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SO:FEST back to celebrate music scene
IT IS A colourful celebration of Southampton’s vibrant local music scene.
And after a successful first year, SO:FEST will return next month to highlight some of the city’s hottest talent.
Organisers will announce an expanded line-up for the Guildhall Square spectacular in the next few weeks, with the event scheduled for September 21.
The free concert was launched last year, with the aim of promoting the city’s wide array of musicians.
Last year’s event featured Mark Hill, the co-founder of the 90s R&B and garage act Artful Dodger, local grunge rockers Burn The Fleet, electro act Scarlet Soho and Road to Blissfields winner LST.
Organisers are promising an expanded event this year and are hopeful of bringing a local arts market to Guildhall Square for the event.
The event will be organised by Southampton Festivals, a non-profit group focused on promoting the city’s rich artistic and cultural offerings.
Charlie Hislop, from Southampton Festivals, said: “It’s good to have real people from this city with real lives and real talent up there on the stage. Southampton has produced a wealth of established touring and recording artists, while at least two of the younger acts we put on last year have got good recording deals since then, and if playing at SO:FEST helped, that’s great. Sometimes we could make more noise about what a great city this is.”
City council economic development and leisure boss Matt Tucker said: “Music is a big player in the UK economy. We want to show our young people that there are opportunities on stage and off to turn their creative passions into a career or a business.
“SO:FEST celebrates local successes in doing that, as well as recognising the huge talent there is in Southampton.”
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