Sunlight Stage


The Festival mainstage is the centre of the action across the weekend; it’s where the biggest names connect with the biggest crowds for the biggest moments. From our community singalong to kick off the festival, to the musicians welcoming us back together at Dawn to experience a solstice sunrise, the Sunlight Stage is the heart of the Festival.


Saturday 18 June

11:30-12:00   Opening Parade: Winds of Change
Starting from the Claremont Pier, our opening parade winds down to the beach, ending at the Sunlight Stage where we’ll all open this year’s Festival, together.
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12:00-13:00   The Light Returns with The John Ward Band
First Light Festival kicks off with a community performance of ‘The Light Returns’, a specially commissioned piece by the John Ward Band that celebrates themes of day and night, the sea and the elements, and the history and future of Lowestoft. The John Ward Band will then go on to play a 45 minute set of folk rock to get the beach party started.

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13:00-13:30   Slide Action Trombone Quartet
Slide Action is an multi-award winning quartet, formed in 2018 with the simple aspiration of developing the trombone quartet into something different…
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13:45-14:30   Kosmos
Described by Richard Morrison (The Times) as having “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship, I defy you not to be mesmerised”, Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music.

14:45-15:00   Mosiah Levi
The winner of our New Dawn callouts takes to the main stage with his unique brand of genre-crossing sounds.
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15:15-15:30   Nic Pendlebury performs Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint
The electric viola pioneer performs his critically acclaimed transcription of Steve Reich’s iconic Electric Counterpoint
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15:45-16:45   FolkEast present Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys
One of the most exciting bands to have entered the UK folk scene in the past twenty years, The Lost Boys is the brainchild of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Sam Kelly.
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17:15-18:00   Juanita Euka
A familiar face to many from London’s vibrant live music scene over the last decade, Juanita has fronted London Afrobeat Collective’s dynamic live shows, the fusions and cross-pollinations of Animanz and maverick Cuban collective Wara.
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18:15-19:00   Andy Sheppard East Coast
Innovative but lyrical, sometimes ethereal but always ready to groove, Andy Sheppard returns with his electrifying new project, Andy Sheppard East Coast.
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19:45-20:30   Secret Night Gang
Breathing new life into the classic British street-soul sound, Secret Night Gang bring an upbeat positivity that’s impossible not to warm to.
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21:00-22:00   Les Spaine
Les Spaine emerged as one of the most important British club DJ’s of the 70’s with Residencies at The Pun Club and the legendary Timepiece Club in Liverpool.
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22:00-23:00   LJT Bukem Headline Set
Drum and Bass LTJ Bukem goes back to his roots with a special sundown set that recalls his days as a music loving teenager clubbing in the mid-eighties. From the joyous sounds he discovered at local soul clubs, to the legendary rare groove all-dayers and the world of jazz fusion, he’ll be playing the genres and styles which have informed his panoramic musical vision ever since.
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Sunday 19 June

As the darkness fades and the light begins to emerge, gather by the Sunlight Stage for an early morning programme of music and art, as we witness the first sunlight break over the sea horizon.

04:00-05:15   Andy Sheppard
Dawn at First Light
Welcome the sun rising over the beach in England’s most easterly town with the melodic strains of renowned saxophonist Andy Sheppard, firstly in a duet with John Parricelli on guitars and then together with Dudley Philips on bass guitar & double bass and Nic France on drums as they perform Andy’s new project East Coast.
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05:30-05:45   Nic Pendlebury performs Terry Riley’s Dorian Reeds
Dawn at First Light
As dawn breaks on the beach, Nic performs his interpretation for electric viola of Terry Riley’s 1965 work, Dorian Reeds, for Saxophone and digital delay.
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06:15-07:00   First Light Ensemble
Dawn at First Light
Our very own First Light Ensemble is back for 2022 to play a selection of beautiful classical music pieces to lift the soul as part of our dawn programme, including a World Premiere of a new piece, New Dawn, by Christopher Gunning.
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07:30-08:00   Pop Chorus
Feel-good adult contemporary choir Pop Chorus bring joy to the South Beach on Sunday morning, with their exuberant and uplifting take on songs by Elton John, Lizzo and more.
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08:30-09:15   Art Deco Trio
The Art Deco Trio perform jazz-inspired arrangements of Classical and popular favourites, bringing fun, exuberance and brilliant display to well-known melodies.
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9:45-10:30   Shanties with the Longshore Men of Lowestoft and the Silver Darlings
The Longshore Men of Lowestoft and all-female shanty crew,  The Silver Darlings collided once more in an entertaining “shanty-off” on the beach.
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10:45-11:30   Coronation Kings
Coronation Kings, playing a set of self-penned original material take you for a genre-hopping leap across song writing golden periods.
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11:45-12:00   Group A
Young people from Britten Pears Arts’ Group A close the Sunlight Stage with the premiere of a brand-new work created for First Light Festival, inspired by Suffolk myths and stories.
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Performances on the Sunlight Stage are viewable from the beach, trackway 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.