After a few sodden weekends watching bands under unpredictable English skies, it was a welcoming prospect to head to an indoor festival. Attending this event as a punter rather than a reviewer, this article is focussed on the superb photography of Laurence Harvey but with some added commentary to bring the event to life.
Started in 2015 to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care which provided end of life care for organiser Lee Graham’s dad, this is a project of passion for Lee. The wooden clad auditorium of The Apex in Bury St Edmunds which has been the festival’s home since 2018 felt almost ecclesiastic and a fitting location to honour Ian’s memory on the 13th anniversary of his passing.
Without a festival poncho, wellies or waterproof trousers in sight, the 8th Just Push Play began with BlueFeed. Bringing an indie-rock vibe, they were this year’s winners of the local musical competition BurySOUND 2023. From BlueFeed to Blue Nation from Birmingham, who performed an extremely polished set. An emotional tribute to Ian Graham was held by the band at 1.16pm as the audience raised their glasses in remembrance, and Echoes accompanied a moving tribute to a friend of the band that had taken their own life that week, and a plea to the audience to reach out to friends that you feel need someone to talk to. Drummer Nick Sharman and vocalist Neil Murdoch embraced bassist Luke Weston as he shared his impassioned request.