Born too late to see The Beatles? Couldn’t get tickets for Ed Sheeran’s Suffolk gigs? Here’s the next best thing.
NeaRly Festival is a two-day event featuring top tribute acts. This summer it visits Norwich’s Earlham Park, Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds; Trinity Park in Ipswich, Castle Park in Colchester and – for the first time –Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad.
“Our motto is see nearly the real thing at nowhere near the real price,” said organiser Danny Banthorpe.
“For artists like Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, who are no longer with us or bands like Oasis who seem destined never to perform again, this is a perfect opportunity to see the closest to the real thing. We have regular nights out, looking for the best acts.”
Performing in Norwich June 15-16 are tributes to Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran – “who sounds more like me than I do” jokes the Suffolk star – Ariana Grande, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beyoncé, Nile Rodgers’ Chic, the Prodigy, Michael Jackson, Pink, the Spice Girls, Madness, Band Manners, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and Brit-Pop.
On June 22-23, Bury St Edmunds welcomes Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Abba, Take That, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Pink, the Spice Girls, Nile Rodgers’ Chic, Stereophonics, Taylor Swift and Brit-Pop. Beatles act Made In Liverpool are the only tribute band to play the famous Cavern Club, where the original fab four cut their teeth in 1961-1963.
Coming to Oulton Broad June 29-30 are Madness, Ed Sheeran, Bob Marley, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, The Specials, the Spice Girls, Oasis, Rihanna, UB40, Michael Jackson, Homegrown Reggae, Amy Winehouse and Queen.
Visiting Ipswich July 27-28 are Oasis, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Niles Rodgers’ Chic, The Specials, The Killers, the Spice Girls, Pink, Ska-d For Life, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and Brit-Pop.
Rounding things off in Colchester August 3-4 are Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beyoncé, Nile Rodgers’ Chic, the Prodigy, Michael Jackson, Pink, the Spice Girls, Madness, Bad Manners, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and Brit-Pop.
Every weekend is family focused. The dedicated kids’ zone includes free fun – from bouncy castles to giant dance mat games. Mum and dad can chill at the pub in the park while everybody can refuel at the street food market, which caters for all tastes.
Early bird tickets are on sale at www.nearlyfestival.com. Visit www.facebook.com/thenearlyfestival, www.instagram.com/explore/tags/nearlyfestival/ and @NeaRlyFestival on Twitter.