A crowd watching a stage at Ipswich Music Day

IPSWICH MUSIC DAY

INCLUDING INDIAN SUMMER MELA

Sunday 7 July 2024

Christchurch Park

12pm - 8pm

Free

Sunday 7 July 2024

Christchurch Park

12pm - 8pm

Free

Ipswich Music Day is the largest free one-day music festival in the UK and is a brilliant celebration of music, culture and local talent. As well as five stages of live entertainment and music from local upcoming artists, we have fairground rides for children and adults, street food, and a marketplace.

Indian Summer Mela

In addition to five stages of local music artists, this year’s Indian Summer Mela will be part of Ipswich Music Day, meaning there will be even more entertainment to enjoy on Sunday 7 July! This rich and colourful celebration of Indian culture will include live entertainment on a fully programmed Mela Stage, workshops, demonstrations, and authentic Indian street food.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about attending Ipswich Music Day.

Applications now closed

Applications for Ipswich Music Day 2024 closed on Sunday 31st March 2024. Thank you to all the amazing performers who applied. An Advisory Group will review all applications and inform successful applicants on Friday 12th April 2024. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.

Stallholders

If you think your stall will make a great addition to the marketplace at Ipswich Music Day then we would love to hear from you. Please fill in the stallholder application form and send it to events@ipswich.gov.uk. Once received with relevant compliance, we will confirm your attendance.

Download the application form here.

Please note to be a stall holder you need the following compliance:

• Personal Liability Insurance (value up to 5 million)
• Risk Assessment of Activity

Stages and Event Maps

This year’s Ipswich Music Day will have six stages spread throughout Christchurch Park, along with four classical stages hosted by the Ipswich Arts Association in Bethesda Church, Christchurch Mansion, Masonic Hall, and St Margaret’s Church.

The Bowl Stage sponsored by BBC Radio Suffolk, hosted by Wayne Bavin, near to the Henley Road entrance will, among other great artists, feature BBC Introducing Artists chosen by presenter Angelle Joseph.

New for 2024, the Indian Summer Mela Stage near to the Fonnereau Road entrance of the park will be hosted by the Ipswich & Suffolk Indian Association (ISIA) who will be bringing a celebration of Indian culture to the festival.

The Crossroad Stage close to the Westerfield entrance of the park is sponsored and hosted by Suffolk Sound, with performances live-streamed across the airwaves for all Suffolk Sound listeners to enjoy. Next to the playground, lovers of rock and indie music can head to the new Rise Stage which is sponsored by Suffolk New College.

Pond Stage in the heart of the park will present indie, rap, R&B and DJs as well as hosting the winner of Suffolk One’s Battle of the Bands competition. Grapevine Stage next to the marketplace will feature acoustic and jazz artists and soul singing groups.

We’ve created these handy event maps so you can find the entertainment, food and facilities you’re looking for. Click on a map to download it to your device.

Introducing the lineup for Ipswich Music Day 2024

12:00  |  PHOEBE AUSTIN

Phoebe Austin is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Suffolk. Influenced by artists such as Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Maisie Peters she creates music that blends lyrical complexity with catchy hooks.

12:30  |  MARCELLUS

‘marcellus’ is an independent singer-songwriter who plays the guitar. He recently released his debut single ‘left behind’ in December 2023 and is preparing to release his debut EP.

13:15  |  MAPLE WARD

Maple Ward is a 24-year-old acoustic singer-songwriter based in Norwich. Her songs are known for their raw honesty and vulnerability. She performs regularly across East Anglia, gracing the stages of Latitude Festival, First Light Festival and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

13:45  |  ZAMANI FITRI

Zamani Fitri is a Suffolk based troubadour whose work is a refreshing taste and insight into his own mind and life experiences, bringing a soulful and authentic feel every time.

14:15  |  ADY JOHNSON

Originally the singer/guitarist with mod-rockers FuzzFace, Ady has gone on to forge a dynamic and soulful acoustic style of his own. His music has garnered critical praise and received both regional and national airplay.

