New Dawn


New Dawn is the stage with the freshest, boldest sounds that Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire has to offer. With a line up of young, emerging talent selected by a panel of experts representing BBC Introducing Suffolk, BBC Introducing Norfolk, Wild Paths Festival, Catch 21 Records and Access Creative College, it’s your go-to spot for new music over the festival weekend.

Saturday 18 June

12:00–12:25 Eva Brighty
Born and raised in Lowestoft, Eva spent most of her younger years performing in Potters Theatre School, and is now channelling her passion for song writing into an EP.
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12:30-12:55 Ronan
At 15, Norfolk singer/songwriter Ronan has already accomplished a huge amount, with his Second original single selected by BBC Introducing as Track of the Week.
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13:05-13:30 Imposter Syndrome

13:40-14:40 Wired Sounds
The Wired Sounds showcase will feature performances of new music from the 5 young, neuro-divergent musicians who have been receiving support to help them take first steps towards their professional careers. A Swell Music project, as part of Youth Music’s Incubator scheme.

14:45-15:10 Nika
Soulful R&B singer N I K A’s music career first launched on the Voice Kids tv series, and she’s been going from strength to strength ever since.
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15:40-16:00 Tyler Nathaniel
With six albums under his belt, Norwich-based Tyler Nathaniel plays around a variety of genres, forming a triangle between indie, electronic and rock.
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16:05-16:30 John Green
Beccles-based John will be playing songs from his upcoming EP, combining indie rock and pop with intricate electric guitar lines, originating from his interest in jazz and technical guitar playing.
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16:35-17:00 Maple Ward
Maple began writing as a way of finding solace from herself and the world around her; music is her means of catharsis. Her sound combines sweet vocal hooks with folk inspired guitar riffs, as well as punchy ukulele pop.
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17:05-17:30 Finn Doherty
Marrying angst wrought instrumentals and polished chrome production, Doherty knocks the arrow of contemporary pop and lets it loose into the chests of his audience, locking eyes with yours as he rips it back out.
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17:35-18:00 Afraid of Ghosts
Afraid of Ghosts is a new alternative rock band from Norfolk and Suffolk, gearing up for a summer of festivals and gigs across East Anglia.
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18:05-18:30 Ryan Redwood
Ryan Redwood is wears his heart of his sleeve, producing a raw indie sound that draws you in.
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18:35-19:00 TSG
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe and raised in Suffolk, TSG combines Hip Hop, RnB, Jazz, Funk, AfroBeats and Dancehall with a passion for poetry.
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19:15-20:00 NWRVR
“NWRVR is a compost heap of all my experiences – all the things that matter to me. People, politics, my head, the earth.”
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20:15-21:00 Nadia Kadek

21:15-22:00 Mosiah Levi
The New Dawn Headliner, Mosiah Levi seamlessly merges many different genres of music including Jazz, Soul and RnB, to create unmistakably pleasant music. With influences ranging from John Mayer to Amy Winehouse to Jack Johnson it is no surprise pleasant is the most appropriate descriptor.
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Mosiah Levi


Sunday 19 June

08:00-08:25 Grace Wells
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Aurora and Bon Iver, Grace Wells is a 16 year old singer songwriter, living in the Suffolk countryside.
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08:30-09:00 Izzy & Ollie
Izzy & Ollie met playing the open mic circuit across Norfolk & Suffolk, and now combine their guitar and drum playing forces to create varied, emotive, playful sounds.
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09:05-09:30 Pearll
Pearll’s music is fresh, gorgeously and melodic with an edge of steel – Drew-Batty’s lyrics truly break the mould and are beautifully delivered with a voice that reaches us all.
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10:05-10:30 Charlotte Gray
Charlotte is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Gorleston who started writing songs when little, and hasn’t stopped writing since.
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10:35-11:00 Mitchel Phillips
Mitchel Phillips is a Musical Theatre performer from Norwich, who loves to inject his passion for the musical world into his songs, spreading love and positivity in every way possible.
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11:05-11:30 The Marijanovic
The Marijanovic channels dark brooding swathes of analogue synths, tribalistic drum beats overlaid with vulnerable torch song lyrics.
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11:35-12:00 Jehenna


Presented in partnership with Access Creative College

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The Judges

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve been working with local young musicians providing online workshops and artist development support. It feels so good that we’ve been able to come together with Access to Music to put together this fantastic showcase.  Mosiah Levi was selected to headline the stage from around 80 applicants and we are so grateful to BBC Introducing, Wild Paths and Catch 21 Records for supporting us in the selection process.”
Helen Hayes, Music Co-Ordinator, First Light Festival 

“Access Creative are very excited to be part of First Light Festival and it’s community. First Light is a great opportunity for emerging talent to play at a high quality  festival in a supportive environment”
Ian Johnson, Access Creative College

The line up was chosen by an expert panel of music industry experts:

Angelle Joseph, BBC Introducing Suffolk
Ben Street, Wild Paths
Gavin Bowers, Catch 21 Records
Helen Hayes & Genevieve Christie, First Light Festival
Ian Johnson, Access Creative College
Kitty Perrin, BBC Introducing Norfolk





Performances on the New Dawn stage are viewable from the beach and Jubilee parade. Please note this is public access and not a managed viewing area. Seating is not provided.

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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.