What is Burr Fest?

The early idea behind Burr Fest, began when Andy learnt of the death of former Iron Maiden drummer, Clive Burr, knowing that this would likely see the end of fundraising. Clive was a fantastic drummer, and being a drummer himself, Andy was keen to see Clive’s legacy live on.

Unfortunately, at that point, he had no idea where to start! That was, until the release of the “Origins of Iron” compilation in 2016…

With no less than 8 former members of Maiden attending the launch party, it remains the largest reunion of former Iron Maiden members to date. The response led to Doug Sampson rejoining Airforce after 20 years, to record new material which appeared on the group’s career-retrospective album, “Judgement Day”, which was released by WatchOut Records, which Andy still runs.

andy holloway and nicko mcbrain

What started out as a bit of a dream, became a reality on 26th May 2017, with the very first Burr Fest. To say that the response was overwhelming, would be a major understatement! From not knowing if anyone would be bothered, to having to turn people away, the event was a phenomenal success.

Every band gave it their all. There were 6 ex-members of Iron Maiden in attendance, as well as 2 former crew members and Clive’s partner, Mimi.

Straight after their sets, two bands asked if they could return in 2018, and fans were asking when the next event would take place.

Whilst the 2019 event had it’s struggles in the run-up, the concert itself received nothing but positive feedback.

Recently, original Iron Maiden roadie, Steve “Loopy” Newhouse has officially joined the Burr Fest team, so that we can continue to raise awareness and hopefully raise much-needed funds.

2020 feels like a real step up on every level! We have some incredible bands on the bill this year; bigger and better partners; and the merchandise looks fantastic!

Thank you to everyone who has come along for the ride so far, and welcome to those who are just joining us!

“Atmosphere, friendliness, great music, great friends. To remember Clive”

Simon Ashman


“A great cause ran by great people.”

Joe Nelson

Former band mate


Clive Burr: A Drumming Legend

Clive Ronald Burr was born in London, England on 8th March 1957.

He is most recognised for his time as the drummer for English Metal titans, Iron Maiden.

Clive’s drumming featured on the band’s first 3 albums; Iron Maiden, Killers and The Number of the Beast.

Following his time with Maiden, Clive enjoyed stints with Desperado, Elixir, Stratus and Praying Mantis, to name a few. Sadly, his career was cut short, when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Clive unfortunately lost his battle with MS in 2013, but his legacy lives on!

More about Clive

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