Come and be part of the exciting launch of Southampton Festivals on this Saturday 29 September in Guildhall Square from 4pm.
Join us in celebrating the richness and diversity of the sounds from our city with a free family concert. On 29 September, Guildhall Square - in the heart of Southampton’s cultural quarter - will come to life with a dazzling showcase of some of the city’s best live acts.
Leading the line-up will be local songwriter and producer Mark Hill, four times Ivor Novello Award winner and co-founder of legendary local music act Artful Dodger which helped Craig David shoot to fame in 1999 with the single “Rewind”. Mark’s band Artful will be performing all his hits alongside material from his new album, due for release this autumn.
Sharing the stage will be Burn the Fleet, Scarlet Soho (pictured below), LST, Welcome Pariah, Soma High, and Charley Macaulay. From all around Europe to the Isle of Wight festival, these are the local bands and artists that are making a name for themselves and spreading the Southampton music scene far and wide.
The concert has been organised in partnership with Southampton City Council, Barratt Homes and Southampton Festivals - a new social enterprise that aims to build a wide ranging festival season in the city to showcase the city’s arts, culture and heritage to visitors and residents alike.
About Southampton Festivals
Southampton Festivals was born out of a passion for Southampton, a passion we want to share with everyone. We seek to support the existing events and provision that identify the city; those that mark it as an exciting, inclusive and progressive cultural centre.
We want to celebrate the city’s culture, its rich heritage, its people and their talents. Through engagement with the communities in and around the city, along with the institutions they are part of and the businesses they work for we intend to encourage participation in and support for existing and future public events.
A key part of our role is to encourage and coordinate the sharing of resources and information, and identifying opportunities for collaboration and sponsorship.
By celebrating and showcasing what we have, by creating new opportunities and ways of getting involved we hope to identify Southampton as a centre of cultural vibrancy and excellence.
See the links and PDFs below for the latest on the line up and the SO:FEST poster.