Playbreak Callout


Lowestoft and it’s surroundings are buzzing with musical talent and creative energy, which we want to see represented at First Light 2023. We’re inviting local musicians to apply to play on stages across the festival weekend, showcasing the best of the East amongst our line up of national talent. Our panel of experts will also be inviting one act for a special slot on our main Sunlight Stage. If you live, work or regularly gig in Lowestoft, we want to hear from you.



Are you 25 or under? Click here to apply for our New Dawn Callout


Who are we looking for? We want to hear from musicians who are:

Living, working or gigging regularly in Lowestoft and its surroundings

Over 25

Available to perform across the First Light Weekend (17 & 18 June 2023)


What do you get out of it?

As well as performing on a First Light stage in front of our lively festival crowd, applying to Playbreak means that you will get your music heard by some of the most well-known and influential music professionals in the East. The Playbreak headliner will also get the chance to perform to thousands on our main Sunlight Stage.

The Panel

Our panel is made up of representatives from the local music scene, including industry professionals and artists at different stages of their careers. They are…

Andrea Goldsworthy: Lowestoft-based professional musician and bass player in Paloma Faith Band

Genevieve Christie: Director, First Light Festival, Lowestoft

Helen Hayes: Music Coordinator, First Light Festival, Lowestoft

Paul Johnson: Veteran Lowestoft musician and promoter, Llewellyn Band and Club Uniquity

Richard Barrett: Lead singer of Coronation Kings, who played the Sunlight Stage in 2022

Samantha Penman (aka Retro Firefly): Emerging Lowestoft-based singer songwriter


The Process

Applications are free and are now open. To apply, follow the link below and complete the form. We’ll need a link to a song/track of your choice, as well as a link to a video of you performing live (though this could just be you live from your bedroom). Make sure that both links are accessible to the selection panel.

Applications will close on Monday 20th February and we will contact successful applicants by Friday 10th March.

If there are ways we can make the application process more accessible to you, please email Robbie at