New venue for festival

NEXT year's Ipswich May Day festival could be switched to another park in the town, the organiser said today.Roger MacKay was speaking after another successful event, which saw hundreds of people flock to Alexandra Park on Sunday.

NEXT year's Ipswich May Day festival could be switched to another park in the town, the organiser said today.

Roger MacKay was speaking after another successful event, which saw hundreds of people flock to Alexandra Park on Sunday.

The sun-soaked crowds lapped up the entertainment on offer, with Canadian singer songwriter Raghav living up to his star billing.

Female rapper and singer Naila Boss also featured, while other acts included new four-piece Monroe, BBC 1Xtra's Heartless Crew and BBC Radio Suffolk's Ebony Eye team.

Five bands took to the rock stage, including The Waxing Captors and Shev and the Brakes.

The variety continued in the community tent, where a further range of musical and poetic entertainment was on offer.

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Mr MacKay hailed the day's success, but indicated the time could be right to seek a new setting.

He said: "We're now reaching the stage where we're getting too big for this venue and we need to think about talking to the council about another park.

"It has grown steadily over the years. When we first began it was called the family fun day and we had one stage and about 400 people coming along.

"We've since changed the emphasis to music and now we need a bigger setting. The people of Ipswich like to see and hear their music performed."

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