Sunday 3 July 2022
12pm - 8pm
Ipswich Music Day
Ipswich Music Day returns to Christchurch Park! There are six stages of live entertainment and music from local upcoming artists. 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 programmed stages we have fairground rides for children and adults, street food, and a marketplace.
The event forms the second day of the Ipswich Music Weekend. On Saturday 2 July, the teams behind Global Rhythm and Ipswich Jazz Festival will join together to create a wonderful array of Jazz, Blues, World and Caribbean music for all to enjoy. Find out more about the Global Rhythm and Ipswich Jazz Festival here.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about attending Ipswich Music Day.
On-site parking will be available, but this is limited to 300 spaces at £10 per vehicle for the entire day. When the spaces are gone, we ask that you park at one of the many town centre car parks and make your way to the events on foot. There are several Ipswich Borough Council car parks available close to the event’s venue. You can find a full list here.
Introducing the line-up for Ipswich Music Day 2022
- Grapevine Stage
- Monument Stage
- Suffolk New College Stage
- BBC Radio Suffolk Stage
- Crossroads Stage
- Bowl Stage
12:00 | HORN FACTORY
Having started in 1998, Horn Factory have been bringing together some of the area’s top musicians to create their own distinct brand of fast-moving, hard-hitting, foot-tapping contemporary big band jazz.
13:00 | BELINDA GILLETT
Belinda Gillett is an indie-folk artist from Suffolk whose voice regularly draws comparisons with Sandy Denny, Joan Baez and Weyes Blood. Her admirers include Queen’s Brian May and folk-punk icon Jeffrey Lewis.
13:30 | L. T. P
L. T. P covers a wide range of songs across genres and eras and performs heartfelt original songs reflecting on relatable situations. Several of these have been played on BBC Introducing and local radio stations including Actual radio Colchester.
14:00 | PETER HEPWORTH
His second single, ’17 sun Lane’, hit No8 in the UK iTunes Singer SongWriter charts. Hepworth’s beautiful, funny and sometimes painful folk songs paint colourful and personal stories, intimately portrayed through his jovial and idiosyncratic interpretation of the world around him.
15:00 | A LIGHT LEFT ON
An upbeat and light-hearted original trio from Sunny Clacton on Sea showcased at the Montreux Jazz Cafe in London and featured on 6music by Tom Robinson. They currently have a new EP ‘Cathedral of Shadows’ out and have featured on many playlists.
16:00 | KELLY BAYFIELD & DAVID EDWARD BOOTH
Kelly Bayfield brings a perfect blend of classic Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters and folk singing traditions from both sides of the Atlantic. David Edward Booth writes songs of depth, authenticity and poetry, delivered with a down-tuned guitar and a weathered, unpolished honesty.
16:30 | SERENA
Serena has been a full-time singer for the last 7 years and has tried many different genres to find what works for her, and likes to keep herself as versatile as possible. She plays as a soloist, and also now has a band behind her supporting her original work.
17:00 | PAINTING THE SILENCE
Formed in late 2019, Painting the Silence are a singer/songwriter piano and vocals duo from Ipswich. In 2021, their debut album Dream Machine was released, which went on to have its title track played on East Suffolk One and BBC Radio Suffolk Introducing.
18:00 | ROB LEWIS
Rob Lewis has been on the Suffolk music scene for more than two decades, playing in bands Stetsons Are Cool, Class Act, Jynx and Colourblind Hedgehogs as well as being a solo artist. He’s also a radio presenter, guitar teacher, songwriter and producer.
12:00 | HEMINGWAY
A five-piece indie rock outfit with soft focus, who have supported Feeder, Ash, Echo and the Bunnymen. Their track ‘Fractures’ was also featured on Hollyoaks. Anthems are their stock in trade and they have them in significant numbers.
13:00 | LEON O’LEARY
Leon O’Leary is a dream rock singer-songwriter from Bury St. Edmunds influenced by artists such as Sam Fender, Ben Howard and The War On Drugs. Backed by BBC Introducing East as one of their artists to watch for 2022, Leon has featured at festivals such as Latitude, Ipswich Sound City and Bardfest.
14:00 | THIS CIRCUS LIFE
Winners of the 2021 Ely Folk Festival competition, This Circus Life play folk-rock / pop-rock that has been likened to Del Amitri, REM and Crowded House. Their third album released on 29th April through Turn Blue Records.
