Festival offers discount tickets

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Preparations are under way for the return of the Bures Music Festival, with organisers offering cut-price tickets for the first 50 Free Press readers.

With the announcement of the headliners, the festival – which runs from July 8 to 12 – promises three days of exciting musical acts.

On the Friday, Jo Harman, the soul singer who in 2014 was female vocalist of the year at the British Blues Awards, will take to the stage as the headline act.

International Bee Gees tribute act Jive Talkin’ have secured the top spot on Saturday, with acclaimed Rolling Stones reincarnation The Stones, who have been touring for the last 25 years, closing the festival on Sunday.

Each year, the not-for-profit festival raises thousands of pounds for valuable charities in the local community.

The festival caters to a multitude of musical tastes and ages, with internationally-known bands playing alongside local talent.

Young musicians can also get involved with the B Fest competition.

Since it began in 1997, the event has raised and distributed almost £170,000 to local causes.

“We raised £12,000 for charities in 2014, an increase of 42 per cent from the year before,” said Peter Harries, the festival’s committee chairman.

“This was an outstanding achievement but we always aim to do even better.”

Several changes have been introduced to make this year’s event bigger and better.

The old marquee will be replaced by a colourful big top to offer a carnival-like atmosphere, more space for festival-goers and better staging for bands.

Unlike last year’s late-afternoon closure, the Saturday event will last all day.

Organisers are offering adult and teen early bird passes for £35 to the first 50 Free Press readers using the voucher code ‘sfp2015pass’.

The voucher gives readers £5 off the online tickets, which can be purchased via the website at buresmusicfestival.com.