Sound City Ipswich returns on October 1-2, expanded to a two-day format with five stages. It features a hand-picked array of upcoming and established bands, featuring emerging regional talent alongside major touring acts.
âThe first Sound City Ipswich was such a success in 2019 that we were all so disappointed when we had to bring the festival online last year,â co-director and programmer Marcus Neal said in a statement. “Now we look forward to building on that success and making 2021 bigger and better – as well as looking forward to 2022.”
Bands and solo artists will perform for two days in the four indoor venues in addition to those on the free downtown outdoor stage.
“Our aim is to firmly reestablish Ipswich as a center for live music,” added Marcus. “We want to change the perception of people in the city and continue to develop their audience.”
The lineup includes an impressive list of musical styles. Highlights include American songwriter BC Camplight and his genre-defying band; Brighton’s bristly, weird and uncompromising vanguard, Mercury Award-nominated Porridge Radio, and the stylistic bustle of the Working Men’s Club of 6Music darlings. There’s also the urgent, deadpan no-wave sound of Billy Nomates, the punk-grime fusion of Monster Florence, Bristol Grove DJ / producer, London rapper TrueMendous, Ghanaian singer and percussionist Falle Nioke; black feminist punks Big Joanie and Ipswich’s own rap star Parris Robbo and many more.
There are also numerous unsigned bands from across the country run by BBC Music Introducing, Access Creative and Sound City Ipswich’s Apply to Play program for which eight bands were chosen from nearly 100 applicants.
Friday also offers a conference aimed at all those who are considering entering the world of music as well as those who are already involved in it. This will include seminars and workshops in which knowledgeable figures from the music world will share their experiences and spark debate and discussion.
Among the topics covered will be maintaining a career in the music industry; where the pandemic leaves concerts, tours and festivals; a look at the potentially very lucrative ways to license music in film, television and games, and a discussion between musician and journalist John Robb and an established and experienced performer and musician, whose name will soon be revealed. The festival takes place in a variety of venues in the city center, including The Baths, a regular venue in the ’60s and’ 70s but unused for music since. It was the scene of a legendary Led Zeppelin concert in 1971, a few days after the release of their fourth album.
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