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Trio of weekend music events announced for Holywells Park in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:15 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18 09 February 2016

Photo of Holywells Park, taken by drone pilot David Mortimer

Photo of Holywells Park, taken by drone pilot David Mortimer

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A series of three weekend-long music events are set to be staged in Ipswich this year – each conceived by the organiser of a town-wide annual arts festival in Woodbridge.

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DJ Ben Osborne has teamed up with Ipswich Borough Council to present a hat-trick of live shows celebrating 10 years since he established the Noise of Art collective with the aim of bringing together all things musical and visual in the digital age.

Noise of Art’s Ipswich Weekenders have been announced for spring, summer and autumn in Holywells Park. The first – on May 21 and 22 – is mark 50 years since “immersive art” met music, looking back at the legacy of 1966, when The Beatles embraced electronic and psychedelic sounds, giving rise to the London underground nightclub scene.

The party will then continue at venues in Ipswich, including Great Colman Street’s Pump and Grind coffee shop and bar.

Performers have yet to be announced, but the weekend promises “internationally renowned live acts and DJs”, as well as art installations, film, and audio/visual displays.

Mr Osborne said: “Noise of Art is excited to be working with Ipswich Borough Council on part of our tenth anniversary programme, bringing an international line-up of electronic music and art into one of Suffolk’s best parks.”

The second Ipswich Weekender is planned for June 25 and 26, followed by the third and final festival on September 24 and 25.

They will be part of Noise of Art’s UK-wide anniversary programme, which launched in Brixton on New Year’s Eve. Mr Osborne hopes to make them an annual fixture on Ipswich’s cultural calendar – in the same way he has the Woodbridge Art and Music Event, which took place for the second year last August.

Formed in 2005 and launched in 2006, Noise of Art has worked with and performed for The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour DVD launch on London’s Southbank, and at Latitude Festival, BFI Southbank, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, National Portrait Gallery, National Maritime Museum and Tate Britain. In 2009, Mr Osborne won the PRS Foundation for Music’s ‘New Music Plus’ award for his work with electronic music and art.

Tickets details are due to be announced soon, with ‘early bird’ offers for the local audience.

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