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Woodbridge: First wave of acts announced for town’s summer music festival

11:15 19 April 2014

Ty is among performers lining up for Woodbridge Music 2014. Photo by Elias Saunders-Deutsch.

Ty is among performers lining up for Woodbridge Music 2014. Photo by Elias Saunders-Deutsch.

Elias Saunders-Deutsch

A line-up of international musicians and DJs are among the first acts to be announced for a town-wide arts festival coming to a Suffolk town this summer.

Woodbridge Music 2014 is taking place over the weekend of Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, and features a multi-genre selection of UK and European artists.

Organised by locally-based DJ and Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne, the event is being held across Woodbridge in a number of participating venues, including local pubs and Elmhurst Park.

There promises to be something for all music fans, with Mercury Music Prize-nominated Polar Bear just announced to play alongside British rapper Ty, instrumental trio Red Snapper, house and disco aficionado Severino Panzetta, London based French DJ The Reflex, influential rock band The Woodentops and electronic duo Autokratz.

They join a line-up of local artists including Manningtree’s Kevin Pearce, Woodbridge’s Blue Bus Tour originator Peter Hepworth, local Celtic fusion duo Aartwork, musician and visual artist Jan Pulsford.

London-based Ty’s turntable set will feature a medley of tracks from a career which has lately seen him work with young people in schools and communities.

He said: “I’m going to be bringing an energetic performance. I like to have fun and interact with my audience.

One of Ty’s latest projects is a three part release called Kick Snare and An Idea, which explores how hip-hop evolves from a single beat into a distinct artform.

When not in the studio, he is working with rapper Kingslee “Akala” Daley’s Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, which aims to challenge perceptions of the Bard’s work through interpretation.

He also runs workshops with young people on expressions and self-confidence through music.

“It’s nice for organisations to give hip-hop a little credit,” said Ty, who is soon off to perform in China. “I try to focus on the element of hard work, and to convince children that if they like hip-hop, they have to like to read.

“It’s a genre of music that is sadly not embraced as having a positive effect on children in this country. Elsewhere in Europe I’ve seen young artists given much more credit institutionally. That’s why I’m working with them here.”

DJ Severino will be jetting in from Lisbon on the day of his set and is looking forward to revisiting the town he briefly got to know when appearing at Latitude a few years ago. He said: “I didn’t have much time to look around but I was impressed with what I saw. It will be a rush to the decks from the airport but I hope to stay for longer this time.

“The UK is one of the most important places in the world for music. That’s why I moved here from Italy 17 years ago.

“I’ve got lots of touring coming up and I’m looking forward to playing with all these artists in the summer.”

Ben Osborne, who is also performing at the festival, will tonight be will be hosting a night of DJing and live instrumentation to celebrate the first announcements of acts playing at Woodbridge Music 2014.

The event is tied in with the Liquorish series of music nights at The Angel, in Woodbridge, and starts at 8pm.

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