Schedule of events
Line up …
DJ Justin Robertson
Legendary DJ Justin Robertson will be among the headliners at the new Woodbridge Festival in Suffolk. A Hacienda veteran and main stage act at festivals such as Glastonbury, Creamfields and Bestival, Robertson has often been acknowledged as The Chemical Brothers’ favourite DJ. When they made a much-hyped return to London’s The Social earlier this year, Robertson was the only DJ they invited to play. His many collaborations and remix credits include Bjork, Noel Gallagher and Fatboy Slim and he returns to Woodbridge having performed at earlier art and music events.
Bessie Turner, who was raised just outside Woodbridge, is one of Suffolk’s new crop of rising stars. She released her debut single, Big Sleep, in 2017. After being rapidly picked up by BBC Introducing in Suffolk, national airplay followed on Huw Stepehens BBC Radio 1 show and Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music Mixtape. Since then Bessie's been invited to play major festivals, including Latitude, Reading and Leeds, and further singles have all been given airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC2 and BBC6 Music. She has also just been invited to support Ed Sheeran at Chantry Park, the week before Woodbridge Festival.
DJ Ben Osborne
Described as a ‘polymath’ by Time Out, DJ Ben Osborne is founder of London-based Noise Of Art. His 2019 summer’s festival appearances include Glastonbury, Chateau Perché festival (France), First Light Festival, Cross Club Festival launch (Prague) and Little Chill - a one-off from the co-founder of Big Chill Festival. He’s played Suffolk’s Latitude festival 10 times and made recent club appearances alongside acts such as Tom Groove Armada, Gilles Peterson and Booka Shade. Amongst unusual venues, he’s DJed on top of an exploding BT Tower for the London Olympics.
Renowned London DJ/ producer Si Begg will be making a rare appearance at Woodbridge Festival. A pioneer of UK club music, he rose to fame alongside revered UK dance music innovators such as Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert and is credited with being an influence on many genres, including UK garage, techno, dubstep and grime - as well as wonky disco under his SI Futures moniker.
DJ Richard Haugh
BBC Radio Suffolk’s Introducing host, Richard Haugh, was born in Ipswich and DJed at and co-ran the town’s Uprock night. It hosted acts such as Mumford & Sons, Jamie T and Golden Silvers alongside local acts such as DELS, The Cheek and The Cads. Although there is an increasing amount of musical activity in Suffolk, Richard thinks the county is still overlooked by the music press, which doesn't realise the wealth of exciting and eclectic music being made. His show, co-hosted by Angelle Joseph, and music nights have done a lot to promote music in East Anglia - not least in giving a leg-up to locally-reared global star, Ed Sheeran.
Woodbridge-based singer songwriter Peter Hepworth performs over 150 gigs a year across Europe, at venues such as The Royal Dorchester in London for HRH Princess Royal, to the Nightclubs of Chamonix, France. In the past few years he has shared the stage with Beth Orton, Bastille, Turin Brakes, To Kill a King, Seasfire, Tom McRae, Jamie Lawson, Sam Brookes, Scott Matthews, Kal Lavelle, Jake Morley, Fiona Bevan, and many more. He is currently working with award winning producer Gerry Diver.
North Atlas (glasgow)
Every year Woodbridge Festival will focus on one nearby country. This year’s focus is on Scotland and one of the two acts on this years Scottish line-up is North Atlas. Hailing from Glasgow, North Atlas are an electro-rock quartet. They’ve supported bands such as Feeder and Reverend And The Makers and their shows in Glasgow routinely sell-out. They’ve notched-up festival appearances at Standon Calling, Chateau Perché and Meadows Festival, and been featured by KERRANG!, Scotland On Sunday, BBC Radio Scotland, STV and The Skinny Magazine. Their single ‘Another Ocean’ was produced by award-winning producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns).
The second of the Festival’s Focus on Scotland acts is Exterior, aka Edinburgh-based analogue electronic artist Doug MacDonald. In a previous life Doug played hardcore and noise-rock, gaining an understanding of the power of live drumming and performance-skills that are rare in dance music. Exterior represents his convergence of disparate musical influences, drawing on rhythmic mavericks such as Fugazi, Battles and Swans. Eschewing computer music in favour of analogue hardware instruments, Exterior’s live show has been described by Chris Cusak (of Glasgow’s live institution Bloc), as the ‘best electronic live set i've seen in years’.
Dudley Benson (New Zealand)
Dudley Benson (b. 1983) is an award winning avant-pop musician based in Dunedin, New Zealand. A rare independent artist that negotiates a fiercely unique vision, critical acclaim and chart success, Benson’s work seamlessly blends elements of pop, choral, classical and electronic music to arresting effect. He has performed in and been commissioned by New Zealand’s major public art galleries and national museum, and sold out shows in the clubs of Tokyo. Achieving somewhat of a cult status, Benson has duetted with Vashti Bunyan, been remixed by Matmos, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and Barbara Morgenstern, and recorded albums in both English and te reo Māori (the Māori language).
Planet VoiceS choir (suffolk)
As well as welcoming these national and international performers, the festival has a strong community element with ecological and educational themes. Planet Voices, a contemporary choir from Woodbridge’s own Planet Music, is led by Ben Gobel and will feature up to 40 singers on stage from their adult and junior choirs, as well as organising other events in the park.