Thousands enjoy fun in the sun at Bury St Edmunds music festival

Crowds enjoying Saturdays tribute bands in the Abbey Gardens
Crowds enjoying Saturdays tribute bands in the Abbey Gardens
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Last weekend saw The Nearly Festival return to Bury St Edmunds for two days of tribute-filled music mania.

The family-friendly festival, which welcomed an exciting line-up of tribute acts and bands, as well as fun activities for children, enjoyed glorious weather and sold out on both days.

Katy Perry tribute act by Katy Ellis

Katy Perry tribute act by Katy Ellis

Tributes to the Kings of Leon, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Diana Ross all featured in Saturday’s bill while Sunday’s tribute acts included music from Oasis and Bon Jovi, as well as Stevie Wonder, George Michael and Queen.

Princess sing-a-longs and storytelling and festival mascots parading as Ice Age and Frozen characters added to the excitement of Saturday’s event in the Abbey Gardens, while water Zorbing, inflatables, face painting and interactive games kept youngsters entertained on Father’s Day.

“It couldn’t have gone any better to be honest,” said Danny Banthorpe, one of the event organisers.

“The crowds were amazing, the weather was amazing and the acts blew us away. We had so much good feedback over the weekend and so many happy faces as people left.”

Kaiser Chiefs tribute by Kinda Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs tribute by Kinda Chiefs

Dates for next year’s festival are expected to be announced at the end of this summer. Mr Banthorpe said early support for the event would enable them to ‘put more [money] into it’.