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Bures Music Festival 2015. Pictured by Tom Moore. ANL-150713-175250001
Bures Music Festival 2015. Pictured by Tom Moore. ANL-150713-175250001

A record crowd attended the Bures Music Festival this year - pleasing music-lovers and organisers alike, as the event raises thousands of pounds for local charities.

Such was the popularity of the festival this year, it ran out of beer - twice.

Organiser Tom Moore said he was shattered but exulted as the event had attracted more people than ever this year.

“The beer ran out so we supplied more, and then it ran out again,” he said. “It was a fantastic five days with great weather until the final day, but when it rained we all piled into the big top and carried on dancing,” he added.

Numbers were up for all the events and venues.

This year the festival line-up included British Blues Awards winners Jo Harman and Marcus Bonfanti with their bands.

The jazz event, held in St Mary’s Church on Thursday night, featured Tina May an award-winning jazz vocalist, saxophonist Derek Nash, a long-term member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and singer Larraine Odell who performed with The Jazznights Trio.

On Saturday, after a day of rock, blues, funk and soul acts, Purple Rain and Jive Talkin’ brought the sounds of Prince and the Bee Gees to the festival.

Sunday’s finale featured London ska band The Kubricks, The Essex Blues Brothers and The Stones – thought to be the UK’s best Rolling Stones tribute act.

The not-for-profit event has raised £170,000 for charity since it first began in 1997.

Contributed pictures by Tom Moore and Tim Ranson.

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