Diss MereFest strives to become “bigger and better” music event

Diss MereFest 2015 - Ruby Muse.

Diss MereFest 2015 - Ruby Muse.

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Up-and-coming acts from the independent music scene moved from the underground to the main stage when the second annual MereFest took over Diss Park on Saturday.

In contrast to last year’s heavy downpours, this year’s event was blessed with beautiful sunshine and heat while the crowd was entertained by a varied line-up which included Jimi Hendrix tribute Purple Jimi, the multi-instrumentalist duo Ruby Muse and four-piece folk-rock band Busking For Breakfast, among numerous others.

Event organiser Joe Aiken, who also performed on stage, told the Diss Express: “Compared to last year, it was a massive success. I thought it went very well.

“Thanks to all of the volunteers and to all of the bands who played.”

Mr Aiken also stated in the long term, he planned to make MereFest “bigger and better”, and was already looking into collaborating with Unit 23, the organisation behind DissFest, for next year’s event.

“The aim is to build upon this year. We want to make the concept of having a free music event to be more widely known,” he said.

“From my perspective, I’m looking for more people to get involved. We need to figure out how to make people more aware.”