15:00 | TINK
Tink is a symphonic rock artist with an operatic vocal range and great costume / stage presence, who released their first album in 2021.
15:30 | WILSWOOD BUOYS
Alternative/Folk Acoustic duo from Mersea Island who have headlined sold out events in popular venues in London, supported Frank Turner at Coda Colchester & Camden Roundhouse, and supported Mark Chadwick (Levellers) at Camden Assembly.
16:00 | RED WINE TALK
Red Wine Talk are an exciting new indie-rock band from Norfolk described by Broken8 Records in Australia as “one of the UK’s best and brightest new bands ..who with the release of their hotly anticipated debut album are about to become international names”.
17:00 | WARD OF IRON
Ward Of Iron is a 3-piece band based in Ipswich, bringing together elements of post-punk, shoegaze and dream pop music. Dreamy guitars swirl over a backdrop of ethereal synth, gritty bass and driving drum machine rhythms to create a textured sound that feels fresh yet familiar; modern yet nostalgic.
18:00 | CORONATION KINGS
An original alt rock act blending sounds across rock folk and alternative genres in a modern way. Songs range from big anthemic tunes to acoustic ballads played across acoustic electric and piano backdrops.
12:00 | THE CURVES
The Curves are a four-piece band who play a variety of songs, from 60s right up to modern day. They regularly perform at pubs, clubs and weddings.
13:00 | FUZE
A four-piece Alternative Punk Rock band from Bury St Edmunds, formed in 2018, who recently reached the final of the BurySOUND battle of the bands competition.
14:00 | JOBIE
After performing in a band for 4.5 years, Jobie decided to go solo, releasing their first 2 singles, ‘Crash’ & ‘Black & White’. Their debut single ‘Crash’ was chosen as BBC Introducing in Suffolk’s track of the week.
14:30 | SUFFOLK NEW COLLEGE SHOWCASE.
Students from the Suffolk New College Music Performance departments will be showcasing a mix of original and cover songs.
16:30 | CHARCOAL
CHARCOAL are a two-piece rock band from Colchester whose music has regularly featured on BBC Radio and Chelmsford Community Radio. Releasing their first album in 2020, CHARCOAL have since been playing the Essex and London circuit with their mix of hard rock anthems and ambient interludes.
17:30 | PEPPS
Pepps has performed on May Day events and other places around Ipswich and also in London, with music that is inspiring and conscious.
18:00 | DAGAOW
Dagaow is an afrobeat artist. His songs are mostly upbeat, catchy hooks and creative but simple lyrics. He has earned airplays with BBC Introducing Norfolk and Suffolk. His nominations include the Urban Rap category of the New Music Generation UK 2021 awards.
18:30 | JAH WARRIORS
Jah Warriors are a local Roots Reggae band, who have played alongside Curtis Mayfield, Dennis Brown, King Yellowman, Misty in Roots, Culture, Steel Pulse and Aswad, to name a few. Their career spans well over 40 years. They play Roots, Lovers Rock, and Dancehall.
12:00 | BBC INTRODUCING PRESENTS…
13:00 | HARRY ISAAC PRESLEY EXPERIENCE AND THE HIP OPERATION
14:00 | HURRICANE ALLEY
15:00 | ALBION MILLS
16:00 | JAX AND CO
17:00 | THE DOWNSETTERS
18:00 | SOAP YOUR AUNTIE
12:00 | GRACE CALVER
A singer/songwriter who plays guitar, bass and piano, with tongue-in-cheek songs about her life experiences. She released her debut single ‘Zombie Conversations’ on all music platforms in February.
12:30 | BLUEFEED
BlueFeed are a young, up-and-coming, indie-rock band based in Suffolk. Inspired by bands such as The Kooks, The Fratellis, The Beatles, Buzzcocks and many more, they have an upbeat and lively sound.
13:00 | 4TH LABYRINTH
4TH LABYRINTH are a multi award-winning band from Cambridge with a classic approach to rock music, drawing influences from the most colourful period of rock music. Known for their engaging and witty live shows, the band has been acting as main support for Wishbone Ash, Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network), Carls Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Chantel McGregor and Focus.
