Switch Fringe 2014

Inspiring Ipswich

Switch Fringe is a non-profit, 16 day, music and arts festival, run by volunteers, based in Ipswich (Suffolk, UK).

2014's Festival runs from 26 September through to 11 October. Mark it on your calendars and keep in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook as the programme unfolds over the summer.

We received over a hundred applications so if you did apply to take part please bear with us, we WILL get in touch with every single one of you during July and August. Then we'll be printing 5,000 programmes and dropping them off in your favourite venues, so keep an eye out!

Who, What, Why

Unlike the other major festivals in Ipswich all of our events are put on by local people, featuring local people, for local people. But this isn't an exercise in self-indulgence as we also have an international audience, in 2012 our founder Amy Wragg was interviewed by the New York Times in an article about the World Fringe Congress. Last year our 8-bit themed "Zelda" Venue Map went viral, clocking up 5th place on the front page of Reddit and getting mentions in the Huffington Post and an article in the Official Nintendo Magazine!

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Fringe took place in summer from 21st June to July 6th, we had nearly 50 events crammed into those two weeks, most were free and most of the rest were a fiver or less. We've picked out a few highlights below. The festival isn't just about bands though, we also had a cinema screening of Efterklang's "Ghost of Piramida" at IFT, a Poetree walk in the woods, art exhibitions, an international photo hunt linking up over the 'net with Bucharest, renegade street art, buskers, burlesque, rap battles and a craft fair. You can still download the 2013 programme and have a read while you wait for this year's event to take shape.


Internationally renowned chiptune musician Pixelh8 makes music from reprogramming vintage computers and has worked with the likes of Imogen Heap & Damon Albarn. He was gently teased out of retirement to play for us at Switch Fringe. Fans came from hundreds of miles to pack into Number 16 Bar to witness him alongside a lineup stuffed full of local electronica including TReen, Languid, Astroboy, The Decibel Kid and an interactive installation by Poisk.

Eliza Shaddad

Girls Girls Girls is a London-based all-female mixed media night working with charity The Orchid Project to raise awareness of female genital cutting. For Switch Fringe they put on a showcase of artists including part-Scottish, part-Sudanese, Ipswich-raised Eliza Shaddad, who is currently making waves on Radio 1 and internationally. She was supported by Lucy Sampson and Amy Soapbox alongside a couple of short films about the Orchid Project and Sister Fa.

Dean Atta

Dean Atta's poetry "is as honest as truth itself", he has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern amongst others. Switch Fringe brought Dean Atta up from London to top the bill at Soundisiak, which is the brainchild of Ipswich promoter, DJ and radio presenter Daniel Lee Harvey. Supporting him on the eclectic evening of entertainment were Yoji Munu, Sleepless Wild and Moon Street with additional support from CSV.

Reb Capper

Backwater Records are a Suffolk-based label who proudly support and promote the local scene. For the Fringe they put on a showcase of artists at UCS's Theta Bar including Reb Capper, an Ipswich singer-songwriter with a wide range of influences and output "from folk and country, to rock and pop, all sprinkled with a touch of humour and pixie dust". Completing the lineup were The Future Kings of England, Holly Johnston, Buffalo Road and Osian Rhys.

Old Man Lizard

The Eastern Alternative Review is a local weekly radio show hosted by Alternative Mussic aficionado Martin Briggs, who teamed up with The Royal Oak to put on a day-long festival of "grimey specimens from underneath the fingernails of the East Anglian music scene". Old Man Lizard hail from Sudbury and blend blues & country with a loud helping of sludge. Also on the bill were Kemakil, The Domestics, Casual Nausea, Forced Existence, Social Rut, The Wand Erection Allstars and Albion.

Grace Savage

The festival opened at Switch Hop, a monthly night dedicated to Intelligent Electronic Music. Alongside the resident DJs Psyone and TdBK we hosted twice UK Female Beatbox Champion Grace Savage. Grace not only jams fat beats with nothing but a microphone but has also appeared in the hard-hitting "Home" at the National Theatre which studied the lives of Britain's homeless youth. She is currently taking a solo show "Blind" to our biggest cousin The Edingburgh Fringe.

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