Ipswich Music Day – The Line Up

800imdcover1Ipswich Borough Council today announced the line up for Ipswich Music Day 2016 which will take place on Sunday 3rd July in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Once again Grapevine will sponsor the acoustic stage on the Mansion House lawn and we look forward to welcoming some wonderful local artists to our stage.

2016 sees the 25th running of Ipswich Music Day, which was originally called Music in the Park, before it grew into the biggest one day free festival in the country, attracting over 40,000 visitors throughout the day.

This year is also Grapevine Magazine’s 25th year of publication and we have been closely associated Ipswich Music Day since the beginning. More recently, we have sponsored our own stage to extend our support of live music in a very practical way. The line up on The Grapevine Stage for 2016 looks like this:

12:00 Shorelark

230shorelark3Georgia Morgan Turner and Finn Collinson are Shorelark, a contemporary folk duo drawing on wide influences and unusual instrumentation to create a fresh approach to British traditional music. Since starting to perform together in 2015 they have released their first, self-produced EP entitled ‘Longwayes for Six‘ and have enjoyed successful performances at the FolkEast Festival, Cecil Sharp House, Norwich Arts Centre and other venues.

12:45 Meg Burrows

230meg3Playing originals and covers, Meg’s music is best described as an acoustic postcard of soulful, folk, blues inspired music.  Some of Meg’s highlights have included snug community gigs in living rooms, Summer Weddings and the brilliant Folk East Festival where she also performed her poetry. She has also sung at Homegrown Festival and the Colchester Secret Vintage Fair.   Whenever she can she likes to collaborate with local musicians, there are so many creative talented folk, and loves playing alongside them – for example Meg’s ‘Suffolk music sister’,  Lucy Sampson.

13:30 Robin Dicker


Local man Robin Dicker has always enjoyed Ipswich Music Day but only as a visitor, never before as a performer.  His music is 100% original – as much a stand-up act as a musical act.  Robin has been playing Open Mic nights around Ipswich and beyond for about six months now and has gathered a good following.   His music can be enjoyed both for the grove or the lyrics and he has promised us no expended periods of talking between songs!

14:00 Ady Johnson

230adyjohnsonAdy Johnson is a Suffolk born musician and singer-songwriter. Ady has already had success as lead singer with Hammond organ-driven Colchester band ‘FuzzFace’, and gained an Honours Degree in classical guitar performance.  2011 saw the release of Ady’s accomplished and arguably timeless first solo album ‘Tell the Worry Dolls’. This acoustic studio album (recorded predominantly live with his supporting musicians) has received critical praise from R2 Blues Matters as well as a recommendation for ‘album of the year’ from the Press Association.

14:45 Connor Ryan Adams


Connor Ryan Adams is a 20 year old Singer Songwriter from Suffolk. He recently released his debut EP “Locked Doors”.  Connor has made a big impact on the music scene in Suffolk, reaching no.6 in the iTunes Singer Songwriter Charts and getting covered over several BBC stations on the introducing stage. Connor performs live with a loop pedal, an acoustic guitar & two vocal mics. Making a massive sound on the big stages, getting the crowds singing & dancing. He sure knows how to work the crowd. 

15:15 Aartwork

230artAartwork play original fiery, liquid dance tunes with ambient vocals. They have existed since 2008 as a fiddle/guitar duo but expanded in the last year.  The line up now consists of fiddle and recorder on melody, jazzy acoustic guitar, electric bass and jazz drums in the rhythm section. They blend original Celtic style tunes with bluesy, jazzy grooves to create an ambient dance feel.
The genre is how it comes out, but seems to fit with Celtic Folk Fusion. Aartwork has been described as “a well balanced fusion of genres” and more recently by Grapevine’s own reviewer: “However you want to describe their sound, it just works and is well worth seeking out”.

15:45 Kev Walford and Kelly Pritchard

230kevankellyKev Walford is a singer/songwriter originally from Liverpool, and now relocated to Suffolk.  He has had major recording and publishing deals in the past and has spent the last year recording and collaborating with vocalist Kelly Pritchard.  Kev’s catchy songs interlaced with beautiful 3 and 4 part harmonies.  Their vocals blend perfectly and they have collaborated on a number of songs recently, the results of which is a 5 track EP “Kathmandu” due to be released in the early part of 2016. 

