Sound City Ipswich: Local acts added to music festival

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image source, Bug Teeth
image captionPoppy Johnson, who performs as Bug Teeth, will play at Sound City Ipswich

Local acts are among eight names who have mounted successful bids to play at the Sound City Ipswich music festival.

The up-and-coming artists were whittled down from more than 90 who applied to perform at the October event, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reports.

They are Ayo, Bug Teeth, Floral Image, Fraulein, Georgie, Kyanos, Our Quiet Friends and She's In Parties.

Organisers said they were "staggered at the response and the quality of the artists who applied".

The acts, mainly from Ipswich and East Anglia, join confirmed touring acts including Working Men's Club, BC Camplight and Porridge Radio.

Festival co-director Marcus Neal said: "Giving new up-and-coming bands the opportunity to play alongside established touring acts is an essential part of Sound City Ipswich.

"We want to give them the experience of playing to new audiences - and to give those audiences the chance to discover new music they may not otherwise hear."

image captionUS multi-instrumentalist BC Camplight is one of the touring acts on the festival's bill

Singer Georgie and rapper Ayo are from Ipswich while Floral Image, Bug Teeth and Our Quiet Friends form the Norwich contingent.

Kyanos hail from Bury St Edmunds and quintet She's in Parties are from Colchester, while Fraulein are from further afield. The garage rock duo originally hail from Northern Ireland but are now based in London.

image captionGeorgie, from Ipswich, said she hoped the festival would "shed some light on the talent" in the area
image captionKyanos hail from Bury St Edmunds and create experimental, psychedelic jazz

Soul singer Georgie said she was "really excited" to have been chosen.

"The festival will hopefully shed some light on the talent we have here and help Ipswich artists to really expand their audience," she said.

The festival debuted as a one-day event in 2019, but only took place online last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year's expanded version will be held at multiple venues on Friday 1 and Saturday, 2 October.

image captionIpswich's Cornhill central square will again host an outdoor stage providing free entertainment, while the indoor venues will require a ticket

Venues include the Corn Exchange, The Smokehouse on South Street and a daytime outdoor stage on Cornhill promoted by BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk.

The event has been put together by Out Loud Music, a community interest company which hosts community radio, recording sessions, live gigs and music workshops for youngsters from its South Street Studios base, alongside the Sound City Liverpool event.

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