Woodbridge: DJ promoter bringing Big Gig to town

Woodbridge musician, DJ and writer Ben Osborne is organising July's One Big Gig event

Woodbridge musician, DJ and writer Ben Osborne is organising July's One Big Gig event - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk town is set to host a weekend of live music – including an appearance from one of Scandinavia’s most influential electronic acts.

Woodbridge musician, DJ and writer Ben Osborne was chosen to put the event together as part of the nationwide Our Big Gig celebration, which takes place across the UK next month.

The East Anglian Daily Times has been invited to put forward its own choice of local bands, DJs or solo artists to join the growing line-up playing in Woodbridge on the weekend of July 13 and 14.

Lucky acts will be included on the bill with pioneering Norwegian electronic musician Per Martinsen (also known as Mental Overdrive), who will be joined by Aggie Frost for one of their only two live performances in the UK this year.

Mr Osborne will also be taking to the turntables for the event, which takes place from 3-11.30pm at Woodbridge Community Hall, with free entrance before 7pm.

Woodbridge’s mayor, Patti Mulcahy, and county councillor Caroline Page have both shown their support and are set to attend and introduce acts.

Following the annual Woodbridge Regatta on Sunday, July 14, the live music continues, first on Market Hill and then at The Angel in Theatre Street, from 4-10.30pm.

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Chris Mapey, landlord of The Angel, will be running a beer festival at the community hall, and there will be food and stalls at both events.

Jan Pulsford, former tour keyboardist with the Thompson Twins and for many years Cyndi Lauper’s co-songwriter, is also lined up to play an ambient electronic set of new music. Mr Osborne, whose electronic music and art collective, Noise of Art, has headlined the Latitude Film and Music Arena, will be choosing the remaining acts with help from the EADT, presenters of BBC Suffolk’s Introducing programme, and local live music promoters from the Blue Bus Tour.

Supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Arts Council England, the concerts are among 330 One Big Gig events planned for next month. Last year 200,000 people attended community-led performances nationwide.

If you would like to be considered for the EADT’s selection to join the line-up, email your details to tom.potter@archant.co.uk.