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First Light Festival, South Beach

First Light Festival have announced this year’s full line-up & event
programme spanning music, art & culture, comedy, science and much more,
returning to Lowestoft’s South Beach across Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June

Championing local and emerging talent alongside a plethora of international
artists with inclusivity and sustainability at its heart, First Light is
making its name as the ultimate showcase for cosmopolitan creative talent,
accessible to all.

This year sees First Light shine a light and showcase a programme of
incredible female-led talent including headliners from across the music and
entertainment industry with, DJ and broadcaster Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, one
of the country’s finest comedians Shaparak Khorsandi and award-winning poet
Hollie McNish.

2024 also sees their first partnership with Latitude festival, whereby one
chosen act from those selected to perform on the New Dawn stage at First
Light, will be given the opportunity to also perform at Latitude festival.

As Lowestoft is the most Easterly point of the UK (gaining the first light
of the day), this year’s festival takes inspiration from the Cardinal Points
to allow a strong focus on our location. The theme of north, south, east and
west will be threaded through the artistic programme, with a strong
international line-up with a very cosmopolitan flavour.

The festival will run from 12pm noon to sundown (9.30pm) on Saturday, and
from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, with a Dawn sunrise programme from 3.30am on
Sunday morning. Additional late-night events will take the celebration to
several different Lowestoft venues.


SUNLIGHT STAGE: The musical hub of First Light, right on the beach, enjoy
international names alongside emerging new talent with the sand between your

Headliner, DJ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy: A pioneer of the resurgence of vinyl
and true music aficionado, Colleen’s standing in the global dance music
community has never been higher. She will be playing an evening set on the
Sunlight Main Stage on Saturday 22 June. On Sunday 23 June, Colleen Cosmo
Murphy will bring a Balearic Breakfast set to the Dawn programme as we
welcome the early morning sun, on Lowestoft’s South Beach.

Another Taste: Rotterdam based, Another Taste, takes to the stage for the
final sundown session to close the first day of the festival’s beachfront
programme. Is it boogie? Is it 70’s funk? Obscure disco? Or an ode to
Burgess? It’s neither and it’s all. Indefinable yet universal.

Spirit of Sundaze Ensemble: Spirit of Sundaze Ensemble is a live music
project led and curated by Secretsundaze, a party, record label and dance
music community founded over twenty years ago by DJ/production duo James
Priestley and Giles Smith.

Coco Maria: One of the most unique and uncompromising DJs in the world,
Mexican born Coco María is a selector, curator and radio host with
impeccable taste. Specialising in Brazilian, South American, Central
American and Caribbean Wax.

Young Gun Silver Fox: One for the ever-growing ‘AOR’ audience out there,
(for those not in the know, ‘Adult-Oriented Rock’ is one of the fastest
growing music sectors right now) and this set is the epitome of what has led
their audience to love this genre. The forces behind Young Gun Silver Fox
are Andy Platts and Shawn Lee, two of the UK’s most prolific and versatile
pop music linguists.

Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Hailing from New York, Slambovian Circus of
Dreams has been colouring ‘outside the lines’ of the Americana genre with
their fantastic stories and performances since forming 20 years ago in the
Hudson Valley. Their Woodstock-tinged psychedelia has a hint of southern
rock, Celtic and British folk combined with solid song writing.

Hackney Colliery Band: ‘One of the greatest live bands that we have in this
country’ (BBC Radio 2) hits the main stage for a powerful set of fun,
accessible yet adventurous music. Bringing the party to the beach, this
9-piece juggernaut of brass, drums and electronics sounds like no brass band
you’ve ever heard.

Karma Sheen: Hailing from London and making a big impression on the East
Anglian music scene, KARMA SHEEN is spearheaded by Sameer Khan. Having
released their debut self-titled album in 2023, the group have solidified
their reputation for captivating performances fuelled by a plethora of
electrified folk instruments.

Amaraterra: Based in London, fast-paced dance-crazy party-driven pizzica and
tarantella roots band from Salento and Southern Italy.

DJ IN THE DUNES: Female-led line-up of formidable DJ talents all playing in
the Dunes stage, including: Purple City, Ben Osborne - Noise of Art, Bamboo
DJ’s, Pillow Princess ft Effy Mai & Alina, The Hemingways, Thomas & Vialli
and curator, Levi Fruits.