14:00 | COLLARS
Collars play their own brand of indie driven by vocals, guitar and pared-back drums. Dan sings, writes and plays synth, while Kane plays guitar and beats at the same time thanks to some drums he’s engineered to play with his feet. The results? Wholesome indie like your mama used to make! If your mama was Karen O and your grandparents were the White Stripes.
15:00 | JORA THE FORTUNETELLER
Jora The Fortuneteller are an alternative rock band with a unique sound that seamlessly blends the weight of heavy alt rock with strong pop sensibilities, who have recently come off a 26 date tour around the UK with Millie Manders.
16:00 | CONNOR ADAMS
NMG’s 2021 Pop Artist of the Year, 26-year-old singer-songwriter Connor Adams who has toured with rock legends ‘The Darkness’, covered the front page of Grapevine Magazine and let’s not forget also earned track of the week by the BBC for his latest single ‘Set Me Free’.
17:00 | HARLEE CAVENDER
A singer-songwriter from Bury St Edmunds who has been writing their own music for 10 years and has been played on BBC Introducing Norfolk and Suffolk, Cambridge 105, Future radio and many more, and was nominated for an NMG award for the Best Female Solo.
18:00 | RENO & ROME
Ipswich based Reno & Rome specialise in driving beats, groove-filled guitar hooks and power pop courtesy of frontman Gryphen Ford, lead guitarist Nic Keeble, bassist Alex Lenton and drummer Ash Hunn.
19:00 | LUCKY NO. 7
Formed in 2013 and active in the local scene, Lucky No7 regularly gig to packed pubs and clubs across East Anglia and Essex, playing big crowd favourites like Queen and Journey.
12:00 | ECTO PEACH
Formed with members from bands such as Strike The Sun, Violent Playground and Crab Meat Moon. Their energetic-spikey music and their live performances have grabbed people’s attention and their first single, Toothpaste, was played on BBC Introducing Suffolk.
13:00 | THE PSYCHIC PIMPS
Formed at the end of 2019, The Psychic Pimps are the latest project of frontman Jonnie Learjet (ex-East Town Pirates, Suspect Device). They play original material largely inspired by 70s punk and glam rock.
14:00 | TORI MCKEW
Tori McKew is an aspiring pop artist who resides in Ipswich. She had her first commercial release in January 2022. Destiny, a remix by Pete Hammond which has been in the Music Week Commercial Pop Club Chart for over 3 consecutive weeks, is doing very well in UK clubs.
14:30 | ARMS TO OBLIVION
A four-piece band from Ipswich playing original heavy groove metal songs in the same vein as Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, and Pantera. They have been together for 5 years and played throughout Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk.
15:30 | BACK TO THE POINT
Catchy, honest & energetic: Back to the Point are an alternative/rock trio from Ipswich. Summer 2021 saw the band travel to Cambridgeshire to begin recording their debut album, which promises to be a genre-spanning release, showcasing a new sound for the band.
16:30 | RENEGADE TWELVE
R12 are a well established Suffolk based band consisting of four original members. They have played all over the UK and are currently about to record their 3rd album.
17:30 | TEMPUS FRAYED
Tempus Frayed is a collective of three musicians. With their diversity in songwriting and explosive stage atmosphere, they manage to combine a mix of genres seamlessly. Ranging from Punk, Alt Rock and Pop Rock, there will always be something for someone!
18:30 | FIREWILD
Firewild are a creative five-piece all originals rock band from East Anglia that appeal to audiences young and old and are starting to pick up a faithful following. There is a real classic-rock vibe surrounding Firewild.
Ipswich Arts Association line-up
As a continued integral part of Ipswich Music Day , the Ipswich Arts Association will once again host four Classical Stages between St. Margaret’s Church, Bethesda Baptist Church, the Wolsey Gallery and the Masonic Hall. We are proud to have been supported by the IAA for the last 29 years bringing even more diversity and professional classical performances to the wider Music Day experience. This year the IAA have procured a fantastic programme of song, brass, choral and acapella performances to really enhance the musical offering at the long-awaited return of Ipswich’s iconic festival.
- Christchurch Mansion WAG
- Ipswich Masonic Hall
- Bethesda Church
- St Margaret's Church
- Christchurch Mansion Lower Tudor Room
13:50 | PAT GRIMWADE – WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
14:00 | IPSWICH CHAMBER CHOIR
Ipswich Chamber Choir sings satisfyingly challenging music led by a sensational conductor. They welcome new members and rehearse on Tuesday evenings 7.15-9.30pm from September to May/June at St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich.
