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Chase and Status closing last night's Bingley Music Live festival

Eliza Doolittle wows the crowds at Myrtle Park

First published in Bradford Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire Valley Chief Reporter

Thousands of revellers basked in glorious sunshine as Bingley Music Live drew to a close last night.

A crowd of up to 16,000 people brushed away the cobwebs of the previous two nights to enjoy a sold-out show featuring headline acts including Chase and Status, The Coral and Eliza Doolittle at the Myrtle Park finale, securing the festival’s growing reputation. 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.

Mercury Music Prize nominated Liverpudlians, The Coral, followed in the footsteps of their idols, The Beatles with a cover of Ticket to Ride – drawing cheers from the audience – alongside their previous hits such as Dreaming of You.

But the young fans were eager to collect London-born singer Eliza Doolittle’s autograph as she chatted to her admirers following her performance of songs including Skinny Genes, Pack Up and Rollerblades.

One fan Lucy Hird, 32, of Harrogate, said: “Eliza was great. She brought a ray of sunshine to the Bingley Festival with her summer anthems.”

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Earlier in the day, Geek and King Headlock had warmed up the crowd before Daley, a neo-soul singer-songwriter from Manchester – with an unmistakable shock of curly, ginger hair – performed his signature track “rainy day”.

On the back of his performance, Eliza Doolittle, Tweeted: “Daley giving me the tingles”

Next was British rapper Germaine Scott, better known as Wretch 32, who took the stage as the crowd got to their feet. Then the heavens opened – families took shelter under umbrellas and festival-goers flipped up their hoodies. But the sudden shower failed to dampen the spirits of the thousands who swarmed into Myrtle Park to see Stereo MCs.

Nick Hallam, lead singer, proved the nineties legends have not lost their edge, blasting through Connected and Step It Up, the electronic anthems with which they made their name.

Jamie Scarborough, of Hunslet, Leeds, said: “I thought they absolutely rocked it. They were right up there with (Saturday’s headliners) Maximo Park. They were the best thing I’ve seen all weekend.

“They’ve still got it,” he added.

His friend, Jez Barnett, who had been celebrating his 33rd birthday at the festival, said: “I’ve been coming here for the past three years and it gets better every time. It is a really good line-up this year, with a great crowd.”

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8:30am Mon 5 Sep 11

angry bradfordian says...

Much as I would love to see more live music in Bradford (perhaps the Odeon would make an ideal venue!) this seems like another council propaganda article.
I'm not sure what the evidence for the 'growing reputation' is because the event hasn't been mentioned in any national musical press that I've seen and all the act (Maximo Park excepted) would struggle to make it into the 5th or 6th stage at Glastonbury.
Much as I would love to see more live music in Bradford (perhaps the Odeon would make an ideal venue!) this seems like another council propaganda article. I'm not sure what the evidence for the 'growing reputation' is because the event hasn't been mentioned in any national musical press that I've seen and all the act (Maximo Park excepted) would struggle to make it into the 5th or 6th stage at Glastonbury. angry bradfordian
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9:40am Mon 5 Sep 11

eldraco says...

So Maximo Park are a bigger crowd puller than say, PIL, FLC, Feeder, Terrovision, Skindred and even Gareth Gates? Interesting. You attitude isn't really helping the local "scene" is it? Oh, and it's live music in Bingley, not Bradford. No chance of seeing anything like this in a Bradford park, trust me.
So Maximo Park are a bigger crowd puller than say, PIL, FLC, Feeder, Terrovision, Skindred and even Gareth Gates? Interesting. You attitude isn't really helping the local "scene" is it? Oh, and it's live music in Bingley, not Bradford. No chance of seeing anything like this in a Bradford park, trust me. eldraco
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9:41am Mon 5 Sep 11

eldraco says...

