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First Light Festival Dates & Headline Acts Announced!

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. 

Lowestoft Beach

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.   

Things to see and do

Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

The Marina Theatre is proud to be Lowestoft’s not-for-profit professional theatre. Their charity number is 1149133. 

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FolkEast

FolkEast

Woodbridge

Growing in stature every year, East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast is back for the 7th time this August, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals.

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HighTide Festival

HighTide Festival

HighTide Festival returns to the idyllic Suffolk seaside in Aldeburgh for the annual Festival of Theatre and Live Performance from 10–15 September, 2019.
 

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Events

2019 Cactus and Chilli Festival at Urban Jungle

2019 Cactus and Chilli Festival at Urban Jungle

Beccles | Sat 24th - Mon 26th Aug 2019

An amazing selection of hardy and interior cacti, succulents, agaves, yuccas, and other desert lovers, with some rare and unusual species too. 

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Beccles Food and Drink Festival 2019

Beccles Food and Drink Festival 2019

Beccles | Sat 25th May 2019

Beccles town centre will be once more transformed into a delight of mouth watering food to tantalise the taste buds with the return of this annual one day Festival.

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WHERE TO EAT

MarkG Seafood Restaurant at The Tramway Hotel

MarkG Seafood Restaurant at The Tramway Hotel

Located at Lowestoft’s The Tramway Hotel, MarkG Seafood Restaurant and Bar opened its doors in the winter of 2015 and has not looked back!

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Dog friendly

where to stay

Chiltern House Bed and Breakfast

Chiltern House Bed and Breakfast

Chiltern House is a stylish bed & breakfast in a Victorian terraced property just a two minute walk from the blue flag awarded Lowestoft beach and independent shops and restaurants. Ideally located to explore the Suffolk coast, countryside and historic market towns.

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Free wifi

Best Western The Hatfield Hotel

Best Western The Hatfield Hotel

Positioned just a stone's throw away from the golden sands of Lowestoft Beach, the Hatfield Hotel retains a truly magical feeling for anyone who loves the sound of the sea.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible