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Woodbridge Festival


Woodbridge Festival has made the first announcements for its tenth anniversary weekend (3-5 September), with legendary artist Martyn Ware (founder of the Human League and Heaven 17), Ibiza veteran Chris Coco, Hacienda icon Justin Robertson and popular local acts Jupiter Ray and Latin Heat, amongst a bumper line-up of regional and international live acts, DJs, spoken word, arts and environmental areas.

Dates and venues at a glance:

  • Saturday 3 September 1-7pm, Elmhurst Park, Woodbridge,
  • Saturday 3 September 7pm-11:30PM, Woodbridge Community Hall,
  • Sunday 4 September, The Boathouse, Whisstocks Square,
  • Monday 5 September, 7:45pm The Riverside Cinema – tickets for all shows are available for £10 or under – with early bird tickets for the park going on sale soon.

At The Riverside Cinema: Martyn Ware who needs little introduction. Founder of the Human League and Heaven 17, producer for Tina Turner, Terence Trent D’Arby, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples, Martyn has worked with everyone from Blancmange to Bootsy, helping shape modern music.

Tonight celebrates the release of his autobiography, Electronically Yours Volume 1, which follows his cult podcasts, featuring conversations with some of the most remarkable figures in music.

Martyn has featured on recordings that have totalled over 50 million sales, while some of his recent roles have seen him supporting a wealth of music eduction projects, helping new artists, pioneering 3D sound innovations and cross platform arts projects.

In Electronically Yours Volume 1, available to buy with a book signing on the night, Martyn takes us through an incredible rise to stardom; from his austere upbringing, council homes, teenage years with Phil Oakey and Vince Clarke, the post punk experimentation of ‘Synth Britannia’, his production career and working with some of the world’s greatest singers. Martyn writes poignantly about music, society and politics – how it can be a soulful, personal, moral, social duty. With meditations on culture, humour, travel and sport, Martyn also shares his love of 60s films, explains why Venice is the most beautiful city in the world, and reveals how Sheffield Wednesday has forever been his first and eternal passion.

The event closes Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music 2022, and follows the success of the Festival’s 2021 edition with British Black music icon Jazzie B, in Elmhurst Park.

With more details being announced soon, the tenth anniversary weekend sees the festival return to its Elmhurst Park home. It follows successful monthly lockdown shows throughout 2020, a huge event with Jazzie B and Soul II Soul in Elmhurst Park in 2021, a series of events projecting onto the Tide Mill, jam-packed Jubilation weekend events around parks and venues in Woodbridge and a sold-out evening in Arlington’s, Ipswich, in early 2022.

Check in www.woodbridgefestival.com for more details and where to buy tickets.



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