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Tribute acts have everyone up dancing at Bury St Edmunds Nearly Festival




Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. 23 June 2018 .Nearly Festival in Abbey Gardens. Yve Wolters and Emma Trehearn...Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (2687371)
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. 23 June 2018 .Nearly Festival in Abbey Gardens. Yve Wolters and Emma Trehearn...Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (2687371)

Thousands gathered in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens over the weekend for the third annual Nearly Festival.

The event, which aims to give visitors the festival experience without any queues or fuss, saw tribute acts take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday and entertain audiences with all the greatest pop, rock and indie hits.

Adults sang along to every word when Elton John, U2 and Stereophonics acts performed, while Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix tributes had youngsters up on the dance floor.

Flash, a Queen tribute act, also proved popular with all ages when it closed the show on Sunday night.

Danny Banthorpe, festival organiser, said: “Flash was absolutely amazing. It was a Sunday night so everyone has work the next day but they all waited to see it and sing along. It was just brilliant.”

Fairground rides, a pop-up bar and street food stalls were also set up in the park to give visitors the festival feel.

“This is the third of its kind in Bury and we’re starting to see regulars who give us their opinions and requests for who they’d like to see next year,” said Danny.

“We started in Bury and the town has seen this brand grow. We made mistakes over years one and two but we learn from it and I think this year we got it just right.”

  • For more pictures, see this week's Bury Free Press newspaper.


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