Brisfest: we're back to stay, say organisers
BRISFEST organisers say the popular music festival is back at Ashton Court to stay.
Set up in 2007, the Brisfest story started when the Ashton Court Festival went bankrupt and volunteers, feeling the loss of the music extravaganza, decided to re-establish the event.
The festivals have previously taken place on the Harbourside but this year for the first time moved back to its spiritual home, increasing the audience capacity to 20,000.
And the weekend's sold-out event has gone so well organisers of the not-for-profit music festival say they intend to be back year after year.
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Kevin Fearon, trustee director and organiser, said: "We are so pleased with how the festival went.
"We all looked at each other in the eye and some of us were crying because we were so full of joy at how well it had gone.
"The festival really had a great feeling to it. It was the first time back at Ashton Court and the atmosphere around the site was completely overwhelming.
"Seeing people leaving with smiles on their faces was so great. We even had to turn people away on the gate because they hoped they could get in but we are an all-ticket event.
"The headline acts told us what a great crowd Bristol was and said they would like to come back and play again. Standing out on the stage and looking out at the crowd was more like Glastonbury – it was great.
"Even when the wet weather came people just came with their wellies ready to enjoy their day.
"This experience means we definitely want to come back here next year and the year after that and so on. We definitely want this to be an annual event."
Stall holders at the festival also praised the festival.
Will Clarke, owner of Biblos, which has cafes serving a variety of wraps in Stokes Croft and St Werburghs, said: "This was our first festival and our wraps – particularly the falafel and jerk chicken – have proved very popular. The reception was amazing and we were so busy.
"It has always been my dream to do festivals and this has given me a taste for it. It is so great that the event is back at Ashton Court and fingers crossed I will be back again next year."
Louise Lynas, festival and events manager for Thali Cafe, which has Indian restaurants in Clifton, Easton and Montpelier, said: "It's a great festival and we would absolutely come back again. There is a really lovely atmosphere – it is very Bristol – and the organisers have been fabulous."
Brisfest 2012 sold out with a record 20,000 people attending on Saturday while numbers dipped slightly on Sunday due to the poor weather.