Cooking up a musical treat

TICKETS to see one of Suffolk's best-loved bands perform at a feel-good festive concert are today on sale.Soul Kitchen will be bringing their unique combination of high-tempo music and stunning stage effects to The Corn Exchange on December 20 as part of a special charity gig.

TICKETS to see one of Suffolk's best-loved bands perform at a feel-good festive concert are today on sale.

Soul Kitchen will be bringing their unique combination of high-tempo music and stunning stage effects to The Corn Exchange on December 20 as part of a special charity gig.

The band, always one of the most popular outfits to play at Ipswich's annual music day, will cram their set with soul, ska, funk and blues classics to get revellers in the Christmas spirit.

Proceeds from the concert will go to The Somebody's Daughter appeal, launched after last winter's red-light killings with a mandate of offering a second chance to vulnerable young people in Ipswich.

BBC Radio Suffolk DJ and Evening Star columnist, Stephen Foster, is organising the event with Kim Brown to mark the launch of their music agency, Rhythm Sticks.

He said: “I thought it would be nice to launch the agency by putting on a good gig for a great cause.

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“Soul Kitchen can't perform at the next music day, where they always pull in the biggest crowds of the day, so it will be a rare chance to see them.

“Last year there was a big cloud over the whole town and Christmas almost seemed to be cancelled.

“Hopefully this year we can get into the festive spirit while at the same time remembering those affected.

“I'm sure it will be the biggest Christmas party in town.”

Mr Foster said several hundred fans were expected to fill the Corn Exchange.

Soul Kitchen, formed in 1991, will be supported by Lily, and Lincoln and Insomnia Disco.

Tickets for the concert are available from the Corn Exchange box office by calling 01473 433100. Doors will open at 7.30pm.

Do you support the Somebody's Daughter fund? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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