Brighten the Corners Festival 2023

On the 9th and 10th of June, in the heart of Ipswich, the Brighten the Corners Festival took place.

An amazing event showcasing over 70 bands took over The Corn Exchange, The Baths, The Smokehouse, The Cornhill and the newly renovated St. Stephen's Church!

Brighten the Corners Festival - Cornhill

The Cornhill venue was a free-to-all event which hosted an Adnams truck (with a special Brighten the Corners beer for the occasion). This area was filled with the music of the bands performing to the crowd that had gathered to enjoy the sunshine and atmosphere.

The Smokehouse Music Venue, Ipswich

The Smokehouse was the most intimate of all the venues, with only a 70 person capacity there weren't many moment when it wasn't packed! The bands were able to fill the space as the audience danced and sung along.

Ashdown Bass Amp with a bass guitar leaning on the front of it

The Baths was a bigger venue on the outskirts of Ipswich Town Centre, with plenty of space for the crowd to enjoy the music, this gave the bands an opportunity to play on a larger stage.

Music Venue - The Baths, in Ipswich

The largest venue of the Festival was the Corn Exchange, with a capacity of 850 people, this historic venue was a perfect venue for bands to show off their music and showcase their sound.

The Ipswich Corn Exchange with a band playing on the stage

St. Stephen's Church was the newly renovated venue. This venue is the perfect venue for bands to be able to perform to fans in a bigger space utilising the amazing acoustics that a Church building has to offer! 

The festival was the perfect event for music fans to enjoy what local bands had to offer, with a whole variety of different genres, there truly was something for everyone.

Being a small, family run business, Ashdown is truly passionate about supporting local communities create opportunities for bands and musicians at events like this.

Keeping live music in the community is hugely important so well done to Joe and all the team for putting this amazing event together, we can't wait to see what's next! 

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