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

HOMEGROWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
8TH – 10TH JUNE 2018

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
6th - 8th July 2018

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.
Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings
The majestic setting and home of Aldeburgh Music at Snape Maltings

BURES MUSIC FESTIVAL
4th - 8th July 2018

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.

LATITUDE FESTIVAL
12th - 15th July 2018

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 - 31st August 2018

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 internationally renowned concert hall.

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

FolkEast
17th - 19th August 2018

Folk music and culture is deeply ingrained in Suffolk, and FolkEast Festival celebrates this ancient link like no other. A unique combination of folk music, food and crafts, all “suffused with good vibrations” has won FolkEast it’s place among the UK’s top folk festivals, a position that’s wholeheartedly deserved. This year's line-up puts the spotlight on legendary bands Oysterband and Show of Hands, and offers a range of satellite events, including The Art Arcade where the region's finest artists and craftspeople proffer their wares, along with a number of demonstrations and workshops.

“FolkEast feels more like a very English village fete than a festival” The Guardian.

The Maui Waui Festival
The Maui Waui Festival

The Maui Waui Festival
24th - 26th August 2018

Maui Waui Festival, now in its 6th year, is a 3-day international festival of music, performance and arts, with a special focus on family-friendly events and kids. With a rather unique line-up, including a mix of accomplished and undiscovered bands from around the globe, this year sees the expansion of the kid’s area, including a themed Pirates Party on 11th and 12th May and packed full of additional activities, including lots to make and do! The good thing is, children 13 years and under are free!

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

FLIPSIDE FESTIVAL 2018
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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 even has it's own children's festival.

HARWICH INTERNATIONAL SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL
5th - 7th OCTOBER 2018

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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