The Woodbridge Festival will host live arts and music events


19:00 19 February 2022

A riverside community is to host part of a series of live arts and music events scheduled for late February and early March.

Woodbridge Festival is teaming up with partners such as Noise of Art, The Riverside Cinema and Theatre, Beach Street, Aspire Black Suffolk, The Boathouse, Tide Mill, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Ipswich Arts Centre, for the shows, which will include a performance by dance star Richard Norris, one half of electronic dance duo The Grid.

Events include:

February 28 – the festival brings back its live music concerts at the 107-year-old Riverside Theater in Woodbridge, with Richard Norris, member of duo The Grid (with David Ball of Soft Cell), topping the charts in 10 countries.

  • 11/12 March – the festival joins events at Arlingtons, Ipswich’s glamorous pop-up museum of music, arts and ecology, as part of the reopening of the downtown event by Ipswich City Council, including exhibitions of light art, music and ecology curated by several different partners.
  • March 12 – the festival joins events at Beach Street in Felixstowe, with light art projections illuminating Crazy House and Ibizan legend Chris Coco and Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne bringing their Balearic beats to the beach.
  • March 17 – the festival returns to Woodbridge to project onto the iconic Tide Mill for a special St. Patrick’s Night celebration.

The event will feature Tide Mill Out, a show that creates club music and visuals from the inner workings of the Tide Mill, and projects them onto the exterior of the building. The audiovisual piece was recently shown on the BBC.

The popular Woodbridge Community Disco is coming to town on Saturday, March 19 with special guests to be announced.

On March 20, Tide Mill Out makes an appearance as an audio-visual art installation in Miller’s Barn, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Foxborough Farm.

Finally, Sally Rogers, one half of pioneering acid jazz, Balearic house and nu-disco band A Man Called Adam, joins March’s Live from the Riverside on March 28.

Ben Osborne, the festival’s founder and programmer, said: “It’s been great to keep the festival going through the pandemic.

“We ran monthly events in 2020 when we couldn’t run the annual event, then in 2021 we ran both regular events and the event in the park – with 1,000 people happy to get together, safely, to enjoy music, creativity and community.


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