Ipswich: Music Day set to be sunsational as Ip-art comes to a close

Ipswich Music Day is one of the highlights of the town's calendar. Picture: Jen O'Neill

Ipswich Music Day is one of the highlights of the town's calendar. Picture: Jen O'Neill - Credit: Archant

Even the sun is turning out for this Sunday’s Ipswich Music Day!

Forecasters are predicting blue skies all the way, with a light south westerly wind and temperatures reaching the mid-20s – great news for the 40,000 people expected to descend on Christchurch Park and the surrounding area again to enjoy 74 acts spread over 10 venues.

Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s culture and leisure portfolio-holder, said a combination of outstanding performers and glorious weather would make for a fantastic festival.

“Ipswich Music Day will close the Ip-art festival for the first time and what a way to finish a fabulous fortnight. We are set for some warm, sunny weather and it will seem like the whole town and county will be celebrating with music for all tastes.”

Now in its 22nd year, the council-organised event started as part of a country-wide movement more than 20 years ago when towns and cities all celebrated with a Music in the Park event.

The Ipswich event is one of only a couple remaining and continues to go from strength to strength.

Spanning everything from rock and soul to folk and classical, music lovers can also enjoy fairground rides, children’s activities, stalls and more.

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“There are some great musicians performing and we want to thank them, the sponsors and the skilled team who put the event together,” added Ms Rudkin. “It is a great partnership and it goes to show that when it comes to organising festivals like this no-one does it better than Ipswich – and you don’t have to sleep in a tent to enjoy a festival.”

Ipswich Music Day runs from noon until 8pm.

See Monday’s paper for a picture special. Don’t forget to send us your music day pictures by visiting suffolk.iwitness24.co.uk

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