Brighten The Corners Festival Announce Final Wave of Acts

April 28, 2023


Announce Final Wave of Acts

Brighten The Corners Festival today add a final wave of acts for their 2023 event, taking place on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th June in five venues throughout Ipswich town centre.

Leading the newest wave of additions to their inclusive and exciting lineup are buzzing indie duo Dolores Forever, rowdy newcomers Fat Dog, goth-pop specialists Heartworms, South London haiku-loving trio Honeyglaze, enigmatic songwriter Molly Payton and pop specialist Jessica Winter, as well as esteemed BBC 6 Music presenters Jamz Supernova and Tom Ravenscroft who’ll be heading up the event’s late-night electronic programme.

They join the already announced headliners 86TVs, the new project from The Maccabees’ Felix and Hugo White, and cult Brighton indie-pop heroes The Go! Team, as well as Gengahr, The Lounge Society, Pulled Apart By Horses, Rozi Plain, deathcrash, Coops, Nuha Ruby Ra, Moreish Idols, ALT BLK ERA and Kyoto Kyoto, alongside a selection of the finest talent in emerging music. 

The festival will also be showcasing the 13 winners of their Apply To Play programme, handpicked by the team at Brighten The Corners. The winners will perform on their outdoor Cornhill stage sponsored by Suffolk New College in the town centre; the full list includes Afterdrive, Bluefeed, Bridget., Esme Emerson, Fishclaw, Fleas, Gabby Rivers, Kyan, Pepps, Prawn, Purple Loft, Queen Dogs and Takeda.

The multi-venue event, formerly known as Sound City Ipswich, saw editions in 2019 and 2021 and has brought artists such as Yard Act, Working Men’s Club, The Murder Capital, Novelist and others to the town. 

The team behind the festival also run live music venues The Smokehouse and The Baths and are set to open St Stephen’s Church as a venue and cafe bar in spring 2023. This continues the festival’s dedication to community and arts revitalisation in the town as part of their mission alongside the main event – as detailed by NME. These three venues will be used for the festival in addition to the Corn Exchange and a stage on the Corn Hill, all within Ipswich’s easily accessible town centre.

Speaking ahead of the final lineup announcement, Head of Programming Marcus Neal explained: “We are really excited to release these final line-up additions for our two day festival. The new names add to the diversity of the programme with the likes of multi-instrumentalist cktrl, the unpredictable chaos of Fat Dog and gothic post-punk from Heartworms amongst others. Alongside this we are delighted to announce our late night programme curated by locally grown broadcaster and DJ Tom Ravenscroft. Tom has selected jazz infused electronica from Maria Chiara Argiro, Optimo Music’s intoxicating Pleasure Pool and influential BBC 6 Music colleague Jamz Supernova has been invited to round off the Friday night. Tom himself will close out the festival with a late night DJ set on Saturday.”

Performing at this year’s edition will be 86TVs, ALT BLK ERA, Antony Szmierek, Baba Ali, Beach Riot, Blue Bendy, Butch Kassidy, Cherrym, cktrl, Coops, Cowboyy, Deathcrash, DITZ, Dolores Forever, Fat Dog, Flip Top Head, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Gengahr, Group Listening, Heartworms, Honeyglaze, Isaiah Dreads, Ishmael Ensemble, Jamz Supernova, Jehst, Jessica Winter, Jords, Joshua Idehen, Karma Sheen, Kyoto Kyoto, Lande Hekt, The Lounge Society, Maria Chiara Arigiro, Memorials, Molly Payton, Moreish Idols, Muva Of Earth, Naima Bock, Native James, Nuha Ruby Ra, Nukuluk, O., Pleasure Pool, Post, Pulled Apart By Horses, Rarelyalways, Rozi Plain, Substation, Suep, ThreeYearsYounger, Tom Ravenscroft, The Go! Team, Triptides, Afterdrive, Bluefeed, Bridget., Esme Emerson, Fishclaw, Fleas, Gabby Rivers, Kyan, Pepps, Prawns, Purple Loft, Queen Dogs, Takeda

Tickets for Brighten The Corners 2023 are on sale now priced at £50 + booking fee HERE

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