Ipswich: Ed Sheeran lends name to Ip-art music day stage

Ed Sheeran has lent his name to one of this year's Ipswich Music Day stages

Ed Sheeran has lent his name to one of this year's Ipswich Music Day stages - Credit: PA

Superstar Ed Sheeran has had a stage at this year’s Ipswich Music Day named after him in recognition of the importance of encouraging young talent.

“It is great to show Ipswich Music Day my support in this way and I feel very privileged to have been asked. It’s an amazing event,” said the Framlingham singer and songwriter.

He played the Christchurch Park event, one of the highlights of the town’s annual Ip-art festival, in 2009 and 2010.

“I remember playing at the event a few years ago and it was great fun.

“It is also good to have Suffolk One as a sponsor of the stage this year. I hope musicians and fans have a fantastic time.”

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Festival organisers Ipswich Borough Council contacted Sheeran about his links with music day and he agreed to lend his name to the stage, sponsored by the sixth-form college.

“This is a fantastic gesture from one of the biggest names in music,” said Bryony Rudkin, IBC’s culture and leisure portfolio-holder.

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“When we heard Ed on stage in the park a few years ago we thought he was destined for great things but his success has been phenomenal. His agreement to us naming a stage after him shows his commitment to emerging local talent.”

Music day will bring the county’s biggest arts festival to a close on Sunday, July 7. More than 40,000 people enjoyed a variety of music from rock and folk to classical at last year’s music day.

Now in its 22nd year, it is one of the biggest one-day, free music events in the UK.

The day, which also features family entertainment, craft stalls and food, runs from noon-8pm.

“We have some fantastic talent appearing on seven stages in the park and in Christchurch Mansion and St Margaret’s Church.

“All we need now is some sunshine, but not even Ed can guarantee that,” added Ms Rudkin.

For a rundown of this year’s Ip-art events including who is playing where and when at this year’s Ipswich Music Day, visit the Ip-art section.

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