Bury St Edmunds: Festival is hailed a huge success

NOW festival fever has come to an end in Bury St Edmunds, the event’s manager can reflect on its success.

The Bury St Edmunds Festival, which concluded on Sunday, was enjoyed by about 15,000 people this year.

It brought a diverse range of entertainment, from street theatre and film to concerts and a food and drink festival, to the town.

Popular shows at the event, which had a global theme, included an Abba and Robbie Williams tribute night at the Abbey Gardens and the Katona Twins guitar duo who performed at the Unitarian Meeting House.

Festival manager Nick Wells said: “It’s been brilliant. The feedback I have had from people coming to the concerts has been as good, if not better, than any I have ever had actually.

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“I think people have been genuinely delighted and astonished and excited by the quality and range of things we have had on. It’s been a really, really good 11 days.”

Mr Wells said this year’s festival had surpassed expectations.

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“Some of the things I knew were going to be good were good, but even better than I thought they were going to be. For me Roberto Fonseca [Cuban jazz musician] may have been the best gig we have had in the Apex. It was just extraordinary and the response from the audience was amazing.”

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