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New festival brings hundreds of music lovers to Trinity Park

Carol Mitchell and Caroline Pewtress at the Suffolk Sounds festival. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

Carol Mitchell and Caroline Pewtress at the Suffolk Sounds festival. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

More than 20 bands graced the stage of the first Suffolk Sounds music festival at Trinity Park in Ipswich on Saturday.

Cool Remedy perform. Picture: SEANA HUGHES Cool Remedy perform. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

The event, set up by 18-year-old Chris Bones as a response to Kesgrave Music Festival and Martlesham’s Music on the Green events no longer running, saw a host of young and upcoming bands showcase their music from midday to 11.30pm.

Mr Bones said he had learned a lot from organising his first event – and is already thinking of ideas for next year’s.

The Ipswich Gospel Choir were among the line-up. Picture: SEANA HUGHES The Ipswich Gospel Choir were among the line-up. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

“The organisation went really well, we have had some great feedback from the people who came along,” he said.

“Everything went really smoothly, it was really good.

There was something on offer for all ages at the Suffolk Sounds event over the weekend. Picture: SEANA HUGHES There was something on offer for all ages at the Suffolk Sounds event over the weekend. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

“It sounds like everyone had a lot of fun.

“We must have had between four and five hundred people there.
“We are going to start organising next year’s event next month.

Daniel andrews and Holly Kannard
 enjoying the activities at Trinity Park as part of the Suffolk Sounds festival. Picture: SEANA HUGHES Daniel andrews and Holly Kannard enjoying the activities at Trinity Park as part of the Suffolk Sounds festival. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

“I think it is a learning curve, but I think I have learned a lot from my first festival.

“I have already got a few ideas of things I want to do next year.”

Evie Millidge and Isabella Batchelor enjoying the event. Picture: SEANA HUGHES Evie Millidge and Isabella Batchelor enjoying the event. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

Bands came from all over Suffolk to play at the inaugural event, with some travelling from further afield such as an Ed Sheeran tribute act from Reading.

Also among the acts to play was the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Choir, a charity which the event was raising money for.

Dancing the weekend away. Picture: SEANA HUGHES Dancing the weekend away. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

Mr Bones is still totting up the amount raised.

The idea of the event, which was announced in April, was to put on a family friendly festival as well as giving a platform for local musical talent.

The Ipswich Gospel Choir performs. Picture: SEANA HUGHES The Ipswich Gospel Choir performs. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

Mr Bones said there was some brilliant music on the day, heaping prise on the musical acts that took to the stage.

“This was my first event, being 18 this is not something I have ever done before.

Emma and Ariyah Rogers and Mel Driver at the Suffolk Sounds festival. 
Picture: SEANA HUGHES Emma and Ariyah Rogers and Mel Driver at the Suffolk Sounds festival. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

“I must admit the bands on the day were absolutely fantastic.

“There wasn’t one bad band on the stage all day. They were absolutely brilliant and the variety of music was excellent.

One member of The Three Chordettes, which performed at the event. Picture: SEANA HUGHES One member of The Three Chordettes, which performed at the event. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

“The bands were definitely the best thing about the festival.

“The weather was on and off but it wasn’t something that really affected us as we were inside the cattle barn.”

Layla Moore and Lellani Frost
 enjoying the music. Picture: SEANA HUGHES Layla Moore and Lellani Frost enjoying the music. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

The festival also featured a classic car display, raffles, street food and drink stalls and a funfair.

Keep up with news on next year’s event at www.suffolksounds.co.uk

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