NEW DAWN: Young and Local Musicians Invited to Play at First Light &
Latitude Festival, a new collaboration for 2024.
Building on the success of the New Dawn project, now in its third year, the
festival has once again invited young musical talent-from Lowestoft, Suffolk
and Norfolk aged 14-25 to apply to play over the solstice weekend. The
selected New Dawn musicians will perform on the New Dawn Stage and at the
East Point Pavilion, with a chosen act on the Sunlight Stage, the festival’s
main stage. First Light’s new collaboration with Latitude Festival will
offer the exciting opportunity to a chosen New Dawn & Playbreak act to
perform at Henham Park over the weekend of 25-28 July.

PLAYBREAK SHOWCASE: This year's Playbreak headline act and recipient of
Latitude performance opportunity, Cam T, is gearing up for plenty of new
song releases and sold-out shows - definitely one to watch.

FIRST WORD: Comedy, spoken word and performances curated by acclaimed poet
Luke Wright.

Headliner, Hollie McNish: After a run of sold out shows up and down the UK,
the award-winning poet, writer, performer and bestselling author of Slug,
Hollie McNish is back with a brand-new book, ‘Lobster and other things I'm
learning to love’; a book written out of both hate and love for the world.
The Sunday Times bestselling author’s live readings are not to be missed,
expect strong language and adult content, gift-wrapped in gorgeously crafted

Elf Lyons: Award-winning comedian, clown and theatre practitioner. Elf aims
to create work that pushes the relationship between comedy, theatre and
performance art. In 2023, Elf was listed as number 25 in The Telegraphs ‘50
Best Comedians of the 21st Century' and was nominated for the Deaf Action
Award for Deaf Excellence for her comedy show Heist which she developed with
the visual vernacular performer, Duffy.

Raymond Antrobus MBE FRSL: Established author & poet, in 2019 Raymond became
the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of
literature in any genre.

Jay Mitra: The British Indian punk poet, and non-fiction writer will be
taking to the First Word tent on Saturday afternoon. Their poetry explores
the human condition with wit, grit, and sensitivity. Credited as ‘one of 40
Future Voices in Poetry’, featured on BBC Radio 6 and winner of the Creative
Future Writers’ Award in 2023, this is one not to miss.

NCW with Daljit Nagra: Award-winning poet, witty and culturally alert,
Daljit will be reading from his poetry collections all published by Faber &
Faber. ‘In partnership with the National Centre for Writing’.

Luke Wright: Following the smash hit success of his Silver Jubilee show,
Luke returns with a new set of poems that get to grips with the idea of JOY.
The poet writes urgently and warmly about family, fatherhood, and the joy of
language itself.

Josh Weller: A self-confessed failed musician turned comedian, viral content
maker, comic book author and podcast host. As seen on ITV2 Stand Up Sketch
Show, with his high energy brand of cleverly self-deprecating stand-up. Josh
has developed a loyal fanbase for his viral musical videos and online
content, with views in the millions which includes mockumentaries, sketches,
animated stand-up comedy shorts, and more.

Joe Wells: Describing himself as ‘Comedian, not a person with Comedy.
Autistic, not a person with Autism’, in 2020 Joe wrote a stand-up routine
about his (severely) non-autistic brother. A video of the routine went
viral, gaining over 4.5 million views. This is a show about identity,
neurodiversity and the pressures of finding social media fame. Author of
Wired Differently: 30 Neurodivergent People Who You Should Know. “One of my
favourite comics” – Frankie Boyle.

Brigitte Aphrodite: The critically acclaimed neurodivergent punk poet, Gig
theatre-maker & intersectional feminist show-woman will open the First Word
programme on the Saturday.

Maria Ferguson: An award-winning poet and theatre-maker, Maria’s debut
one-woman show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ sold out performances across the UK,
including at the Edinburgh Fringe, and won a Saboteur Award for Best Spoken
Word Show. Her debut poetry collection Alright, Girl? was Highly Commended
and her poetry has been widely published. She will be sharing work from her
upcoming collection ‘Swell’ out with Penguin in 2024. The poems follow one
woman’s journey into motherhood through pregnancy, miscarriage birth and
beyond, charting a journey through loss and wilting houseplants toward
recovery, empowerment and renewal.

Toria Garbutt: Spoken word artist, author of poetry album, ‘Hot Plastic
Moon’, and her first book, 'The Universe and Me'. Toria has performed
extensively across the UK and Europe, including The London Palladium,
Glastonbury Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and BBC's Contains
Strong Language Festival. Toria's new collection ‘Another Time in Space’,
published by Wrecking Ball Press, is out now.

Alexis Dubus (Marcel Lucon): Flâneur, raconteur and bon-viveur, Marcel has
toured the world over the past 15 years with his award-winning blend of wry
observations, deadpan wit and premier erotic poetry.

