Suffolk is famously home to beautiful beaches, delicious food and a great football team, but did you know that we’re also incredibly proud of our rich musical heritage?
We’re not just talking about our love of local lad Ed Sheeran (even if he has brought global attention to Framlingham thanks to “Castle on the Hill”), nor are we talking about 00’s pop sensations Busted (frontman Charlie Simpson is also from Framlingham).
Instead, we’re talking about the wide range of musical festivals and venues that you can visit during your Suffolk farm holiday.
Music Festival fun in Suffolk
Fast establishing itself as one of the leading festivals in the UK, the annual Latitude Festival in Southwold is a must-visit for anyone looking to enjoy a spectacular combination of music, comedy and food. Latitude is showing itself to be a true rival to Glastonbury with top acts including The Killers, Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s sister in case you didn’t know), Alt-J, and Rag’n’Bone man. The 2019 event will take place in July, and we can’t wait to hear next year’s line up!
On a more local scale, the Ipswich Music Day is a wonderful day out for the whole family. The event is a free open-air concert in Christchurch Park which attracts more than 40,000 people each year. With more than 50 acts performing across six stages, there truly is something for everyone and we always recommend it as a great day out to anyone visiting the farm in July.
If you’re looking for something a little more cultural, then look no further than Snape Maltings. Every August, musicians and orchestras from around the world visit the renowned music hall as part of the traditional Snape Proms. Tickets start at just £6.50 per person and you could enjoy some incredible acts including the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and even Abdullah Ibrahim, a jazz pianist from Cape Town!
How’s that for variety?
Home to some incredible venues
Over the years, we’ve had some incredible performers play in Suffolk.
Portman Road has often hosted some great gigs during the close season – last year we had Sir Elton John perform, but we’ve also had concerts from REM, Pink and even Barry Manilow!
Of course, the music nights held at Newmarket Races are highly recommended. There’s always a variety of acts performing but popular ones who have performed in recent years include Sir Tom Jones, Little Mix, Kylie Minogue, James Blunt, George Ezra, Craig David, Paloma Faith…the list goes on and on. We really appreciate that these events are always affordable – ticket prices range from £27-42pp.
One tip though – if you’re planning on visiting Newmarket Nights, arrive early. We would always recommend staying behind after the concert for a few drinks or something to eat because the traffic leaving Newmarket is incredibly busy.
The outdoor concerts in Thetford forest are also fantastic – it’s just lovely to share a relaxed picnic with friends in a natural clearing in the forest whilst watching some great bands. We’ve seen Bony M, Katie Tunstall and the Beautiful South there!
Our musical heritage isn’t just about established acts
We love being able to find new musical acts and if you’re a keen fan of local talent then why not check out the music scene in many of our local pubs across the county?
The Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich is highly regarded as one of the town’s top live music venues – before he became the megastar that he is today, Ed Sheeran was a regular performer. In fact, he even performed a secret gig here just a few years ago!
Looking slightly further afield, the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket is dedicated to emerging talent from across the arts. Named after the legendary BBC Radio presenter, the centre is designed to enable members of the community to participate in cultural activities and events.