SO Festival organisers in search of local Volunteers for Skegness Saturday Night Spectacular - one month away

A previous 'And Now' performance.
A previous 'And Now' performance.

With just one month to go before SO Festival returns to East Lincolnshire, organisers have announced the event’s Saturday night spectacular and are currently looking for local volunteers to take part.

Created by And Now, the performance called Shoal will include a magnificent procession featuring many local volunteers moving through the streets of Skegness alongside illuminated icons.

The parade will eventually make its way to the beach, where a breathtaking display of fountains, fire and flares will delight the gathered crowds.

Driven by captivating sounds composed by Stu Barker and performed by Skegness Silver Band and members of Sinfonia Viva, Shoal will feature a mesmerising combination of crowd choreography and music – the likes of which have never been seen before.

Formed by Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby, And Now specialise in accessible visual performances and has produced shows and installations for The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and Enchanted Parks for Newcastle Gateshead Council.

Mandy Dike also helped to create beach-based performances as part of The World Famous for SO Festival in 2009 and 2011.

She said: “We are thrilled to be producing the stunning finale for SO Festival 2014. We wanted to create something that brings the community together, and encourages people to not only watch, but to participate in the experience. It’s exciting to do something on this scale, and we couldn’t do it without the help of volunteers.”

And Now and East Lindsey District Council are currently searching for volunteers to join SO Festival’s Saturday night spectacular.

No previous performing or artistic experience is necessary to take part; however, participants must be 10 years of age or older and be available to take part in rehearsals on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5.

To get involved or find out more about taking part, email or call 01507 613445.

East Lindsey District Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Councillor Grist said: “For SO Festival this year, we wanted to offer a programme which was diverse and appealing. And Now have played a huge part in this, by engaging the local community and coordinating a wonderful spectacle on the beach. It’s going to be a very special Saturday night in Skegness.”

As well as Shoal, visitors can look forward to a ‘Big Screen on the Beach’ showing of Garsington Opera’s Vert-Vert on Sunday July 6, or marvel at the huge projections in Horncastle (June 28) and Spilsby (July 1) created by Ross Ashton, who produced the now-famous Buckingham Palace projection for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and illuminated Horncastle to breath-taking effect during last year’s SO Festival.

Funded by East Lindsey District Council, Arts Council England and Centrica Energy, SO Festival 2014 is inspired by transport, journeys and travel. reviving the centuries-old tradition of travelling entertainment, curiosities and wonderment, this year’s nine-day festival will once again visit East Lindsey’s market towns – starting in Horncastle on June 28 and visiting Tattershall Castle, Woodhall Spa, Alford, Louth, Mablethorpe and Spilsby before arriving in Skegness for the festival finale over Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6.

For more information about this year’s programme, artists and performances, visit, or follow @SOFestival on Twitter.