Southampton to have its first major Music Festival this October

Posted on September 23, 2010 by

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Southampton is set to see its first major music festival this October, with gigs, lunchtime concerts, street performances, charity busking with Oxjam in the city centre and chances to join in too.  Music in the City will take place between 1st and 10th October, and organisers claim with many genres on show there’ll be something for everyone.  The organisers, supported by the City Council, want to encourage music in the city, and say:

There’s so much great music in Southampton – great bands, orchestras and choirs, venues, students, teachers, community projects and more.

And music is good for us – our health, our spirits, our culture, community and economy. So let’s make something of it.

That’s Music in the City – celebrating what we have; gettting more people making more music in more places; and working together with everyone and anyone who is trying to raise the musical profile of Southampton.

Events are happening all week, and the highlights include:

  • A ‘musical mystery tour’ of the historic vaults and the Bargate monument
  • Southampton’s got young talent show…cases at The Mall
  • Lunchtime and Sunday concerts at the Art Gallery with classical and jazz
  • 10 days of City centre busking in partnership with Oxjam
  • 60’s Rock and Roll show at Kuti’s Royal Thai Pier
  • Melting Pot 3lectric stage at Guildhall Square
  • Music making workshops with SOCO music project

The organiser of the festival, Tony Gumm, says that he thinks:

Music is for everyone, of every culture and age, and is the one thing that connects so many people together. We have orchestras, bands and choirs. We have venues, music clubs and projects and perhaps the most important thing – people who want to make music and make great things happen. Music in the City is about showcasing talent and bringing music to everyone, and we hope that this festival can be the start of much more to come.

Music in the City are keen for people to get involved, asking for volunteers to help out with the project, street teams or if you’re a musician.

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