LAST month we applauded the organisers of Bingley Music Live for doing a great job.

It’s incredible to think that just over a year ago one of the best-loved festivals on the Yorkshire music circuit faced the real prospect of losing its taxpayer subsidy of between £60,000 and £200,000 a year if it didn’t break even.

The event was spared when a record number of revellers flocked to see a star-studded line-up which included the Kaiser Chiefs and the Manic Street Preachers.

The sell-out meant that Bradford Council was able to re-commit to the event which returns to Myrtle Park this summer.

And music fans have responded in kind.

Tickets this summer’s festival are selling at a faster rate than ever before - with three quarters already gone.

Organisers have now urged people not to leave it too late to get tickets, as weekend tickets have already reached the 9,000 sales mark.

That’s great news for festival fans and up-and-coming musicians who this year get to share the limelight with big names such as Noel Gallagher.

What better showcase could there be for local talent than to play to an appreciative audience?

Organisers say more acts are set to join the 2018 bill, and a second line-up announcement will be made on April 26 at 5pm

No wonder tourism is worth more than £600m a year to the Bradford economy and supports more than 13,500 jobs.