Everything you need to know about Ipswich Music Day 2018 – Stage times, line-up and attractions
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A music extravaganza packed full of festival favourites is expected to draw bumper crowds to Ipswich this weekend.
Now in its 28th year, Ipswich Music Day – one of the biggest free open air concerts in the region – will see dozens of acts perform across six stages in Christchurch Park on Sunday.
Around 40,000 people flocked to the festival last year, and council chiefs are hoping 2018 will be the biggest yet.
“Now in its 28th year, Ipswich Music Day is not only one of the highlights of an Ipswich summer, it is also a big draw for people living across the county,” said Ipswich Borough Council (IBC)’s deputy leader Bryony Rudkin.
“IBC has continued to stage Music Day over nearly three decades and it has now become one of the biggest free open air concerts in the region.
“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.
“I would like to thank our events team, sponsors and bands who make it such a success.”
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Council leader David Ellesmere previously described the day – which features a selection of the brighest unsigned artists in East Anglia – as “the jewel in Ipswich’s cultural crown”.
It will start at 12pm and end at around 8pm.
Sunshine is expected to beam down on festival-goers for much of the afternoon – according to organisers the event kicks off at noon, and continues until around 8pm.
Line-up and stage times
More than 50 acts are performing across six stages – sponsored by BBC Radio Suffolk, Suffolk New College, Town 102, Grapevine and the University of Suffolk.
Grapevine Mansion Lawn Stage
Peter Hepworth 12pm-12.30pm
Phoebe Austin 12.30pm-1pm
Noah Evans 1pm-1.30pm
Roisin O’Hagan 1.30pm-2pm
Emily Gray 2pm-2.30pm
Alton Wahlberg 3pm-4pm
Kev Walford and Kelly Bayfield 4pm-5pm
Big Jacket 5pm-6pm
Ady Johnson 6pm-7pm
Radio Orwell 2pm-3pm
E11Y Tree 4pm-5pm
Helen and The Neighbourhood Dogs 6pm-7pm
Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage
Saving Scarlett 12.30pm-1.30pm
Rad Pitt 1.30pm-2pm
Suffolk New College Bands (3/10 | Anastasia | Florado)
Alfie Indra 4pm-4.30pm
History & Lore 5.30pm-6.30pm
BBC Playground Stage
The Super Things 12pm-1pm
Simon Chiverton 1pm-2pm
Carry On Rod 2pm-3pm
Bouncing Off Concrete 3pm-4pm
The ELO Encounter 4pm-5pm
Buster James Band 5pm-6pm
The Ashton Jones Project, 6pm-7pm
Town 102 Crossroads Stage
The High Points, 12pm-1pm
The Drive In’s, 1pm-2pm
4th Labyrinth, 2pm-3pm
Just Jay Dance, 3pm-3.30pm
THE TORSiON FIELD 3.30pm-4pm
Soul Riot, 4pm-5pm
TJS and the Chancers, 5pm-6pm
The Magic Es, 6pm-7pm
Jade MayJean, 7pm-8pm
University of Suffolk Bowl Stage
Strike the Sun, 12pm-1pm
Reno & Rome, 4pm-5pm
Renegade Twelve, 6pm-7pm
Waxies Dargle 7pm-8pm
Ipswich Arts Association is also hosting 15 acts across four venues.
Music fans are also being invited along to the festival market place, due to sell gifts, jewellery, clothing and balloons.
Street food from around the globe will be served throughout the afternoon.
The family-friendly festival also has a host of activities for children, organisers added.
Henna, glitter tattoos, face painting, bungee trampolines and a fairground full of fair rides are among the attractions on offer.