Sixth Bardfest sets target of 3,000 visitors

Members of the Diss-based band Walkway, who will be at Bardfest

Members of the Diss-based band Walkway, who will be at Bardfest - Credit: Archant

An annual music festival in the west Suffolk village of Bardwell is hoping its sixth event will be the biggest yet.

Bardfest organisers have set a target of 3,000 visitors over the two-day-long live music event.

This ambitious target would be 1,000 more people than came through the gates last year.

The festival has long had a focus on supporting local music talent, and has grown year on year to become one of the main events for up-and-coming acts in East Anglia.

In 2014, Bardfest hosted more than 2,000 people and this year the organisers are confident they can achieve their ambitious targets.

The festival started in 2010 as an event for families in the west Suffolk village, with a focus on supporting local acts.

This year’s line-up includes Diss-based band Speedometer and fellow Diss musicians Walkway.

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Festival organiser Gary Howard, from the village cricket club, said: “In 2010 we had some live music on a trailer and a few real ales.

“This year’s event will be the sixth Bardfest and we like to think many people from outside of Bardwell enjoy it too.

“We have the strongest musical line-up we have ever had, featuring funk, rock, country, folk and much more.

“Speedometer will be supporting the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire at the O2 in June and Walkway will again be supporting Status Quo after appearing with The Darkness last year.

“We will have 30 ales from some of the country’s finest micro-breweries, craft ciders, Prosecco, Pimm’s, a full bar and much more.”

The festival, which runs for two days from Friday, July 10 on Bardwell playing fields, will also feature dodgems, a funfair, and food and drink stalls.

It is aimed at catering to all ages and families and is now run by the Bardwell Sports and Community Club, which was formed this year by the merger of the village cricket and football teams.

Organiser Steve Larder added: “We put a huge amount of effort into Bardfest to create what we hope you think is a good value, good fun and good quality event.”

All the profits from the festival are reinvested into developing the sports club’s facilities and equipment.

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