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Latitude Festival in Suffolk ©Latitude


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.
Latitude Festival in Suffolk ©Latitude
Latitude Festival in Suffolk ©Latitude


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 30th June / 1st & 2nd July 2017

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 Pettafiesta
Pales Fires perform at Pettafiesta music festival in Suffolk Photo (c) Pettafiesta


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.


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.

Snape Proms 1st August - 1st September 2017

Folk, roots & world, jazz, pop, classical, family and popular classics - it's all to be found during the annual Snape Proms at the beautiful venue of Snape Maltings on the Suffolk Coast.

Outstanding artists from all around the UK as well as America, Australia, Russia, Germany and South Africa perform in the 50th anniversary year of Suffolk’s internationally renowned concert hall.

As always, thousands of Prom tickets for the season will go on sale at just £6.50!

Latitude Festival in Suffolk ©Latitude
Latitude Festival in Suffolk ©Latitude

FolkEast 18th - 20th August 2017

“One of the best world music, roots and folk festivals in the UK for 2016.” Imogen Tilden, The Guardian.

"There was nothing to top FolkEast. Suffused with good vibrations, quirky, charming, and possessed of a joie de vivre that even Sunday’s rain couldn’t dampen, this was a festival that got almost everything right.” Jeremy Searle, R2 Magazine

The refreshingly different FolkEast festival is back for the sixth time this summer, returning to the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall.

The Maui Waui Festival
The Maui Waui Festival

The Maui Waui Festival 25th - 27th August 2017

The Maui Waui Festival is now in its 5th year and is still free for children age 12 and under. There will be a full weekend of activities including circus shows and lots to make and do.

This year we are launching a Maui's Got Talent contest to encourage new young performers in the area (auditions for entry close on 1st August), with donations made to a children's charity, for every entry.

FlipSide Festival in Suffolk
FlipSide Festival is where British and Brazilian cultures collide

FLIPSIDE FESTIVAL 2017: 6th - 8th OCTOBER (Snape Maltings) & 24th - 26th October (Lowestoft)

FlipSide Festival is an autumn 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 and a new children's festival in 2017, taking place in Lowestoft.


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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