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Read Rees book launch at Blackwell’s

Literature lovers can head down to Blackwell’s bookshop this Saturday for the Portsmouth launch of Read Rees, the long-awaited new book by local author Gareth Rees.

Read Rees contains stories of war, theology, blackberry crumble and the oppression of cleaning staff. ‘Forty years’ wanderlust, menial labour and mindful rebellion.’

A graduate of the University of Portsmouth (UoP), Gareth has written for The Guardian, The Contemporary Review and the award-winning No Such Thing as a Free Ride? series of travel anthologies.

Read Rees is published by 137 Albion Road Books, a project involving another UoP alumnus, the photographer and writer Alexander Sebley, and Tom Sykes, Lecturer in Creative Writing at UoP and regular contributor to the New African magazine.

At the launch there will be readings plus a Q&A with Gareth. Copies of the book will be on sale priced £6.

Summery snacks and drinks will be served.

The launch is in association with the School of Media and Performing Arts at the University of Portsmouth.

7pm, 2nd August, Blackwell’s bookshop, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth.

Writer Gareth Rees

ARTches Project Receives £1.75 Million from Coastal Communities Fund

Some fantastic news has been announced today by Portsmouth City Council that the ARTches project to turn the Hotwalls arches in Old Portsmouth into a collection of artist studios and exhibition space has received key funding totalling £1.75 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. As we have previously covered in the last few years (you can read our previous articles, dating back to 2010, and opinion on the project HERE) the ARTches project will revitalise an area that despite being one of the highest footfalls in the city with locals and visitors throughout the year has been chronically underused and for many years closed off. The Strong Island Exhibition at the Round Tower in 2011 with many thousands of visitors in just two weeks showed that this area has fantastic potential.

Many cities and town across the south and the UK have projects and areas that actively aim to support and develop creativity in their local area by providing low cost artist studios, acting as stepping stones in the career progress of the creative industries including art, craft, jewellery, etc. Local examples include Making Space in Leigh Park, The Arches in Southampton and, The Sorting Office in Eastleigh. These projects provide a sustainable model of supporting artists with studio facilities, exhibition space, business and marketing support and more. Sadly despite Portsmouth’s active and fast growing creative sector we do not have such a local resource to benefit not just local artists, crafters, photographers, jewellers and more but also bringing in income in to the local economy. The creative industries are the fastest growing sector in the UK economy, generating £8 million an hour that generates direct and indirect employment for many, the ARTches project will be a key driver in developing this sector in Portsmouth in the future, with PCC estimating over 23 jobs to be created as a result of the funding and 82 positions indirectly.

The project’s planning permission decision previously proved to be controversial with petitions for and against the development but with the active support of English Heritage permission was granted and with this new funding plus £100,000 from PCC and the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) contribution of £40,000 the ARTches project is quickly becoming a reality. We’re looking forward to seeing more news on the project soon, including more details on the business plan, the artists to be engaged with for studio space, etc.

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Southsea Comedy Festival

Wow! So I’ve just got home from an amazing night of comedy on Southsea Common. A lot of laughs were had by all, and it was great to see such a good crowd turn out for the very first Southsea Comedy Festival.

The sun was shining bright as the crowd entered the festival site. I managed to arrive early enough to enjoy some sunshine and an ale from our friends Kings Street Tavern. I ventured into the comedy tent to see local compere James Alderson greet the crowd and introduce Larry Dean. I didn’t know very much about Dean before tonight but I quickly became a fan. I’m sure we will see much more of him in the future.

After a brief interval, 8:30pm rolled around and it was time for Alderson to introduce the headline act, Mr Eddie Izzard. When Izzard walked on stage the crowd gave him a huge round of applause, what a welcoming bunch we are! In return he put on a very funny show, covering obscure topics such as French speaking kings of England, how to improve dressage and the Lord of the Rings. He even handled the departure and arrival of a noisy Hovercraft like a pro! I wouldn’t want to risk any spoilers before Friday evenings performance but you are in for a treat. If you don’t have a ticket then I urge you to check out the Comedy Festival website to pick up and of the remaining tickets (if there are any?). It was that good that I will be going back tonight to see it again.

Southsea Comedy Festival is part of the build up to tomorrows Southsea Show which is also being held on Southsea Common.

