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Five unmissable gigs in Suffolk to watch out for this summer, from Latitude Festival to Rag'n'Bone Man

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2022 promises to be a big summer of music in Suffolk, with tickets on sale for a number of big-name performances.

Live music suffered a major blow over the past two years, with crowd events of all sizes and genres called off as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

However, insiders now hope for a rebound - and Suffolk News has put together a list of the five most anticipated gigs of the season.

1. Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Wangford with Henham - July 21-24

The big one. Suffolk's premier music festival went ahead last year in spite of pandemic conditions, with crowds entertained by the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Wolf Alice and Supergrass.

This marked a triumphant return for the event, which had been called off outright in 2020.

Latitude Festival.
Latitude Festival.

The full line-up for 2022 has yet to be unveiled, although Lewis Capaldi has indicated he will be headlining on July 22, after pulling out of a scheduled performance at Latitude last year.

Tickets are currently on sale.

2. Rag'n'Bone Man, High Lodge, Thetford Forest - June 16

Last year, Rag'n'Bone Man's Life By Misadventure topped the UK album charts, serving audiences another helping of the singer-songwriter's trademark blend of soul, pop and R&B.

He has now announced a slate of gigs across central England for June 2022 - including a date at the High Lodge in Thetford Forest.

The Man is to be supported by guests Will And The People and Charlotte Jane.

Of the June events, only the Thetford gig has yet to sell out, with tickets still available on Forestry England's website.

3. Paloma Faith, Regent Theatre, Ipswich (June 5) / Newmarket Racecourse (June 17)

Fans of Paloma Faith are in for a treat this June, as they are getting no less than two chances to see the retro soul songster in Suffolk.

On June 5, Faith will play at the Ipswich Regent Theatre, followed by a gig at the Newmarket Racecourse on June 17.

The Racecourse date marks the latest of several events she has headlined at the venue in recent years.

4. Madness, High Lodge, Thetford Forest - June 18

No British summer would be complete without Madness, and the ska legends will be rocking Thetford Forest on June 18 this year.

Tickets are selling out fast, but the hitmakers behind 'Baggy Trousers', 'House of Fun' and others promise a memorable evening of retro entertainment, with children under 5 to be admitted free of charge.

5. Diversity, Regent Theatre, Ipswich - June 10-11

Dance maestros Diversity, famed for their surprise victory in the 2011 series of Britain's Got Talent, will be stopping by in Ipswich for two dates in June.

This is part of a nationwide tour being billed as the troupe's biggest ever.

Diversity's choreographer, Ashley Banjo, has devised a brand new show themed around social media and connectivity.

Tickets for both dates are still up for grabs via Ipswich Theatres' website.