Jools Holland To Perform At SO 2010

Legendary musician and television presenter Jools Holland and world-renowned street theatre performers complete the line up of headline acts for SO Festival 2010 in Skegness.

The host of BBC2’s ‘Later…’ and New Year’s Eve ‘Hootenanny’ shows, Jools Holland will officially kick off this year’s festival with a performance at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness, on Thursday 22nd July.

Jools will be joined on stage by his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra drummer, Gilson Lavis, as well as vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. There will also be a special guest appearance from former Soft Cell frontman, Marc Almond.

On the Saturday night (24th July) Skegness will be transformed into an aquatic wonderland, when world famous French street theatre performers, Plasticiens Volants, present their critically acclaimed mobile show, Perle.

Massive inflatable sea creatures and giant puppets will float and dance over the crowds and transform the Skegness skyline into a magical oceanic display, featuring seahorses, multi-coloured fish and colourful crustaceans. This will launch the 2010 illuminations display and include a fire display as part of the performance.

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Organised by East Lindsey District Council, with £250,000 support from the Arts Council England, SO Festival 2010 promises to build on the successes of last year’s event by delivering four days of exhilarating events.

Magnetic Events has been appointed by East Lindsey District Council to deliver SO Festival 2010. Festival Director Robin Morley says SO Festival 2010 will be like nothing previously seen in Skegness: “We’re honoured to have Jools play at this year’s SO Festival,” said Robin. “This year we have aimed to provide something for everyone at the festival and performers like Jools will be a real draw for music lovers of all ages.”

“Plasticiens Volants’ show ‘Perle’ is simply stunning. The company has performed at events and festivals around the world, including the closing ceremony of the 1992 Olympic Games, at the Inauguration Ceremonies for the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone and, this year, as part of the opening programme for the 2010 European City of Culture in Istanbul, Turkey, so to have them here in Skegness is a real international treat for local people and holidaymakers.

“Each version of their outdoor performance is specially adapted to the city or town in which it is performed, so we’re looking forward to seeing this unique version of ‘Perle’ at this year’s SO Festival. Please don’t miss this show as you will be amazed!”

The website,, will provide the very latest programme news and further details of the performances during the four day extravaganza.

Cllr Doreen Stephenson, Leader of East Lindsey District Council, is delighted with the line up so far: “Last year’s SO Festival was such a huge success that we are thrilled to be able to make this year’s event even bigger and better. Skegness is a wonderful, traditional British seaside resort, but we know that it has so much more to offer visitors and holidaymakers. We must embrace events like SO Festival 2010 in moving the resort forward to ensure the resort continues to attract thousands of people each year.

“SO Festival 2010 will mark the start of the Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands which is part of the build up to London 2012. This really does put Skegness firmly on the UK’s summer cultural schedule.”

John Cairns, Relationship Manager Regional Planning at Arts Council England, adds: “We’re really excited and looking forward to building on the success of last year’s SO Festival. This year’s event offers us the opportunity to bring great art and entertainment to the public which is what makes the SO Festival such a unique experience.”

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