Looking Back: Festival fun on the Embankment

Everyone loves a festival, a fact we were reminded of when residents flocked to Ferry Meadows last weekend.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 20th May 2022, 9:58 am
Willow Festival in 2002
Willow Festival in 2002

For many years one of the city’s favourite events was the Willow Festival which, at its peak, attracted more than 80,000 people over three days.

Located on The Embankment, the open air festival attracted music lovers of all ages to dance and sing along to scores of bands.

The first festival was in 1997 and it ran annually until 2003. It was revived in 2012.

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Willow Festival in 2002

Probably the biggest name the festival ever attracted was ska chart toppers Bad Manners who were fronted by the incomparable Buster Bloodvessel. Today’s pictures are taken from the band’s performance at the 2002 festival.

Sadly, the festival was cancelled in 2015.

Willow Festival in 2002