Electronic music, guitars, blues and Afrocentric grooves are in order as Remi Morrison shares her pick of nights out in Ipswich

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

This week we have seen the premiere of feature film With Love from Suffolk, poetry reading with Luke Wright and announcements about Ipswich Music Day.

Cult bar and cafe

Cult bar and cafe - Credit: Archant

And next week is set to be just as busy, as Remi Morrison, of Red Cactus PR reveals.

Here she shares her tips of nights out this weekend, plus some highlights of the arts calendar in Ipswich. This week electronic music, guitars, blues and Afrocentric grooves are in order for Ipswich, she writes.

Pump & Grind sees a debut UK performance whilst St Peter’s host an emerging talent that is making people take note. We also have a video shoot taking place by French/UK band Deafkid, the first of many music videos scheduled to take place in Suffolk/Essex from Red Cactus Media’s filmmaker collaborators.

Friday, February 19

Pump & Grind

Already achieving success in Europe, Boris Carloff now brings his live show to the UK for the first time and it’s happening at Pump & Grind tonight.

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His debut full-length solo album, The Escapist (released in 2012), won the Apollo Award (Czech Mercury Award) for Best Album of The Year in 2012 and he was also nominated in five categories of the Czech Angel Awards (Czech Grammy Award), winning Video of The Year and Best Electronic Album - see video.

Boris is joined by host Ben Osborne, resident DJ at Big Chill Bar, The Social, and The National Portrait Gallery in London and founder of Noise of Art. Noise of Art recently announced Ipswich Weekenders events that will take place between the spring and autumn months in Holywells Park. The first date is May 21 and 22 will mark 50 years since “immersive art” met music; it promises “internationally renowned live acts and DJs”.


Cult Cafe Bar

On the Waterfront, we have Bowen Brothers performing at Cult Cafe Bar. Their sound draws on their experience of playing rock, pop and folk in various formats. They aim to combine the best of contemporary British folk and acoustic music with the fun and familiar.

The Mulberry Tree

The brilliant Noisy Neighbours will be playing rock/pop covers tonight from 9pm.

Entry is free.

The Swan

The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich

The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich - Credit: Lucy Taylor

The Swan will host DJ Onion this evening.

Saturday, February 20

The Mulberry Tree

It is the return of Shameful Behaviour with their blend of classic rock.

The Swan

A night of live music awaits with Superglu and Drag Roy plus DJs Catfans in Kaftans.

Superglu are a rock group from Manningtree who are getting air play on BBC 6Music. They release their new EP “Horse” next week on Antigen Records.


Cult Cafe Bar

Saturday will see an amazing line-up of live bands followed by tasty house sets from WUF?! DJs Badnew + Cesta.

Bands include The Midnight Barbers, who offer a fiery duel between drums, guitar and vocals.

The punked-up blues rock duo features Ben Rowntree and Jack Pepper, who have been mates since they were kids growing up in Chelmsford and Braintree.

See our video above.

Also on the night, So-called Humans, a rock band who hail from Essex and Catmandu, will be performing.

It’s £3 entry on the door and it all kicks off from 7.30pm. See video below.


Sunday, February 21

St Peter’s By the Waterfront

Raevennan Husbandes is playing from 7.30pm on Sunday. Despite her fluid finger-picking guitar style and beautiful melodic voice, she remains a largely undiscovered gem.

I haven’t had the pleasure of watching her live yet but can see she’s a natural and is clearly in her element.

Get tickets here And watch the video footage.

Looking Ahead

Monday, February 22 will see the first session of a regular acoustic night at Pump & Grind. Once a fortnight, they will be inviting local singers/songwriters to the venue for an evening of 100% original material.

Performing at the first event will be: Robbie Stevens, James Morgan, Curtis Garret, Jacob Parry, Will Anderson, Kyle & Jack, Rory King, Owen Thayler and will be hosted by Robin Dicker


And on Thursday, February 25, Pump & Grind hosts a night of house, garage, and grime & bass with Ghosty and DJ LT as part of the UCS union event across venues in town.

At home:

This weekend, we have Deafkid shooting their video at an undisclosed bar in Ipswich (I can’t mention it). Deafkid consists of musicians and producers, and Ipswich based Christopher Lockington and Frenchman Florian Sauvaire.

Their sound is a blend of the electronica, experimental and pop genres. Deafkid have had recent radio plays on BBC 6music and BBC Radio 1, as well as having previously been the band for UK artist Ghost Poet - contributing to his Mercury prize winning album Peanut butter blues and melancholy jam.

They are filming a song from their new material this weekend. I was lucky enough to be part of their last shoot in Ipswich for the At Bay video (off their Dialects EP) which was directed by Adam Collier from Beauty and the Bear Films.

Never had so much fun on a shoot in St Clément’s Church, I spent the day throwing glitter and paint at people.