big turnout for the two-day event has guaranteed its future
for at least another year.
2001 festival made financial losses after crowds failed to
attend at Hengrove Park.
were forced to move the event after foot-and-mouth closed
off Ashton Court.
agreed something - perhaps the unique atmosphere - was missing
from Hengrove and were delighted to have the event back at
the North Somerset estate.
festival had its first corporate sponsorship
Rooney from the festival said: "We had a bit of a let
down at Hengrove last year. People didn't come, so we lost
a lot of money.
we're back up here and everyone's come back. We're back home
again and it's fantastic."
the first time the festival had corporate sponsorship and
charged a £3 entry fee - in the past all donations at
the gates had been voluntary.
were also relying on the good weather to ensure a good turnout,
and they were not disappointed.
name acts like Reef, Kosheen and Bad Manners attracted the
usual diverse audience who also enjoyed sets by local bands.
plethora of food outlets, stalls selling the usual festival
wares (silly hats, herbal remedies, henna tattoos and even
body piercings) occupied visitors between bands.
most people were there to party - and that's exactly what
success of BCF 2002 has brought it back into the black and
secured its survival for future generations of festival-goers.