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Artists who have won 'apply to play' slots at Sound City Ipswich Festival unveiled, including Ayo, Kyanos and Georgie




Eight acts from the likes of Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Norwich who successfully bid for ‘apply to play’ slots for this year’s two day Sound City Ipswich Festival have been unveiled, and will grace stages across the town this autumn.

More than 90 acts applied for the prestigious slots for Sound City Ipswich – the two-day festival and conference on October 1 and 2 which will showcase Ipswich as a destination for touring artists.

The successful acts announced today are: Ayo; Bug Teeth; Floral Image; Fraulein; Georgie; Kyanos; Our Quiet Friends; and She’s In Parties.

The Cornhill stage at Sound City Ipswich in 2019. Picture: Philip Charles
The Cornhill stage at Sound City Ipswich in 2019. Picture: Philip Charles

Marcus Neal, co-director and programmer for Sound City Ipswich, said: “We were staggered at the response and the quality of the artists who applied.

“It was an incredibly difficult job to whittle them down to just the eight we have chosen and I wish we could accommodate more but our selection reflects the breadth and depth of the applications.

“Giving new up-and-coming bands the opportunity to play alongside established touring acts is an essential part of Sound City Ipswich.

Sound City Ipswich 2021 line-up. Picture: Sound City Ipswich
Sound City Ipswich 2021 line-up. Picture: Sound City Ipswich

“We want to give them the experience of playing to new audiences – and to give those audiences the chance to discover new music they may not otherwise hear.”

The eight acts include top local talent, with rapper Ayo and soul singer Georgie both hailing from Ipswich, while Bury St Edmunds-based Kyanos have already made waves locally.

Meanwhile singer-songwriter Poppy Johnson, who performs under the stage name Bug Teeth, psychedelic pop outfit Floral Image and Our Quiet Friends have roots in Norwich, with She’s In Parties coming from Colchester.

Ipswich singer Georgie who will be performing at Sound City Ipswich 2021. Picture: THEAMCPHILL (49750138)
Ipswich singer Georgie who will be performing at Sound City Ipswich 2021. Picture: THEAMCPHILL (49750138)

Georgie said: “I’m really excited to have been chosen for Sound City Ipswich. There’s a great music scene in Ipswich at the moment, but I don’t think people necessarily get to hear about it too much.

“The festival will hopefully shed some light on the talent we have here and help Ipswich artists to really expand their audience.”

The festival will feature an industry conference on the Friday to showcase what Ipswich has to offer, before music kicks off that evening and continues on Saturday.

Ipswich-raised rapper Ayo, who is performing at Sound City Ipswich 2021. Picture: AYO (49750136)
Ipswich-raised rapper Ayo, who is performing at Sound City Ipswich 2021. Picture: AYO (49750136)

Five stages will host more than 40 artists across the two days, including a free outdoor stage on the Cornhill hosted by BBC Introducing.

The Smokehouse and Corn Exchange will also return from the inaugural sold-out event in 2019, and two more stages still to be announced.

Top touring acts already confirmed include Working Men’s Club, BC Camplight, Porridge Radio, The Goon Sax and TrueMendous.

Bury St Edmunds outfit KYANOS will perform at Sound City Ipswich in 2021. Picture: KYANOS/HOLLY DE LOOZE (49750140)
Bury St Edmunds outfit KYANOS will perform at Sound City Ipswich in 2021. Picture: KYANOS/HOLLY DE LOOZE (49750140)

The festival debuted in 2019 with backing from the sister Sound City Liverpool team and Arts Council England support, and returns for 2021 after Covid-19 forced last year’s event to be cancelled.

To find out more, get involved or purchase tickets, visit the website at www.soundcityipswich.co.uk.

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