Ipswich to get new music festival at Trinity Park

Coming Out Of Exile performing here in 2012 at Kesgrave Music Festival, which has been an influence

Coming Out Of Exile performing here in 2012 at Kesgrave Music Festival, which has been an influence on the new Suffolk Sounds event. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A new music festival inspired by past music days in Kesgrave and Martlesham is set to be launched in Ipswich this year, combining local live music, family fun and classic cars.

Music on the Green has inspired the Suffolk Sounds festival. Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Music on the Green has inspired the Suffolk Sounds festival. Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING - Credit: Ashley Pickering

The Suffolk Sounds family music day will take place on Saturday, September 2 at Trinity Park, after a group of local musicians came together to organise a new event.

With the organising committee having previous experience with Martlesham Music on the Green and inspired by Kesgrave Music Festival, the festival aims to take the best elements of those with a new venue.

Paul Bones, one of the organisers, said: “People aged 18 and 19 are missing the festivals saying they are not there any more.

Suffolk Sounds aims to pick up where Music on the Green in Martlesham Heath and Kesgrave Music Festi

Suffolk Sounds aims to pick up where Music on the Green in Martlesham Heath and Kesgrave Music Festival left off. Reb Capper performing in 2013 at Music on the Green. Picture: Ashley Pickering - Credit: Ashley Pickering

“I wanted to do something for quite a few years and it just snowballed.”


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The organising committee, which also features Chris Bones and Paul Firman, found the reason Kesgrave Music Festival stopped was due to the expense.

“Because of that we thought if we can do something somewhere else we thought perhaps we can get around it that way, Paul Bones added.

Coming Out Of Exile performing here in 2012 at Kesgrave Music Festival, which has been an influence

Coming Out Of Exile performing here in 2012 at Kesgrave Music Festival, which has been an influence on the new Suffolk Sounds event. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Trinity Park was soon on board as a 3,000-capacity venue, and bands and entertainment are now being booked.

The event is hoping to attract top bands alongside a classic car display, street food stalls and other family funfair entertainment.

Chris Bones, chairman, said: “We are so thrilled to have a new music day back in the Ipswich area. We believe that this will be the largest weather proof festival in the locality. Our ethos is inspiring music and encouraging youth performing music.

“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.

The event will also be raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, and if successful aims to be an annual event.

Chris 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.”

To find out more, get involved or apply to perform, visit the event’s website.

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