SUNDOWN EVENTS: Continuing the party throughout Saturday night are a series
of events to please all attendees, a selection of these are ticketed events.
Shaparak Khorsandi: One of the festival satellite venues, The Seagull in
Pakefield, is to host a late-night comedy gig “Scatterbrain” with the
incredible comedian, author, speaker, and advocate for human rights. Expect
a fast-paced, celebratory hour from this much-loved Fringe institution and
the author of recently published, Scatterbrain, how I finally got off the
ADHD rollercoaster.

Coco Maria Afterparty - Join Coco Maria for Future Latin, global dancefloor
cuts, high energy Latin and Afro-Caribbean vibrations in the festival
Afterparty at Lowestoft’s legendary Mossy’s nightclub.

‘Deep Sea Get Down’ Silent Disco: The glass East Point Pavilion on the
seafront hosts this year’s Silent Disco with a Deep Sea theme for a night of
dancing on the virtual waves of the ocean. With Purple City and Alina &
Friends transport us to faraway lands and new sonic heights for a
transcendent night of dancing amongst the stars.
Jazz Unlimited: The relaxed vibes of American jazz of the 50s & 60s is the
signature style of Jazz Unlimited taking place in the characterful Arts and
Crafts seafront Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club.

MOONDANCE: From energising contemporary dance, eastern european style
ceilidh to the heat of cuban salsa and the much loved ‘Boogie for babies’,
Dance East’s curates a line-up across the weekend at the Moon Dance Tent not
to be missed!
Programme includes: Baby Loves to Boogie, Playground Editions: Mughal
Miniatures: The Elephant and the Drummer, Olive Branch, Joe Garbett Dance:
Get Lost; Klezmer Keilidh and Latin Dance with Cubanda.

DAWN PROGRAMME: Celebrating Dawn in the most easterly place in the UK is
unique to First Light Festival. As the first light of day gleams through
the twilight, First Light opens the dawn programme by saluting the sun with
daybreak yoga, new music by Alex Groves and our first ever Balearic
Breakfast music and feasting experience with Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.

'COSMIC PIRATES’: Kids zone encompassing storytelling, art & interactive

PLANET POSITIVE: Planet Positive moves to the beach for a 2024 programme of
investigation, conversation and intriguing science including Interstellar
Ideas on the Beach talks tent, Messums East Cultural Hub, the Making Waves
workshop and our brand new Charity Super.Mkt zone. Here you can find out
about the latest climate and environmental science, listen to writers,
researchers, creatives and thinkers and get your passion for sustainable
fashion pulses racing by shopping from a curated collection of quality,
second-hand fashion, and accessories, brought to you by the nation’s best
charity retailers.

WELLBEING: Hugely popular, accessible programme of meditation, yoga,
breathwork and movement that takes place on the shore.

MOONLIT SOUNDSCAPES: Step into a world of Moonlit Soundscapes and immerse
yourself in a programme of late night music with an atmospheric mix of
classical and acoustic, from electronic to opera at St Peter and St John

FOOD & DRINK: A plethora of local independent traders will create a
street-food market offering delicious artisan offerings from around the

First Light is the brainchild of CEO, Genevieve Christie, originally an
Producer and writer in TV, she subsequently formed her own independent
production company. She is a true champion of future talent and has created
First Light to spotlight Lowestoft and put it on the cultural map, creating
a unique and must-attend festival that is uniquely free to attend.

Genevieve Christie, CEO of First Light Festival CIC, said: “We’re very
excited to be back on Lowestoft’s South Beach this June, to celebrate the
Midsummer with another packed programme inspired by our unique most easterly
location. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s festival and
encourage you all to get involved, whether it be through the New Dawn
callout, as a volunteer or by taking part in our upcoming community projects
– see you on the beach!”

CHARITY SUPER.MKT: Also, on-hand will be fabulous fashion advisers and
up-cyclers to take your garms to the next level, and you can wear your
treasures on the ‘Community Catwalk’ at the end of each day. Charity shops
are the biggest circular, sustainable retailer on the British high street,
doing really impactful things with their profits. Shopping at Charity
Super.Mkt ensures that every pound you spend is a ‘good pound’, with your
money going towards a range of brilliant causes. By shopping with us you’ll
actively reduce carbon emissions, avoiding new production and supply chains
through buying only second-hand fashion. Also working in partnership with
Norwich University of Arts - MA Textiles and original projects.

For full programme timings and details on all ticketed events, please visit
Instagram: @firstlightlowestoft
Twitter: @firstlight_Fest

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