A VILLAGE music festival is set to celebrate its 21st birthday.

Bures Music Festival is preparing for its biggest event yet to celebrate the milestone this summer.

With an impressive line-up booked for the 5-day festival, organisers are hoping for the most exciting festival to date.

Organiser Tom Moore said: “We’ve secured such a great line-up this year, and we’re delighted with the response to our 21st birthday event.

"It’s a long time for a volunteer run, not-for-profit festival to survive, and we’re extremely proud of the amount it has raised for good causes in that time.”

The big names include Doctor and the Medics, best known for their number 1 hit “Spirit in the Sky” and British Blues Awards winners King King, said to be the hottest thing in British blues rock.

Special guests also include chart-topping singer-songwriter Anna Pancaldi, and returning to headline Big Top on Saturday night is stadium-touring Queen tribute act ‘Rhapsody’ who sparked a sell-out night at BMF in 2012.

Over the five days, the festival stages will welcome The Who tribute Who’s Next and The Committed, who faithfully re-enact the soul sounds of the Commitments.

Suffolk-based ethereal pop-rock act Reno & Rome, acclaimed British blues guitarist Danny Bryant, premier tribute act ELO Encounter, alt-rock five-piece Broken Eyes, and many more fantastic local rock, pop, blues, acoustic and jazz acts are lined up to perform.

There’s still time for young solo artists or bands, aged 9 to 19, to sign up for the popular B-Fest young musicians’ competition, to be held on the Thursday.

Meanwhile, organisers are working on the packed schedule of additional treats, rides, stalls and entertainment for families and festival-goers.

Each year, the festival raises thousands for valuable charities in the local community. Since the first event in 1997, BMF has raised and distributed almost £200,000 to organisations including St Nicholas Hospice Care, St Helena hospice and Ferriers Barn.

The festival will run from July 5 to 9.

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