Brighten the Corners Unveils First Wave for 2024

Nottingham's Divorce brightening Ipswich's corners. Pic: Alex Evans

In the wake of the  success of Brighten The Corners Festival 2023, which featured The Go! Team, 86TVs, Picture Parlour, Coops and loads more, Ipswich’s leading multi-venue music festival and a formidable event for emerging has announced the first round of artists set to play in 2024.

The initial line-up includes British tuba player and composer Theon Cross, the infectious Isle of Wight indie rockers Coach Party, Mercury Prize nominee and Grace Jones collaborator Dave Okumu with full band The 7 Generations, experimental indie trio The Orielles, alt country inspired four piece Divorce, genre bending Irish collective Bricknasty, NME’s ‘essential new band’ mary in the junkyard and Miss Tiny, the new project from Speedy Wunderground’s (Wet Leg, Slowthai, Fontaines D.C.) Dan Carey.

The full list of names announced includes Borough Council, Bricknasty, C Turtle, CLT DRP, Coach Party, Dave Okumu & The 7 Generations, Divorce, JIM, Man/Woman/Chainsaw, Mary In The Junkyard, Miss Tiny, The Orielles, Prima Queen, Tapir!, Theon Cross, Ugly.

Speaking on the announcement, Festival Programmer Marcus Neal says “we are so excited to be releasing the first names for next summer’s festival. We aim to bring an exciting and eclectic line-up of new and emerging artists to Ipswich and this is just the start with many more names to be announced in the new year.”

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“We’re really proud to be announcing our first wave of bands for 2024 with many more acts to come over the next few months. Our team are looking forward to building on the success of our festival in June where Ipswich came to life through live music. This is a fantastic, vibrant tastemaker festival to find your next favourite band. To see the likes of Yard Act, The Murder Capital and Anthony Szmierek play our festivals and go on to big things is really gratifying and we expect many of our artists for 2024 to follow in their footsteps. We’re also working with some excellent partners and sponsors who will be announced in the new year.” – Joe Bailey, Festival Director

The festival continues to showcase a diverse array of new music spanning genres and styles, reflecting the festival’s commitment to delivering an unforgettable and inclusive experience and making a name for themselves amongst tastemaking festivals. Utilising the town’s selection of venues ranging from 70-900 cap, the organisers can confirm they will use The Smokehouse, St Stephen’s Church, The Baths, The Corn Exchange and the Cornhill as their main venues.

Brighten The Corners also continue their partnership with the University of Suffolk for the festival and will announce more sponsor details in the new year. ‘Ipswich might not be on your musical map right now. But if Brighten The Corners is anything to go by, it fully deserves to be.’ Clash Magazine journalist Tom Kingsley wrote graciously of the festival in his live report, saying ‘it’s a showcase to the wider world of what Ipswich has to offer: in music, in venues, in people and ideas.’