Stowmarket’s annual free music festival StowFiesta, organised by Stowmarket Town Council, will return for the fifth year on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, when some of the best covers and original bands in the region will be descending on Chilton Fields. The festival was originally launched in 2007 as ‘StowFest’ before evolving into the more family orientated ‘StowFiesta’ in 2014.

StowFiesta, sponsored by Total Driving and supported by Mid Suffolk District Council and Stowmarket Rugby Club, has always tried to bring some great bands from further afield to play alongside the cream of local talent. This year will see rock band Doctor Victor from the Czech Republic play on the Saturday alongside the likes of excellent Suffolk based bands Stretch Soul Gang, Lucky Number 7 and Talk of the Town. On the Sunday, Italian ska / punk band Manovalanza will be joined by top local acts, including Back Porch, Motherfvnker, and The Blaggers. 

As well as the live music there will be various free family activities including a climbing wall, circus skills workshop and a bouncy castle. 

There are 15 free pitches up for grabs for charities and not for profit organisations. Interested groups should email for more details.

David Marsh, Events and Theatre Manager at Stowmarket Town Council said, “We’re really excited about this year’s event. There’s some great local acts lined up to play, and we’re really pleased to be able to bring something different to the event with a couple of bands on tour from Europe confirmed on the line-up – and we pride ourselves on the free family entertainment which is always so popular.”

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