Retro gaming, hip hop, fusion of Cuban and African music and electro funk are on the menu in Ipswich this week

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Remi Morrison, of Red Cactus PR, is back with her top tips for nights out in Ipswich.


Indiglo - Credit: Archant

Friday, February 26

Indigo Frequency will be taking over Pump & Grind for an evening of dub, hip hop, grime & UV, with Ipswich’s biggest grime export Loom coming along for the ride. Support will be coming from the Indighost, AKA Ghosty & Kolu. The evening kicks off at 8pm and promises to be vibrant with colours so take your reflective gear.

Saturday, February 27


JoyPad - Credit: Archant

Saturday will see a day of retro gaming at Pump & Grind as it hosts a Joypad Arcade event. There will be 12 retro consoles will be set up throughout the bar, with over 1,000 games. From Sonic the Hedgehog to Super Mario Bros, it will be 100% original consoles, games and controllers.

It starts at 3pm and wristbands are £5, and give you full access to all 12 machines until close.

Consoles available on the day include Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Sega Megadrive/Sega Mega CD, Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, N64, Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo GameCube.

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There is fabulous night of Swing, Jazz and Jive that will make you dress up and get down! The Double Dip returns to Rep Club on Tower Street with a fabulous vintage flavour.

The main act for the night is Professor Elemental. The good Professor will be bringing his brilliant vintage Chap-hop act to the stage of The Double Dip Swing and Dance Club. His songs have had more than a million hits on YouTube.

The house DJ for the night is the incredible House Hop! He is one of the most in demand vintage DJs at the moment and works using two vintage gramophones.

The Hep-to-Step Dance instruction troupe will also be present so you can learn some new steps. Beginners more than welcome!

Dress up is surely a must. Tickets are £5 and will be available from and the Ipswich Regent.

At the Manor Ballroom we have, Son Yambu playing authentic Cuban Son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African music that gave rise to Salsa. Their music is irresistible with a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin music experience.

You can even join them before the gig for an introductory Cuban dance workshop at 7pm for £2.50, otherwise it starts at 8.30pm.

Staying in?

We have a debut release from Rye Shabby an Ipswich rapper who has played at venues across town and has released video with more than 15,000 views on YouTube in less than a week.

Receiving a lot of positive reviews, ‘Face the World’ is written by Rye Shabby and produced by Muckaniks; it features a mellow tempo and lyrical rhyming with additional vocals from Cassie Campbell-Cartwright. It out now on In the Balance Records. The video has a very 90s vibe to it and the song has a

His EP comes out soon but sit back, relax and enjoy the video for ‘Face the World’.

Another debut, last week I mentioned the release of Horse - the brand new six track EP by SuperGlu, now they have released the video for their new single Rounder which is directed by Keita Lynch. This band is truly up and coming, watch the colourful video.

Looking ahead:

Next week we see the return of Villem & McLeod with their own brand of Drum and Bass at Pump & Grind. These local lads have been very busy promoting their releases and haven’t played a DnB night in Ipswich since the Riya event in 2015.

Just £3 on the door, and the only DnB event in town for months - expect this to be another roadblock.