14:35 | IPSWICH HOSPITAL COMMUNITY CHOIR
The IHCC provides a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can join together in the pure pleasure of singing. Their ever-expanding repertoire includes pop songs throughout the decades, traditional music and show songs, most of which are sung in four or six-part harmony.
15:10 | IPSWICH GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY
The Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society are an amateur operatic and dramatic society based in Suffolk. Whether you like amateur theatre productions or choral concerts, there is something for everyone!
15:45 | IPSWICH CHORAL SOCIETY
Ipswich Choral Society are a mixed voice choir of approximately 70 members. They are the second oldest choral society in the country, having been formed in 1824. They rehearse at Northgate Arts Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9.30pm and welcome new members.
13:50 | CHRIS PEARCE – WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
14:00 | CAMERATA
Camerata Singers is a friendly, enthusiastic choir singing a variety of musical styles who encourage people to enjoy working together to become more confident with their singing.
14:35 | TRIANGLE
Sophie Watson, Mim MacMahon and Sue Manley have been singing together for an astronomical number of years, having formed in 1986 as a result of a passing remark made by Sophie’s mother. Their repertoire is eclectic, but generally comprises songs on the subjects of beer, religion and things that go bump in the night – though this is by far from being an exhaustive list.
15:10 | SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY MALE VOICE CHOIR
The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir is an enthusiastic group of individuals. The choir was formed over 50 years ago from members of the Police Force, but their membership now consists of men from all walks of life.
15:45 | THE SILBURYS
Whether performing as a duo, or with their bassist and drummer as a four-piece, The Silburys entertain with their lively set of original material, traditional songs, and popular covers. They play concerts throughout the country, have supported National touring bands in the genre, played live radio sessions and, to date, have released 4 CDs of original material.
13:50 | WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
14:00 | BIRKBECK SINGERS
The Birkbeck Singers are an active and enthusiastic mixed choir based at the Ipswich Institute. The singers like to keep up the energy and excitement with events and activities taking place year-round.
14:35 | JAVA JUNCTION
Clarinet choir Java Junction is a small group of players dedicated to sharing their passion with others. They are a blend of Bb and Eb clarinets and meet once a month in Felixstowe and enjoy playing music from the great swing era, film music, musical theatre, jazz and traditional themes.
15:10 | STELLA ACAPPELLA
Stella Acappella are an all-female close harmony vocal group based in the centre of Ipswich. They started in 2017 and have now grown from 12 singers to 34! They sing pop standards from the 50s and 60s right through to the current day.
15:45 | CO-OP LADIES CHOIR
The Co-op Ladies Choir perform a variety of music including chart hits, musicals and classical. They regularly perform for clubs, weddings and charity concerts.
13:50 | VERA ROGERS – WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
14:00 | MARTLESHAM BRASS
The band was formed on 13th September 1996 with an original membership of 26 musicians and three bandleaders. Since then, they have grown rapidly and currently have nearly 100 playing members divided between four groups. Martlesham Brass aims to make music fun and enjoyable for all players whatever their age or ability.
14:55 | TRIANON
Trianon Music Group is a nonprofessional symphony orchestra and choir, with 220 regularly performing members. Originally formed as an orchestra in 1959, the addition of the choir led to the creation of Trianon Music Group in September 1963. The Group performs three major concerts each year. These are usually at the Ipswich Corn Exchange and have also included performances at the world-renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
14:00 | SUFFOLK POETRY SOCIETY
Suffolk Poetry Society is believed to be one of the oldest poetry societies in the UK, and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The purpose of the Society then and now is to promote poetry throughout Suffolk by holding events and live workshops and finding original ways of presenting poetry.
15:20 | IPSWICH CHILDREN’S BOOK GROUP
Founded in 1976, Ipswich Children’s Book Group is a member of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, a network of groups across the UK whose aim is to bring children and books together. Over the past forty-six years, the book group has organised a wide range of book-related activities. These have included book fairs, author visits, picnics, talks on all aspects of children’s books and competitions. Picture book author and illustrator Marjoke Henrichs will be reading at the group’s Music Day session and there will also be a drawing activity.