Nearly Festival hosts debut event in Bury St Edmunds

Hundreds of people attended the two-day music event in the Abbey Gardens
Hundreds of people attended the two-day music event in the Abbey Gardens

Hundreds of people, young and old, attended a two-day music festival in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens last weekend.

The family-friendly Nearly Festival experienced a few teething problems during its debut event in the town but organisers say that for the most part people enjoyed themselves.

Marie Flowers with four-year-old Jasmin enjoying the music

Marie Flowers with four-year-old Jasmin enjoying the music

Danny Banthorpe, one of the organisers, said: “Overall the crowd were brilliant, the location was perfect and we thought the bands were fantastic.”

On Saturday a last-minute cancellation left youngsters without the inflatable fun they had been promised and power issues led to long drinks queues during the first half of the day while on Sunday the event was extended by about half an hour to allow the Kings of Leon tribute act, which arrived late, time to perform.

Mr Banthorpe, who is keen to make the festival an annual event in Bury, said he ‘wholeheartedly sympathised’ with anyone who was inconvenienced by these problems but said they were dealt with as quickly as possible and would not be repeated at future events.

A few local musicians performed in addition to the popular UK touring bands and Mr Banthorpe said Lee Vann, a singer-songwriter from Norwich, brought the crowd to their feet and ‘probably got the best reaction of the weekend’.

Sinngers from the Bob Marley & The Wailers tribute band, the Trenchtown Experience

Sinngers from the Bob Marley & The Wailers tribute band, the Trenchtown Experience