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Bardfest near Bury St Edmunds returns with thousands enjoying headliners The Hunna, The Sherlocks, JC Stewart and The Vamps



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Thousands of people flocked to a popular music festival which returned thanks to some 'amazing generosity' to cover spiralling costs.

The two-day 11th Bardfest, in Bardwell near Bury St Edmunds, was back Friday and yesterday after a two year absence due to the pandemic – and it could be the last such event in its current form.

Gary Howard, one of the organisers, said 8,000 people enjoyed about 40 acts as the 'sun shone, the wind blew, the rain fell and the smiles were broad throughout'.

Festival-goers enjoyed a wide variety of musical talent. Picture: Mecha Morton
Festival-goers enjoyed a wide variety of musical talent. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bardfest returned on Friday and Saturday. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bardfest returned on Friday and Saturday. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
The festival featured about 40 acts. Picture: Mecha Morton
The festival featured about 40 acts. Picture: Mecha Morton
Headliners included The Vamps. Picture: Mecha Morton
Headliners included The Vamps. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
Reno & Rome perform. Picture: Mecha Morton
There were two stages. Picture: Mecha Morton
There were two stages. Picture: Mecha Morton

Headliners on Friday were The Hunna and The Sherlocks, while JC Stewart and The Vamps wowed the crowds yesterday.

With costs quadrupling since the 2021 budget, Mr Howard said the volunteer organisers had to deal with a 'cash flow black hole that threatened the event from even being staged this year'.

The 'goodwill and amazing generosity' of Bardwell Sports and Community Club, organisers and supporters raised more than £40,000 to plug the gap and save Bardfest.

It was the 11th Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
It was the 11th Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cultish take to the stage. Picture: Mecha Morton
Thousands of people attended. Picture: Mecha Morton
Thousands of people attended. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bardfest returned after a two year absence due to the pandemic. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bardfest returned after a two year absence due to the pandemic. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Islas at Bardfest. Picture: Mecha Morton

Mr Howard said: "A big thank you to all the volunteers for working the festival, the local sponsors and fabulous bands who rocked the weekend away."

He added that organisers feel at this time it 'would be very difficult to hold a festival of this size again'.

Bardfest featured two stages with one for DJs and to give a platform for up and coming acts.

Festival-goers could also enjoy a real ale festival and a Pimm’s, prosecco and gin bar.

There was also a a ‘concessions’ village featuring brewers, food, sweets, coffee, clothing, crafts and cider.