First Light Festival

South Beach, Lowestoft, East, United Kingdom

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 12:00 to Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 12:00

First Light Festival is a brand new, free, non-stop 24 hour long, multi-arts festival that celebrates the first light of midsummer’s weekend at Britain’s most easterly point - Lowestoft in Suffolk. The festival is the brain child of a team with extensive experience in creating and delivering exceptional events, including the acclaimed designer and urban regeneration specialist Wayne Hemingway.

Events will begin on Lowestoft’s sandy South Beach at noon on Saturday 22nd June and will run continuously through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars until noon on Sunday 23rd June.

Headline acts include:

Academy award-winning director Danny Boyle, who will introduce the beach screening of his sci-fi epic ‘Sunrise’.

Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music presenter and international club DJ, who will bring the best worldwide vibes to the beach for a sundown session, plus a host of DJs that will keep the party going around the clock.

Radio presenter and author Simon Mayo, who will talk about the importance of the spirit of a place in his writing. 

A programme of talks informed by the sea, sky and beach on nautical fashion with Amber Butchart, the moon with space expert Dr Kevin Fong and the cosmos with Professor Carolin Crawford.

Science zone partners Cefas, Natural History Museum, University of East Anglia and Norwich Astronomical Society offering hands-on activities for all ages and spotlight talks on subjects including ancient humans, the deep sea and sun and moon gazing.

Performances from the new First Light Ensemble led by Jonathan Morton, Artistic Director of the Scottish Ensemble with Clio Gould, former leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Italian pianist and composer Frederico Albanese playing his latest work ‘In the Deep Sea’ through the early morning mist, and Mercury prize-winning musician Talvin Singh, opening the festival as well as welcoming dawn with a performance of his renowned and evocative work ‘Light’.

A late-night silent disco on the beach with a special soul set from Wayne Hemingway and a magical new dance work by Rosemary Lee with 24 dancers aged 8 to 80 performing on the hour every hour in the sand dunes.

Cosmic pirate fun for children - including illustrator and author Jonny Duddle and ‘Aliens in Lowestoft’ with author Gareth P Jones.


Gilles Peterson (United Kingdom)
United Kingdom
South Beach, Lowestoft, NR33 0BS