Suffolk: Engineer to bring former jet engine testing facility back to life with electronica music event

New venue at old bentwaters site near Rendlesham for Derelicht 02

New venue at old bentwaters site near Rendlesham for Derelicht 02 - Credit: Archant

A former jet engine testing facility in Suffolk will be brought back to life with a splash of colour and sound thanks to an Ipswich-based engineer who wants to put the county on the music map.

Gavin Mee, 36, has pulled out all the stops for the second instalment of his Derelicht project, which involves electronica music artists performing in abandoned or derelict buildings with state-of-the-art lighting and projections.

The first Derelicht event, which was held in Ipswich, attracted hundreds of people and now Mr Mee has announced Derelicht 02 will be at a former engine testing facility at the old RAF Bentwaters site near Rendlesham.

The facility was nicknamed Hush House and Mr Mee, of St Anthony’s Crescent, believes its former use will help his latest event be a huge success.

He said: “It really does seal the noise in. In terms of a venue space, it couln’t be any better.

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“Anything I do I steer clear of the obvious. People said you could just use the tried and tested method like a nightclub but that’s not unique.

“The architecture has to be something amazing to work with.

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“It does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s about using buildings and architecture and then it is about reviving that architecture with the light.”

Lighting at Derelicht 02, on July 27, will be provided by Balint Bolygo, who has created light installations in a number of places including the Tate.

Among the music artists set to take to the stage will be ThermalBear, James Zabiela and Tom Demac.

Mr Mee says this month’s event will be completely different to Derelicht 01 as he continually looks to evolve the project.

He added: “This is not a money thing for me. It is about my love of music and it is about promoting local architecture, promoting talent within the electronica music industry and really providing an alternative for people.”

This month’s event will be the penultimate Derelicht show, with the final one due to take place in August.

Transport will be provided between Ipswich and the venue.

For more information about the show, or for tickets, visit

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