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📅 Summer in the Square

Guildhall Square | 20th July 2017 - 3rd September 2017
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Summer in the Square

This summer, Southampton's Cultural Quarter - Guildhall Square – will host a series of free gigs, performances and activities for all the family.

Featuring new artworks commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, Summer in the Square will create a public space to meet, experience and take part in great music, art and theatre.
 
Summer in the Square 2017!
New artworks commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, part of University of Southampton, for Summer in the Square 2017
 
Rhona Byrne: Huddlehood
Rhona Byrne’s Huddlehood in Guildhall Square.
A mobile geometric container on wheels that disassembles into an interactive environment, Huddlehood is a bright yellow space to inhabit, explore and wear communal clothing Huddlewear that physically joins you with others, examining your relationships with those around you. The installation’s elements, including wearable artworks and carpet boulder sculptures, live inside the geometric container that is wrapped in white noise or static, so there is always something to encounter in the Square, day or night.
Huddlehood: Open daily 10am - 6pm
Huddlehood in Southampton is supported by Culture Ireland. 

David Batchelor: P-A-R-A-D-E
British artist and writer David Batchelor’s primary object is colour. His practice is underpinned by a sheer delight in the myriad of brilliant hues within the urban environment, combined with a critical concern with how we see and respond to colour in this advanced technological age.
For Summer in the Square, Batchelor has created P-A-R-A-D-E a series of vibrant lamppost banners named that will run the full length of Above Bar Street. 

Markus BergströmGuildhall Pavilion
Markus Bergström is a Swedish artist-designer who interrogates the built environment and the relationship between furniture and architecture.
In August, for Summer in the Square Bergström will unveil a newly commissioned pavilion with stage and seating for Guildhall Square. The pavilion will create a social space that will feature performances, music, theatre, and poetry, engaging the public in a wider discourse around the built environment, our relationship to design and social dynamics.

Guildhall Pavilion Highlights

Fri 4 Aug: 6pm - 9pm Pavilion Launch.
Freestyle Funk Collective (ft. DJ Little Chief). 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! DJ Little Chief is a 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.

Weds 9 Aug: 1pm 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.

Fri 11 Aug:
6pm - 7pm University of Southampton Music Department Showcase
 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.
7pm - 8pm: Palms and Pelicans. Dream Pop Quartet from the South Coast.
8pm - 9pm: 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.

Sat 12 Aug: 6pm - 9pm Saints Brass Vs Little Chiefster.
Saints Brass - 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.  DJ Little Chief is a 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.

Sun 13 Aug: 3pm - 5pm Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra. The Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to playing the best creative, inspirational and swinging jazz music out there.

Tues 15 Aug: 11am - 4pm  NST NUffield Southampton Theatres Family Theatre Fun Day.  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.

Weds 16 Aug: 1pm John Hansard 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.

Fri 18 Aug: 6pm - 7.30pm John Hansard Gallery Poetry Launch. 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.

Sat 19 Aug:
1pm - 3pm: 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
3pm - 7pm 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. 

7pm - 9pm Switch B2B Bunker. Switch resident DJ's go B2B with residents from new Southampton club, Bunker. Expect the best in dance music.

Sun 20 Aug: 2pm onwards Joiners Presents - a variety of local bands showcasing some of Southampton's best talent.
Death by Shotgun – 2.30pm
Just Millie – 3.15pm  
Shy Boy –  4pm  
Mad king Ludwig – 4.45 – 5.30pm 

Mon 21 - Fri 25 Aug: 10am - 4pm 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!
The film school is free but booking is essential.Please register your interest here and City Eye will contact you to confirm your place and all other arrangements.

Weds 23 Aug: 1pm  John Hansard 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.

Fri 25 Aug: 6pm - 9pm Club Psychedelia. Live bands and DJ's including Cassava & Submariner.

Sun 27 Aug: 1pm - 6pm Southampton Sampler. A collaboration project hauling together musicians, artists and poets in culmination to celebrate Southampton's creative scene. Acts include; The Dead Freights, Kitty O’Neal, Billy Miles, Zen Juddhism, Pedro, Hotch,Temples of Youth, Lucas & King, Cat Eliza T, Tenderlore.

Mon 28 Aug: 2pm - 4pm 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 Bennington, Dan Mar-Molinero and Tenderlore.

Weds 30th Aug: 1pm 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.

Fri 1 Sept: 6pm - 9pm Gold School. A trio of DJ's throwing flamboyant disco parties along the South Coast. Specialising in Disco, House, Funk & World music.

Sat 2 Sept: 12.30pm - 2pm Unity 101 Hands Of Love. 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”.

Sun 3 Sept: 2pm - 5pm University of Southampton Music Department ShowcaseShowcase 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


All events are free (and available on a first come, first served basis) in Guildhall Square.

You can keep up to date and find out about further Pop-up events by visiting www.jhg.art or #SummerintheSquare

Please note all events are outdoors without cover and may be subject to cancellation in bad weather.

Please check Twitter @SummerintheSq for the latest information.

See the full event programme >

Want to book Guildhall Pavilion?
If you would like to book Guildhall Pavilion, please contact summerinthesquare2017@gmail.com to discuss your event.
 

Don't miss more events in the Square!

16 Aug:  11am - 2pm Look out for the Capital FM Breakfast on Tour - Join in the "Game With No Name"

Mon 21 - Weds 23 August: 11am - 4pm 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’.

26 Aug: Southampton Pride 2017
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Residents Contact Line:
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.

Summer in the Square is funded by Southampton City Council, University of Southampton, John Hansard Gallery, Culture Ireland, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, and Go! Southampton.
The programme will be delivered by the John Hansard Gallery in partnership with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, City Eye and Culture Southampton with the support of local venues and promoters including The Social, The Loft, Joiners present, Switch b2b Bunker, Soul 45s, Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra, University of Southampton Music Department Showcase, Club Psychedelia presents / Club Psychedelia DJ set, Headsessions, Orange Rooms, The Space Between, Club Psychedelia, Saints Brass and Little Chiefster, Gold School, Playlist and more!

Website Address: http://guildhallsquare.co.uk/event-programme

Contact Email: summerinthesquare2017@gmail.com

Summer in the Square

Information correct at time of publication. Discover Southampton does not accept responsibility for any changes or cancellations to events and activities. It is advisable to contact the event organisers to confirm details before attending the event.