With regret, we must advise you, Sax Music Fest will not be returning the summer of 2021.

The decision to delay our relaunch until 2022 was difficult but we feel it is for the best. 

It is great news that life should begin to return to normal in late June, however this date is not 100% guaranteed.

We are uncertain that social distancing and other measures may not be totally lifted and some difficult and potentially unachievable restrictions may be required in order to deliver a festival that meets our licensing requirements.

There will be other smaller social activities happening in Saxmundham this year and our company, Saxmundham Music and Arts CIC (SMART) will fully support these events.

Stay safe everyone.

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Helpful Information…

Free Event

Entry to Sax Music Fest is 100% FREE!

Save The Date Friday 30th July and Saturday 31st July 2021

Friday 30th July and Saturday 31st July 2021

Festival Location

Playing Fields, Saxmundham Free School, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, IP17 1DZ

Disabled Facilities & Parking

We have disabled toilet facilities as well as limited disabled parking available. Disabled parking is strictly limited and must be arranged prior to travel please contact admin@saxmusicfest.co.uk as early as possible.

Alcohol and Glass Policy

– Please note: you cannot bring alcohol or glass into the festival and only alcohol purchased on site may be consumed on site . Anyone resisting the confiscation of disallowed items or disregarding these conditions will face eviction*. Under 18’s are not permitted to bring alcohol or to purchase alcohol on site.

Dog Policy

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate companion dogs at Sax Music Fest. Dogs Policy – Only guide dogs or hearing dogs allowed.– Assistance dogs by prior appointment only please.

About Sax Music Fest

Sax Music Fest is a free annual music festival that takes place in Saxmundham on the last weekend of July. The event is located on the rear sports fields of Saxmundham Free School on Seaman Avenue. Just up the road from the Memorial Field where the festival began. We now use the old site as a car park, with just a few minutes’ walk to the festival.

To be held at the Saxmundham Free School playing fields on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July, the free festival is a celebration of arts and music, from rock to folk, with the focus on local talent from Saxmundham and the surrounding area.

During the festival local acts will perform on stage, with stalls exhibiting and selling local arts and crafts. There will be a variety of food and drinks on sale and a licensed bar will operate throughout the opening hours of the event.

Sax Music Fest started in 2014 and grew under the superb management and clear vision of Terry Barrow and the Brook Farm Residents Association. Due to the festival’s growth and increasing popularity, in 2017, the Saxmundham Music and Arts CIC was set up to manage the ongoing development of the festival, its fringe events and its community outreach programme. A business plan was written that underpins the development and growth of the festival with a robust plan to become financially self-sustaining.

Saxmundham Music and Arts CIC currently had 4 directors, Terry & Chris Barrow, Colin Dennison (Treasurer) and Andrea Blake. Our mission is to enrich the lives of all residents and visitors of Saxmundham and district by encouraging, supporting and providing access to music, the arts and entertainment with the aim of creating stronger local cohesion and wellbeing.

If you’re inspired by our mission and have the time and planning, marketing, finance or community outreach skills to help us to make Music and Arts readily accessible to all in and around Saxmundham, please get in touch by email to admin@saxmusicfest.co.uk or Tel: 07771 877454