In Suffolk, throw a rock in any direction and you’ll be sure to hit someone with a first-hand anecdote featuring Ed Sheeran (although for legal reasons we don’t recommend this course of action) – and although Framlingham’s finest may have conquered the charts around the world, the multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter still calls the eastern county home.
Yet Sheeran isn’t the first globally revered musician or music lover to take inspiration from the East. Suffolk native Benjamin Britten founded the world-renowned Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, which eventually expanded into the year-round world-renowned programme of music at Snape Maltings.
While further inland, you’ll find the John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts, which honours the influential broadcaster and DJ in his adopted hometown of Stowmarket.
From a thriving grassroots pub circuit to some of the nation’s best festivals in the shape of Latitude, First Light and Forest Live, the East offers something for every taste from Baroque to bangin’ techno.