EVENT: SO:FEST – 21.09.13



SO:FEST 2013, the free festival in the Guildhall Square on 21st September boasts a bumper lineup over three stages, and when the main stage programme finishes at 9.00pm, the party continues in venues around the square.

With a main stage headlined by Ben Goddard, supported by the Lost Souls Club, Davy Jones’ Locker, and Welcome Pariah; the Frog and Parrot Chatterbox Stage headlined by Hollie McNish, with Matt West, Pete the Temp, Lucy Kitchen and Big Fin; and the Steptone Stage featuring funk, soul and reggae, it will be a full day.

In Above Bar Street, Mango have Southampton favourites the Black Kat Boppers; the Arthouse Café is hosting a comedy night with Ingrid Dahle, David Jordan, Joe Foster and Ken Langfield; and Goblets are adding to the night with Grizzley and the Grasshoppers and a line-up of support acts.

There’s no let-up for Green King’s Frog and Parrot after the all-day programme of acoustic music and Spoken Word as it launches into a full night of entertainment. The party continues at The Cellar in West Marlands Road with a night of ska headlined by (SPUNGE) and more from the Steptone family on the decks. In the Square, there’s a chance to relax over a meal and a drink with Franco at the newly-opened Caffe Momento. During the day, the bars in the festival area will be able to sell drinks for people to take outdoors.

Charlie Hislop of Southampton Festivals says:

“It will be a wonderful day – we’ve got a great lineup on all three stages – that shows what great talent we have locally, and how Southampton is really making a name for itself in the strength of both its music and Spoken Word scenes. With the local bars and the evenings, food, the arts market, and kids’ stuff, it’s a real festival.”

The full SO:FEST programme is available to download now.


Ben Goddard – recently picked by Radio 1 for a 20 date UK university tour; a favourite of the festival circuit supporting big acts, he brings lovable, well-crafted pop songs to the Guildhall Hall Square.

The Lost Souls Club – have taken their dark, heartfelt rock out from Southampton to tour extensively in Australia and Southeast Asia in 2012. Hailed by The Independent’s music guru Simon Price as the band to fill The White Stripes’ empty shoes, they are talked of in the same breath as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Black Keys.

Davy Jones’ Locker – one of the most exciting and popular covers bands on the pub circuit around the Southampton area, influenced by the great rock showmen; refreshingly energetic and a set full of classic hits.

Welcome Pariah – back again to SO:FEST with their well-dressed, mod-ish, alternative rock. Invited in recognition of a successful year, a feature slot on the BBC, an invitation to support the Charlatans, with a UK tour coming up and new EP in November that has had major people praising the early tasters.

The Skore – ska to the core: the hardest-working Southampton band, with an original sound, twotone rhythms, and the best thing to come out of Southampton since Matt leTissier’s right foot , they’ve
supported the like of the Beat and Bad Manners.

Sean McGowan – the city songsmith with tunes of Southampton and even Millbrook Road. His folkpunk peoples’ music has won acclaim and fans at Blissfields and Glastonbury this year, and he’s supported Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, who both consider themselves fans.

Fickle Friends – female-fronted 80s style synths and rhythms for the dancefloor. Fronted by Natassja Shiner these five –piece popsters beat off hundreds of hopefuls to earn a slot at Jamie Oliver’s ‘The Big Feastival’ and a recording slot at the famous Abbey Road studios.
Accrington Stanley – steaming on since the 80s, these legendary ‘eccentric, witty, indie-rockers’ have stood the test of time, producing a wealth of fresh new live music and regular albums. They won the heart of John Peel and have stayed there, featuring in his on-line archive.

Brother Goose – these young indie pop-rockers have been steadily gathering fans on the local circuit with their dynamic sound. Fresh from a BBC session and a great reception on the Bandstand stage at the Ejector Seat Arts Festival, they are picking up support slots with bands like the Delays and Pale Seas that will bring them to bigger audiences.


Hollie McNish – “I can’t take my ears off her” Benjamin Zephaniah 2009 UK slam winner and an international act whose poem ‘Mathematics’ has clocked a whopping 1.3million youtube hits.

Adam Kammerling – 2012 Hammer Tongue National Poetry Slam winner – incorporates elements of poetry, rap, theatre and comedy.

Raymond Antrobus – knows some good words…and some bad words. Featured in the Guardian, BBC Radio 4, and author of ‘Shapes and Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus.’

Pete the Temp – The Pied Piper of festivals, Mr The Temp is a poet, a lover and a damn fine administrator who combines high octane Spoken Word with musical comedy and audience participation.

Noisy Parrot – Beatboxing blender of harmonies and words that creates soundscapes for ears to dream in.

Matt West – Southampton’s Poet Laureate for Children – offers an eclectic mix of poetic styles and subjects. Headlined Larmer Tree and WOMAD Festival stages this year.

Stewart Taylor – A firm favourite with audiences (and his wife) Stewart is a local man set upon world domination through a blistering array of Spoken Word that leads to questions about the nation’s choice of footwear.
Jack Williams – Heartfelt and inspiring lyrics, catchy melodies and impressive guitar playing.

Lucy Kitchen – Self-confessed ‘folky bird’, crafting delicate and haunting songs sung intimately, backed with lullaby guitar.

Dave Miatt – His solo project strips bare the musician who is perhaps better known for his rock ‘n’ roll side, with folky melodies and esoteric lyrics aplenty.

Bright Smoke – Newly evolved “Bryony Marie Fry” continues her solo venture with fresh material formed of twinkly melodies, raw lyrics and a passion you’ve never seen before.

Big Fin – Incredibly prolific songwriter displaying honest, fierce and poignant songs.


All of the artists will be playing through the Steptone Sound System: providing bass, quality and vibe in equal measure.

STEPTONE SOUND SYSTEM DJs & MCs – Reggae, Roots, Dub, Ska, Funk & Future Dubs. All of these artists are locally based and form a part of the Steptone Family. Feel the quality as in the last year or so they have played alongside some or Reggae’s finest including Abashanti-I, Mad Professor, Dubheart, Macka B, Trojan Sound System, Gentleman’s Dub Club & Channel One Soundsystem.

B1 – A proven selector and vinyl junkie without measure. RAS DAN – Keeping it original vibes this is a Mic Man with so much he wants to share with you. RASTAFARI!

EASY NOW – Steptone’s founder and lover of Funk to Roots to Future Dubs… rewind & pull it up selector!!!

DUBL U – Reggae Promoter from Headsessions. Has booked the best and played with the best. Expect a quality set.

HACK-IT DUBS – Selector from Headsessions with a passion for all things Bassie

SOUL 45 – Funk, Rare Groove, Northern, Latin, Soul, Jazz, Disco, Ska, Reggae, Dancehall & Jazz.

MARK & NEIL from SOUL 45 have played host and supported big international artists and local acts including Trojan Sound System, Eddie Piller, Public Service Broadcasting, Craig Charles, Don Letts, Hannah William & The Tastemakers, Freddie & The Freeloaders, Black Cat Boppers, The Fliks, DJ Format, Mr Thing, New Street Adventure and Afrika Bambaataa to name just a few. They play strictly 7” vinyl and will be spinning classics for you!


About Author

Adam is a physics graduate from the University of Southampton with an interest in electronic music. He co-founded Sotonight and was involved with SEMSU and other music-related projects while at university.