SO Festival returned to Skegness this summer, but unlike the previous year, 2010 offered twice the excitement...
SO Festival returned to Skegness this summer, but unlike the previous year, 2010 offered twice the excitement, with four days of exhilarating performances, which transformed Skegness into an international arts venue bringing a colourful carnival of dance, visual art, street theatre, music, world-class performances and celebrity music acts.
2010 kicked off with a 10-day collaboration between international artist Ra Kajol, and an army of volunteers painting "Traffic Art". This UK premiere of Ra's work was big and bright, a celebration of Skegness's own vibrant colours.
Highlights included Jools Holland at the Embassy Theatre, who was joined on stage by drummer Gilson Lavis, vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall and special guest, Marc Almond, a showcase of Lincolnshire's most talented musicians thanks to BBC Introducing's live 'battle of the bands' and exceptional dance performances.
Visitors were also wowed by acclaimed French street theatre company Transe Express perform Mobile Homme suspended 40m in the air and silhouetted against the night sky.
On the Saturday, Skegness turned into an aquatic wonderland, when Plasticiens Volants performed their critically acclaimed mobile show, Perle, which will launch the 2010 illuminations display - where massive inflatable sea creatures and giant marine puppets floated and danced over the crowds, transforming the Skegness skyline into a magical oceanic display.
The festival drew to a close with music performances in Tower Gardens before West End star Lee Mead closes the festival in style with a performance at the Embassy Theatre.