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Where is Sound City Ipswich 2019?

Sound City Ipswich 2019 will be taking place across multiple venues in Ipswich town centre, at The Corn Exchange, Manor Ballroom, The Smokehouse and The Cornhill.

When does the festival start and end?

Live music will run from 12:30pm until 2am! Please see below for the timings for individual venues.

There is live music on the Cornhill (outdoor stage) from 12.30pm - 9pm - free admission.

The doors to The Smokehouse (80 capacity) and Manor Ballroom (200 capacity) open at 6pm sharp with the first artists on at 6.30pm - admission by festival wristband only. The curfews for these venues are 11:20pm and 11:10pm respectively.

The doors to the Corn Exchange (900 capacity) open at 7pm with the first band on at 7.30pm - admission by festival wristband only. Live music will continue at this venue until 2am!

Where do I pick up my wristband?

Wristbands need to be collected from the festival box office at the Corn Exchange off King Street. The ticket purchaser will need to bring their tickets or e-tickets (printed out or on a mobile device), as well as some ID, to pick up their wristbands.

When can I pick up my wristband?

The box office will be open from 11am until 12 midnight on Friday 4th October.

I've bought multiple tickets, can I pick up my wristbands all at the same time?

The ticket purchaser will need to provide ID and their tickets (printed out or on a mobile device) in order to collect wristbands. The ticket buyer will be able to pick up all the wristbands in their order at once without everyone having to come to the box office.

Where does my wristband get me entry to?

Live music will be available to wristband holders at 4 venues during the festival: The Corn Exchange, Manor Ballroom, The Smokehouse and The Cornhill.

Please note that there are limited capacities at The Smokehouse (80) and The Manor Ballroom (200). Please be aware there may be queues and if the venues are at capacity there is a possibility that you may not get in to see certain acts.

You may wish to plan ahead using the Clashfinder and get to the smaller venues early in an effort to avoid disappointment.

Fortunately, the larger capacities on The Cornhill and at The Corn Exchange mean that all ticket holders will be able to gain access to these venues for the duration of the festival. Keep up-to-date with venue crowd sizes through social media updates using #SCIPS19.

Where are the venues?

The venues are all within one mile of each other. The Smokehouse is located at South Street Studios, via Orford Street just off Norwich Road (next to Coes). Manor Ballroom is on the corner of St Margarets Green and St Margaret's St. Corn Exchange and Ipswich Film Theatre are attached to the Town Hall in the centre of town, accessed via King Street. Cornhill is the town square in the middle of town, right next to the Town Hall. See a map of all the venues here.

Who is on the lineup?

Check out the full line up here.

Is there a Clashfinder?


Can I attend the music industry conference?

The music industry conference will be attended by invited guests with some spaces also available for festival wristband holders. Spaces must be booked in advance due to limited capacity. Once you have purchased your ticket online you will be sent a registration form to sign up to the conference. More information about the conference can be found here.

Where is the music industry conference?

The conference will take place during the day 11.30am-4.45pm at Ipswich Film Theatre.

I'm a delegate, where is the conference registration?

This will be located at the box office at the Corn Exchange which shares an entrance with the Ipswich Film Theatre on King Street. The box office will be open from 11am on Friday 4th October.

I am a festival ticket holder and I have booked a ticket for the conference, what do I need to do?

You will need to collect your wristband before you go into the conference. The conference box office will be in the same location as the festival box office, in the Corn Exchange entrance off King Street. This will be open from 11am on Friday 4th October. You will need to bring along your conference email confirmation from us to present at the entrance to the film theatre, either a print out or on a mobile device.

I am disabled, how do I book a companion ticket?

Disabled customers are entitled to a free PA ticket. When you purchase a ticket please email us at with your valid ticket reference number and supporting medical evidence of your disability. Please also provide a name and email address for your companion. Do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.

Are the venues accessible?

All of our venues are wheelchair accessible. We want to make the festival as accessible as possible for everyone, if you have any concerns please get in touch so we can aim to make your visit as easy as possible:

I am travelling from outside of Ipswich, how can I get there?

  • Train: Ipswich train station has good connections with the surrounding region and is less than 70 minutes from London Liverpool Street. The venues are about 20 minutes walk from the station.
  • Taxi: Some local taxi services include Hawk Express Cabs and Avenue Taxis
  • Car Parking: There are a number of car parks in the town centre, including Norwich Road Shoppers next to The Smokehouse, The Regent Theatre or Crown car parks near the Manor Ballroom, or the Spiral and Buttermarket car parks near the Corn Exchange.

Where can I eat?

There will be three street food traders at Sound City Ipswich located under the arches between Lloyd's Avenue and the Cornhill from 5pm - 11pm. We will have Mr Spicy, The Latin Table and Mutha Vegan!

Will there be cloakrooms at the venues?

Yes there will be a cloakroom at each venue. The Corn Exchange has its own paid ticketed cloakroom. Manor Ballroom and The Smokehouse are free.

I am interested in volunteering, how can I get involved?

We are looking for volunteers to help run the festival in various roles. Head to our volunteers page here for more details.

Where can I stay overnight?

Here are a few hotels in the local area close to the venues:

How can I get in touch about press enquiries?

If you’re interested in contacting Sound City Ipswich please email