You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy and the Southsea Show @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Comedy Festival

Southsea Comedy Festival

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FREE Strong Island Clothing Co. Tees

With payday just around the corner we’re offering a free tee to the first 10 people to make a full price purchase of any Strong Island Clothing Co. tee over at Shop Ahoy. This offer is only available on Friday 1st August 2014 so you’ve got to be in it, to win it…

Strong Island Clothing Co Summer 2014 - Dell Quay

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The Southsea Show Competition Winners

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you had to do to win this prize is answer the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The answer was of course Red, White and Black. The two lucky winners are Jean-Philippe Soulie and Nathan Jones.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #3 Felt Tip

Our next Victorious Festival preview features Felt Tip. The British Indie Pop band hail from London and feature former Southsea resident Jade Spranklen on bass, James Tyler (vocals), Tom Rapanakis (drums) and Anton Trampon (guitar).

The band have have just announced the exciting news that they have been picked up by X-Ray Touring, who also manage Pulp, Damon Albarn, Nick Cave and Franz Ferdinand. As well as continuing to tour over the autumn, Felt Tip are will be busy writing and recording their next release.

Felt Tip have had a busy summer playing live and promoting their new EP ‘Simple Things’ which is available on iTunes for £2.49 HERE. After the first listen the title track ‘Simple Things’ will be stick in your head all day, and you won’t mind one bit.

I encourage you to check them out for yourself on the Seaside Stage on Saturday 23rd August.

You can find out more about the band and stay up to date on the latest news, shows and releases via their Facebook, Twitter @FeltTip and SoundCloud.

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Photo by Maximilian Hetherington

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

Victorious Festival 2014

Surf ‘n’ Turf Polar Skateboards UK Tour Visits Southsea Skatepark on 10th August

In the last few years Sweden’s Polar Skate Co have become one of the most influential small skate brands (with the likes of London’s Palace) in both Europe and the USA, in no small part to their all terrain ripping, lead by owner and pro Pontus Alv. The Polar team are visiting the UK in August with stops off at Oxford, Bristol, Bournemouth, Guildford, London and Southsea! David Stenstrom, Kevin Rodrigues, Paul Grund, Dane Brady, Michal Juras and Pontus Alv will be in Bored of Southsea from 5pm for a meet up with everyone before popping down to Southsea Skatepark from 6pm to 8pm. Prepare to see the vintage 70s park concrete get shredded. Remember if you want to come down and watch and not skate/ride visitors to the park can come along for free. Seriously recommended, this will be the first demo in Portsmouth for a year or two and not to be missed.

Check the poster artwork below for full details and have a watch of their latest promo below:

Surf´n´Turf Polar Uk Tour

Operation Tanktop @ Victorious Festival

The Feel Yourself Campaign are getting together with Earth Wool & Fire to yarn bomb the tank outside the D Day museum during this year’s Victorious Festival, with permission from the organisers and the museum of course.

Contributions are flooding in but more are needed! If you can knit or crochet and can spare the time to donate a square or rectangle of any size to this project, your contribution will be greatly appreciated. If you can’t but you know someone who can, please pass this on them.

Op Tanktop

For more information and to stay up to date on the project, please check out the Facebook Event Page HERE.

Op Tanktop

Joseph Loughborough ‘The Mountain’

Portsmouth ex pat Joseph Loughborough has just released a limited edition print ‘The Mountain’. This is a follow up to ‘The Tide’ which was released in March.

The Mountain is a giclee print on 305gsm Hahnemühle Photorag with goldleaf hand finishing. The limited edition run is for fifteen only so don’t hang around if you’d like one. The print itself is 42/59.4cm(A2) (16.5 x 23.4 inches).

You can get you hands on ones of the beauts HERE.

You can find out more about him at www.josephloughborough.co.uk and through Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.

Joseph Loughborough

Joseph Loughborough

Little Johnny Russell’s | Silent Disco

You all know the drill by now. Two DJs, one set of headphones, two channels to choose from, and one dance floor full of people singing and dancing in a room with no music. Get involved!

You can follow Little Johnny Russell’s on Facebook and Twitter @JohnnyRussells

LJR Silent Disco

Here to be Performed by Southsea Shakespeare Actors at Rosie’s Vineyard from 28th to 30th July

Do you fancy seeing a spot of theatre and supporting a fledgling director, all in the lovely setting of Rosie’s wine bar? Jennie Rawling, our strong island contributor for all things theatre and literature, is directing Michael Frayn’s play Here for the Southsea Shakespeare Actors (SSA), to be performed at Rosie’s wine bar tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday at 8pm.

