SO Festival 2010 Organisers Reveal First Programme Headliners
Internationally acclaimed flying drummers and Lincolnshire’s
best musical talent to take centre stage at SO Festival 2010
Drumming majors floating magically in the night sky and the best of Lincolnshire’s unsigned bands are the first acts to be announced by the organisers of SO Festival 2010.
Internationally acclaimed French street theatre company Transe Express will perform Homme Mobile outside the Embassy Theatre on Friday 23rd July, with BBC Introducing being staged inside the theatre immediately before.
Suspended 40 metres (131 feet) in the air and silhouetted against the night sky, Transe Express performance of Homme Mobile will be unlike anything ever seen before in Skegness says Robin Morley, Festival Director from Magnetic Events, the arts and events company appointed by East Lindsey District Council to deliver SO Festival 2010.
“We’re thrilled to be able to confirm that Transe Express will be coming to Skegness and SO Festival 2010,” said Robin. “Homme Mobile is simply awe-inspiring. The 45 minute performance starts with a procession through the streets and culminates in the musicians being suspended from a giant crane whilst playing the most enthralling music and acting out a fantasy story, involving soldiers and a trapeze artist.
“Transe Express have performed outside some of the world’s most recognised landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House and so to bring them to Skegness for SO Festival 2010 is a real coup.”
Musicians from closer to home will take to the Embassy Theatre stage immediately before Transe Express transform Skegness’ night sky as BBC Introducing showcases some of Lincolnshire’s best unsigned musical talent.
Four up and coming bands or performers will be chosen by Magnetic Events and East Lindsey District Council from those that apply via BBC Lincolnshire’s Friday night ‘BBC Introducing’ show. The programme usually goes out between 7 and 9pm on Friday’s from the BBC’s studios in Lincoln but on 23 July, it will come live from the Embassy Theatre as part of SO Festival 2010
“Lincolnshire is home to many incredibly talented solo performers and bands looking for their big break and BBC Introducing is a fantastic showcase for their talents,” continues Robin. “We want to offer something for everyone as part of SO Festival 2010 and I don’t think you can get a more diverse night than taking in BBC Introducing followed by the incredible spectacle that is Transe Express.”
Both events are completely free but BBC Introducing will be ticketed and have a 1,300 capacity and Trans Express will be seen by a large audience of many thousands.
Skegness hosted its first SO Festival last year. Over its two days, some 13,000 people enjoyed a range of free events and entertainment, including performances by Jonathan Ansell and The World Famous.
This year, East Lindsey District Council with support from Arts Council England, which includes a grant of £250,000, has extended the programme to cover four days of free exhilarating events.
A new website, www.sofestival.org,
is now live and will provide the very latest programme news and further details of the performances, which Robin promises will include more international attractions complemented by local artists.
“SO Festival 2010 will be bigger, better and longer than last year’s event. We’re looking forward to revealing some more internationally-acclaimed artists in the very near future but we’re also seeking to involve as many local performers and people as possible. We’re really keen to hear from visual artists, dancers, performers and people who want to take part in the outdoor events programme to make SO Festival 2010 a fantastic spectacle.”
People interested in getting involved should visit the website – www.sofestival.org
- or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone Emma-Louise Hamilton on 01507 329 443.