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Gallery: Ipswich rocks as music festival continues

14:08 29 June 2014

Jessie J performs at Blinkbox Music East Coast Live at Ipswich

Jessie J performs at Blinkbox Music East Coast Live at Ipswich's Chantry Park. Photo: Jen O'Neill


Okay, the weather wasn’t great, especially the first day when I thought I may have to fashion a boat out of discarded rubbish and start gathering the artists two by two.


But if you were at Blinkbox Music East Coast Live yesterday or were heading to McBusted today you’ll know it didn’t stop anybody enjoying some of the biggest names in pop.

I saw grey-haired grans get down with the trumpets during Rizzle Kicks’ energetic set and youngsters risk permanently damaging their vocal chords when Union J and The Vamps came on stage.

An estimated 30,000-plus had packed into Ipswich’s Chantry Park, with tens of thousands more heading to Chantry Park today.

Alexa Goddard ignored the torrential downpour, getting the crowd going and setting the tone for the acts to follow. New groups Rixton and Neon Jungle made the most of their sets too.

It was great to see Katy B back and the engaging Jason Derulo made sure we all kept warm by encouraging us to “wiggle it”.

The Saturdays deserved applause for their cold weather defying outfits alone with Jessie J’s electric set highlighting why she was the headliner.

Owning the stage from the first note, everybody was on their feet as Jessie really showed why she’s one of the biggest names in showbusiness right now.

Making sure we weren’t too wet and cold, we joined her to sing happy birthday to one of her crew before dancing the rest of the night away.

Listen to my chats with some of the acts by visiting @WhatsonWayne on Twitter and clicking the links.



  • What a bunch of miserable sods below! I would suggest this was targetted at a younger audience too; people are always complaining kids have nothing to do. Regarding the bands, some of the groupsacts have been going over 10years. So hardly here today gone tomorrow. The attitude of some people stinks in this town. Hardly a suprise its becoming degraded. Perhaps some positive contributions in general might help us turn the corner.

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    Rory Breaker

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Maybe Chopper, it is because the promoters want to make some money. Why get sniffy about something you don't know about. The kids loved the boy bands, Jason Derulo, has had more hits and sold more records than most of this years Latitude put together. He also put on a very good show. Rizzle kicks are fun and Jessie J is a very good artist. Live and let live or life can get pretty miserable

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    mike walker

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Why is OK to have naff pop groups in the parks of Ipswich and never any real music?? Just 2 or 3 of the bands at Latitude would be lovely!!

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    Chopper Hammond

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Pop music.. here today gone tomorrow. Bland boring and essentially next years landfill. Nothing 'cultural' about it as spouted in some articles. Try Latitude for real music, written by artists not focus groups

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    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Was that photo taken with a potato?

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    You What

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

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