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