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.
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:
So no Bingley Music Live this year. What a shame— Gavin Shoesmith (@HBClarksGav) April 23, 2019
What a shambles, just an excuse for poor organisation. Would have been better to scale it back and have up and coming bands such as seen on the live at Leeds bill. Terrible idea to skip a year and just makes me think that's the end of it.— Jason Tyler (@Tyler01J) April 23, 2019
So sad .. love this weekend , think it’s great for our little town #BingleyRocks— Rebecca skipp (@skipp_rebecca) April 23, 2019
Gutted! If this was the case I wish something had been said sooner so I could have booked a different festival! 😭— Claire B (@clairebfc) April 23, 2019
Very poorly handled and extremely rude to keep people in the dark.— Johnny Walker (@jwalker5211) April 24, 2019
Not a hint of an apology to the thousands who arrange annual leave, accommodation and transport for this event.
Shame on you 😡
By Matthew Crowe