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April 2017

Cosmic Puffin

April 28 - April 30
Essex Outdoors Mersea, Rewsalls Lane
Colchester, Essex CO5 8SX United Kingdom
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The Cosmic Puffin festival started in 2008 and wasn’t really supposed to be a festival at all. A close friend of mine had a small daughter taken very ill and spent 3-4 days in a critical condition in St Mary’s Hospital in London in intensive care. A charity based at the hospital provides funds to enable parents of sick kids to stay in lodgings nearby so they can visit easily and regularly. I decided to do a ‘benefit’ gig to…

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Saints Beer & Folk Festival

April 28 - April 29
St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College St
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1XF United Kingdom
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Saints Beer & Folk Fest promises fantastic beer and cider, superb live music, a pop-up record shop and beer tasting with local brewers. The Festival is open from 12 noon on both days and will introduce customers to new beers and ciders from around the UK, while showcasing exceptional beers from innovative local breweries including Little Earth Project, Station 119, Calvors and St. Peters Brewery. Street food will also be available on-site throughout. Music lovers will enjoy filing through Steve…

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May 2017

Leigh Music Festival: Wind & Brass

May 4 - May 7
Highlands Methodist Church (Leigh-On-Sea), Sutherland Boulevard
Leigh-On-Sea, Essex SS9 3PT United Kingdom
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The Festival takes place annually at Highlands Methodist Church, Sutherland Boulevard, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3PT and Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1NN The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions. FESTIVAL DATES AND VENUES FOR 2017 Wind & Brass 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th May (Brass evening Thursday 4th May) at Highlands…

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Orwell Bluegrass Festival

May 5 - May 7
Hallowtree Scout Camp (Ipswich), Ipswich, Suffolk IP10 0JP United Kingdom + Google Map

Over the years the Orwell Festival has grown to become one of the major Bluegrass and Old Time Festivals in the UK. Situated at the Hallowtree Scout Centre in Nacton, just outside Ipswich in Suffolk, and 3 minutes drive off the A14 the venue is very popular with festival goers. Hallowtree is a truly amazing place – an undulating wooded site of approximately 42 acres set in beautiful quiet woodland and meadows off the north shore of the Orwell estuary,…

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Folk on the Pier

May 5 - May 7
Pavilion Theatre (Cromer Pier), The Pier
Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HE United Kingdom
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Folk on the Pier is held every year at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier in Cromer, Norfolk, on England's beautiful east coast. Described by Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg as "the Best Gig on the North Sea", Folk on the Pier is a highly regarded showcase for the finest folk, and folk-rock acts from the UK and beyond.

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Debenham Jazz Festival

May 5 - May 7
Community Centre (Debenham), Debenham, Suffolk IP14 6BL United Kingdom + Google Map

Jazz lovers in the heart of Suffolk are in for at treat in Debenham in May when the town’s first ever Jazz Festival takes place at Debenham Community Centre over three days from Friday 5th May 2017.  The festival will feature eleven bands over the three days – both local bands and some from further afield.   Opening the Festival at 7pm on Friday 5th May are four top class musicians who are known world wide playing the music of “The…

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Blues at the Barns

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Creeksea Place Barns (Burnham), Creeksea Lane
Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex CM0 8PJ United Kingdom
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Blues at the Barns will feature  eight hours of non-stop live music on two stages, with the bill including US/Irish trio, SPIKEdrivers, brilliant Maldon folksinger and songwriter David Hughes, acclaimed Californian roots/Americana musician Guy Tortora, and Mundon’s own Richard Townend.

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YaxFest

May 12 - May 14
Eco Innovation Centre, City Road
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1SA United Kingdom
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As irreverent as it is inspirational, the endearingly eclectic YaxFest returns in 2017. This massive FREE party is Cambridgeshire’s most exciting goodwill-powered family entertainment event. Truly a gathering that defies categorisation, the madcap mashup of culture, community, heritage and sports has entertained tens of thousands since its launch in 2013.

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Leigh Music Festival: Strings & Piano

May 12 - May 13
Baptist Church (Leigh Road), Marguerite Drive
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1NN United Kingdom
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The Festival takes place annually at Highlands Methodist Church, Sutherland Boulevard, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3PT and Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1NN The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions. FESTIVAL DATES AND VENUES FOR 2017 Wind & Brass 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th May (Brass evening Thursday 4th May) at Highlands…

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Maui Waui presents – ‘Into the Woods’ – A Pirate’s Ball

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - May 14 @ 2:00 am
Holly Hills Woods, Thorington, Suffolk IP17 3RB United Kingdom + Google Map

