Bristol

Brisfest success due to 'sheer passion of volunteers'

Organisers of the first Brisfest music event at Ashton Court have said it exceeded their expectations despite wet weather on Sunday.

The two-day festival was sold out, with up to 20,000 people allowed on site each day.

Brisfest was started by a group of volunteers after the city's 30-year-old community festival folded due to financial problems in 2007.

"I think we absolutely nailed it," said Kevin Fearon, one of the organisers.

"Nothing went wrong apart from the weather on Sunday and people came prepared with their wellies on," he said.

'Bigger and better'

"Saturday was brilliant and last night De La Soul smashed it."

The festival has been moved from its former location in the Harbourside to Ashton Court Estate on the outskirts of the city.

"It was such a change from the Harbourside - being on grass makes the whole thing different," said Mr Fearon.

"People were coming up to me saying 'please come back next year' and we intend to keep getting bigger and better.

"The police and council are happy with the way it was professionally run and we all left with a massive smile on our faces."

All profits from Brisfest will be invested back into the festival to help it grow and to offer volunteer development, the organisers said.

"We've all got day jobs and we left exhausted but it shows how sheer passion from volunteers really works," Mr Fearon said.

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