Saturday 4th June 2011
Palmerston Park, Southampton
Palmerston Park in Southampton will be transformed into a cultural bubble of live music, spoken word and artistic wonder this Saturday as the Ejector Seat festival returns to the city.
This free music and arts festival started over seven years ago. Last year over 3000 people attended and 150 performers and participants took part. This year it promises to be better than ever before. Mac Ince, Co-Founder of EjectorSeat, says “We are still charged by last year’s success, and are using this momentum to build an even bigger and better festival for this year.”
The festival is organised by local promoter organisation EjectorSeat. They are an integral part of the local music scene in Southampton. The festival itself began when they commandeered the bandstand for local people to hear music for free. Since then the festival has grown to include local artists, bands, filmmakers, creatives and craftspeople.
The headline musical act is Peter & Kerry (Peter Lyons and Kerry Leatham). These two were originally solo artists who came together as a side-project. They are Southampton locals; their recently released EP, ‘Clothes, Friends, Photos’, was even recorded there in a bedroom in Peter’s family home.
Mac said: “It is great news that Peter and Kerry are headlining for us, we’ve been working with Tape Club records for sometime, and this is a perfect way to show and celebrate our relationship.” The EP has been well received by music critics and the blog scene. Their folky sound, with guitars, pianos and banjos, will be a joy to listen to while lying on the grass in the sun.
For art-lovers, a trip to the Art Market is essential. Running throughout the day, the market will let visitors pick up works of art straight from the artists. Not only that, there will workshops ran by local professionals and creative organisations. In amongst the beat boxing, poetry, and booking-binding workshops (and many others), Brighton’s own Drinky Doodle will be there to offer drawing games with a difference.
If all this wasn’t enough for you, there will be around 30 musical acts (playing on the regular music stage and the brand new SoCo stage), an outdoor gallery, the new Spoken Word tent, the Film Tent and plenty more besides. For further details of the line-up, visit ejectorseat.co.uk