Leave the stormy sea's behind, fill your boots with treasure, chests with gold and hold onto your hat captain! We'll be headin' back down to the woods me hearties for a party like no other. Stock up on rum and bring your ships mates. We'll be drinking, dancing and fooling till late! Maui Waui hits up the WOODS once again to bring you the 3rd Into the Woods party! This year we'll be stickin to the Pirate theme and we…

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Leigh Music Festival: Singing

May 19 - May 21
Highlands Methodist Church (Leigh-On-Sea), Sutherland Boulevard
Leigh-On-Sea, Essex SS9 3PT United Kingdom
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The Festival takes place annually at Highlands Methodist Church, Sutherland Boulevard, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3PT and Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1NN The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions. FESTIVAL DATES AND VENUES FOR 2017 Wind & Brass 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th May (Brass evening Thursday 4th May) at Highlands…

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Spring-Fest

May 25 - May 29
Various Places (Woodbridge), Woodbridge, Suffolk United Kingdom + Google Map

Join us this May bank holiday for a unique collaboration that will see Spring-Fest join forces with the Woodbridge Riverside Trust and the official opening of Whisstocks Development all in glorious Woodbridge.  

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Wildtree Fair

May 26 - May 28
Secret Location (Norfolk), Norfolk, Norfolk United Kingdom + Google Map

Wild Tree Fair 2015 was the first of our early summer gatherings brought to you by the team behind Harlequin Fayre. It carried on the great tradition of the Albion Fairs of the 70's and 80's. This show will offer a more down to earth, bushcraft, climbing and campfires kind of experience. Don't forget your glad rags - great bands and acts will be there to spread their magic through the weekend. Come along and make history! Once upon a…

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Boxfest

May 26 - May 29
Boxford Fleece Hotel (Boxford), Boxford, Suffolk CO10 5DX United Kingdom + Google Map

A bank-holiday weekend of beer, cider, BBQ and live music. Beer list TBC.  Live Music:  ​Friday 26th - BLUEPRINT 7pm ​Saturday 27th - THE REAL MCOYS 1-4pm | AIMEE SHEPPARD 5-6pm |​ ROCK HOUSE 7pm Sunday 28th - THE REMORAS 1-4pm | THE MOLLY MAGUIRES 5-6pm | CASSETTE DOG 7pm Monday 29th - THE FLASHBACKS 1-3pm | OPEN SLOT ! 4-7pm + More TBC. 

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LeeStock

May 27 - May 28
Melford Hall (Long Melford), Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9AA United Kingdom + Google Map

LeeStock is about music, it's about people, it's about fun and it's definitely about remembering

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Free

Kings Arms Charity Music Festival

May 27 @ 11:00 am - May 28 @ 11:00 pm
Kings Arms (Frating), Frating, Essex CO7 7DJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Eight bands over two days - see website for more information.

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Free

Beer & Music Festival: Open Mic + Don’t Tell The Wife

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Kings Head (Bildeston), Bildeston, Suffolk IP7 7ED United Kingdom + Google Map

Live music, Open Mic 1-6pm, Adam's Band 9-11:30pm, free entry. Day 3 of our 29th annual Beer Festival weekend starts with an Open Mic/Buskin' session starting at 1pm (a drink voucher for all participating buskers). This is followed by Adams Band, a new line up, playing a mix of 80's and 90's covers. On Sunday we open at 12pm, there's 30 real ales & 7 ciders all from East Anglia, great home made food and live music all weekend (including…

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Free

Beer & Music Festival: The Selion Swing Band + The Cheeseroom Collective

May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Kings Head (Bildeston), Bildeston, Suffolk IP7 7ED United Kingdom + Google Map

Live music, The Selion Swing Band 1-4pm, The Cheeseroom Collective 6-8:30pm, free entry. It's the last day of our 29th annual Beer Festival weekend. The Selion Swing Band set a leisurely chilled out pace with The Cheeseroom Collective completing the weekends live music with an eclectic mix of acoustic covers chosen to brighten your day... On Monday we open at 12pm, there's 30 real ales & 7 ciders all from East Anglia, great home made food and live music all…

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June 2017

Red Rooster

June 1 - June 3
Euston Hall, Euston
Thetford, Suffolk IP24 2QW United Kingdom
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The legendary Nick Lowe will be joining us for the first time, bringing his incredible lyrics and melodies spanning 40 years of performing, alongside his magical dynamism to Euston Hall. From the home of Stones Throw Records, the cool and elegant Rhythm and Blues star Nick Waterhouse will be taking to the stage, as well as the full throttle soul machine Barrence Whitfield and The Savages. Joining these incredible songsmiths will be some outlaw country for a new generation straight…

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Strawberry Fair

June 3
Midsummer Common (Cambridge), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom + Google Map

From humble beginnings, Strawberry Fair has grown to be the most popular free, entirely volunteer run, one day music & arts event in Cambridge (and probably across Europe!), attracting over 30,000 visitors throughout the day. On the first Saturday of June and now passed our 40th year, residents and visitors have gathered together on Midsummer Common to celebrate their vibrant and creative city. The Fair is run entirely by volunteers (affectionately known as Strawberry Fairies) who give their energy, imagination…

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Woolpit Festival

June 8 - June 17
Village Hall (Woolpit), Mill Lane
Woolpit, Suffolk IP30 9QX United Kingdom
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Now in it’s 42nd year, the Woolpit Festival celebrates music, art and theatre with events taking place throughout the village within the village hall, St Mary’s Church and the Institute.  

