It’s no good, we can keep it a secret any more! Bingley Music Live or BML, as people who like capital letters call it, is a blinding way to spend a weekend. The secret festival was whispered about to us by Dave the Mod in about 2008. Since then we have barely missed the late summer shindig in Myrtle Park, Bingley. Having attended BML with a varied bunch of music lovers over the years we thought 2015 was the year Madchester’s youth wing were introduced to a Festival.
As we arrived on the Friday evening Cast were entertaining the 16,000 crowd with classics like Walk Away and Alright. The Bingley crowd were well up for it by the time headliners James appeared. Always entertaining Tim Booth had the crowd eating out of his hand from the word go with his shamenesque moves. Starting off with Tomorrow they produced a masterclass of songsmithery and musicianship that won them a new legion of fans including our 7 year old!
Blasting through a set that included hits such as Laid, She’s a Star & Come Home. James closed the Friday night in style. If I’m honest the line up for Saturday didn’t do much for the older generation of Madchester compared to the youths! The kids were highly excited for Ella Eyre & Labrinth while Carl Barat was the one I most wanted to see. After a disappointing set from Carl Barat the thought of down with the kids acts was not that thrilling. How wrong I was. Ella Eyre was highly entertaining playing hits such as Comeback, Waiting all Night and Gravity. She really got the crowd going we were impressed.
Ash followed on and then the surprise of the weekend for me was Labrinth. Supported by a talented array of musicians he put on a show that won over the older end of the crowd. Hits such as Let the Sun Shine & Beneath You’re Beautiful were warmly received by the 16,000 strong army of revelers.
Sunday brought another strong line up with highlights including Embrace & Peter Hook and the Light as well as Idlewild and Super Furry Animals. Stealing the show was Peter Hook and the Light’s barnstorming set of Joy Division and New Order classics that never seem to age.
All in all a fantastic weekend was had by all and again Bingley Music Live provided the best value for money festival of the summer. A great easily accessible festival with 2 stages of quality music and food and drink. The festival has grown over the years but still has its charm and attention to detail to make it enjoyable for all the family. Get your tickets now for early bird savings. You wont be disappointed.
Words By Martin Hiscox
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