First ever Suffolk Sounds music festival comes to Trinity Park this weekend

Only Sun will be performing at Suffolk Sounds. Picture: ONLY SUN

Only Sun will be performing at Suffolk Sounds. Picture: ONLY SUN - Credit: Archant

The full line-up of the inaugural Suffolk Sounds music festival in Ipswich has been announced as the festival gets underway this Saturday.

Th Ed Sheeran Experience. Picture: ED SHEERAN EXPERIENCE

Th Ed Sheeran Experience. Picture: ED SHEERAN EXPERIENCE - Credit: Archant

The festival has been put together by 18-year-old Chris Bones, who was inspired to organise a festival influenced by previous events such as Kesgrave Music Festival and Martlesham Music on the Green, which combined a family-friendly atmosphere with a showcase for local musicians.

After months of dedicated work, Suffolk Sounds will get underway from 12.30pm this Saturday at Trinity Park in Ipswich, where 22 of the county’s finest bands will take to the stage.

Organiser Chris Bones said: “Suffolk Sounds is now only a few days away and I hope many, many people will come along and enjoy themselves.

“Suffolk has the potential for another huge festival and here is the opportunity.”

The Suffolk Sounds line-up

The Suffolk Sounds line-up - Credit: Archant

Among the acts performing will be the Ed Sheeran Experience tribute band, Three out of Ten, and the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices choir.

Mr Bones added: “We are so thrilled to have a new music day back in the Ipswich area.

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“Our aim is to become firmly established on the East Anglian music scene and will pride ourselves in being one of the few events to encourage local youth bands; giving them the opportunity to perform alongside more established acts, using professional sound equipment and engineers.”

Alongside the music is a host of family-friendly activities including a raffle, funfair rides, classic car display and street-style food and drink stalls.

The event will also be helping to raise money for EACH.

The weekend spectacular was first announced in April after organisers got 3,000-capacity venue Trinity Park on board, and are hoping to return as an annual event and give a platform for young bands in the county a space to perform.

Mr Bones added: “The Kesgrave and Martlesham events both stopped a couple of years ago and the demand in the local area is astonishingly high.

“We will do our best to give them that special day back again.”

Tickets are still available online here with the event £5 for adults and £12 for a family ticket.

Parking is free, with gates opening at 12pm.