Exciting line-up for Bury St Edmunds Nearly Festival

Crowds at last year's Nearly Festival in the Abbey Gardens, Bury
Crowds at last year's Nearly Festival in the Abbey Gardens, Bury
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Organisers of The Nearly Festival have revealed an exciting line-up for this year’s two-day event in Bury St Edmunds.

Up to around 2,000 people a day are expected to attend the family-friendly festival in the Abbey Gardens on June 17 and 18 at which 13 of the UK’s biggest tribute acts are set to perform.

An online poll to find out which acts people most wanted saw almost 1,200 votes cast, with Queen, Ed Sheeran, Kings of Leon and Bon Jovi taking the top four spots, all of whom will be heard through the guise of Flash, Jack Shephard, Kings Ov Leon and Bon Giovi.

“We listed to what everyone wanted and booked them up,” said organiser Danny Banthorpe.

Other acts to look forward to include Made in Liverpool, the first Beatles tribute band to play the Cavern Club when it re-opened; Victoria Goddard, who played Diana Ross in the smash hit West End musical Dancing in the Streets, and Godfrey Gayle, winner of the Stevie Wonder Award for ‘best male gospel choir soloist’, as the legend himself.

There will also be a ‘pub in the park’, a large ‘kidzone’ offering free hands-on activities for children, a tasty street food zone and a silent disco for teenagers and ‘big kids’.

Discounted ‘early bird’ tickets are currently available at www.nearlyfestival.com.

When full price tickets go on sale next month they will also be available through The Apex, in Bury.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the festival, and anyone wanting to volunteer, should email info.nearlyfestival.com.