Exciting line-up for town festival

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AN EXCITING mix of live music, comedy, arts and sports has been announced for this year’s Stowmarket Festival.

The event, which will take place between June 1 and June 10, will include regular favourites such as StowFest and StowBlues plus a host of community activities.

The festival has grown from strength to strength since it was launched in 2010 by Stowmarket Town Council.

Highlights include The Stowmarket Parkour Jam which will see freerunning fans from all over the country converging on the town centre to showcase their daring and dynamic stunts on June 7.

towmarket Chorale will perform at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts the same evening.

StowBlues, a free blues event held at the Museum of East Anglian Life, will return after a successful launch last year that left the real ale stalls dry two hours before the event ended. It returns this year complete with a well-stocked bar. The popular Comedy at The Regal also returns, taking place on June 3.

Stowmarket Festival co-ordinator Daniel Harvey said: “There’s a number of events that launched in Stowmarket as a result of the festival, which is fantastic.

“StowBlues is perhaps the best example of this –around 1,000 people came to the event when it launched last year and hopefully it’s an event that’ll be repeated for many years to come. The Parkour Jam, stand-up comedy at The Regal, Stowmarket Chorale at the John Peel Centre – they’re all things that first happened because of the festival and now take place every year.”

The festival ends with StowFest on June 9 and 10 at Chilton Fields, Stowmarket.

Daniel said: “This is the sixth StowFest and we’re really proud of it. The line-up gets better every year and I hope that music fans from all over East Anglia will come along and check it out.”

For full details visit www.stowmarketfestival.co.uk