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Thousands enjoy Ed Sheeran, U2 and Little Mix tribute acts at Nearly Festival in Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 09:45 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 25 June 2018

Saturday night headline act Bruno Mars Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Saturday night headline act Bruno Mars Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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Thousands of people enjoyed a weekend of tributes to pop superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Madness, Queen, U2 and Little Mix in Bury St Edmunds.

Music lovers enjoyed a host of pop tribute acts in the Abbey Gardens Picture: ANDY ABBOTTMusic lovers enjoyed a host of pop tribute acts in the Abbey Gardens Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The Nearly Festival took place in the Abbey Gardens on Saturday and Sunday and crowds basked in sunshine throughout the weekend.

It was the third time that the town’s historic Abbey Gardens had hosted the event and as well as the live music, there was a dedicated ‘Kids Zone’, a street food market, and a ‘Pub in the Park’.

The Nearly Festival arrives in Colchester this weekend – June 30/July 1 – with Bruno Mars and Queen topping the bill at the town’s Castle Park.

Ipswich will also host the festival on July 28/29, with tributes to Bruno Mars and Oasis headlining at Trinity Park.

Nearly Madness - A Special Kinda Madness on stage Picture: ANDY ABBOTTNearly Madness - A Special Kinda Madness on stage Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

It is the first time the Suffolk Showground has hosted the event and it is also the first time that the festival has offered full camping facilities.

Crowds at the Nearly Festival Picture: ANDY ABBOTTCrowds at the Nearly Festival Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Ipswich bride-to-be Tracey Morgan, centre, on her hen night Picture: ANDY ABBOTTIpswich bride-to-be Tracey Morgan, centre, on her hen night Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Fans danced the day away to top tribute acts Picture: ANDY ABBOTTFans danced the day away to top tribute acts Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

A young fan gets a better view of the action Picture: ANDY ABBOTTA young fan gets a better view of the action Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The acts were enjoyed by music lovers of all ages Picture: ANDY ABBOTTThe acts were enjoyed by music lovers of all ages Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

A combination of live music and sunshine put a smile on everyone's face Picture: ANDY ABBOTTA combination of live music and sunshine put a smile on everyone's face Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds packed into the Abbey Gardens to enjoy the music and entertainment Picture: ANDY ABBOTTCrowds packed into the Abbey Gardens to enjoy the music and entertainment Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Face-painting was also available - for all ages Picture: ANDY ABBOTTFace-painting was also available - for all ages Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Sing-a-long: Fans enjoy the music Picture: ANDY ABBOTTSing-a-long: Fans enjoy the music Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Fans take a selfie at the Nearly Festival in Bury St Edmunds Picture: ANDY ABBOTTFans take a selfie at the Nearly Festival in Bury St Edmunds Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Music lovers enjoy the music  Picture: ANDY ABBOTTMusic lovers enjoy the music Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Nearly Madness - A Special Kinda Madness wow crowds Picture: ANDY ABBOTTNearly Madness - A Special Kinda Madness wow crowds Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds enjoyed great weather all weekend Picture: ANDY ABBOTTCrowds enjoyed great weather all weekend Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Fans getting into the swing Picture ANDY ABBOTTFans getting into the swing Picture ANDY ABBOTT

Saturday night headline act Nearly Bruno Mars wows crowds Picture: ANDY ABBOTTSaturday night headline act Nearly Bruno Mars wows crowds Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Hands up! A fan enjoys the music Picture: ANDY ABBOTTHands up! A fan enjoys the music Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Thumbs up for the Nearly Festival! Picture: ANDY ABBOTTThumbs up for the Nearly Festival! Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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