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Travel advice issued ahead of inaugural First Light Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:23 19 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:23 19 May 2019

Greater Anglia has issued travel advice for people travelling to Lowestofts inaugural First Light Festival. The paunch of the festival. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Greater Anglia has issued travel advice for people travelling to Lowestofts inaugural First Light Festival. The paunch of the festival. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk

Travel information has been issued in a bid to reduce congestion ahead of the First Light Festival in Lowestoft next month.

Greater Anglia has issued travel advice for people travelling to Lowestofts inaugural First Light Festival. Picture: Mick HowesGreater Anglia has issued travel advice for people travelling to Lowestofts inaugural First Light Festival. Picture: Mick Howes

With the multi-arts extravaganza featuring music, dance, science and literature just a month away, festival-goers are being urged to use public transport to keep congestion and pollution to a minimum.

The brand new event, beginning on Lowestoft's sandy South Beach at noon on Saturday, June 22, will celebrate the first light of midsummer's weekend at Britain's most easterly point.

Festivities will run continuously through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars until noon on Sunday, June 23.

Greater Anglia has advised there are no engineering works taking place from June 22 to 23 on the lines from London, Chelmsford, Colchester, Manningtree, Ipswich, Cambridge and Norwich.

DJ and radio presenter Gilles Peterson is set to headline Lowestofts inaugural First Light Festival. Picture: Sarah JonesDJ and radio presenter Gilles Peterson is set to headline Lowestofts inaugural First Light Festival. Picture: Sarah Jones

Upon arrival, the festival is just a short walk from Lowestoft station.

There are regular services from London Liverpool Street to Lowestoft on Saturday, June 22, which includes a change at either Norwich or Ipswich, with the latest return to London from Lowestoft at 9.07pm via Ipswich. Advance tickets are available from £14 one way.

There are regular direct services running to Lowestoft from Norwich and Ipswich all weekend. The last train departing Lowestoft for Ipswich is at 9.07pm and the last for Norwich is at 11.30pm.

Kerry Blair, head of operations at East Suffolk Council, said: "With large numbers of people expected to attend the festival, we would recommend that visitors take advantage of our rail links.

"With regular trains from Norwich and Ipswich arriving at Lowestoft station in the heart of the town, it is a really easy way to get here.

"Meanwhile, fewer cars will reduce congestion and help ensure the event is as enjoyable as possible for festival-goers and residents alike."

The line-up for the seaside festival boasts a melting-pot of stylish live performers, vinyl DJs and electronic acts.

Electronic music pioneers Sally Rogers and Steve Jones will kick off proceedings, while headline act Gilles Peterson will treat revellers to a sundown set at a secret location.

Visitors are advised to plan their journeys in advance by checking times on the Greater Anglia website.

Visit the First Light website for the full festival programme.

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