For those seeking yet another late-night clubbing experience, Saturday night will also include 'Our House presents LTJ Bukem After Party' which is taking place in a seafront venue, yet to be disclosed.
East Point Pavilion
The newly revamped East Point Pavilion will host emerging performers. The re-opening of the venue marks a milestone in the regeneration of Lowestoft’s South Beach by Hemingway Design. The Victoriana-style glass pavilion will eventually house independent street food traders, alongside barista coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails and a year-round schedule of entertainment.
First Word Zone
Curated by urban poet, Luke Wright, the First Word Zone offers a programme of poetry, spoken word, cabaret, theatre, comedy, open-mic and dance. Comedian Mark Thomas headlines the Zone with his show, Bus Pass Punk. Other acts include Luke Wright, Cecilia Knapp, Elvis McGonagall, Salena Godden, James McDermott, Polis Loizou, Mike Garry, Suki Silvertongue and Kate Fox. Theatre company, High Tide, will present work-in-progress by writers from the region.
Screen on the Sand
After sundown the beach cinema comes to life, showing the “beguiling” arthouse film, To the Moon; River – narrated by Willem Dafoe, it explores the timeless relationship between humanity and rivers; and the award-winning music documentary, Summer of Soul.
Planet Positive is First Light’s new sustainability zone in partnership with the University of Essex, with leading thinkers and activities focusing on low carbon living, teenage climate activism and more. The Science Dome will be open for exploration with Natural History Museum, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science CEFAS and Lowestoft Museum.
Local artists and the public join forces to create temporary sculptures that mark special moments in the 24-hour timeline. These include Alexander Costello’s beach cairn; Arthur Harries’ new Skylon-like Spike installation which will light the night sky; Nick Ball’s big interactive 'orbs' and John Christie’s giant bicycle wheel sculpture; and the Pakefield Man by Tobias Ford makes a welcome return.
Foraged feasts and more
Acclaimed chef, Nicola Hordern, brings a delectable menu of foraged food, adding to the close-to-nature vibe. Feasts are £25 each, with dishes including fish stew, summer pudding, Spanish lamb and honey stew, Lowestoft kipper kedgeree, and vegan and vegetarian options. Other independent vendors will also be selling food and drink.
Sunrise craft and wellbeing
In the build-up to daybreak, people can create Nordic-inspired solstice garlands and lanterns in workshops. The Wellbeing in Waves programme offers yoga, a drum circle, ecstatic dance, hand massage and meditation. Then, the sky will burst into colour with a mass kite flying community event, First Kite, which embraces the natural elements.
Two new charity sporting challenges will take place at dawn on Sunday. The ROC Coastal Trail is a half marathon for runners and walkers, and the ROC Coastal Sportive is a cycling challenge with two distance options: a 100-mile route or a 50-mile course. Sign up at www.runorcycleevents.com.
Friday Night on the Beach
New for 2022 is an extra night of DJ-ing and a screening of the 1927 silent film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, accompanied by silent film pianist Stephen Horne. A foraged feast by acclaimed chef, Nicole Hordern, includes a sea vegetable salad, elderflower cordial cream, alexanders and fennel with sorbet, and wild greens and flowers. The fun starts at 7pm on Friday 17 June.
For those staying for the rest of the weekend, event tickets and camping and campervan pitches must be booked in advance.