The East is alive with the sound of music

Music blogger, Alice Mortimer picks her favourite music festivals taking place this summer…

East Anglia’s music scene is rapidly increasing in size and standard, with many international and up-and-coming artists set to grace the stages of our local festivals and music events in the coming months. We’ve put together a list of just a few them…

Peter Andre – 9 July – The LCR, Norwich

This is Peter Andre, but not quite as you know him. Yes, the English-Australian’s ‘Mysterious Girl’ days are behind him, swapping topless dancing in waterfalls in favour of a tuxedo and a new, more matured sound, inspired by Rat Pack and the 100th Birthday of Frank Sinatra.

The tour is in support of Andre’s latest album release ‘Come Fly With Me’ (released October 2015), which sees the singer cover a collection of swing standards such as the likes of ‘Mack The Knife’ and ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’, as well as perform some new material. The LCR is a small gig venue at the University of East Anglia (UEA), providing the perfect opportunity to see the star up-close-and-personal for a night of big-band entertainment.

Latitude FestivalLatitude Festival – 14 – 17 July – Henham Park, Southwold

Undoubtedly one of the most culturally significant events to take place in the East annually, Latitude Festival returns for its 11th Edition. A self-proclaimed ‘family festival’, Henham Park’s delightful combination of Suffolk countryside and fantasy-ridden woodland provides the perfect backdrop for a truly magical, enriching cultural experience, and that’s before even mentioning the musical talent and variation this year’s line-up presents; headliners include indie-rock five-piece The Maccabees, US rock band The National and long-standing new wavers New Order.

Secret Garden Party – 21 – 24 July –  Abbots Ripton, HuntingdonSecret Garden Party

Set on part of the grounds of a gorgeous Georgian farm house, Secret Garden Party has been an annual event since 2004, showcasing independent arts and music as an alternative to mainstream, commercial festivals. This year’s line-up includes Canadian electronic artist Caribou, Scottish rock band Primal Scream and psychedelic-pop duo, Air (headliners), alongside sets from a wide range of up-and-coming artists.

Mark Ronson – 5 August – Newmarket Racecourse

International DJ Mark Ronson is just one of the popular artists Newmarket Nights are welcoming to their racecourse this summer. Owner of possibly the biggest Mark Ronsonpop anthem of the 21st century, smash-hit ‘Uptown Funk’ featuring Bruno Mars, Ronson is not one to miss, having catapulted to number 1 in both the UK and US, along with securing a BRIT Award. He’s worked with artists from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele and Duran Duran.

V Festival – 20 – 21 August – Hylands Park, Chelmsford

The festival for fans of chart music, Essex’s V Festival on it’s 21st Birthday is set to stage some of the biggest names in pop, with headliners Justin Bieber and Rihanna alongside names such as David Guetta, Bastille, Little Mix and Years & Years. If you’ve got a pop bucket list, this year’s V is definitely not one to miss out on!

Sundown Festival – 2 – 3 September. – Norfolk Showground, Norwich

With headliners such as international artist Jason Derulo and the hugely popular electronic duo Chase & Status, it’s hard to believe that this festival is only taking place at the Norfolk Showground. With an impressive electro, urban and pop line-up, Sundown is the place to end the summer for a weekend of feel-good dancing.

LodeStar Festival – 2 – 4 September – Sunnyridge Farm, Lode

If you’d rather finish off your summer discovering some exciting new artists and experiencing a community feel, LodeStar may be the music event for you. Situated across 200 acres of Cambridgeshire countryside, LodeStar is for music with meaning, with a special atmosphere setting the festival apart from the UK’s top players. This year’s 8th edition of the festival sees upcoming bands such as Sundara Karma and The Magic Gang take to the stage, alongside a vast array of talent from across a wide range of genres.

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