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Festival fever in Suffolk

Suffolk: Best Music Festivals in 2019

This year’s music festival line-up in Suffolk is eclectic, alternative and rather unique. From multiple musical genres and leading acts, to homegrown favourites and international folk, our festivals will take you across the county in a blaze of colour and in the thralls of glamping fever.

Here’s nine of the best…

Festival fever at LatitudeFeel the cool vibe at one of the UK's leading music festivals: Latitude

Latitude Festival
18 – 21 July | Henham Park, Southwold

Perhaps one of the most well-known of all summer UK festivals, Latitude spreads its joy across the Suffolk Coast again this July. It’s the ultimate festival experience, with a hippy-like feel, dazzling visual arts, family-friendly zones - all close to Suffolk’s heritage coast and the popular seaside town of Southwold.

Go traditional and bring your own camping gear, favourite tipple and your besties, and head to one of the many well-equipped colour-coded campsites. Or for a spot of luxury, upgrade to the podpad or a boutique yurt; whatever – a great time is pretty much guaranteed.

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FolkEast
16 – 18 August | Glemham Hall

Sticking with Glemham Hall as the perfect backdrop, surrounded by ancient parkland (near Woodbridge), FolkEast brings together a successful blend of music and culture in a unique combination of folk heroes and food and crafts. This year formidable folk legend Richard Thompson paves the way of revered songwriters and jaw-dropping guitarists. It’s family-friendly, with a relaxed ‘hippy-ish’ vibe, showcasing a number of quirky acts.

Its location is ideal for a mini-break; benefiting from stunning Suffolk countryside and surrounded by boutique towns and villages.

"FolkEast feels more like a very English village fete than a festival"
**** The Guardian

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Red Rooster
30 May – 1 June | Euston Hall, Suffolk

If you like your whiskey, guitars and sticky ribs you’re in for a real good time. The Red Rooster is a weekender packed with southern blues celebrating the finest R&B, blues, soul, Americana and country music.

Go for DIY camping or hire one of the tipis or yurts on-site at Euston Hall, near The Brecks. All your food needs are catered for in American-style comfort food, with a serving authentic Deep South hospitality.

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Homegrown Festival
7 - 8 June | Church Farm, Bury St Edmunds

If you like your festival friendly, intimate and local, Homegrown Festival, located just outside the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, embraces a thriving local music scene with a bunch of renowned home-grown acts. It’s ethos around inclusivity makes it good value-for-money, particularly for families on a budget.

Expect a weekend of eclectic sounds from alternative rock, British soul and tribute bands. It’s worth visiting just for the locally sourced food and fine ales. On-site camping available, including family area.
 
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Maverick Festival
5 - 7 July | Easton Farm Park, Easton

With a programme that spans the Atlantic, Maverick Festival at Easton Farm Park, near Framlingham, brings roots and Americana music to Suffolk in what’s been hailed as one of the “friendliest, most sincere festivals in England,” and the number one UK festival for any lover of Americana.

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. It’s also dog-friendly.

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Aldeburgh Festival
7 - 23 June | Snape Maltings, Snape

 For a more sophisticated pallet, and where the surroundings outside of all the action matter, you’d be hard pushed to find another festival like the one in Aldeburgh. This year focuses on a ‘celebration with birds, circus and pianos’, curated by three Artists in Residence and spanning a fortnight of revered concerts, covering classical and contemporary music, and a range of talks and exhibitions infused with a touch of Suffolk.

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Leestock
25 - 26 May | Melford Hall, Long Melford

Situated in the heart of the Suffolk Wool Towns - Suffolk's prettiest villages - coupled with a back-drop like historic Melford Hall, this family-friendly weekend festival is sure to be popular. In its 12th year, headliners include Feeder and Reef, Pixie Lott, B*Witched, Nigel Clark of Dodgy and Tony Wright of Terrorvision. Beside a mix of rock and pop acts, there is a family area, on-site beer festival and a campsite where campervans are welcome.

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The World Music Worshop Festival (formerly Drum Camp)
11 - 14 July | Hulver Farm, Bungay

In its 23rd year, The World Music Workshop Festival (previously Drum Camp) near Bungay celebrates the world of ancient rhythmic traditions to modern beats. Travel around the world with a musical line-up covering every continent, from Africa to Latin America. With a capacity of just 430, this intimate festival allows you to be part of the fun at one of the many dance and singing workshops, across a four night stint.

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Bury St Edmunds Festival
16 – 26 May | Numerous venues across Bury St Edmunds

Celebrating 10 great days of music, theatre, film and exhibitions, covering anything from folk, jazz, classical to the spoken word, you’ll get to see award-winning comedians and musicians in action, namely Jennifer Saunders and Nigel Kennedy.

It’s the grown-up alternative to many of the festivals around, held in a series of iconic venues across Bury St Edmunds.

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Bury Festival SuffolkGeorge Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will appear at the Bury St Edmunds Festival on May 24 at The Apex

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