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Gates open at noon for Ipswich Music Day - and record crowds expected

Bumper crowds were drawn to all of the stages at Ipswich Music day in 2016 Picture: PETER CUTTS

Bumper crowds were drawn to all of the stages at Ipswich Music day in 2016 Picture: PETER CUTTS

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It's set to be a day of superb summer sunshine and soaring temperatures as around 40,000 people are expected to flock to Ipswich Music Day.

Around 40,000 people are set to descend on Christchurch Park on Sunday for Ipswich Music Day Picture: PETER  CUTTSAround 40,000 people are set to descend on Christchurch Park on Sunday for Ipswich Music Day Picture: PETER CUTTS

Gates open at Christchurch Park at noon, and revellers will be able to stay until the sun starts to set. The official closing time is 8pm.

Weathermen say the temperature should be in the 80sF – which is great news for the event, which features a line-up packed with homegrown talent.

More than 50 musicians are performing across six stages – sponsored by BBC Radio Suffolk, Suffolk New College, Town 102, Grapevine and the University of Suffolk. Acts such as Tournier, Alton Wahlberg and Ady Johnson are performing on the Grapevine Mansion Lawn stage, while bands like Radio Orwell, Hemmingway and Spacecake are gracing the Monument stage.

Over on the Ed Sheeran and Suffolk New College pond stage, Rad Pitt and a host of college bands are due to perform.

Bands and artists from the region set to perform at the annual Ipswich Music Day Picture: RUBY CHAPMANBands and artists from the region set to perform at the annual Ipswich Music Day Picture: RUBY CHAPMAN

The Super Things, Bouncing Off Concrete and The ELO Encounter are among the acts booked for the BBC Playground Stage, while The High Points, Soul Riot and Castell are taking to the University of Suffolk Bowl stage.

The Ipswich Arts Association is hosting 15 acts across four venues, including Christchurch Mansion, Bethesda Church, Masonic Hall and St Margaret’s Church.

Food and alcohol is permitted at the event, but large amounts or glasses are not permitted. Car parking is available via Park Road, and will cost £5 on the day.

It is nearing its 30th anniversary – and bosses behind this year’s offering have high hopes that 2018 will bring record audiences to the town.

Crowds were drawn to all of the stages at Ipswich Music day in 2017 Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORECrowds were drawn to all of the stages at Ipswich Music day in 2017 Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORE

In the past, business chiefs have hailed it a huge success, benefitting the town’s economy.

“It is a big draw for people living across the county,” said Ipswich Borough Council (IBC)’s deputy leader Bryony Rudkin.

“As part of the Ipswich events programme, which attracts nearly 250,000 people, Music Day helps to boost the local economy, with bars and restaurants benefitting.”

For more information and the full line-up, visit www.ipswichentertains.co.uk

Revellers enjoy a performance by Pop Gun on the BBC stage
 at Ipswich Music Day 2017 Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGRevellers enjoy a performance by Pop Gun on the BBC stage at Ipswich Music Day 2017 Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Ipswich Music Day is said to generate thousands of pounds for the economy Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGIpswich Music Day is said to generate thousands of pounds for the economy Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

The Grapevine stage Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORE/CITZENSIDE NEWZULU.COMThe Grapevine stage Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORE/CITZENSIDE NEWZULU.COM

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