful People! Thank you Bingley!”

Peter Wanders , Manager of Craig Charles presents The Fantasy Funk Ban