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Essential Bristol
Ashton Court
4-6 May

The festival was split into dance, rock and roots days - but a string of acts, including Reef and Therapy?, were pulled from the rock day bill.

Organisers blamed safety concerns, the bands said they were not getting paid.

Trading standards ended up investigating disgruntled customers' complaints, although others who went praised performers including James Brown, Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Rocket From The Crypt.

Essential organisers then tried to repeat the festival in London in August - but poor weather was blamed for its eventual cancellation.

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