Bury St Edmunds Festival exceeds targets

Stretching over 11 days from 16 to 26 May, this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival was one of the most popular in its 34-year history. Several concerts and events were sell outs, while box office sales well exceeded targets for most performances.

Delighted with both the high calibre of artists and audience reaction, Festival Manager Nick Wells said; “It has been an amazing 11 days with large, happy audiences and wonderful performances from people at the very beginning of their careers through to seasoned professionals. 

“Every event I have seen has had exquisite moments but perhaps the most special of all, was the entire audience joining in unprompted as Nigel Kennedy played Danny Boy as one of his encores.  Our thoughts are now turning to next year’s Festival, which will run from Friday 15 May to Sunday 24 May 2020”.

Sell out concerts included Rick Wakeman and Nigel Kennedy as well as most of the walks around Bury St Edmunds.  Other events attracting a large audience included the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, folk singer Kate Rusby, Clare Teal and her Big Mini Big Band and John Cooper Clarke.


The 34th Festival brought a world-class celebration of culture and entertainment to the Suffolk town with top performances by local, national and internationally acclaimed artists.

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