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Ipswich: Tens of thousands heading to town centre on Sunday for Britain’s biggest free music festival - Ipswich Music Day

12:30 04 July 2014

Crowds are expected to turn out to Ipswich Music Day.

Crowds are expected to turn out to Ipswich Music Day.


Retailers, pubs and restaurants in Ipswich town centre are today preparing for one of the busiest days of the year as tens of thousands of people head to the country’s biggest free music festival.

Ipswich Music Day, held at Christchurch Park on Sunday, now has a nationwide reputation as one of the top showcases for up and coming talent – Ed Sheeran wowed fans there just before he made his breakthrough in 2010.

It also gives the area’s finest pub bands the chance to play in front of a huge audience at the biggest single element of the three-week IP-Art festival.

Ipswich council promotes IP-Art, and leader David Ellesmere is looking forward to the event: “It’s the biggest one-day free music festival in the country and there really is something there for all musical tastes.

“Ipswich Music Day has a fantastic reputation for unearthing new talent and people can go along and try to spot who will turn out to be the new Ed Sheeran!”

There are five stages around the park as well as the big top and the poetry tent – and also further music at Christchurch Mansion, St Margaret’s Church and Bethesda Church.

For sporting fans there will even be the opportunity of keeping your eye on one of the major events happening on Sunday.

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Between 45,000 and 50,000 people are expected to head to the park for Ipswich Music Day which runs from noon until 8pm.

It should also provide a huge boost for the town centre, with people being able to come and go as they please retailers are expecting visitors to combine a trip to the park with some shopping.

There will be plenty of food available at the park, but pubs and restaurants are also hoping to attract some lunchtime business.

Ipswich Music Day, and indeed the whole IP-Art festival, attracts support from across the political spectrum.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer plans to spend the weekend catching up with IP-Art events – and hopes to get around many of the stages in the park.

He said: “This is an arts festival that is really getting a great reputation, and Ipswich itself is developing a series of festivals around the year which are very good at attracting visitors. It has taken time to get the town on the festival map – but it is now building up steadily.”


Ipswich Music Day is one of the flagship events of the Ip-Art Festival. For more on this month-long festival, click here


  • I have been a supporter of the event since its early days and am really looking forward to this year's line up! Bring in the happy, supportive music lovers and all you miserable, negative lot please go elsewhere for the weekend! This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the brilliant talent we have in Suffolk and show that Ipswich is not just for the exclusive hunting ground of the Water Front aficionados on the so called promo video. Check out: Oculus http:oculusuk.bandcamp.comtrackno-one-home-2 (Suffolk New College Stage at 13.30hrs) Talk of The Town https:www.facebook.comtalkofthetownipswich?fref=ts (Galloway Stage at 16.00hrs) at the festival!

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • "David White - if you ever visited the Greyhound and the Woolpack, you would know that both are respectable, well kept and fairly upmarket pubs that would not tolerate drunken, loutish behaviour on their premises." Totally agree. These are two of the best pubs in IPS and work hard to attract and sustain a certain "respectable" clientele. The event in the town centre this weekend needs to be viewed in context; it is just a short-lived weekend event. If it brings in a few tens of thousand weekend visitors and adds a few hundreds of thousands to the local economy it is well worth the inconvenience that a few locals might temporarily encounter.

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    Steve Blake

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • David White - if you ever visited the Greyhound and the Woolpack, you would know that both are respectable, well kept and fairly upmarket pubs that would not tolerate drunken, loutish behaviour on their premises. And if you ever actually attended the Ipswich Music Day you would know that people of all ages go there, and NOT to get smashed out of their heads as you seem to imply. Why don't you leave your pre-conceptions at home and go find out for yourself what it's really like? Are you afraid you might enjoy it?

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    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Looking forward to it! Can certainly do without detractors who cannot help but moan about anything and everything Ipswich. Makes me wonder why they still live would be a happier place without them.

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    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • "Retailers, pubs and restaurants in Ipswich town centre are today preparing for one of the busiest days of the year" Lets re-write:- “Off licenses, The Woolpack, The Greyhound and Suffolk Constabulary will be preparing for one of the busiest days of the year” ... as this will become another drunken riot!

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    David White

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • So glad you won't be there to RC, the last thing we need is miserable gits bringing the place down with negativity on what should be a fun day.

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    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Britain's Biggest FREE Music Event? Sounds good, why not have included it within the promotional video? Surely something to SHOUT about? Even if it only attracts people one time of the year from the surrounding area as long as they can get their shopping its all good.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • So glad I won't be in Ipswich on Sunday, sounds like it's going to be a nightmare.

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    Friday, July 4, 2014

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