15:00  | DUSKY SUNDAY

Dusky Sunday is an indie-folk duo comprising of established musicians Fern Teather and Sam Thurlow, with catchy, lyrical songs played on electric guitar and drums.

15:45  | SUFFOLK SLAPPERS

With a passion for the classic sound of the 50’s and 60’s, The Suffolk Slappers are a three-piece band based in Suffolk who specialise in Rockabilly music, bringing high energy performances and infectious tunes.

16:30  | SIMONE PERKS QUINTET

With some of the most recognisable musicians in the area, Simone has recently moved to Ipswich and brings with her 40 years’ experience as a singer. With everything from toe-tapping jazzy was to show stopping “big-toooons” there is something for every generation to enjoy.

17:15  | RICH YOUNG

Rich is singer/songwriter/performer/composer/multi-instrumentalist and producer based in East Anglia. He’s played live, recorded and worked with a diverse range of acts over the years including Scottish indie folk artist King Creosote, Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), Steve Marriott and more.

18:00  | FRASER MORGAN

Fraser Morgan is an upcoming folk-punk artist who writes about mental health and getting better and is set to play their 1000th show in 2024. If you like life-loving energy, then you’ll love this.

12:00  |  PERMANENT DAYLIGHT – SUFFOLK ONE

Winners of Battle of the Bands at Suffolk One, Permanent Daylight are an aspiring alt rock band from Suffolk.

12:30  |  CHEST

Chest is a five-piece indie band that burst onto the Norwich music scene in late 2022. They have quickly gained recognition for their compelling songwriting, captivating live performances and their distinctive sound.

13:15  |  DREGS

DREGS are an electronic music duo, hailing from Suffolk consisting of Drew (Drum & Bass Producer/DJ Villem) and Jimmy (Vocals/Percussion/Producer).

14:00  |  XIDONTILE

Xidontlie is an independent alternative hip-hop/rap recording artist, producer, and engineer. Along his journey, Xidontlie has gained support from radio stations such a BBC Introducing, BBC 1xtra & Mobo UnSung.

15:15  |  AYO

Ayo is a HipHop/rap artist from Ipswich who will be returning to Ipswich Music Day having performed at the festival in 2022.

16:15  | CRAZY JAMES

Crazy James is already making waves. His debut LP ”Unsigned & Unspoilt Volume 1” is now certified bronze with over 235,000 streams and a recent release garnering over 39,000 streams.

17:00  | JAYAHADADREAM

JayaHadADream is an independent rapper and singer. Her music is a merge of thought provoking, engaging lyrics over hip hop and grime sounds.

17:30  | CONRAD SUBS

Conrad Subs is a producer and DJ playing Drum & Bass and Jungle music. They have released music on nearly every major record label in the Drum and Bass scene, played festivals such as Boomtown, and toured Australia and New Zealand.

18:00  | DJ SYNDICATE

DJ Syndicate started their career as part of So Solid Crew, a British UK garage collective originating from South London in the early 2000s. They have since performed at various festivals and nightclubs all over the UK.

18:30  | PIXELH8

Internationally renowned chip tune musician Pixelh8 makes his music from reprogramming vintage computer systems such as the ZX spectrum, Commodore 64 and Game Boy.

19:00  | NONSUCHDJS

Established in Ipswich in 2010, nonsuchdjs have been running regular northern soul nights in Ipswich at a variety of locations as well as festivals and events across the UK. They play classic northern soul, Tamla Motown and 70’s crossover soul.

12:00  |  GASOLINE GREEN

Gasoline Green are a four-piece all-original alternative and experimental indie rock outfit based in Colchester. They released their second album in March 2024 and consist of Tyler Baker on guitar and vocals, Oliver Waller on keys, Olly Hall on bass aand Zeb Wiseman on drums.

12:45  |  GABRIELLE ORNATE

Fusing folk poetry with pop hooks and a heavy rock punch, Gabrielle Ornate embodies female empowerment and deep introspection. Always with an enchanting message for the subconscious, Gabrielle’s unearthly vocal takes command of the maximalist soundscape.

