When news happens, text SDE and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Rocking out at SO:FEST
FROM ska heroes and indie rockers to reggae vibes and folk punk, Southampton’s music scene was celebrated as a free festival returned to the city.
The second Daily Echo backed SO:FEST event attracted nearly 6,000 music-lovers of all ages to the city’s Guildhall Square.
Launched last year as a free event to showcase some of Southampton’s best musical talent, this year’s event boasted an expanded line-up featuring both experienced acts and up-and-coming bands.
Millbrook folk-punk singer Sean McGowan, fresh from an appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, local ska act The Skore, John Peel-favoured rockers Accrington Stanley and headliner Ben Goddard, a festival circuit veteran, all delighted the crowds during the nine-hour event.
They were joined by the likes of The Lost Souls Club, Davy Jones’ Locker, Welcome Pariah, Fickle Friends and Brother Goose on the main stage directly outside the Guildhall.
Local DJs also got in on the act with a host of funk, soul, reggae and dub sounds on the Steptone Stage outside The Cellar bar, while The Frog and Parrot Chatterbox Stage hosted spoken word and acoustic music performances.
Charlie Hislop, director of Southampton Festivals, which organised the event, said: “It was fantastic. There was a wide variety of music and events, and the main square was packed for the whole evening and everyone was enjoying themselves.”
There are no plans for a follow-up concert yet, but he said: “We are looking at how to take this forward and develop things for the community. We have some very positive ideas for festivals in the community.”
Comments are closed on this article.