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9 music festivals in Suffolk you should know about

PUBLISHED: 13:05 20 February 2018

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Not sure where to go this summer for the best festival experience? We’ve got it covered in our guide to Suffolk’s very best music festivals

1. Latitude

12 – 15 July 2018 | Henham Park, Southwold

Latitude knows how to throw a summer party- complete with the best music and a dazzling array of visual arts. The family friendly festival – now in its 13th year – takes place on the Suffolk coast at Southwold.

Whether you choose luxury accommodation in a podpad, a boutique yurt, or you bring your own camping gear and head to one of the well equipped colour-coded campsites, a great weekend is pretty much guaranteed.

2. Aldeburgh Festival

8 - 24 June 2018 | Snape Maltings, Snape

A ‘celebration with birds, circus and pianos at its heart’, Aldeburgh Festival is more than the usual weekend offering, spanning a fortnight with its revered concerts.

The wholly cultured line-up is packed with orchestras, choirs and soloists, that promise to deliver an aural extravaganza of classical and contemporary music, plus a range of talks and exhibitions infused with a Suffolk flavour.

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3. Red Rooster

31 May – 2 June 2018 | Euston Hall, Suffolk

Passionate about rhythm and blues, Red Rooster’s line-up and atmosphere is dedicated to celebrating the finest R&B, Americana, blues, soul, roots and country music.

Take your own tent or hire our one of the yurts or tipis on site. Expect to find American-style comfort food on the menu – think smokey barbeque and gourmet mac and cheese – all served with that gen-u-ine deep-south hospitality.

4. Leestock

26 - 27 May 2018 | Melford Hall, Long Melford

The boutique non-profit festival is held in memory of local musician Lee Dunford, with all proceeds donated to the Willow Foundation.

In addition to the mix of pop and rock acts, including this year’s headliners Feeder and Reef, there is a family area and an onsite beer festival, plus the all important campsite where campervans are also welcome.

5. Homegrown Festival

8 - 10 June 2018 | Church Farm, Bury St Edmunds

The ethos of this small, friendly festival in Bury St Edmunds is grounded in showcasing home-grown music from the thriving local music scene.

Dance to an eclectic range of sounds from British soul to alternative rock and tribute bands. Expect to find locally sourced food and ales on the menu, plus on-site camping including a family area.

6. Maverick Festival

6 - 8 July 2018 | Easton Farm Park, Easton

Lovers of Americana will have heard of this feel-good festival at Suffolk’s Easton Farm Park, near Framlingham.

Over forty different artists ranging from roots music and dance to comedy perform across five stages indoors and out. One for the whole family, the festival is even dog-friendly.

7. Drum Camp Festival

5 – 8 July 2018 | Hulver Farm, Bungay

Now in its 23rd year, Drum Camp showcases world music, from ancient rhythmic traditions to modern beats, at its rural location near Bungay, Suffolk.

The line-up of artists from the African Continent, Latin America, Indian Sub Continent, Middle East, Europe, USA and Australia perform across four nights. With a capacity of just 430, the friendly vibe allows festival goers to join in with one of the global percussion, dance or singing workshops.

8. Stradisphere

6 – 7 July 2018 | Stradbroke Community Playing Field, Stradbroke

Set against the quiet rolling countryside of rural Suffolk, Stradisphere promotes itself as a “premium music festival, designed for all genres and for all generations”.

Expect to find more than 20 acts spanning the event, from East Anglian musicians to tribute acts from further afield. Last year saw the addition of “The Island Stage” which offered alternative music such as Reggae, Ska, Dubstep and others.

9. Bury St Edmunds Festival

18 – 27 May 2017 | Numerous venues across Bury St Edmunds

Music, theatre, film and exhibitions are all set to top the bill at the 10-day Bury Festival.

Known for its quality performances, from classical, jazz and folk music to award-winning comedians, Bury Festival is a grown-up alternative to the weekend camping music festival. The various acts performing will be confirmed at the end of February.

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