First Light Festival 2022: Your Guide to Musical Performance
8:00 a.m. June 13, 2022
From honoring Lowestoft’s heritage to world-renowned artists, there will be musical performances for everyone at this year’s First Light Festival.
With performances spread across multiple stages, the festival will showcase a range of talent during the 24-hour event.
To kick off the festival, a ‘Winds of Change’ opening parade will march from Claremont Pier to the Sunlight Stage beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, with banners made by local schools and the community.
This will be followed by a rousing, large-scale community midday performance of The Light Returns by local folk musician, John Ward, to celebrate Lowestoft’s history and the joy of outdoor singing.
The majority of cross-genre music acts will take place over a 24-hour period on the Sunlight Stage.
The multi-award winning Slide Action Trombone Quartet will take the stage at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by The Kosmos Ensemble at 1:45 p.m., which will play a combination of tango, jazz, gypsy, Balkan and Far Eastern music.
The festival’s New Dawn Legends winner, Mosiah Levi, will perform a short set at 2.45pm, before Nic Pendlebury performs his critically acclaimed transcription of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint at 3.15pm.
At 3:35 p.m., FolkEast will present Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, while Congolese singer and singer of the London Afrobeat Collective Juanita Euka will take the stage at 5:15 p.m.
At 6.30pm, world-renowned jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard will perform his new project East Coast, while Manchester jazz-funk collective Secret Night Gang perform an hour later.
DJ Les Spaine, known as the godfather of British funk and former head of Motown UK, will take the stage at 9 p.m., before headliner DJ LTJ Bukem performs a 10 p.m. set reminiscent of his teenage nightclub days in the 1980s.
Performances will also herald the dawn, with Andy Sheppard’s return to the stage at 4am on Sunday morning, which will see him duet with guitarist John Parricelli, then bassist Dudley Philips and drummer Nic France.
At 5:30 a.m. Nic Pendlebury will perform his rendition of Terry Riley’s Dorian Reeds, while the First Light Ensemble returns for 2022 at 6:15 a.m. to play a selection of classical music tracks.
At 7:30 a.m., the contemporary adult choir Pop Chorus will perform songs by artists such as Elton John and Lizzo, before the Art Deco trio perform at 8:30 a.m.
The Longshore Men of Lowestoft and the Silver Darlings will perform vocals at 9.45am, before Coronation Kings perform a self-penned set of material at 10.45am.
The curtain will be closed on the stage with a final performance by Britten Pears Arts Group A Youth at 11:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
New for 2022, the New Dawn Stage is the stage for the freshest and boldest sounds East Anglia has to offer.
A line-up of young, emerging talent has been selected by a panel of experts – with new music from headliner Mosiah Levi (9:15 p.m.), John Green (4:05 p.m.), Tyler Nathaniel (3:40 p.m.), Maple Ward ( 4:35 p.m.) and others during the festival weekend.
Helen Hayes, First Light Music Coordinator, said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have worked with young local musicians providing online workshops and artist development support.
“It’s so good that we were able to come together with Access to Music to put together this fantastic showcase for the New Dawn Stage.
“Mosiah Levi was selected to headline the stage from around 80 applicants and we are very grateful to BBC Introducing, Wild Paths and Catch 21 Records for supporting us in the selection process, which I can tell you , was not easy because we had so many fantastic acts apply to the game.
The garden scene
Set in beautiful, atmospheric Kensington Gardens, the Gardens Stage will offer an eclectic range of primarily acoustic musical performances – featuring community ukulele playing, soulful blues sounds and the ethereal qualities of the harp.
Performances will include Turkish pianist, composer and singer Firdevs Eke at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
The Fishers Gin Beach Club
For those who want to dance around the clock, Fishers Gin Beach Club will feature an exciting line-up of national and regional DJs playing hip hop, dub, Latin beat, soul, Balearic, jazz and more throughout of the 24 hour period. .
LTJ Bukem after party
For those looking for another late night clubbing experience, Saturday night will also include an “Our House presents LTJ Bukem After Party” taking place at Mossy Nightclub on the waterfront. It is one of the few paid events.
The concept of silent discos was born out of an art project that reshaped the dance floor and changed the way DJs read the crowd, with chains of DJs playing radically different styles of music.
First Light brings the concept back to those roots, with a lineup of distinguished DJs known for playing different styles.
People will be able to alternate between dancing to the best of Northern Soul, Afro House, Electro Swing, Jazz Funk, Latin, Detroit Techno, Hip Hop, Broken Beat and Disco.