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Sun Deck 2022 Launch Party


Apr 15

2022-04-15 2022-04-15 Sun Deck 2022 Launch Party

Friday 15 April

Live DJs and projections onto the Tide Mill, Ben Osborne (Noise of Art), Neil Thornton (Disappearing Dinning Club), VJ Jim Horsfield, PLUS Ruth Leach - Faces Of Woodbridge Light Art Exhibition with The Boathouse Kitchen and Bar

 The popular Sun Deck music by the river events return for 2022, with a launch party featuring DJs Ben Osborne and Neil Thornton, a Light Art exhibtion by Ruth Leach projected onto the Tide Mill and visuals by VJ Jim Horsfield. The event will feature the first results of the people's survey of river pollution.

Good Friday sees the re-launch of last year’s successful Sun Deck DJ sessions on the shores of the River Deben, with music being joined by an Art Exhibition projected onto the 300 year old Tide Mill landmark in Woodbridge.

Resident DJ, and co-founder of Woodbridge festival and London’s Noise of Art collective, Ben Osborne will be joined by guest Neil Thornton of the uber cool pop up Disappearing Dinning Club.

Starting at 4pm, once it gets dark enough the eclectic beats, ranging from deep funk, to jazz, post punk, electro and house, will be accompanied by VJ Jim Horsfield, with the return of the popular light spectacular projected onto the Mill and across the water.

Ruth Leach’s exhibition highlights pollution levels in the river and will also feature results from a recent people’s survey of pollution in the river, orchestrated by Woodbridge Town Council and University of Suffolk . Councillor Eamonn O'Nolan says three out of 13 sites they tested along the Deben were "significantly" below the Government's pollution standards. The events pre-figures next week's nationwide weekend of activity highlighting river pollution, organised by Surfers Against Sewage and wild swimmers.

The night will also prefigure regular ‘Yacht Club’ events at the Boathouse, which will see a series of riverside evenings take place with pop-up collaborators.

The event begins at 3:30pm and ends at 10pm. It is free to attend, but table booking is advised, especially if you’re planning to eat.

About the acts:

Ben Osborne

Described as a “polymath” by Time Out, Ben Osborne is an award winning creative producer, musician and founder of Noise of Art (“An actual Cathedral of Sound” The Guardian). He DJs internationally at festivals and clubs and pioneered things such as late night music in galleries in London, immersive film experiences, and silent music and electronic music events in clubs, festivals and theatres. He’s worked with range of acts, from Aluna (George) to Coldcut, Booka Shade, Jazzie B and Laurent Garnier, and a recent AV project working with the 300 year old Tide Mill in Woodbridge was featured on BBC TV Breakfast and Look East News.

Neil Thornton

An established figure on London’s left field club scene, Neil Thornton rose to prominence with his nu-disco outfit Lazer Magnetic, from where he went onto run events from Shoreditch’s iconic Horse and Groom on Curtain Road; earning the venue it’s street name as ‘the Disco Pub’. As well as recently returning to the helm with his new night Disco Sanctuary, Neil is currently taking care of music for the pop-up Disappearing Dinning Club and its resident venue, The Dartmouth Arms.

Jim Horsfield

Jim Horsfield, has performed across the globe at prestigious places such as Sydney Opera House and The British Library. He was visual programmer The Big Chill Festival and has toured extensively with Beardyman, Jon Hopkins, Future Loop Foundation and Global Communication. He’s also VJ’d for the likes of Phil Hartnol (Orbital), Tom Middleton and Gilles Peterson and made documentaries for Fatboy Slim, Madness and Pete Tong. He jointly designed and runs ‘Geminate’, an interactive digital arts installation.

Ruth Leach

Suffolk based photographer, artist and wild swimmer, Ruth Leach created her project Faces of Woodbridge to feature people she associated with life on the river, and to highlight the threat pollution presents to the river. The portraits of the local well known people were submerged beneath the river’s surface, resulting in the pictures taking on a gradual on-going state of decay. These images, captured mid decay, will be projected, large scale, onto the historic Tide Mill, on a riverside site where a mill has stood for over 800 years.

About the Survey

Woodbridge Town Council has been monitoring the waters of the River Deben in Suffolk for E.Coli & Nitrate levels since February. Working alongside the University of Suffolk, we have found consistently high E.Coli levels along the river from Debenham to Martlesham. Additionally, high levels have been found in streams around Woodbridge and the Environment Agency is now carrying out their own tests.  EA does not routinely test river water where there is no Designated Bathing Area, so we are pleased that they are now working with us. 

Event Details
15 Apr 2022
03:30 PM To 10:00 PM
 01394 385200
 Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1FP Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1FP - Map Directions