16:15 Tilly Dalglish & Finn Collinson

230tillyTilly Dalglish and Finn Collinson combine thought-provoking lyrics and delicate finger-picking with driving riffs and toe-tapping melodies.   Tilly Dalglish is one of the fastest rising folk singer-songwriters on the East Anglian music scene, heralded by BBC Introducing as “a tremendously exciting artist”. Finn Collinson is a recorder player and multi-instrumentalist whose playing has been described as “incredible” (Katriona Gilmore) and “recorder virtuosity” (Essex Days Out).

17:00 Nick Brown

230nickbrownNick Brown plays solo and as a trio with Harley Cotton on bass and Joseph Bowman on drums in venues around Suffolk and in London. Nick’s songs feature a rich blend of harmonies and rhythms from around the world with strong 80s and 90s indie influences, and have been played over 6,000 times on Soundcloud.

Nick also plays guitar for well known Suffolk acts such as Keith Sadler and Justine de Mierre, as well as the Torsion Field, with whom he played on the Ed Sheeran Stage at last year’s Ipswich Music Day.

18:00 The Broadside Boys


The Broadside Boys are fast establishing a name on the national Folk scene, with performances at Folk clubs and Festivals across the country, and appearances on Television and Radio. With a catalogue of songs inspired by their experience of country life in the East of England, and the characters and events that have shaped them, the Broadside Boys are a dynamic and entertaining celebration of our rural heritage.

Their stories are very much derived from their own small corner of England yet they resonate with people the country over. They have been privileged to perform at some great festivals, notably Cambridge Folk Festival, Ely Folk Festival, with numerous appearances at FolkEast, but also smaller Folk Clubs and venues across the UK.

 The line-up on the other stages is as follows:

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  • 12:00 Falldown In September
  • 13:00 Gin Street
  • 14:00 MJSoul
  • 15:00 Strike The Sun
  • 16:00 Albion Mills
  • 17:00 Walkway
  • 18:00 Waxies Dargle
  • 19:00 Ska’d 4 Life

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  • 12:00 The Landed
  • 13:00 Harry Slater Band
  • 14:00 Rachel and The Reverbs
  • 15:00 EllisRed
  • 16:00 Reno & Rome
  • 17:00 Tallulah and the Goodtimes Republic
  • 18:00 Hot Tramp
  • 19:00 The Vagaband

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  • 12:00 Hurricane Alley
  • 13:00 Kevin Pearce Band
  • 14:00 JS and The Lockerbillies
  • 15:00 The Martells
  • 16:00 Star Club
  • 17:00 Ashton Jones and The Inner Heart Band
  • 18:00 Bouncing Off Concrete
  • 19:00 Soul Kitchen

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  • 12:00 Elly Tree
  • 12:30 Diamond
  • 13:00 Renegade Twelve
  • 14:00 Druids
  • 15:00 Kid Mojo and the Filters
  • 16:00 Smart Alex
  • 17:00 The Outlines
  • 18:00 The Sutherlands

200suffolknewEd Sheeran Stage, sponsored by Suffolk New College

  • 12:00 Midnight and the Cosmonauts
  • 13:00 SURGE
  • 14:00 BNCHMVRK
  • 14:30 Suffolk New College Bands
    • Laurel Avenue
    • The Sewing Machine
    • Jack Allen
    • Set Vices
    • Tara Davis
    • Not Been Told
    • The Crescent Above
    • Shallow Divide
  • 16:30 Cardinal
  • 17:30 Back to the Point
  • 18:30 Stretch Soul Gang

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Christchurch Mansion Art Gallery

  • Ipswich Suzuki Group
  • Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society
  • Ipswich Hospital Community Choir
  • Fille Harmonia – Wind Quintet
  • 4Seasons Theatre Group Suffolk
  • Ipswich Choral Society

Bethesda Baptist Church

  • Silbury Hill
  • Ipswich Co-op Ladies Choir
  • Columbines
  • Camerata Singers
  • Black Barn Singers
  • Thanks and Close

St Margaret’s Church

  • Musicology
  • Trianon Instrumentalists
  • Trianon Music Group Singers
  • Martlesham Brass
Every effort has been made to ensure that the line-up and timing information published here is correct.  Any line-up or timing amendments are managed by Ipswich Borough Council, we will update our pages as soon as we are made aware of any such changes.