THE very best of Southampton’s musical talent was showcased at the first-ever So:Fest.

Hundreds gathered in Guildhall Square to take advantage of the early autumn sunshine for the afternoon and evening of free entertainment, celebrating the wealth of ability the city has to offer.

The festival, which also saw people milling around taking advantage of various stalls around the s q u a r e , was headlined by Mark Hill, one half of 90s UK g a r a g e p i o n e e r s A r t f u l Dodger, who famously launched Craig David’s career with their number two hit Rewind. Performing under the name Artful, the producer played a string of his former act’s hits, as well as new material.

As well as garage, the crowds were treated to a musical journey through indie, rock and Britpop.

Local heroes Burn the Fleet were joined on the bill by Scarlet Soho, still riding high after their successful European tour last year, along with the winner of the Road to Blissfields contest, LST.

Other performers included electrifying indie rockers Soma High, songbird Charley Macaulay and Britpop-inspired lads Welcome Pariah.