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Bright future for Ashton Court Festival
26 July 2002 1633 BST

Bristol Community Festival has been hailed a huge success after attracting about 150,000 people to Ashton Court over the weekend.
Tons of talented people showed off their skills at the festival site
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BCF 2002: what you said:

The big turnout for the two-day event has guaranteed its future for at least another year.

The 2001 festival made financial losses after crowds failed to attend at Hengrove Park.

Organisers were forced to move the event after foot-and-mouth closed off Ashton Court.

Festival-goers agreed something - perhaps the unique atmosphere - was missing from Hengrove and were delighted to have the event back at the North Somerset estate.

Back home

The festival had its first corporate sponsorship

Kevin 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.

"Now we're back up here and everyone's come back. We're back home again and it's fantastic."

For 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.

Organisers were also relying on the good weather to ensure a good turnout, and they were not disappointed.


Big name acts like Reef, Kosheen and Bad Manners attracted the usual diverse audience who also enjoyed sets by local bands.

A plethora of food outlets, stalls selling the usual festival wares (silly hats, herbal remedies, henna tattoos and even body piercings) occupied visitors between bands.

But most people were there to party - and that's exactly what they did...

The success of BCF 2002 has brought it back into the black and secured its survival for future generations of festival-goers.

"It's a nice outdoor event and we have a wicked time"

"You're never too old to enjoy yourself are you?"

"Around the dance tent it's pretty electric"

"It's got a good atmosphere - you can bring the kids and there's a big mix of people"

"I like it here, it's fun"
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