According to the official event website website (here), Bingley Weekender aims to “keep bringing top class musicians to the area!” following the cancellation of Bingley Music Live. The late August event has some big shoes to fill, and needless to say interest and expectations are high. In this article I’m going to give you a comprehensive look at this event before it occurs, including how the festival will work, headliners, and key acts to look out for.
First of all, let’s make sure you can actually get to the festival. Tickets are pricey, but nothing unexpected for a festival. An adult ticket will set you back £94.00 plus a booking fee, and if you’re looking to camp it’s going to cost more.. There’s no parking at the festival, but there’s plenty of bus routes to the location plus a Free Bus from the Boots on Main Street. Nonetheless, check your route on Google Maps (here), and if you’re going to camp, it might be best to check here to make sure you don’t break the rules.
Bingley Weekender 2019 begins on Friday 30th of August, and it’s certainly beginning with a bang. From 4pm to 10pm you can expect acts like OCS (Ocean Colour Scene), a renowned Britpop band with six top 10 singles and IDLES – a punk band that adamantly refuses the title despite making the amazing punk album ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’. How very non-conformist. An act I’m keen to see on the day is ‘Cruel Hearts Club’ (aka ‘LOCK’), a Grunge Pop trio with a unique underground sound.
If you’re willing to spend £40 to camp at the festival, you can expect a great view of artists such as the indie rock band ‘Circa Waves’ , well known for their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ and the astonishing Tom Grennan. For those not in the loop, Tom Grennan holds a Guinness World Record for the largest number of gigs played in 12 hours. The guy’s a British Alternative machine, I’m expecting a performance you definitely shouldn’t skip.
The final day takes us into September, and finishes the weekend with some solid acts. I’d make sure you’re there from 12pm right up to the 9pm curfew that day ,if you’re not doing so for the other days anyway, to make sure you see acts such as the iconic indie rock band James and the recently reformed Doves, who’ve gone platinum twice. A lesser known group that shouldn’t be ignored is ‘The Indigo Project’. The up and coming 5-piece from Leeds are becoming headline acts, and a chance to see them before they no doubt enter the limelight fully should not be missed.
Overall, Bingley Weekender is looking to be an unmissable event. Bingley Music Live will be missed, but Live Music in Bingley seems to be going strong. Be prepared for a weekend of artists of an amazing calibre. For coverage of the event, make sure to check back on RGM, where I’ll be posting my thoughts alongside photography by Scott Smith.