SO festival takes over Horncastle and Woodhall Spa with an evening of amazing acts

Southpaw Dance Company performing 'Faust'.
Southpaw Dance Company performing 'Faust'.

Festival-goers can expect an afternoon of excitement and explosive outdoor fun when the popular SO Festival returns to Horncastle (Sunday June 26) and Woodhall Spa (Thursday June 30).

The family-friendly free arts festival will take place across seven locations between June 25 and July 3, bringing a programme of exciting entertainment sure to wow audiences across the region.

Returning again to East Lincolnshire, the festival is always a must-visit for local people and visitors to the area and this year is no different as popular act Lost in Translation Circus brings The Fliphouse to town.

Southpaw Dance Company’s Faust will also be performed exclusively at Horncastle during the festival.

Lorna Fulton, the Festival Director for SO Festival, said she cannot wait for SO Festival to begin.

Lorna said: “Last year’s festival was fantastic and very popular with everyone who attended and this year promises to be no different.

“Yet again there will be even more to see and do as we welcome a host of exciting new acts and entertainment which will make this the best year yet.”

One of the many highlights this year will be the new show by the Lost in Translation Circus who will be entertaining us with their Fliphouse extravaganza.

They will welcome you inside the wonderful world of their travelling hotel, run by the quirky inhabitants of their touring circus world – a patched together, mismatched world, where a washing line becomes a place to stay and creating a meal becomes a dangerous game. With live music, comedy, quirky characters and spectacular circus skills, look out for an amusing event of unexpected happenings!

In Southpaw Dance Company’s version of Goethe’s Faust, drinking, gambling, womanising, and general debauchery make the speakeasy a perfect place for a man to lose his soul, as we see when Faust is manipulated, to both comic and tragic effect, into a deal with the devil.

Told through intense physical and narrative dance style from the Southpaw Dance Company who have become renowned for, speakeasy features a unique fusion of world-class Charleston, and swinging big band music of the roaring 20s that taps into the spirit of gangsters, bootleggers, gamblers, flappers, and hep cats of the time.

This year’s festival is inspired by ‘the elements’ – earth, air, fire and water - and we’ll be showcasing jaw-dropping acts that will inspire, excite and amaze the whole family.

Entry and all events at SO Festival are free (except the Lincolnshire School Prom event) with the line-up and festival programme available to download from www.sofestival.org.

For more information on SO Festival, visit its website at www.sofestival.org or follow them on Twitter (@SOFestival) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/SOfestival).

SO Festival is delivered by Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture in partnership with East Lindsey District Council and Arts Council England.

• The festival will be visiting Mablethorpe, Horncastle, Alford, Louth, Spilsby and Woodhall Spa before finishing in Skegness for a three-day spectacular.