Gallery: Summer of music, art and family fun with McBusted, Jessie J, Diversity, 5ive, Union J and Backstreet Boys

Indian Mela on Christchurch Park as part of Ipswich's IP Art festival
Bhangra Dance band

Indian Mela on Christchurch Park as part of Ipswich's IP Art festival Bhangra Dance band

Global music stars, the best in new theatre, family events – whatever the great British weather has in store for us, Ipswich is guaranteed to be the hottest place to be this summer.

Jessie J

Jessie J - Credit: Archant

Hot on the heels of PULSE, East Coast Live and McBusted comes news of this year’s Ipswich Arts Festival. It kicks off on June 21-22 with a town centre celebration boasting film, a summer market, the Suffolk Pride parade and more.

“We’ve put together a festival for the family designed to attract people from Ipswich and all over the region. This year it’s based around four special weekends but there’s plenty for everyone in between,” said Gordon Mole, Ipswich Borough Council’s head of cultural services.

One of those weekends includes East Coast Live and McBusted in Chantry Park. Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, The Saturdays, Union J, The Vamps, Katy B, Neon Jungle, Rixton and Jason Derulo, jetting in from America to play one of only a few outdoor UK tour dates for 2014; play one day. McBusted, The Backstreet Boys, Scouting For Girls, 5IVE and Diversity perform the next.

“Ip-art has established itself as the biggest arts festival in the region and this year we’re expecting to welcome up to 150,000 visitors. This is a festival for the people – come and be part of it.”

There will also be cabaret in a big top, the Indian Mela, Ipswich Music Day, the UK’s biggest one-day free music festival; an open-air screening of The Great Gatsby, theatre, cinema, music, comedy and dance.

Getting the summer of events under way is this year’s PULSE Festival, which focuses on new and innovative contemporary theatre and performances from regional, British and international artists.

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