13:30  |  RUDE & RECKLESS

Energetic 6-piece local band playing ska and reggae tunes we all know and love. Rude and Reckless are well known locally and afar, having played many festivals and events.

14:30  |  BRIDGET

Essex’s grunge powerhouse Bridget effortlessly commands audiences with her electric stage presence. Her distinctive vocal growl and punk-fuelled singles have featured on BBC Radio 1’s Introducing Rock & Total Rock.

15:30  |  RAD PITT

Hailing from Britain’s oldest city, Colchester’s Rad Pitt have stayed true to their founding ethos since 2015: play fat riffs and keep it DIY. Throughout their time together, they’ve churned out three albums and played shows each individual member only dreamed of playing before the band began.

16:30  | ELEPHANT JANE

Elephant Jane formed from the sleepy town of Harwich and woke with a start in 2016! Known for riff driven, satire given, drum thumping tunes! Elephant Jane are energy incarnate when live and engage with their audiences on a social and personal level.

17:30  | BACK TO THE POINT

A rising name in the alternative scene, Ipswich-based trio Back to the Point bring energy and a feel-good factor to their shows. In 2023, their single ‘Tattooed Minds’ received air play on BBC Introducing Suffolk.

18:30  | DINNERLADYYY

welcome to dinnerladyyy. we are losers. we were lost. you don’t know us but we invite you. born from the cold recesses of a disused Co-op warehouse and baptised at Beyond the Music Festival 2023. we clawed our way out from the primordial sound to make groove coated electric punk pop. We are still discontented.

 

12:00  |  BBC INTRODUCING – SOPHIE THE GREAT

12:30  |  SERENA GRANT AND BAND

13:30  |  BBC INTRODUCING – DEANNA

14:20  |  DR AND THE EPICS

15:10 |  JADE MAY JEAN AND BAND

16:20  | BBC INTRODUCING – PIERS JAMES

17:20  | THE DOWNSETTERS

18:45  | SOAP YOUR AUNTIE

12:00  |  DRAUGERHEIM

A melodic metal band from East Anglia with songs inspired primarily by Celtic and Nordic mythology. They recently supported Ghosts of Atlantis at their album launch at the Colchester Art’s Center.

12:45  |  ARTHUR BLACK

Arthur Black is an up-and-coming youth in music, now playing alongside a band with original material that has been compared to the sound of The Cranberries and Elliott Smith.

13:30  |  TAYA

After a long run as front woman for metal band TINK, Taya is keen to show she can’t be contained by a genre as she debuts her new pop album. Her pop career started at snc with her year 1 FMP and she has been eager to continue.

14:15  |  CONNOR ADAMS

An Indie Rock/Singer Songwriter from the heart of Suffolk. Fresh off the back of playing this year’s Isle of Wight Festival, the 28-year-old continues to up the stakes in his most successful year to date.

15:30  |  DEEP SOUTH CITY

Deep South City is a southern country rock band born to bring a fresh sound to the people. They cover Chris Stapleton, Band of Rascals, Anthony Gomes, Joyous Wolf, Cory Marks, and more.

16:30  | TEMPUS FRAYED

Tempus Frayed is an electrifying Rock Trio from Ipswich that never fails to put on a show. With their widely known covers and hard-hitting originals, there is bound to be something for everyone.

17:30  | AFTERDRIVE

Ipswich-based band AFTERDRIVE perform highly catchy original songs, bringing together the best of pop and rock and delivering a highly entertaining performance.

18:30  | J.S LOCKERBILIES

Coming up to their 10-year anniversary as a band, Ipswich’s own J.S. & the Lockerbillies bring their raucous 50s rockabilly sound into the 21st century with original songs and well known classics.

A rich and colourful celebration of Indian culture with live entertainment on the fully programmed Indian Summer Mela Stage – lineup and timings TBC.

 

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