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Everything you need to know about Ipswich Music Day 2018 – Stage times, line-up and attractions

PUBLISHED: 16:25 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:10 28 June 2018

Florado perform on the Ed Sheeran stage in 2017 Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Florado perform on the Ed Sheeran stage in 2017 Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Copyright Ashley Pickering

A music extravaganza packed full of festival favourites is expected to draw bumper crowds to Ipswich this weekend.

Thousands of people flocked to Christchurch Park for Ipswich Music Day 2016. 
Rachel and the Reverbs on the Town 102 stage Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThousands of people flocked to Christchurch Park for Ipswich Music Day 2016. Rachel and the Reverbs on the Town 102 stage Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Now in its 28th year, Ipswich Music Day – one of the biggest free open air concerts in the region – will see dozens of acts perform across six stages in Christchurch Park on Sunday.

Around 40,000 people flocked to the festival last year, and council chiefs are hoping 2018 will be the biggest yet.

“Now in its 28th year, Ipswich Music Day is not only one of the highlights of an Ipswich summer, it is also a big draw for people living across the county,” said Ipswich Borough Council (IBC)’s deputy leader Bryony Rudkin.

“IBC has continued to stage Music Day over nearly three decades and it has now become one of the biggest free open air concerts in the region.

Thousands of people are due to flocked to Christchurch Park for Ipswich Music Day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThousands of people are due to flocked to Christchurch Park for Ipswich Music Day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“As part of the Ipswich events programme, which attracts nearly 250,000 people, Music Day helps to boost the local economy, with bars and restaurants benefitting.

“I would like to thank our events team, sponsors and bands who make it such a success.”

Council leader David Ellesmere previously described the day – which features a selection of the brighest unsigned artists in East Anglia – as “the jewel in Ipswich’s cultural crown”.

It will start at 12pm and end at around 8pm.

Visitors to the 2017 Ipswich Music Day enjoy a performance on the BBC stage 
Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGVisitors to the 2017 Ipswich Music Day enjoy a performance on the BBC stage Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Weather forecast

Sunshine is expected to beam down on festival-goers for much of the afternoon – according to organisers the event kicks off at noon, and continues until around 8pm.

Connie Oliver and mum Sarah enjoy a ride at the fairground at Ipswich Music Day 2017 
Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGConnie Oliver and mum Sarah enjoy a ride at the fairground at Ipswich Music Day 2017 Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Line-up and stage times

More than 50 acts are performing across six stages – sponsored by BBC Radio Suffolk, Suffolk New College, Town 102, Grapevine and the University of Suffolk.

Grapevine Mansion Lawn Stage

Pop Gun perform on the BBC stage at Ipswich Music Day 2017 Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGPop Gun perform on the BBC stage at Ipswich Music Day 2017 Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Peter Hepworth 12pm-12.30pm

Phoebe Austin 12.30pm-1pm

Noah Evans 1pm-1.30pm

Roisin O’Hagan 1.30pm-2pm

Emily Gray 2pm-2.30pm

Tournier 2.30pm-3pm

Alton Wahlberg 3pm-4pm

Kev Walford and Kelly Bayfield 4pm-5pm

Big Jacket 5pm-6pm

Ady Johnson 6pm-7pm

Monument Stage

Alightlefton 12pm-1pm

Leaone 1pm-2pm

Radio Orwell 2pm-3pm

Hemmingway 3pm-4pm

E11Y Tree 4pm-5pm

Spacecake 5pm-6pm

Helen and The Neighbourhood Dogs 6pm-7pm

Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage

Roma 12pm-12.30pm

Saving Scarlett 12.30pm-1.30pm

Rad Pitt 1.30pm-2pm

Suffolk New College Bands (3/10 | Anastasia | Florado)

2pm-4pm

Alfie Indra 4pm-4.30pm

Impilo0 4.30pm-5.30pm

History & Lore 5.30pm-6.30pm

Pessimist. 6.30pm-7.30pm

BBC Playground Stage

The Super Things 12pm-1pm

Simon Chiverton 1pm-2pm

Carry On Rod 2pm-3pm

Bouncing Off Concrete 3pm-4pm

The ELO Encounter 4pm-5pm

Buster James Band 5pm-6pm

The Ashton Jones Project, 6pm-7pm

Town 102 Crossroads Stage

The High Points, 12pm-1pm

The Drive In’s, 1pm-2pm

4th Labyrinth, 2pm-3pm

Just Jay Dance, 3pm-3.30pm

THE TORSiON FIELD 3.30pm-4pm

Soul Riot, 4pm-5pm

TJS and the Chancers, 5pm-6pm

The Magic Es, 6pm-7pm

Jade MayJean, 7pm-8pm

University of Suffolk Bowl Stage

Strike the Sun, 12pm-1pm

Druids, 1pm-2pm

Powderhead, 2pm-3pm

Castell, 3pm-4pm

Reno & Rome, 4pm-5pm

MotherfVnker, 5pm-6pm

Renegade Twelve, 6pm-7pm

Waxies Dargle 7pm-8pm

Ipswich Arts Association is also hosting 15 acts across four venues.

Visit this link for further line-up information and stage times.

Attractions

Music fans are also being invited along to the festival market place, due to sell gifts, jewellery, clothing and balloons.

Street food from around the globe will be served throughout the afternoon.

The family-friendly festival also has a host of activities for children, organisers added.

Henna, glitter tattoos, face painting, bungee trampolines and a fairground full of fair rides are among the attractions on offer.

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