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Girl in the woods at Latitude Festival (c) Dan Medhurst

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN SUFFOLK

In Suffolk when the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and holidays are on the horizon: it must be festival season! Suffolk has a wealth of music festivals happening across the county, from the international to the local, and covering a multitude of genres. We’ve picked some of the best Suffolk music festivals where you can enjoy yourself and appreciate some quality musical performances.
Couple by the lake at Latitude Festival (c) Marc SethiThere's nowhere better to enjoy the music festival season than Suffolk
Photo (c) Latitude Festival / Marc Sethi

HOMEGROWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
10TH – 12TH JUNE

This festival in Bury St Edmunds only started in 2013, but it’s already causing quite a stir. Drawing exclusively on acts from East Anglia, 80 bands and performers will appear over the three days, big names mingling with lesser known acts. Apart from only booking local acts, Homegrown Festival’s other main rule is that prices are realistic, rather than hiked because it’s a festival. Therefore beer is £3 as it is in a pub, and food and tickets are similarly reasonably priced.

MAVERICK FESTIVAL
1ST – 3RD JULY

This celebration of roots music and Americana takes place at Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge. Despite its size and success, Maverick Festival still has that friendly feel that many large festivals have lost. As well as music there will be performances of comedy, dance, film and workshops from over forty different artists.
Pale Fires perform at PettafiestaPales Fires perform at Pettafiesta music festival in Suffolk
Photo (c) Pettafiesta

BURES MUSIC FESTIVAL
6TH – 10TH JULY

Taking place in Bures on the Suffolk/Essex border, Bures Music Festival is truly eclectic; featuring a multitude of musical genres from rock to blues, pop to choral, and jazz to ska, with all proceeds going to local good causes.

PETTAFIESTA
8TH – 10TH JULY

Petta Fiesta is a tiny Suffolk music festival that takes place in a moated 12-acre garden near Pettaugh. The garden belongs to music industry veterans Andy Corrigan and Jane Dyball, who curate a bill of young local talent to perform across two stages. Expect music, theatre, comedy, late night DJs, campfires, films and delicious food at this garden party festival for all ages.

LATITUDE FESTIVAL
14TH – 17TH JULY

The biggie. Latitude is already one of the top three UK festivals. Thousands descend on Henham Park near Southwold each year to experience the laid-back atmosphere, and world-class comedy, theatre, and music. Find out more about this year’s line-up here.
Opera North perform at Latitude Festival (c) Vicotr FrankowskiExpert secret performances in the woods and much more at Latitude Festival
Photo (c) Latitude Festival / Victor Frankowski

BOOM BAP FESTIVAL
29TH – 31ST JULY

The UK’s only dedicated hip-hop festival, Boom Bap brings together hip-hop and grime acts from the UK and US for a 3-day weekender in Mildenhall, Suffolk. The great thing about Boom Bap is that, apart from being a one-of-a-kind festival, it showcases all elements of hip-hop, from rap battles to professional graffiti artists.
FlipSide Festival in SuffolkFlipSide Festival is where British and Brazilian cultures collide

FLIPSIDE FESTIVAL
30TH SEPTEMBER – 2ND OCTOBER

FlipSide Festival is a late September festival in which British and Brazilian cultures collide, creating a sizzling concoction of music, dance, food and literature. It’s a family festival with a Latin beat, held in the stunning surroundings of Snape Maltings on The Suffolk Coast. What more could you want?

HARWICH INTERNATIONAL SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL
7TH – 9TH OCTOBER

Suffolk has a proud maritime heritage, and what could be more nautical than a sea shanty? Harwich will resound to these songs over the sea over three days in October for the Harwich International Shanty Festival. Performers in previous years include Samm Seaman and Cut Throat Pierce, Mains’l Haul, Kimbers Men, and many other salty singers.

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