Free music festival announced for Ipswich this summer

A free music festival featuring blues, jazz, world and Caribbean music will take place in Ipswich this summer.

The event will be part of Ipswich Music Weekend and will see performances on five stages in Christchurch Park. Performers will include Xhosa Cole, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Ma Bessie And Her Blues Troupe, blues harmonica maestro Paul Lamb and international soca singer DeeVine.

The lineup will also include Ipswich-born RnB star Chantz Marie, multi-genre band Roots 8, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Drywood Cajun Band as well as local bands.

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In addition to the banquet of musical delights on Saturday July 2, music and dance workshops, a funfair and various food and craft stalls will also be on offer. The festival is part of the Ipswich Music Weekend with satellite events on the evening of July 2 and Ipswich Music Day the following day, Sunday July 3.

The event was organized by the Ipswich Jazz Festival and Global Rhythm teams following a successful bid for £42,250 in funding from Arts Council England. Along with other support, £33,000 was also donated by Ipswich Borough Council to the event.

Cllr Sarah Barber, Ipswich Borough Council portfolio holder for the City Council, said: “I am delighted that we at council are involved in this great event. It is wonderful that the musical weekend from Ipswich is back and with such a wide range of music I know it’s something a lot of people in the town will enjoy and it’s a great opportunity to hear some new music – here comes the good weather.

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