The play follows the daily life of Cath and Phil, a young couple who move into a studio flat, as they bicker, banter and struggle to stay on the same page while creating their own little space. All this happens amidst the rather inconveniently-timed interruptions from the landlady living downstairs, Pat.

We spoke to Jennie about the rehearsal process, drama school, and how she feels to be directing to the public for the first time:

Why did you choose this play to direct? Isn’t the SSA a Shakespeare company?
Our main focus is Shakespeare (Southsea Shakespeare Actors – the name says it all!), but we also try to put on smaller, more contemporary productions throughout the year. It’s a good way of showcasing our work to people who may be normally put off by Shakespeare, and it gives our actors a chance to try something different.

I came across Here when I was looking for audition pieces for drama school – it didn’t have any big enough chunks that I could use as a monologue for Cath, but I loved the banter between the couple and thought I’d like to have a go at directing it. I love the way it exposes the minutae of daily live in a couple living together – I think there’s something everyone who’s ever lived with a partner will recognise in Cath and Phil’s to-ing and fro-ing.

This is your first time directing to the public – how does it feel?
A bit terrifying! I directed an in-house production for the Southsea Shakespeare Actors a few years ago but as that was just to company members and friends it was less scary. There’s so much more to think about when you’re directing to the public at an external venue, and more logistical issues to sort out. There’s also the company’s reputation to uphold!

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Were there any challenges you faced along the way?
Yes! There are always challenges with any production, because you never have everything perfect (set, venue, timing, props, budget), so you just have to think around any problems and be creative. In the play there’s a scene where Cath and Phil are wearing identical jumpers, and at one point they’re both in the same jumper. So we needed to find two matching jumpers but in slightly different sizes – easy, right? Not so easy when you’re trying to buy big stretchy jumpers in the middle of June! After nearly garrotting Faye, who plays Cath, several times with one jumper, we finally found a pair of v-necks that fit the bill.

We also needed a threadbare toy dog – Theodore – which features heavily in the play. We managed to find one in a charity shop but he looked too pristine, so we were discussing how to mucky him up a bit and maybe tear an ear and I realised I just couldn’t do it. I guess the big kid in me couldn’t bear the thought of ‘hurting’ a soft toy haha. It’s become a bit of a joke – the others had to inflict the matting of fur with paint and toothpaste and coffee on him as I chickened out.

You can read a bit about Theodore and find out what we got up to in rehearsals on the SSA blog at ssaproductionblog.wordpress.com.

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You’ll be going to drama school in September to do the MA Acting at East 15 acting school. Do you think you’ll return to directing once you’re a professional actor?
Definitely, if I have the opportunity to. I want to focus on acting, but I really enjoying the directing process as well. It’s a different kind of creativity, and I like the project management side of it. Plus you get the opportunity to work with some very talented actors and guide them through the process whilst trying to get the best out of them.

Here is showing at Rosie’s Vineyard, Elm Grove, 28th–30th July, 8pm. Tickets: £9 (£7 students and unwaged). Book online at ssa.ticketsource.co.uk, or for more information go to www.southseashakespeareactors.com.

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Strong Island Clothing Co Summer 14 Drop Now Available

The initial drop of the new summer 2014 collection by Strong Island Clothing Co. is now available to buy online in the Shop Ahoy store HERE. We’ve also put together a quick video lookbook from the recent Dell Quay shoot to, have a watch below. To coincide with this drop we’ve given the website a little tidy up and fixed a few things here and there too.

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Check the full lookbook HERE and below are a few photos of the new designs and colours:












The Southsea Show Competition

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The deadline for entries will be midnight Wednesday 30th July with the winners being announced on Thursday morning.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #2 Tom Odell

In our second Victorious Festival preview we are featuring Tom Odell. Tom could even be considered one of the local artists performing this year, he was born a stones throw away from Portsmouth in Chichester, West Sussex.

After being discovered by Lily Allen, she signed him to her own record label ‘In The Name Of’. Earlier this year he won the BRITs’ Critics’ Choice Award, previously won by artists such as Adele, Emeli Sandé and Florence and the Machine. They have done alright for themselves since!

Tom was also named ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ at the this years Ivor Novello Awards. The prestigious Ivor Novello Awards honour excellence in British and Irish songwriting. They are judged by the songwriting and composing community, making the award quite an honour, and something to cherish.

Tom shot to fame with the hit single ‘Another Love’ and admits that most of songwriting is inspired by heartbreak. You can clearly hear a vulnerability in his records, akin Jeff Buckley.

