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SO Festival released their full programme of acts for this year’s event & you will not be disappointed!

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This summer, in 2017, SO Festival takes place from Tuesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 2 & with all this nice weather of recent days, it has firmly got summer on our minds.

But what is SO Festival? An outdoor cultural event of six days; SO Festival travels across the district of East Lindsey, before arriving in Skegness for a 2 day spectacular finalé weekend. From a giant edible map of East Lindsey; SO CAKE FEST, to a spectacular finalé performance by Les Commandos Percu & Deabru Deltak, this summer at SO Festival is one not to be missed! Plus this year, SO Festival, is proudly supporting cultural events in Skegness, Louth & Woodhall Spa.

SO Festival is working hard to support the growth and sustainability of local arts & cultural experiences across the district & looking forward to bringing you a diverse offering in 2017.

Why is 2017 SO special?

SO Festival has become East Lincolnshire’s leading arts & culture festival & a key event in the summer for all the family. Lorna Fulton, SO Festival Director commented;

“SO Festival is a brilliant event for the whole family; it’s free, accessible & all the acts are innovative, interesting & entertaining – there really is something for everyone. There’s a fantastic family feel about the festival & lots of opportunities for local people to get involved. I will look forward to seeing you all in 2017.”

Acts from across the country & overseas are heading for the East Lindsey armed with musical instruments, creative street theatre props, pyrotechnics & SO much more. Sparks will fly & audiences will be left amazed at what SO Festival have in store for 2017!

Here is a few acts you can expect to see at SO Festival:

Flame Oz – Circus Workshop

This act never fails to delight & engage an audience, having been seen at several big shows in recent years, including last year’s SO Festival. Flame Oz is returning this year to teach you some fun interactive circus skills!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle? How to Hula Hoop? Or even wanted to learn something you saw in the circus? Now is your chance.

Not just for the kids – this really is fun for the whole family!

Don’t miss Flame Oz – Circus style, when they return to Spilsby, on June 27, Horncastle, on June 28, Alford, on June 29, & Mablethorpe, on June 30. Expect the unexpected.

If you are looking forward to this act, let us know by using the hashtag #SOFEST17 & quoting ‘Flame Oz’ on SOcial media!

Speakeasy by Southpaw Dance Company

Southpaw Dance Company have been working with groups from across East Lindsey to create a new show, especially for SO Festival.

Some of the UK’s best break-dancers combine the vocabulary of breaking & contemporary dance seamlessly alongside a range of dance styles to create powerful, joyous performances.


This contemporary performance is certain to throw you right back in time.

See them in Spilsby, on June 27, Horncastle, on June 28, Alford, on June 29, Mablethorpe, on June 30, & Skegness on July 1-2.

Use the hashtag #SOFEST2017 to let us know they are your favourite when you see their performance.

Black Country Touring

Life’s A Beach is a brand new theatre show premiering in July 2017 through a partnership between Black Country Touring & SO Festival.

Black Country Touring have commissioned a show based on Skegness using three caravans, each in a different world, but part of an experience shared across cultures – the British seaside resort.

The show will draw on stories of seasonal visitors & year round residents of Skegness.

Catch this specially commissioned show for Skegness on July 1 – 2 & use the hashtag #SOFEST17.

Garsington Opera for All – Community workshop & performance

This year everyone has the chance to perform in a community choir as part of the Garsington Opera for All project.

Every one of all ages & abilities is welcome to participate in the community choir, working with professional singers to learn & sing a short chorus from Semele.

Find out more about how you can get involved when they visit Skegness on July, 1 by visiting

Garsington Opera for All – Screening of Semele

Following the community performance a full screening of the opera Semele will be shown for you all to enjoy!

Composed in 1744, Semele features some of Handel’s most exquisitely beautiful music, with soaring choruses & splendid orchestral writing enhancing this most touching & humorous opera.

See the full show at Skegness, on July 1. #SOFEST17

The Strong Lady

The Strong Lady breaks things, lifts people & makes you laugh – & does it all in a ladylike way.

A genuine strong woman, Betty Brawn presents an exhilarating array of feats of strength: she tears thick books in half with her bare hands, twists solid metal, snaps steel chains… then gracefully shatters gender clichés as she performs the Human Carousel.

The audience will walk away smiling from this wholehearted celebration of femininity & strength.

Catch her in Mablethorpe, on June 30 & Skegness, on July 1 – 2. #SOFEST17

Les Commandos Percu & Deabru Beltak

Don’t miss this show stopper finalé performance in Skegness on July 1, at 10pm.

Parading from outside Embassy Theatre, towards the finalé show (Clash of Drums) at Dry Lagoon, Les Commandos Percu & Deabru Beltak will ignite the streets of Skegness.

Even if you live in across Lincolnshire, it’s worth travelling over to Skegness to catch this internationally-renowned French act who appeared at London 2012 Olympics to see their street & staged performance that will leave you wanting more.

SO CAKE FEST presented by Simon Preston

This food innovation project, made entirely from Cake, is set to draw crowds at this year’s Festival.

This could be because the cake sculptures have all been baked by local voluntary bakers, or you can’t possibly miss the sight of East Lindsey made entirely out of CAKE in Skegness on July 2.

Plus, save from room for dessert! We’ll need your help eating the entire lot once it’s been admired by the crowds.

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Information on further acts appearing at SO Festival, including times, locations & SO much more, is also available on the website.

SO Festival aims to be inclusive & accessible festival for all. We have A4 and brail programme copies available on request; & have improved the accessibility on our website, please visit for more information.

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