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Sound City Ipswich: Debut sell-out festival to return

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Image caption Dingus Khan, from Manningtree, were second on the bill in the town's Corn Exchange at Sound City Ipswich 2019

A town's multi-venue festival which sold out in its first year is set to return, organisers confirmed.

About 800 tickets were sold for Sound City Ipswich performances on the town's Cornhill, at the Smokehouse, Corn Exchange and Manor Ballroom last month.

Organisers said it would return in 2020 with a concert on 1 October and festival and conference the next day.

"Sound City has made Ipswich a viable gig-going destination," organiser Joe Bailey said.

"The first year is always the most difficult year to get something off the ground, so I feel there is a momentum behind us from the organisations, Arts Council England and the general public."

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Image caption Dublin band The Murder Capital played to full capacity in the Manor Ballroom

According to Mark Davyd, who runs the Music Venue Trust charity, Ipswich is the town or city with the largest population that does not have a 250-400 capacity venue.

October's event saw local acts such as Dingus Khan, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Piers James, Bessie Turner and 1980s John Peel favourites The Stupids on the same bill as visiting acts including The Murder Capital, Snapped Ankles and Novelist.

After this year's event, another of Sound City's organisers Marcus Neal said the event, which saw 23 bands and performers take part, showcased what Ipswich "can offer".

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Image caption Eloise was one of the fresh local acts to play on the BBC Introducing stage
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Image caption Ipswich singer Piers James had supported Ed Sheeran at his run of Chantry Park gigs in August

Sound City Ipswich 2020 will begin on 1 October on the Cornhill for an evening concert, while the festival and conference will take place on Friday 2 October on the Cornhill, Corn Exchange, Ipswich Film Theatre.

Mr Bailey said additional venues are also to be announced.

"We're not going to do a Friday-Saturday at present. We want to make sure we can deliver a high-quality event, not running before we can walk," he added.

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Image caption Snapped Ankles closed the event in the early hours at the Corn Exchange

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