So Maximo Park are a bigger crowd puller than say, PIL, FLC, Feeder, Terrovision, Skindred and even Gareth Gates? Interesting. You attitude isn't really helping the local "scene" is it? Oh, and it's live music in Bingley, not Bradford. No chance of seeing anything like this in a Bradford park, trust me.
So Maximo Park are a bigger crowd puller than say, PIL, FLC, Feeder, Terrovision, Skindred and even Gareth Gates? Interesting. You attitude isn't really helping the local "scene" is it? Oh, and it's live music in Bingley, not Bradford. No chance of seeing anything like this in a Bradford park, trust me. eldraco
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9:52am Mon 5 Sep 11

ministry_of_justice says...

Miserable G*t.The gig was amazing.Keep up the good work Bradford Council.Should start to make a profit next year.Incidentally rated no.7 in a recent poll of best festival in the UK.The atmosphere was amazing in what is both a natural ampitheatre and beautiful setting.Its central location means struggling local businesses get a welcome financial boost.Very well policed,to my knowledge there was very little,if any trouble yet their presence was relaxed and non oppressive.Bingley was a great place to be this weekend.Well done all concerned.Roll on next year.
Miserable G*t.The gig was amazing.Keep up the good work Bradford Council.Should start to make a profit next year.Incidentally rated no.7 in a recent poll of best festival in the UK.The atmosphere was amazing in what is both a natural ampitheatre and beautiful setting.Its central location means struggling local businesses get a welcome financial boost.Very well policed,to my knowledge there was very little,if any trouble yet their presence was relaxed and non oppressive.Bingley was a great place to be this weekend.Well done all concerned.Roll on next year. ministry_of_justice
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10:20am Mon 5 Sep 11

Old Peculiar says...

The acts may not be the type that would headline Glastonbury, but then weekend tickets were £35 each, where as Glasto / Leeds / V-fest, will all charge nearer £200.
The festival was absolutely fantastic, I went to all 3 nights. Chase and Status, wow, what a way to finish, spectacular.
The whole thing was well managed, and with the exception of big bar queues on Friday night, I have no complaints, and nothing but praise for the organisers.
I've already ordered my tickets for next year, Bingley Live is getting a great reputation !
The acts may not be the type that would headline Glastonbury, but then weekend tickets were £35 each, where as Glasto / Leeds / V-fest, will all charge nearer £200. The festival was absolutely fantastic, I went to all 3 nights. Chase and Status, wow, what a way to finish, spectacular. The whole thing was well managed, and with the exception of big bar queues on Friday night, I have no complaints, and nothing but praise for the organisers. I've already ordered my tickets for next year, Bingley Live is getting a great reputation ! Old Peculiar
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4:53pm Mon 5 Sep 11

thog01274 says...

This is great news for Bingley, it's win win, all the local pubs & shops benefit as well .
This is great news for Bingley, it's win win, all the local pubs & shops benefit as well . thog01274
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9:50pm Mon 5 Sep 11

basil fawlty says...

It's a shame that this music festival hasn't got 'Bradford' in the title as its been a great success story and is something for Bradfordians to be proud of. I could never imagine Leeds missing out on some positive publicity and allowing the Leeds festival to become the 'Bramham' festival.
It's a shame that this music festival hasn't got 'Bradford' in the title as its been a great success story and is something for Bradfordians to be proud of. I could never imagine Leeds missing out on some positive publicity and allowing the Leeds festival to become the 'Bramham' festival. basil fawlty
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9:11am Tue 6 Sep 11

bingleyboy says...

As a very local resident, I thought Bingley was BUZZING at the weekend. It injected a bit of life into what is quickly becoming a ghost town. Its great for the surrounding businesses and great bit of business from the B&B Rugby Club and the farm in Gilstead in setting up campsites (although not sure how those local residents feel about that).
One thing that is worrying me is that tickets are on sale for next year already at £40 for the weekend which includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Does that mean there is no FREE event next year?
As a very local resident, I thought Bingley was BUZZING at the weekend. It injected a bit of life into what is quickly becoming a ghost town. Its great for the surrounding businesses and great bit of business from the B&B Rugby Club and the farm in Gilstead in setting up campsites (although not sure how those local residents feel about that). One thing that is worrying me is that tickets are on sale for next year already at £40 for the weekend which includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Does that mean there is no FREE event next year? bingleyboy
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10:00am Tue 6 Sep 11

ministry_of_justice says...

