The First Light Festival will take place on 22nd & 23rd June - the summer solstice weekend 2019.
The location will be Lowestoft’s glorious sandy South Beach, with its backdrop of colourful, traditional beach huts and Victorian gardens. Events at this brand new, free, nonstop 24 hour long, multi-arts festival celebrating Lowestoft’s position as the first place that sun rises in the UK, will begin at noon on Saturday 22nd June and will run continuously through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars until noon on Sunday 23rd June.
The festival is the brain child of a team with extensive experience in creating and delivering exceptional events, including the acclaimed designer and urban regeneration specialist Wayne Hemingway. The full programme will be announced in March and will deliver a truly unique shared experience of music, dance, film, art, science, talks, walks, fire, sports and workshops - as well as the best regional food, drinks and produce. Partnerships include Cefas, Canon Europe, Snape Maltings, High Tide Theatre and Dance East.
A taster of the headline acts that the programme will feature has been announced with Mercury prize-winning musician Talvin Singh, who re-introduced the concept of Indian classical music to western pop, dance and jazz genres, opening the festival. He will also perform at sunrise, welcoming dawn with a performance of his renowned and evocative work ‘Light’.
Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music presenter and international club DJ will bring the best worldwide vibes to the beach for a sundown session. After dark, he will move the party to the Aquarium at Claremont Pier and, along with a host of stellar DJs, play into the night.
The festival will include a wild beach zone for little ones, a beach-based dance party curated by partners Dance East to include swing, ceilidh and a tea dance, a night market, 24 hours of film, a word and science zone and a beach-based well-being zone to unwind and relax in.
The full 24 hours will be packed with wonders and delights to suit many tastes and to encourage participation and immersion - a fantastic addition to the 2019 Suffolk Day celebrations. There will be the option for wild camping in a designated area of the beach, and the festival site is just a short stroll from the train station and the seafront and town centre full of hotels, B&Bs and restaurants.
Wayne Hemingway, First Light Director, says: “HemingwayDesign instigate, curate and produce events all around the UK, but First Light is one of the easiest “sells“. People love and “get” the concept of a 24-hour multi-arts event on mid summers weekend in Britain’s most easterly town. We now just need a small army of positive folk to help us deliver this free festival.“
For further information visit the festival website, which is also now launched, at www.firstlightlowestoft.com.