Thousands Attend BrisFest 2010

BrisFest 2010 was a huge success with record crowds of an estimated 18,000 people attending the event and enjoying performances from over 500 bands, dj’s and entertainers across nine stages, two boats and eleven nightclubs.

The new layout of the amphitheatre site was well received with the turfed meadow in the main arena adding to the atmosphere and allowing happy festival goers the chance to relax on the grass and watch the bands.

Other highlights included the RFID dome supported by Fenchurch, with 360 degree visuals from the likes of Anti-Vj, BBC Performing Arts Fund Flash Choir with a 60 strong choir, Rave on Avon, the expanded Early Years Catering Kids Area, the Gala Casino Bus, and the new for 2010 outdoor Lab stage complete with quadraphonic funktion one sound system.

Organised by the Bristol Festival Community group, a registered charity run almost exclusively by volunteers, BrisFest 2010 has set the standard for well organised and innovative events and provides hundreds of volunteers the opportunity to gain experience working in all areas of event management. The accounts are still being settled for 2010 but it’s predicted that a breakeven was achieved with any proceeds ploughed into next year’s events and year round volunteer training from Health and Safety qualifications and fork lift licenses, to fundraising and management training.

Poppy Stephenson, Project Co-ordinator said ‘It’s been a brilliant year, and as with the past two years none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of hundreds of local people, working together to stage this fantastic showcase of local talent. We would like to extend a massive group hug and thanks to all the artists, performers, programmers, stage teams and volunteers involved who have been instrumental in making BrisFest such a huge success, and something to be very proud of. And a big thank you to everyone who came down and enjoyed the spectacular party, which went off without incident. Bristol rocks!’

BrisFest 2010 certainly delivered on the BFCG’s promise to produce an urban spectacular music and arts festival that would bring the excitement of a summer festival to the heart of the City.

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