Turner Sims Summer Festival 2024

Our Summer Festival is back! Extraordinary artists from both near and far are ready to fill our beloved venue and the gardens beyond with incredible live music. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performances, or take advantage of some amazing food stalls out in the gardens. Don’t forget the bar, with a range of local beers from Steam Town brewery, Bowman’s Ales, and Mr Whitehead’s Ciders.

Friday 28 June

The Vibe Lounge: Baby Panna / 7pm / Turner Sims Foyer

Portsmouth’s Baby Panna is a 23 year-old UK Jazz rapper. His jazzy track Moonlight went viral on TikTok, earning him millions of Spotify streams and a global following. Stay tuned as he brings his unique blend of jazz and rap to life.

FREE / Book your ticket here

Pegasuses Turn It Up! & support from Lucy Kitchen / 8pm / Main auditorium

Folk meets Americana as we present our first Turn It Up local associate, Pegasuses. The Indie-Folk duo is a regular act on the Southampton music circuit. At its core are two voices, Laura and Dave. Their bitter and sweet blend of close vocal harmonies and some darkly comic lyrics have made them local favourites.

& support from Lucy Kitchen

Supporting Pegasuses, folk singer-songwriter Lucy Kitchen has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Beth Orton and, vocally, to Sandy Denny. Her most recent release, The Stabal Sessions EP, is a tapestry of melancholic melodies, captivating vocals and personal storytelling.

£10 / students & under 18s £5 / Book your ticket

Saturday 29 June

Frontline & Ni Maxine / 1pm / Main Auditorium

An incredible jazz double bill celebrating a new generation of women at the forefront of UK jazz.

British Neo-Jazz singer-songwriter, Ni Maxine is a name to watch, with a voice that’s been compared to
Billie Holiday, Sade and Erykah Badu.

From Tomorrow’s Warriors – the organisation that nurtured Ezra Collective – come Frontline, a formidable group of some of the finest young musicians. Their powerful live show draws inspiration from the jazz greats and blends elements of jazz-fusion, funk, and R&B.

£12 / students & under 18s £6 / Book your ticket

Emily May / 3.15pm / Courtyard Stage / Free, no need to book
A solo artist from Devon, Emily takes vocal influences from Jazz singers like Billie Holiday and a guitar-playing style inspired by Lianne La Havas and Laufey.

Interesting Wallpaper / Courtyard Stage / 4pm / Free – no need to book
The Southampton band bring their upbeat, shiny, happy, brassy, Gospel, Indie-Pop sound experience to their energetic live performance.

Violet Road / Courtyard Stage / 5pm / Free – no need to book
The five-piece, Southampton-based Indie-Funk band share new music.

Chateau Bateau / Courtyard Stage / 6pm / Free – no need to book
Toe tappin’ tunes of love, loss, revenge and railroads from Southampton’s top notch Country music songsters.

The Vibe Lounge: Isla Croll / 7pm / Turner Sims Foyer

Emerging artist Isla Croll is a singer-songwriter whose soulful voice blends Jazz and R&B while embracing
Indie, Country and Pop.

FREE / Book your ticket here

Penguin Cafe / 8pm / Main Auditorium

Avant-pop from musician, composer, and producer Arthur Jeffes and Penguin Cafe. They perform music
from their 2023 album Rain Before Seven… alongside classic repertoire from Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

£25, students & under 18s £12 / Book your ticket

Sunday 30 June

Summer Family Day / 11am – 4pm

Join us for a day of magical musical activities and events indoors and outdoors for children and grown-ups of all ages. Get the whole family involved with workshops, music, dance, craft – and of course the chance to make LOTS of noise. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens, get your face painted – a perfect day out!

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Orchestra of the Swan with Jackie Oates & David Gordon / 7.30pm / Main Auditorium

A Four Seasons for the 21st century. Earthcycle is a multi-media experience marking the 300th anniversary of Vivaldi’s astonishing work. Movements are interspersed with traditional songs by folk singer Jackie Oates and jazz composer David Gordon’s response to Vivaldi, nature and the seasons, and coupled with stunning videos and lighting.

£28, students & under 18s £12.50 / Book your ticket

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