New Dawn

Three images show a variety of young people playing guitar on stages and at home


For this year’s Festival, we’re introducing the New Dawn Stage – a platform for some of the freshest sounds from emerging artists across the region. Through March and April 2022, we called out for musicians aged 14-25 from Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to submit their music and take to the New Dawn stage. The response from the talented folk of the East was phenomenal.

Our expert panel of judges (with representatives from First Light Festival, Wild Paths, BBC Introducing Norfolk, BBC Introducing Suffolk, Catch 21 Records and Access Creative College) are now listening through hundreds of tracks, curating a line up that reflects our region’s buzzing, diverse music scene.

The full New Dawn stage line up will be announced in the run up to First Light 2022. Watch this space!