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Spectators enjoying a rainy Ipswich Music Day in 2015.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Christchurch Park this weekend for one of the most celebrated events in Ipswich’s summer calendar.

Rudimental were at Thetford last night

Two years ago Rudimental were performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury when it was powered down because an electrically charged storm was exploding overhead.

Suffolk Age UK Companion Dog Show. Photo: Candydash Images

From four-legged fun, music by the sea and open-air cinema to sci-fi fantasies, storytime for kids and free family art days there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend.

Maverick Festival's Britt Gully

If Maverick Festival-goers have one complaint, it’s there’s too much great stuff going on. It’s a nice problem to have, says festival founder Paul Spencer, and means you’re sure to find something you like, be it American roots music or bluegrass to something rockier. He shares some suggestions of who to see with entertainment writer Wayne Savage

Coldplace, appearing at Thorpefest

Music lovers heading to the new Thorpefest Music Festival by the Sea could find themselves swapping the sights of the Suffolk coast for some of the finest Spanish ones thanks to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Mark Watson, playing Southend's Palace Theatre tomorrow

For someone who frets, stresses and worries half as much as Mark Watson, the prospect of boarding a 24-hour flight with the risk that they might not be allowed to enter the country at the other end would leave that person in a fraught state, writes Brian Donaldson.

Will Young at Newmarket Nights. Photo: Simon Traylen

It’s the dying seconds of my chat with Will Young. Asked to wrap things up by his PR, the ever gracious singer-songerwriter lets me ask one more question. It it true he was approached to become a judge on The Voice?

Ben Hayford will be appearing on Alan Titchamrsh's Love Your Garden on Tuesday, July 5. Ben is pictured at his home in Stowmarket.

A Suffolk tree surgeon may become something of a TV personality after being invited back on to a primetime series.

Matilda Howe, Rosalind Steele, Joel Sams and Christopher Buckley in We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea, by Arthur Ransome, Eastern Angles summer production which is being staged at The Hush House

This classic nautical adventure, written by Arthur Ransome, set on the River Orwell and off the coast of Felixstowe, is pure summer fun.

Miss Teen Suffolk Emma Collingridge who volunteered at last year's Framlingham SausageFest with organisers Jenny Stockman and Richard Harrison.

A Suffolk town’s annual celebration of the Great British banger is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.

Christina Johnston performs in Prague with Boni Pueri for the Czech President and Chinese television

A soprano singer from Suffolk has completed another of her globe-trotting adventures, performing for presidents and appreciative audiences in Asia, Europe and South America.

Matilda Howe, Rosalind Steele, Joel Sams and Christopher Buckley in We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea, by Arthur Ransome, Eastern Angles summer production which is being staged at The Hush House

A new Eastern Angles production has been an eye-opener for the cast in terms of how much freedom children used to have in the days of Arthur Ransome. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke visits them on set at The Hush House aircraft hanger at Bentwaters.

Nitro Circus Live at Foxhall Stadium.

Fans have been left upset and out of pocket after they claim they were turned away from a stunt show because of bad weather - only to find the event went ahead slightly later than scheduled.

Parade to mark the opening of the Southwold Arts Festival

The circus rolled up to a Suffolk seaside town for the launch of an annual festival featuring some ‘big top’ names from the world of art, literature, music and dance.

The Pigs Gone Wild trail covers key Ipswich landmarks

There were shrieks of delightthis morning as children scrambled over concrete plinths holding some exciting new additions to Ipswich town centre.

Will Young at Newmarket Nights. Photo: Simon Traylen

Evergreen pop star Will Young showed he remains a hit with fans as crowds flocked to see him perform at Newmarket racecourse.

Turner's watercolour painting off Orfordness, dating from around 1827.

Art historian Eric Shanes, who is giving a talk at Southwold Arts Festival on Turner’s east coast tours, spoke to Sheena Grant.

Lionel Richie on stage in Colchester

“What the hell is this? You call this a summer evening? Welcome to Cold-chester!”

Crowds enjoyed the sunshine at Ipswich Music Day 2015 in Christchurch Park.
Stetsons are Cool got the crowd dancing.

From live music and open air cinemas to art, sport and stunt displays, Ipswich has a packed programme of family fun lined up this summer.

Pigs Gone Wild Project Manager Norman Lloyd and Head of Property for the East of England Cooperative Stuart McDonald try to round up the pigs escaping the warehouse.

If you go down to Ipswich tomorrow, you are sure of a big surprise.

Lionel Richie performing on The Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival 2015. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Lionel Richie will say hello to a sold out crowd in Colchester on Saturday, June 25 as he brings his ‘All Hits Tour’ to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The ELO Experience

The ELO Experience offered fans just that and rarely have I seen an audience more thrilled with a performance.

Fiona Hampton as Titania, Michelle Bishop and the Fairy Chorus in Sir Trevor Nunn's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre

One of the joys of watching Shakespeare on stage is the opportunity to marvel at the innovative ways his plays can be re-interpreted. Providing you pay attention to the text then the options would appear to be endless.

Sir Trevor Nunn talks about his new production of

Suffolk-born theatre legend Sir Trevor Nunn realises a lifelong ambition when he opens A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre tonight. In an exclusive interview, he tells arts editor Andrew Clarke about the joys of coming home

Stowfiesta on Chilton Fields in Stowmarket in full swing. The Catch on stage..

The 10th StowFiesta event featuring some of Suffolk’s finest musicians and comedians took place on Friday and Saturday, despite the damp weather.

Johnny Mac performs at The Nearly Festival in Holywells Park.

A two-day festival featuring some of the country’s top tribute bands took place at Holywells Park in Ipswich this weekend.

Bill Bailey

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It was an evening of belly-laughs and aching faces from smiling so much as Bill Bailey brought his Limboland tour to the Ipswich Regent.

Paying tribute to Bob Marley

Some of the best tribute acts across the land descend on Ipswich’s Holywells Park this weekend. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage spoke to organiser Danny Banthorpe.

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