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The Bingley Music Live Festival is fast becoming one of my favourite festivals of the year. The tickets are cheap, the line up is good and it is local to me which means I can easily get home at the end of each day. It is also a really good festival for families so Ellie loves to come along too. It takes place the first weekend in September so always seems a good way to officially end the summer.
Bingley Music Live Festival 2017 – The line up
I’ll be honest and say this year the line up wasn’t my favourite. There are a few bands I know and like and a few I’ve never heard of before. But we go most years so this year was no exception. Even if I didn’t like any of the bands spending the weekend with my friends is worth it for me.
Bingley Music Live Festival 2017 – The venue
The Bingley Music Live Festival is set in Myrtle Park in Bingley. The park is huge and the festival is split in to two parts, the Main Stage and the Discovery Stage. There are stalls along the walkway between them, a bar by each stage and food vendors spread all over the park. There is also a gin bar, cocktail bar and coffee stall. The Discovery Stage does tend to be where people with smaller children stay as it is very enclosed and much quieter. There isn’t a camping site at the festival however there is camping available in the area if you do want to stay over.
Bingley Music Live Festival 2017 – The Food
At Bingley Music Live Festival you are able to bring in your own food, but not drinks. We always bring a picnic lunch and treat ourselves to something from the food vendors on a night. This year BML really upped the quality and variety of the vendors. As well as the standard burger stall there was turkish street food, chicken, pizza, fish and chips, burritos, Indian, Chinese, paella, hot dogs, pulled pork and pie stalls. My absolute favourite has to be the halloumi fries which I may or may not have had every day.
Bingley Music Live Festival 2017 – The weekend highlights
My first highlight has to be spending a full weekend with Ellie and my friends. The Bingley Music Live Festival always has a great, friendly atmosphere and it feels like a real community sitting around in camp chairs.
My favourite bands from the weekend are Twin Atlantic, Kaiser Chiefs, Feeder and Sundara Karma.
One of the most exciting parts of festivals for me has to be getting ready for them. I have “festival” clothes I love getting out and I love being able to wear festival make up and hair. Ellie chose lots of highlighter and glitter this year and I went with a super highlight and space buns.
Bingley Music Live Festival 2017 – The downsides
This year at the Bingley Music Live Festival the weather was not kind to us. Although I prepare well and we have lots of waterproof layers, sitting and standing around in the rain is just miserable.
The weekend of Bingley Music Live Festival unfortunately clashed with the Northern Rail train strike. Trying to arrange transport from Bingley for our whole group was stress before the festival you don’t need.
Bingley Music Live Festival 2017 – Final thoughts
All in all Bingley Music Live Festival was an amazing weekend. Despite the rain we had a great time with our friends. Even though I didn’t know all the bands I enjoyed seeing every single one of them. I have found some great new artists to listen to and follow and saw a lot of old favourites. Mine and Ellies tickets were £61 and £48 each for the weekend which I think is a real bargain.
We will definitely be going again next year and hopefully having just as much fun as this year.
Bingley Music Live Festival is a great festival for both groups of friends and families and if you are local to Myrtle Park I really recommend going.
Have you ever been to Bingley Music Live Festival? Which band would you have liked to see from the line up?