Village festival sets record total

A YOUNG STAR: One of the performers in the B-Fest competition.
A YOUNG STAR: One of the performers in the B-Fest competition.

An annual festival is expected to have raised a record amount for charity following five days of top music.

Bures Music Festival, which has been running since 1997, was staged on the village recreation ground from Wednesday to Sunday and featured music genres from rock to pop, ska to soul and jazz.

Although the final total has not yet been confirmed, organisers say they are on track to top the £9,000 raised for charity last year.

“We promised a bigger and better festival this year with more music, stalls and entertainment and, thanks to the sunshine, we attracted a bigger crowd, meaning we can donate more money for charity,” said organiser Tom Moore.

The event, which has raised £147,000 for good causes in its 16-year history, welcomed hundreds of music lovers who were treated to performances by local bands and tribute acts.

The festival also included the B-Fest Young Musicians Competition – for aspiring singers aged nine to 18 – on Saturday, which was won by rock band The Vera Lones. Last year’s winner Rhys Butterworth-Bowman, 14, from Leavenheath also played an acoustic set.

Children were kept entertained with craft activities, face painting and a bouncy castle, while cream teas and homemade cakes were served by Noah’s Ark Nursery Group.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying the weekend,” said Mr Moore. “We are so grateful to everyone that supported us and we promise to be back next year with another five days of quality entertainment.”