It has been a busy summer, he’s played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and still has V Fest, Kendall Calling to come. He will also be racking up plenty of air miles by performing at festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Ireland. Tom finishes manic summer at Victorious on the Seaside Stage. Possibly saving the best til last?

Find out more about Tom Odell on his website www.tomodell.com, Facebook or on Twitter @tompeterodell.

Tom Odell

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

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Community Fusion Shop – Made With Hartt

Launched in May as a Mini Market, Jenna and her team at Community Fusion now bring us a full market at The Wedgewood Rooms on the LAST Saturday of the month, every month.

Take the time to check out whats in store while being entertained with live music from Mike Keating, Sam Whiteway and Paul Dillon. Doors open at 11am and close at 4pm and entry is completely free! Find out more on the Facebook Event Page HERE.

If you are a crafty individual who wants to book a table in future then half a table costs as little as £5.

Community Fusion Shop - Made With Hartt

Lucius @ The Wedgewood Rooms This October

On October 27th the Wedgewood Rooms welcome Brooklyn band Lucius. Headed by the strong vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Leasing, the line up is completed by Dan Molad (drums), Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri (both guitar).

Rolling Stone magazine describes them as “the best band you may not have heard yet” and the Guardian describes them as “The missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim… How can they fail? They won’t”. Great praise indeed but don’t take their word for it, take mine. These are a great band and during a dreary October this will be something worth leaving the house for.

Tickets are priced at £9.50 and are available from the Wedgewood Rooms, find out how you can get yours HERE.

You can stay up to date on all things Lucius via their website www.ilovelucius.com, Facebook, Twitter @ilovelucius and YouTube.

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 22

Charlie is back with the 22nd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

“Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues are deadpan, sharply dressed, law breaking, hard drinking, and they’re on a mission from God. The Blues Brothers was an attempt to cash in on a musical sketch from Saturday Night Live and ended up being a cult classic with a stellar cast. The real star of the film though, was the phenomenal soundtrack, original songs used as background music and re-recorded set pieces with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and more. It’s one of the best feel good films of all time, and if you watch it every week for the rest of your life, you’ll probably live longer.

For this show I’ve picked a few of the set piece songs and brought you the original versions, except for Shake Your Tail Feather which Ray Charles actually recorded especially for the movie. As well as that there’s tunes from Van Morrison, The Dø, The Housemartins and Delakota. This week from Sam’s Selection Box we’ve got a lovely 12-string folk song from The Red House Painters.

Enjoy, and then go watch The Blues Brothers.

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group
02) Happy Hour – The Housemartins
03) Think – Aretha Franklin
04) Dreiklangsdimensionen – Rheingold
05) Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway
06) Everyone – Van Morrison
07) Mother’s Last Word To Her Son – Washington Phillips
08) 1941 – Harry Nilsson
09) On My Shoulders – The Dø
10) Shake A Tail Feather – Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers Band
11) Wop-A-Din-Din – Red House Painters
12) John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
13) Cursed Sleep – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
14) The Rock – Delakota
15) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Wilson Pickett

Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 22

Southsea Comedy Festival Competition Winner

The first ever Southsea Comedy Festival opens with Eddie Izzard performing his most recent show ‘Force Majeure’ on 31st July and 1st August. Last week we gave you the chance to win two tickets to see Eddie Izzard on Thursday 31st July. The lucky winner is Si Bunting, he correctly answered the three following questions…

1) What is the name of the character voiced by Eddie in Cars 2?
Sir Miles Axlerod
2) In which American city did Eddie begin his 2014 tour Force Majeure?
Washington DC, America
3) For which charity did Eddie run an incredible 43 marathons in 51 days?!
Sports Relief

If you aren’t lucky enough to be Si’s plus one, then you can still get your Southsea Comedy Festival tickets by calling 0844 847 2362 and online at www.southseacomedyfestival.co.uk. You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy.

Eddie Izzard Southsea Comedy Festival Logo

Southsea Comedy Festival

The Ruby Ride Cycle Challenge

The Rowans Hospice have launched their third annual Ruby Ride cycle event, the sponsored bike ride in and around the Portsmouth and Hampshire area. With the choice of three great routes; Leisure (18 miles), Challenge (30 miles) and Epic (65 miles) with refreshment and picnic opportunity stops along the way.

The Ruby Ride will have staggered start times from 9.30am and all three routes will start and finish at Lakeside North Harbour (adjacent to IBM) All participants will receive a t-shirt, refreshments en route and a medal on completion.

