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Rocking The City
SOUTHAMPTON will burst into life with the sound of music when a free festival returns to the city this weekend.
Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets to enjoy the cream of the city’s musical talent for this year’s Music in the City.
From opera to hip-hop, rock to reggae, jazz to flamenco and classical to gospel, the Daily Echobacked event is now in its fifth year – but this year it is bigger and better than ever.
Organisers have revealed the 2013 event features nearly 100 acts and hundreds of artists all performing for free. Sensational live performances by the region’s top talents will be heard across Southampton.
But more unusually 13 of the city’s most unique venues, rarely filled with live music, will be brought to life for the musical extravaganza and the acts will transform the hallowed walls of the places rich with history and culture into their temporary stages.
From intimate spaces to open-air venues, the sites include everywhere from the 800-year-old City Vaults rarely open to the public to the City Art Gallery, Guildhall Square, the SeaCity Museum and King John’s Palace, and from shopping centres to churches – each setting will create a different sound.
Music in the City features a range of performances from solo artists, bands and choirs from the early afternoons into the evenings. There will even be open mic sessions in the Undercroft Vault for budding musicians.
Among the acts tomorrow will be the jazz and funk sounds of Katrina Simon and the highly popular band Ken Wood and the Mixers playing at the Castle Vault.
Southampton University Brass Band will fill Holyrood Church with music from 4.30pm and ukulele and vocal trio Twangdillo will get the crowd jigging at King John’s Palace. Meanwhile energetic award-winning Brazilian drumming group Batala will be followed by well-known choir Vox Pop in Guildhall Square.
Carasco Fiasco, a Southampton modern jazz quartet, will play with a classical twist using the 100-year-old Steinway in the Art Gallery.
Other highlights include singer Sarah Saville in the Lancaster Vault and band Accrington Stanley in Weigh House.
On Sunday the City of Southampton Orchestra and Southampton Philharmonic Choir will play at the Art Gallery.
Organiser and Southampton councillor Linda Norris said: “Whatever your taste in music there will be something you will enjoy. X-Factor lovers won’t want to miss talent scout Rosalind Fountain’s pick of the local talent in a musical showcase to be performed in The Marlands tomorrow.
“Ben Goddard, one of Southampton’s rising stars and festival circuit veteran, will also be performing at Lancaster Vault at 2pm.”
- A map guiding you around the Music in the City hotspots will be included in tomorrow’s Your Entertainment.
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