Music in the City is a multi-venue free music festival in Southampton. The venues, however, are spread further across the city and are somewhat less conventional. Principally, Music in the City utilizes many of Southampton’s historic monuments as venues, some of which you’ve probably visited (or at least walked past) before, such as The Bargate and Holyrood Church. Some of the more interesting and unique venues are a selection of the many medieval vaulted underground chambers that Southampton boasts, which are spread throughout the old walled town (see the map below, click for full size).
Acts will also performing outside at Guildhall Square (weather permitting, presumably) and inside The Marlands Shopping Centre. The majority of the festival takes place during the afternoon on Saturday but some performances will also be taking place in Southampton City Art Gallery on Sunday.
Music in the City was initiated in 2009 by Linda Norris when she was a City Councillor, and is supported, by the City Council. Naturally there are now many different people and organisations now involved in the project, with more joining each year. MitC is run entirely by volunteers — that includes everyone from the committee to the performers — and is made possible through sponsorship deals.
Photo credit: The Image Den (Batala in Holyrood Church)