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Sound City Ipswich tickets on sale, initial line-up revealed

Liverpool, 2nd August 2019 Tickets for the newly announced Sound City Ipswich are now on sale, with the first wave of artists having been announced for the festival element.

Sound City will land in Ipswich on Friday 4 October for a one-day music industry conference and multi-venue festival – the first of its kind for the town.

Tickets are £15, plus booking fee, and can be purchased at

Sound City Ipswich is a partnership between the company behind the famous Liverpool Sound City, Out Loud Music and the team at The Smokehouse music venue in Ipswich, with support from Arts Council England, Ipswich Borough Council and the University of Suffolk.

More than 20 artists will play across four Ipswich venues: Ipswich Corn Exchange (950 cap), The Manor Ballroom (200 cap), The Smokehouse (80 cap) and The Cornhill (BBC Introducing Stage, curated by Richard Haugh and Angelle Joseph from BBC Radio Suffolk).

Sound City Ipswich Programme Manager Marcus Neal said: “We are excited to be able to unveil the first wave of artists confirmed to play Sound City Ipswich. We feel that the programme so far, which includes grime, punk, jazz and indie, offers a truly eclectic range of styles reflecting the make-up of our home town. We are looking forward to adding more names to the line-up in the coming weeks.”

Initial confirmed artists:

2018 Mercury Prize nominee Novelist is a grime MC and producer from Lewisham, South East London. He was a founding member of The Square crew and was nominated for Best Grime Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards.

From East London but with roots in East Suffolk, Snapped Ankles bring primal motorik rhythms and post-punk angles played out on homemade log synths and electric guitars. The band’s live show is one not to be missed.

W.H Lung, from Manchester, are one of the most engaging live acts operating in the UK. Their debut album, Incidental Music, features shimmering synth pop and the infectious grooves of 70’s Berlin with vocals weaving between tender delivery and forceful eruptions.

As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, Emma-Jean Thackray is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet.

For local gig-goers, Manningtree-based eight-piece Dingus Khan need little to no introduction. Endorsed by Mary-Anne Hobbs and Steve Lamacq, the band are an exciting and unpredictable live proposition with onstage chaos underpinned by an uncanny ear for melody.

Gaffa Tape Sandy from Bury St Edmunds have, over the last couple of years, produced a seemingly endless succession of instantly memorable garage-punk tunes. The three-piece have multiple Glastonbury appearances under their belt and have recently signed to Alcopop! Records.

Ipswich skate-punk legends and John Peel favourites The Stupids injected a heavy dose of colour, fun and energy into the often harsh black and white world of 1980s UK hardcore. Still touring the world, the band are ready to tear up Sound City Ipswich.

South London three-piece Happyness have released two critically acclaimed albums of lo-fi indie pop with vulnerable vocals and charmingly laid-back guitar riffs reminiscent of Grandaddy or Yo La Tengo.

Manchester four-piece Diving Station are definitely ones to watch, their unique harp-driven dream pop having earned them slots at Glastonbury, Dot to Dot Festival and plays on BBC 6 Music.

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