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Head East – Festival Heaven

After an unscheduled stop last summer, some festivals are now officially back on track and this season sees some big names rolling out across the region. Grab your sunscreen and straw hats and settle in for music, literature, comedy and much more.

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  • Lowestoft’s First Light Festival opens the summer season with a week-long programme of events across the town, building up to the Longest Days of Summer weekend on the 26/27th June. Drop in on music, art and dance acts playing the South Beach, Kensington Gardens and the East Point Pavilion across Saturday, then head back on Sunday to see the first steps of Kinetika’s collaborative installation Beach of Dreams. 500 silk flags, 500 dreams and a 500 mile walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury Fort… (Lowestoft. June 21 – 27. Longest Days of Summer. June 26/27).

  • Kings Lynn Festival is back with internationally renowned musicians playing in beautiful historic venues across the town. Expect classical recitals and concerts, jazz, talks, walks and a 70th anniversary exhibition celebrating the past seven decades of the festival. (Kings Lynn. July 18 – 31).
  • Latitude Festival has a greenlight to go! Wolf Alice, the Chemical Brothers and Bastille are headlining, with special appearances from Supergrass, Hot Chip, Bill Bailey, Jo Brand and many, many more (Henham Park, Suffolk. July 22 – 25).

Image credit: Festival Authors taking part in Primadonna Festival 2021 © Primadonna Festival


  • Primadonna Festival is the first UK literary festival to give prominence to women writers and voices from the margins. This year’s lineup includes Monique Roffey, Tracy Thorn, Juno Dawson and Sandi Toksvig (Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk. July 31 – August 1).
  • EA Festival New for 2021, the EA festival debuts at Hedingham Castle with leading talent across music, poetry and the arts. Suffolk resident and renowned tabla player, Talvin Singh will perform classical Indian music interwoven with electronic influences, Hugh Somerleyton talks rewilding and local rhymester Luke Wright performs poems from his latest collection, The Feel-Good Movie of the Year. (Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham. July 31 – August 1).
  • Red Rooster Richard Hawley headlines this year, backed by an eclectic and exceptional line up of Americana, country and blues. Dog friendly too! (Euston Hall, Euston, Suffolk. August 27 – 29).
  • Summer at Snape Britten Pears Arts welcome audiences to come along for a much-awaited summer of musical events. The Concert Hall and a new outdoor stage will host performances from amazing musicians and ensembles from the worlds of classical, jazz, folk, pop, blues and country music. Highlights include Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Mica Paris and the LSO with Sir Simon Rattle (Snape Maltings, Snape. August 1 – 31).


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