Gardens Stage


Across the Weekend

The Gardens Stage is the place to enjoy an eclectic range of mostly-acoustic, musical performances in a beautifully atmospheric setting amongst the trees.  Here we showcase local talent and reflect the First Light ethos by providing something a little different to experience, from the joy of community ukulele playing, to the ambient sounds of the Lowestoft Landscape through to the soulful sounds of the blues and the ethereal qualities of the harp.

Bring a picnic, friends, family and relax and enjoy this summer feast of good music!

Saturday 18 June

12:00-12:30   The Big Strum
Everyone is welcome to this big ukulele play along, so bring along your instrument and enjoy this fun session with other local players in the sunshine.
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12:45-13:30   Ukulele Simon
Ukulele Simon is a singing / beatboxing ukulele entertainer from Norwich.
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13:45-14:30   Nic Norton and Alice Morell

14:45-15:30   Baden
Once described as “the hardest working musician in Waveney” by the official-unofficial town criar of Beccles, Baden says he “writes songs from the heart, for the heart”.
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15:45-16:00   Marina Theatre Community Performance
For the first time, the Marina Theatre’s music groups will all come together to create one great big explosion of sunshine! Singing, ukuleles and drums will perform a sun-drenched set of summer classics to light up the afternoon in the Gardens.

16:15-17:00   Buhara Ensemble: From Istanbul to Seville
The Buhara Ensemble is a multi-national group currently based in Norwich which offers a musical combination embodying an exciting blend of cultures including elements of jazz, flamenco, oriental and classical music.
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17:15-17:45   Kosmos
Kosmos Ensemble offer an inspirational combination of Tango, Jazz, Gypsy, Balkan and music from the Far East, referencing Classical composers, with fearless improvisation and impeccable technique.
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18:00-18:45  Danny R & Paul Gillings
The soulful, grit-infused beauty of Danny R’s voice, backed by his own expert guitar playing, is interwoven with harmonica virtuoso Paul Gillings’ lyrical note choice to create something that you genuinely won’t have heard anywhere else.
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19:00-19:30   Daniel Ball
Daniel Ball performs a selection of his original material from his two solo guitar albums, ranging from jazz, blues, classical and experimental music.
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19:45-20:00  New Dawn Takeover
A young musician from our New Dawn stage will be taking over the Garden Stage. Full New Dawn line up to be announced mid-May.

20:15-21:00   Joe Durant
Strongly influenced by Downtempo, Lofi Hip Hop and Trip Hop, Norwich-based Joe Durant is a fingerstyle guitarist who experiments with percussive techniques and effects to create atmospheric ‘trance’ sounds.’
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21:15-22:00   Jake Raywood
Jake Raywood is a self producing singer-songwriter based around Norwich who takes inspiration from classic songwriting from artists like Elliott Smith and Nick Drake and uses it to examine mundane, everyday experiences and elevate them to a place of beauty.
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22:15-23:00   Kid Hyena
A Musical Culture Clash formed on the backstreets of Barcelona now based in the UK feat. Tap Dance, Body Percussion, Stompin’ Sing Along Tunes & More!
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Sunday 19 June

08:00-08:45   The Vibettes
A lively vintage vocal harmony duo performing songs in the 1940’s sound. From the classic up tempo swing beats of the Andrews Sisters to the sultry sounds of Modern-Day artist Caro Emerald.
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09:00-09:45   Xenia Horne

10:00-10:45   Owl & Wolves
A 5 piece blues skiffle band that delivers a unique, upbeat, stomping performance guaranteed to get your feet a tappin’! Their album, Rollin’ and Tumblin’
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11:00-11:45   Pakefield Singers
Pakefield Singers close the Gardens Stage with a presentation of their favourite songs from their most popular performances.
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The Garden Stage can be enjoyed from the Boating Lake area of Kensington Gardens, and seating is available.

The Boating Lake has level tarmacked pathways with grassed areas

Accessible toilets are available at :
Portable toilets on Kensington Road
Portable toilets adjacent to the Beach Club
Portable toilets adjacent to the Sunlight Stage.
Pagoda public toilets on Jubilee Parade.
East Point Pavilion public toilets

Accessible Toilets which require a RADAR key are available in Kensington Gardens.

RADAR keys can be purchased from the D.I.A.L. office (161, Rotterdam Road, Lowestoft NR32 2EZ), the Shopmobility office (15, Station Square, Lowestoft NR32 1BA) or online via the RADAR Key Company. To report damage or any issues regarding the toilets, telephone Waveney Norse on 01502 527100.

CHANGING PLACES – There is a changing places facility at East Point Pavilion, which is approximately 25 minutes walk from the Festival site.