No free event would be a massive NO-NO!.Let's not forget the roots of this festival.It was a free event for the local people of Bingley.It was a great day in the calander for families who would take a picnic rug,a barbecue and a bottle of wine.There is some resent by locals that the right to provide your own food and drink was removed.Now they have to queue to the loo.Queue at the bar to drink expensive watered down beer and purchase staple burgers etc at £4.50 each.Not a cheap day for the family anymore,even with 'free entrance'.It doesn't surprise me that the price of tickets will increase.I heard the event just about broke even for the first time this year.The venue itself has little capacity to increase numbers unless it had a couple of smaller stages in the top area of the park.Naturally then,the increased revenue must come from ticket prices.Even at £40 the value is there to see when compared to other festivals.As long as the increased revenue is reflected in the line up and the facilities...One major point about the festival that all bingley people should remember.On Monday morning there was only one cashpoint in the town that had any money left in it.All that money was spent not only inside the festival but with hungry local businesses....PS is it just me or are these spam prevention measures becoming like a MENSA test.I've got perfect visual acuity yet had to refresh 5 times before I could make one out.What about the oldies with cataracts!
No free event would be a massive NO-NO!.Let's not forget the roots of this festival.It was a free event for the local people of Bingley.It was a great day in the calander for families who would take a picnic rug,a barbecue and a bottle of wine.There is some resent by locals that the right to provide your own food and drink was removed.Now they have to queue to the loo.Queue at the bar to drink expensive watered down beer and purchase staple burgers etc at £4.50 each.Not a cheap day for the family anymore,even with 'free entrance'.It doesn't surprise me that the price of tickets will increase.I heard the event just about broke even for the first time this year.The venue itself has little capacity to increase numbers unless it had a couple of smaller stages in the top area of the park.Naturally then,the increased revenue must come from ticket prices.Even at £40 the value is there to see when compared to other festivals.As long as the increased revenue is reflected in the line up and the facilities...One major point about the festival that all bingley people should remember.On Monday morning there was only one cashpoint in the town that had any money left in it.All that money was spent not only inside the festival but with hungry local businesses....PS is it just me or are these spam prevention measures becoming like a MENSA test.I've got perfect visual acuity yet had to refresh 5 times before I could make one out.What about the oldies with cataracts! ministry_of_justice
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1:51pm Tue 6 Sep 11

Siouxie says...

.PS is it just me or are these spam prevention measures becoming like a MENSA test.I've got perfect visual acuity yet had to refresh 5 times before I could make one out.What about the oldies with cataracts!

I agree with you on this, i have to have 3 or 4 goes everytime i want to post a comment!!!
.PS is it just me or are these spam prevention measures becoming like a MENSA test.I've got perfect visual acuity yet had to refresh 5 times before I could make one out.What about the oldies with cataracts! I agree with you on this, i have to have 3 or 4 goes everytime i want to post a comment!!! Siouxie
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6:05pm Tue 6 Sep 11

thog01274 says...

Siouxie wrote:
.PS is it just me or are these spam prevention measures becoming like a MENSA test.I've got perfect visual acuity yet had to refresh 5 times before I could make one out.What about the oldies with cataracts!

I agree with you on this, i have to have 3 or 4 goes everytime i want to post a comment!!!
Me too , nearly gave up trying to read what they were, thought I was alone and just being an old fool !
[quote][p][bold]Siouxie[/bold] wrote: .PS is it just me or are these spam prevention measures becoming like a MENSA test.I've got perfect visual acuity yet had to refresh 5 times before I could make one out.What about the oldies with cataracts! I agree with you on this, i have to have 3 or 4 goes everytime i want to post a comment!!![/p][/quote]Me too , nearly gave up trying to read what they were, thought I was alone and just being an old fool ! thog01274
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