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Movies on the Meadows

The Cambridge Film Festival is the UK’s third longest-running film festival – will return for the 36th time from the 20th to the 27th of October this year. If that’s too long to wait for your film festival fix then head down to Grantchester Meadows this August Bank Holiday, for …

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Tess Dunlop and the Bletchley Girls

Tessa Denlop and the Bletchley Girls UK Tour 2016 – Presented by Lakin McCarthy You have seen The Imitation Game and heard about the genius of Alan Turing in Britain’s top-secret WWII code breaking organisation at Bletchley Park. Now is your chance to meet two people directly involved in helping to …

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Ipswich Music Day

Five of the 50+ acts that will be appearing at Christchurch Park on Sunday were in Ipswich Town Centre yesterday to make passers by aware that Ipswich Music Day is happening THIS SUNDAY from noon. Ipswich Music Day is the largest free one-day music event in the UK and this …

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IMD16 Preview

With the big day fast approaching, this Sunday (3rd July) at Christchurch Park, Ipswich Borough Council play host to the annual Ipswich Music Day.  This year sees it’s 25th anniversary, and we’ll be there in the Grapevine tent with a whole host of exciting local talents. Prior to Sunday though, we …

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Salena Godden

SoapBox presents Salena Godden, who is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists and poets. A regular performer at literary festivals in a career that is now entering its third decade, Salena tops the bill at literary events both nationally and internationally. She’s appeared as a guest and writer for …

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Pigs Gone Wild

The streets of Ipswich have been taken over by stunning swine sculptures as part of the must-see event of the summer – the Pigs Gone Wild interactive art trail! Pigs Gone Wild is the biggest art spectacular that Suffolk has ever seen with sixty-nine beautifully decorated pig sculptures adorning the …

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Val Wiseman

Val Wiseman swings for the National Jazz Archive! The British Jazz Award-winning vocalist Val Wiseman presents ‘Divas of Swing’ at an afternoon concert in Loughton, Essex on Saturday 23rd July. The show is her tribute to the singers who have inspired her throughout her career, featuring songs performed by Anita …

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Suffolk Villages Festival

The Suffolk Villages Festival, which is now in its twenty-ninth year, brings high-quality performances of early music to rural East Anglia. Its principle venues are the fine historic wool churches of Stoke by Nayland, Boxford, Nayland and Sudbury, situated to the north of the River Stour and Dedham Vale. The artistic …

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Sue Perkins Live!

The much loved and irrepressible comedian, broadcaster, actor and writer Sue Perkins is bringing her sparkling wit, stories and spectacles to audiences around the country, kicking off a 14-city countrywide tour in Norwich at the Theatre Royal on September 4th. As one half of humorous presenting double act Mel and …

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Global Rhythm

GLOBAL RHYTHM – now in it’s 6th year, is Ipswich’s annual free festival showcasing the best of world and roots music and dance in the perfect setting of Christchurch Park. This year the stage has been renamed in memory of Martin Burley to recognise and celebrate his contribution to the …

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You do know we are on Instagram?

Join us on our WORDS&PICTURES workshops at #folkeast2016 and pick up your Grapevine Gary Notepad #writing #photography #workshop #journalism #glemhamhall #shorelark #BroadsideBoys A photo posted by GrapevineLIVE (@grapevinelive) on Aug 11, 2016 at 8:14am PDT

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Southburgh Festival

This summer’s Southburgh World Music Festival celebrating women in music looks all set to be their biggest and best so far with a fantastic range of music, name artists, food and crafts from around the world, fantastic drumming, singing and dance workshops, and a new addition of theatre companies performing …

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The Fling Festival

The Fling Festival, a boutique festival of live music and assorted amusements has announced a wide range of acts appearing at this year’s comedy and cabaret tent at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday 2nd July from 12 noon – 11pm. Fresh from a national tour supporting top-comedian Russell Kane, Omar Hamdi …

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Firstsite Summer Season

For the summer, Firstsite in Colchester is transformed into a mosaic of images celebrating what’s best about England, Essex and Colchester with their free Summer Season Open between the 2nd July until 2nd of October 2016, with a Summer Launch Celebration on Friday 1st July 2016 between 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Come and take a leisurely look into …

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Music Day Volunteers

Ipswich Music Day on Sunday 3rd July is one of Grapevine‘s busiest days of the year.  Would you be willing to lend a hand and volunteer a couple or three hours to help us staff the Grapevine marquee?  We start at 12 noon (in truth we will be there a lot …

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Alternative Walking Tours

Do you know Ipswich like no one else? Could you put together and lead a walking tour for groups of visitors? Is your specialism gargoyles on buildings, or locations where there used to be independent record shops? Perhaps it’s the meaning of street names, or places you used to go …

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The Young’uns Unsprung

Triumphant trio The Young ‘uns are to make a guest appearance on BBC-TV’s Springwatch popular spin-off show, Springwatch Unsprung, this Friday, June 3. Teesside’s Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle, together one of folk’s hottest properties, made it two in a row last month when they scooped the 2016 …

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Rampant Spontaneous Musical Entertainment and Overcrowding on Public Transport in Eastfolk.

Our editor has had a letter on the above topics… she has asked us to publish it, un-redacted and in full… Dear Sirs, I boarded the train yesterday at Ipswich enroute to Wickham Market.  An unruly mob of nare-do-wells were lurking about on the platform and, just my luck, they …

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The Emerald Island Tour

Caro Emerald has just announced her most extensive UK tour – ‘The Emerald Island Tour’. The 21 date run starts in Carlisle on March 28th 2017, ends in Ipswich one month later, and includes a return to London’s Royal Albert Hall. Speaking from the recording studio, where she is working …

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Level 42 Tour

After completing a triumphant sold-out UK & European tour in October and November of 2014, Level 42 will once again take their phenomenal live show around the country as they embark on a 20-date tour of the UK in October. Kicking off in Llandudno on Monday October 3rd, the tour …

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