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Events Programme

Summer in the Square Events Programme

Please note that some events may be cancelled in the case of extreme weather. 

In case of any genuine noise complaints on the days that music events take place, The Summer in the Square organisers can be contacted on 07487 427873. All complaints will be handled personally by the Summer in the Square organisers.

Friday 4th August

18:00-21:00 Pavilion Launch

A collective of the best funk musicians in the area, including the amazing vocalist Kate Fox, FFC is a seriously funky band playing floor-filling hits from funk and soul greats. Expect to party and get ready to dance!  (Twitter| Facebook)

Resident DJ at Social, playing festivals such as Bestival, IOW & Common People. Expect the best dance music from across the years, with a few surprises thrown in. 

Wednesday 9th August 

13:00

Square, Talk, Walk

Join John Hansard Gallery’s Director Woodrow Kernohan for a tour of Guildhall Square discussing the work of Markus Bergstrom, whose Guildhall Pavilion makes up a key part of Summer in the Square and hosts the live programme of events throughout August. Meet at 1pm in Guildhall Square, the talk will last 30-45 minutes. 

Friday 11th August 

18:00-19:00

Showcase is a platform to help give exposure to the talented pre-professional student performers within the Music Department at the University of Southampton. The Music Department has a rich history of developing world-class performers including jazz singer Joe Stilgoe and Mercury-nominated, singer-songwriter Anna Calvi. Our artists are from all genres, an eclectic mix of high-quality music. (Twitter)

 19:00-20:00

Dream Pop Quartet from the South Coast.

20:00-21:00

The Diamond Age 
Hailing from Southampton, The Diamond Age fuse together elements of indie, shoe-gaze and post-punk to create music with immediacy and melody at its heart, drawing influences from The Smiths, The Drums & LCD Soundsystem to a name a few. The South-Coast dream-poppers have already cemented their place at the top of the local music scene with opening the main stage for Rob Da Bank’s Common People festival in summer 2017 and live sessions for BBC Introducing.  (Twitter)

Saturday 12th August

18:00-21:00

Saints Brass Vs Little Chiefster

The result of a collaborative project between Southampton Football Club and top session musicians from the South, Saints Brass is a hard-grooving street-band whose sole purpose is to entertain. (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram)

Resident DJ at Social, playing festivals such as Bestival, IOW & Common People. Expect the best dance music from across the years, with a few surprises thrown in. 

Sunday 13th August

15:00-17:00

Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO)
The Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to playing the best creative, inspirational and swinging jazz music out there.

Tuesday 15th August

11:00-16:00

Family Fun Day by Nuffield Southampton Theatre
A range of activities and games including a Hetty Feather Hoop Toss, a Face in a Hole Cut Out, colouring-in and a Mini-Reviewer Competition. 

There is also Flit, Flap and Fly - a squawking adventure for young children, bursting with live music, along with performances from The JukeBoxes throughout the day.

All events will run 11am – 4pm with Flit, Flap and Fly performing at 12 noon, 1.45pm and 3.15pm and the Jukeboxes running 3 or 4 times an hour. All suitable for children and families to enjoy throughout the day. 


Wenesday 16th August

11:00-14:30

Capital FM Breakfast Tour
The Capital FM Breakfast Show is on Tour and will be recording audio and video of the “Game with No Name” with listeners in Guildhall Square. 

13:00

Square, Talk, Walk

Join John Hansard Gallery’s Head of Exhibitions Ros Carter In-Conversation with David Batchelor, whose project P-A-R-A-D-E can be found on lamppost banners on Above Bar Street as part of Summer in the Square. Meet at 1pm in Guildhall Square, the talk will last 30-45 minutes.

Friday 18th August

18:00-19:30

An open mic style evening with poets able to sign up for 1 of 6, 5-minute slots. Poets will be invited to present some work around the themes of The Good Neighbour and Togetherness.  This event will also feature the launch of One to Six – the first anthology of Poetry at the John Hansard Gallery. (Twitter | Instagram)

Saturday 19th August

13:00-15:00

The Art House Presents...

1.00pm - 1.20pm: Dan O'Farrell
1.35pm - 1.55pm: Cat Eliza T
2.10pm - 2.30pm: Collinson Batrimons (AKA Ricky Tart)
2.40pm - 3.00pm: The Alaskan Pipeline

(Other gigs also taking place at The Art House.  See Facebook for details)

15:00-19:00

Headsessions Soundsystem
Headsessions Sound system have been bringing a fresh selection of fine roots and bass music in Southampton since 2012. 

