Locals Left Blue as Bingley music festival cancelled

Bingley music festival in Bradford has been running since 2007, but it won’t be happening this year after a £300,000 loss.

It is a council-run annual event that lasts three-days which has attracted up to 15,000 people. But, Bradford council confirmed that last year it went £300,000 over budget causing this year to be cancelled.

The notorious West Yorkshire Bingley music festival has hosted some great musical talents such as The Charlatans, Happy Mondays and Chic. Last year, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jake Bugg, The Cribs and Shed Seven headlined the festival.

Bingley Music Festival 2012 - Day 1 : News Photo
Tim Burgess – Musician

Strategic director of place at Bradford Council, Steve Hartley told BBC News: “Unfortunately we have had to take the difficult decision to take a year out of Bingley Music Live this year.

“It is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but we feel that we need to take a year out to take stock of the event’s organisation.

“In these difficult financial times for councils up and down the country, we cannot afford to lose money on the event.”

Steve Hartley added: “Taking a year out will allow for the delivery in 2020 of a well-planned, sustainable festival that provides a great experience for visitors to and residents of the district.”

This cancellation of Bingley music festival has left thousands of people feeling disappointed and blue, but they hope it will return in 2020.  

Here is how people have reacted to the news that Bingley music festival has been cancelled this year:



By Matthew Crowe

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