Our Talent Is So Good

First published in Entertainments Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

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.

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11:20am Mon 1 Oct 12

saint61 says...

Didnt see this adavertised anywhere? was it?
Didnt see this adavertised anywhere? was it? saint61
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12:26pm Mon 1 Oct 12

southamptonfestivals says...

It was bound to be a question - it always is ! sorry if you missed SO:FEST saint61. Short of spending big money on TV - and someone would be making tea! we worked pretty hard on advertising and media. Posters and 7,000 fliers were around places all over the city; a half page article in the Council's City View in every household; SCC Events website; multi coverage in the Council's 'Stay connected' emails; 2 half page articles (including Gig of the Week in the Echo) a wide range of email list probably totalling 50,000 adresses; widespread Facebook sharing (so Like us !); Twitter including retweets reaching probably 100,000 followers, and our own website www.southamptonfesti
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We set up Southampton Festivals as a not-for-profit aimed at making Southampton the place where there is always something to celebrate - and everyone knows it, and this was just a start. Not just the talent, but a great venue. Apologies, but you had to be there to realise how good a start. 3800 people were, and hundreds more sat on the grass. See you next time - when we shall be trying even harder.
It was bound to be a question - it always is ! sorry if you missed SO:FEST saint61. Short of spending big money on TV - and someone would be making tea! we worked pretty hard on advertising and media. Posters and 7,000 fliers were around places all over the city; a half page article in the Council's City View in every household; SCC Events website; multi coverage in the Council's 'Stay connected' emails; 2 half page articles (including Gig of the Week in the Echo) a wide range of email list probably totalling 50,000 adresses; widespread Facebook sharing (so Like us !); Twitter including retweets reaching probably 100,000 followers, and our own website www.southamptonfesti vals.com We set up Southampton Festivals as a not-for-profit aimed at making Southampton the place where there is always something to celebrate - and everyone knows it, and this was just a start. Not just the talent, but a great venue. Apologies, but you had to be there to realise how good a start. 3800 people were, and hundreds more sat on the grass. See you next time - when we shall be trying even harder. southamptonfestivals
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12:30pm Mon 1 Oct 12

southamptonfestivals says...

Oh yes I forgot to mention our media partner JACK FM who broadcast to over 200,000 people put it out all last week. We had a half hour interview with Xan Phillips on Voice FM, and he also promoted it in his Echo column. Plus two Lowryder bikes carried large adverts around the city last week.

When I saw the sun on Saturday at 6am I wanted to knock on everyone's door, but there just wasn't the time !
Oh yes I forgot to mention our media partner JACK FM who broadcast to over 200,000 people put it out all last week. We had a half hour interview with Xan Phillips on Voice FM, and he also promoted it in his Echo column. Plus two Lowryder bikes carried large adverts around the city last week. When I saw the sun on Saturday at 6am I wanted to knock on everyone's door, but there just wasn't the time ! southamptonfestivals
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