Over the years they have played at some of the biggest festivals and events in the UK and Europe. Straight back Boomtown Festival they will be providing nice vibes all day... Stricktly vinyl.

19:00-21:00

Switch B2B Bunker
Switch resident DJ's go B2B with residents from new Southampton club, Bunker. 

Expect the best in dance music. 

Sunday 20th August

14:00 -18:00

Joiners Presents 
A variety of local bands showcasing some of Southampton's best talent, including:
Just Millie  (3.15pm)
Shy Boy  (4pm)
Mad King Ludwig (4.45-5.30pm)


Monday 21st - Friday 25th August

10:00-16:00

Summer Film School in the Square with City Eye (Age guide: 13-17 years)
Join in for all five days or less. Using the backdrop of the Guildhall Square, you will make films to upload to a new platform so that you can tell the world about your culture.  Come and see what's going on, get creative with film and have some fun - it's the summer holiday after all!

Although this Film School is FREE, booking is ESSENTIAL. Please register your interest here and City Eye will contact you to confirm your place and all other arrangements.

Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd

11:00-16:00

Conversation Station (East Park, FREE, Drop-in, all ages)

Inspired by themes of Summer in the Square, join John Hansard Gallery and artist collective stair/slide/space to take part in 3 drop-in workshops on 3 days for everyone and anyone to attend, using readymade materials to create a ‘conversation station’. More information here.

Wednesday 23rd August

13:00

Square, Talk, Walk

Join John Hansard Gallery’s Programming Co-ordinator Nadia Thondrayen In-Conversation with Rhona Byrne as she discusses her project Huddlehood, as part of Summer in the Square. Meet at 1pm in Guildhall Square, the talk will last 30-45 minutes.

Friday 25th August

18:00-21:00

Club Psychedelia
Live bands and DJ's including Cassava & Submariner.

Saturday 26th August

14:00 Onwards

This year the parade will take place outside The Guildhall Square at 2pm, where it will continue up West Marlands Road, down Above Bar Street to the Bargate Monument, around the monument, back up Above Bar Street to Guildhall Square and back along West Marlands Road. Full details on the route are online; the idea is to get dressed up, bring your kids, your parents, your dog, your family and your friends! Be as colourful as you can and make some noise! (Twitter | Facebook)

Sunday 27th August

13:00-18:00

Southampton Sampler
A collaboration project hauling together musicians, artists and poets in culmination to celebrate Southampton's creative scene. Schedule as follows:
13.00 – 13.30     Billy Miles
13.45 – 14.15     Pedro
14.30 – 15.00     CHOIR
15.15 – 15.45     CHOIR
16.00 – 16.30     Kitty O’Neal
16.45 – 17.15     Temples of Youth
17.30 – 18.00     Zen Juddhism



Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday)

14:00-16:00

Playlist
Curated by a collective of Southampton-based professional musicians, PLAYLIST nights feature high quality music in amazing and unusual spaces around the city. 
Included in this slot are; Katie BenningtonDan Mar-Molinero and Tenderlore.


Wednesday 30th August 

13:00

John Hansard Talk, Walk

Join John Hansard Gallery’s Director Woodrow Kernohan for a tour of Guildhall Square discussing the work of Markus Bergstrom, whose Guildhall Pavilion makes up a key part of Summer in the Square and hosts the live programme of events throughout August. Meet at 1pm in Guildhall Square, the talk will last 30-45 minutes.

Friday 1st September

18:00-21:00

Gold School
A trio of DJ's throwing flamboyant disco parties along the South Coast. Specialising in Disco, House, Funk & World music. (Soundcloud)



Saturday 2nd September

12:30-14:00

Merchant seaman sacrificed a great deal during WW1 & WW2, without them there would have been no vital wartime supplies and support from friendly nations like America could not have reached Britain. 

We meet in Guildhall Square as friends who offer an open invitation, in the hope that all people, regardless of colour, race or faith will join us to share a little time to say to those we lost “thank you, you are not forgotten and we will not allow history to forget what you did, and share the hand of love”.  (Facebook | Twitter)

Sunday 3rd September

14:00-17:00

Showcase is a platform to help give exposure to the talented pre-professional student performers within the Music Department at the University of Southampton. The Music Department has a rich history of developing world-class performers including jazz singer Joe Stilgoe and Mercury-nominated, singer-songwriter Anna Calvi. Our artists are from all genres, an eclectic mix of high-quality music. (Twitter | Facebook)
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