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Gallery: Thousands soak up the music and atmosphere at East Coast Live

14:21 28 June 2014

Jessie J performs at Blink Box East Coast Live. Photo: Jen O

Jessie J performs at Blink Box East Coast Live. Photo: Jen O'Neill

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So much for summer. Moments after the gates opened for East Coast Live at Chantry Park in Ipswich so did the skies!

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The predicted showers turned into a torrential downpour but once Alexa Goddard’s set started a bit of blue sky began to peek through the clouds.

Nobody was going to let the British weather spoil their fun though.

A decent sized crowd had gathered early at the park to nab a prime spot to see some of the biggest names in music perform at Blinkbox Music East Coast Live.

More than 30,000 tickets had been sold before the day, and the promoters are expecting more to pay on the gate.

Come early afternoon the rain had lifted and so had the noise levels with blistering sets by Rixton and Neon Jungle featuring Suffolk’s own Asami Zdrenka.

You could probably tell when X Factor finalists Union J came on stage even if you were nowhere near Chantry Park.

Working their fans into a screaming frenzy, all eyes were on them instead of the looming rain clouds.

When the rain came nobody cared, they were all having too much fun, something The Vamps kept it coming with fan noise levels nearing those of the Union J fans.

The suggestive Jason Derulo, making a rare 2014 UK festival appearance, and his dance crew kept the audience warm by encouraging them to “wiggle it”.

They were certainly ready to entertain, their pre-show chanting threatening to drown out The Saturdays while I was talking to them backstage.

Bravo to the girl group who wowed on stage in outfits that must have left them freezing.

Rizzle Kicks were their usual fun selves and seemed to give the slightly lagging and very wet crowd a lift.

The day, as good as it had been, hit an altogether other gear when Jessie J strode on. It was electric.

Owning the stage from the first note, everybody was on their feet.

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.

Rain? What rain?

Follow @whatsonwayne on Twitter for more about today and again tomorrow for all the fun from McBusted.

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  • There was no consistency on the umbrella rule - Several golf umbrellas appeared up when it rained. Even though the acts were good the time between each performance was painful. The whole thing could have been managed a lot better. As for Jessie j - having waited for what seemed a life time for her to appear on stage after the previous act several members of the audience had left and by the time she"d finished loads more had given up. It seemed to be an exercise to make the food stalls rich - the no food rule meant you paid for food to starve off the boredom. I know the weather didn't help but in my job if I took so long to set up things I wouldn't have a job. Shame as the acts were excellent but the momentum was lost.

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    J

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • My wife and I purchased tickets for the East coast live event in Chantry park Ipswich, we live just on the outskirts of the Town and we set off at 12 midday to enjoy a Saturday of entertainment, the weather became very wet and luckily my wife had a small umbrella which we were using on the way to the park, we had checked the previous evening of what and what we could not take. It stated No golf umbrellas but small ones were ok. So as we eventually got to the gates we were searched which is no problem but the person who was checking said No umbrellas allowed, my wife said to him why not as the web site stated that they were, and also pointed out to him that there were people inside the gate with umbrellas up who had been let through, he just shrugged his shoulders. We had no option unless we wanted to get soaked but to walk home again because of this appalling lack of respect of rules on the official web site, what a shambles.

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    badger

    Monday, June 30, 2014

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