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Wayne Savage

Entertainment and general feature writer for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Also writes pieces for Suffolk magazine, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

Celebrating the best of Americana, The Maverick Festival turns 10 this weekend. Founder Paul Spencer spoke to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about those first difficult years, how it’s evolved and issues an invite to Ed Sheeran who made his festival debut there.

Latitude Festival’s Melvin Benn revealed he’s met with high-ranking officers of the Metropolitan Police in the wake of last month’s Manchester Arena attack and is in almost daily contact with counter-terrorism teams across the country.

Stand-up Jason Manford has added a visit to Colchester’s Charter Hall to his 2018 tour.

Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett explains why performing live will be forever in their DNA, when we can expect new music and why he loves Suffolk’s Latitude Festival.

Buckets of water on doors, itching powder, crickets in your bed; Marlon Jackson got up to some pranks with little brother Michael as kids. He shares his memories ahead of The Jacksons’ Newmarket concert.

Maverick Festival founder Paul Spencer’s Easton cottage began life as a retreat, somewhere to relax but it’s become somewhere he works and plays.

Ivan Cutting, artistic director and a founder of Eastern Angles, has a foot in Suffolk and Norfolk. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

Children’s Theatre Company Ipswich’s artistic director Bridie Rowe talks about newest production Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

One of the brains behind an album in aid of East Anglian charity Julian Support has spoken out about his own battle with mental health issues.

Bury St Edmunds band Gaffa Tape Sandy are gearing up to play Glastonbury Festival this afternoon.

I can’t tell you much about Talking Scarlet’s production of this Brian Clemens’ thriller except that it’s very good.

Latitude Festival’s Melvin Benn revealed he’s met with high-ranking officers of the Metropolitan Police in the wake of last month’s Manchester Arena attack and is in almost daily contact with counter-terrorism teams across the country.

East Anglian raised actor Brian Capron, best know as Coronation Street serial killer Richard Hillman, usually goes out of his way to avoid thrillers. So what’s different about Strictly Murder? Entertainment writer Wayne Savage investigated.

Reginald D Hunter visits the Ipswich Regent next Sunday, just weeks after cancelling his performance there due to a broken leg.

Sir Elton John returns to Ipswich’s Portman Road this Saturday for the first time in more than a decade.

This year’s Nearly Festival is benefitting from the Ed Sheeran factor, with the Suffolk singer-songwriter’s tribute act proving almost as popular as the real thing.

To celebrate the release of Wonder Woman in cinemas June 1, Warner Bros Pictures and What’s on offer you the chance to win themed goodies.

Each Saturday in the East Anglian Daily Times’ heaven section, we pose a question about something that’s happening in the news - from is it right to ban your kids from using social media to the new line-up of The Great British Bake-off. We’d love to hear your views on the topic of the week, tweeted every Monday by @WhatsonWayne. To get involved, email me your thoughts and a small head and shoulders photo.

Britain’s Got Talent Winner George Sampson will play Jack Trott in this year’s Ipswich Regent pantomime.

Such is Stewart Francis’ mastery of deadpan delivery I can’t tell at first if he’s joking when he tells me there’s already been a tour romance, until he adds he can say no more due to the “couple” in question selling their story to a glossy magazine.

Actor turned award-wining documentary maker Ross Kemp talks about his East Anglian roots and the end of his Extreme World series

Our pick of the best days out across Suffolk and Essex over the next week.

Our pick of the theatre and comedy on across Suffolk and Essex over the next week

HighTide Festival organisers have revealed this year’s line-up, showcasing work by the country’s best new playwrights.

Our pick of the gigs, concerts and performances across Suffolk and Essex over the next week

Erasure head to the Ipswich Regent next year.

Could Suffolk photographer Gillian Allard be Sky Arts Master of Photography 2017? She’ll give it her best shot.

The Multi-Story Orchestra returns to Ipswich this June, turning the Blackfriars NCP car park into a classical music concert hall with two contrasting performances.

Looking to dance the bank holiday weekend away? Here are some musical treats across Suffolk and Essex.

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