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Homegrown Music Festival

June 9 - June 11
Church Farm, Church Road
Barrow, Suffolk IP29 5AX United Kingdom
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Homegrown Music Festival was created to offer a family friendly, affordable, and relaxed Music Festival that supports local musicians, local talent, and local businesses. We believe going to a festival shouldn't cost the world, that coming together as a community matters, and that our local music scenes offer extraordinary talent that deserves to be showcased. We keep our prices low so everyone can enjoy our festival as an evening out or a weekend away, and we put a lot of…

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Alive & V-Dubbin

June 9 - June 10
Haughley Park (Wetherden), Wetherden, Suffolk IP14 3JY United Kingdom + Google Map

Alive & V-Dubbin™ has been running since 2009, it is planned, organised and run by a dedicated team of members of Suffolk Bugrs VW Club.   All committee members donate their time free of charge. All profits made are reinvested into future Alive & V-Dubbin shows.   We are very proud of our show and hope you have a fantastic time.

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Aldeburgh Festival

June 9 - June 25
Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Snape), Snape, Suffolk United Kingdom + Google Map

...or to give it it's full title: "The Seventieth Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts" More echoes of the past are woven into the Festival, with performances of five Britten works that were premiered at Snape. We also celebrate the present with a host of new music and three featured composers – Olga Neuwirth, Jörg Widmann and Bill Fontana – with sound artist Fontana creating a new installation inspired by Snape’s industrial heritage and natural environment. The Festival’s sense of theatre is on view as we invite you to…

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StowBlues

June 10
Museum of East Anglian Life (Stowmarket), Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom + Google Map

StowBlues will be bringing its annual dose of Americana blues once again to Stowmarket. Organised in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk, the Museum of East Anglian Life is proud to present a day of fantastic live music Also available for the day will be onsite catering from The Osier cafe as well as a CAMRA bar, stocked to the brim with real ales, ciders, lagers and wines.

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Leigh Folk Festival

June 22 - June 25
Various Places (Leigh-on-Sea), Leigh-on-Sea, Essex United Kingdom + Google Map

Rather than drifting towards becoming another commercially driven, ticketed event, the team of volunteer organisers has doggedly held fast to the original grass roots, access-for-all ethos, and so the festival has retained its unique, eclectic and idiosyncratic atmosphere. Music has the power to make us all feel part of something bigger than ourselves, while nurturing a true sense of community and local pride. The pastoral, village fete atmosphere of the Library Gardens and the bustling, waterfront location of Old Leigh…

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Newmarket Nights: Little Mix

June 23
Newmarket Racecourses (Newmarket), Newmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom + Google Map

The world's biggest girl band is returning to Newmarket Racecourses! Little Mix will be performing next summer at Newmarket Racecourses on 23rd June! They put on a show stopping performance last summer - playing all of their hits including Move, Wings and Black Magic - and now they are back! Since 2011, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have established themselves as one of British pop’s brightest acts. Together as Little Mix they have sold over 7…

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Fen Edge Festival

June 23 - June 25
Cottenham Village Green (Cottenham), Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 United Kingdom + Google Map

Historically the festival has been known as the Fen Edge Family Festival, however, for 2017 the organisers chose to rename as the Fen Edge Festival. This decision was taken following discussion with both the organising committee and the Fen Edge Community Association who underwrite the festival. This name change is to promote the fact that the festival is for everyone in the Fen Edge and not just those with families or young children. This does not mean the festival you…

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Thaxted Festival

June 23 - July 16
Various Places (Thaxted), Thaxted, Essex United Kingdom + Google Map

The 2016 Festival marked the centenary of the first concerts to be held in Thaxted Parish Church, organised at Whitsuntide 1916 by Gustav Holst. He and fellow composer Ralph Vaughan Williams did much to encourage music-making in the town over subsequent years, with the later involvement of Holst's daughter Imogen. Our 2016 programme celebrated Thaxted's links with Gustav Holst and his founding events, while continuing to offer the diversity of performance for which the modern Festival is celebrated. Since its…

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Free

StowFiesta

June 24 - June 25
Chilton Fields (Stowmarket), Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1SZ United Kingdom + Google Map
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