Adam Ant, opera and Scouting for Girls added to SO Festival line-up

THREE exciting new star attractions have been added to the line-up for this year’s SO Festival bringing diversity and prestige to the cultural celebration.

East Lindsey District Council has announced that new romantic rocker Adam Ant, contemporary pop-rock three-piece Scouting for Girls and the world renowned Garsington Opera will feature in the week-long spectacular this summer.

ELDC leader Coun Doreen Stephenson said: “As one of the biggest cultural festivals in the country and with close connections to London 2012, SO Festival’s week-long programme promises to delight visitors and residents alike, with events and activities taking place both on the coast and in the district’s traditional market towns, boosting our areas economy.”

Adam Ant’s hits ‘Stand and Deliver’, ‘Prince Charming’ and ‘Friend or Foe’ among others, made him a household name in the ’80s, famous for his fresh new sound and eccentric costumes.

He will be performing all of his old hits and a selection of new material at the Embassy Theatre on Sunday, July 1, in what is billed as an ‘amazing, colourful and theatrical show’.

ELDC’s second announcement features an entirely different musical offering from right at the opposite end of the spectrum and promises to break UK records when it appears at Skegness Beach.

The world renowned Garsington Opera will perform Offenbach’s La Perichole in Oxfordshire, to be screened live on the beach for the first time ever on Sunday, July 1.

General director of Garsington Opera Anthony Whitworth-Jones said: “We are delighted to have formed a link with the enterprising So Festival at Skegness with our performance of La Perichole.

“It is a thrilling prospect that many more people will be able to enjoy this production which promises to be very lively and full of fun - we hope that this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship.”

Completing the trio of musical announcements is popular UK three-piece Scouting For Girls, whose hits ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ earned the band three Brit Award nominations, multiple sold out tours and the biggest selling new British act of 2007.

Scouting For Girls will bring their infectious melodies, catchy tunes and toe-tapping beats to the Embassy Theatre on Saturday, June 30.

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