Sunday 14th September starting and finishing at Lakeside. Registration costs £20 for adults, £10 for children 5 to 15 and free for under 5’s but must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on how you can get involved in this great event please call 023 9223 7142 or email therubyride@rowanshospice.co.uk

The Ruby Ride Poster

The Ruby Ride

The Ruby Ride
The Ruby Ride photos were taken by Image Creative Limited.

Joe Wells and Chris Coltrane Fringe Preview Show

This Wednesday night from 7:30pm you can catch a preview of Joe Wells and Chris Coltrane’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival show at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.

Joe Wells – Night of the Living Tories
When there’s no more room in hell, The Conservative party will walk the earth!

Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, and New Theatre Royal Associate, Joe Wells (Alexei Sayle tour support, No Pressure To Be Funny podcast, Amnesty International’s Human TV) digs up the grisly past of the Tory party. Sell-out show Brighton Fringe 2013 and Leicester Comedy Festival 2014. ‘Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s’ (Guardian). ‘A skilled jokesmith who threads great gags through intelligent political material’ (Comedy.co.uk). Warning: this show contains graphic descriptions of Michael Gove.

Chris Coltrane – There’s No Heros Left Except For All Of Us
Join comedian and activist Chris Coltrane for an hour of uplifting, Tory-smashing political comedy!

The world is corrupt, politicians are garbage, but we are awesome! Let Coltrane show you how to use activism and fun to kick the bad guys out, and make the world a better place. A show for people who like silliness, social justice, feminism and joy. Come for jokes, stay for revolution! (Scotsman). (Chortle.co.uk). (Skinny). * (ThreeWeeks). ‘One of a few comedians who are the future of British political comedy’ (Mark Thomas).

For more information on how you can get a ticket, check out the New Theatre Royal website HERE.

Joe Wells & Chris Coltrane Edinburgh Fringe Preview

Official Opening Party of Southsea Beach Cafe

Southsea Beach Cafe is the stunning new cafe located right on Southsea beach, just down from South Parade Pier, which for the last couple of weeks has been running a soft launch, with their breakfasts, lunches, coffees and more sold to the crowd who have discovered this new culinary asset to the city by word of mouth. The soft launch allows the kitchen and front of house staff to refine their menu and service ready for the full opening of the cafe…which happened this past weekend!

Strong Island Media have been working closely with the Southsea Beach Cafe team and Sarah Jones on the visual experience of the new cafe. The cafe logo and the branding from social media to signage through to the menus has been designed by Tristan at Strong Island Media and we have been really pleased to work on a local project such as this. On Thursday there was a special party at the cafe to launch this exciting new business and we popped along to help celebrate. Southsea Beach Cafe is now fully open and a must-visit spot in Southsea with beautiful views over the beach and sea.

Photos below from the opening are by Josh Knill, find out all about the cafe on their Facebook page at:

www.facebook.com/southseabeachcafe

Official Opening Party of Southsea Beach Cafe by Josh Knill (1)

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Photos from Head Jam 2014

For the second year running Head Mens Hairdressing, Strong Island and My Dog Sighs (this year with Lex Luthor) put on the Head Jam street art event on Albert Road in Southsea. The yard out the back of Head and the Strong Island HQ had last year’s artwork covered during last week and Saturday saw local artists My Dog Sighs, Los Dave, M-One, Lex Luthor, Mimic, Stu Linfield, I am Posy, freakSTATIC, Midge and Samo get involved with new artwork on all of the walls plus the new sculpture too. Extra artwork is also being added today by My Name is Leila. A huge thank you to all the artists and to everyone who popped by throughout the day.

Check some of the photos from the day below, you can see a load more on our Flickr (which is a growing archive of our photography over the last 6 years) or on our Facebook page and if you want to pop in and have a look visit Head at 53 Albert Road.


































Hand Type x Strong Island Collaboration Video

The Summer 2014 collection from Strong Island Clothing Co includes two collaboration tee designs by multi award winning designer and hand type virtuoso Andy Lethbridge aka Hand Type. Over the last two years Andy has become an exceptional talent able to create beautiful type all by hand. For the first logo tee the design is drawn with brush pen, the second is all hand formed with pencil…each taking an impossibly steady hand and awe inspiring skill and dexterity. The work behind these two designs was captured on film by Andy, who produced this short film for the collaboration.

We are exceptionally proud to have worked with this University of Portsmouth graduate who is destined for a very bright, creative future. To see more Hand Type goodness and Andy’s other incredibly good graphic design visit:

andylethbridge.co.uk

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Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #1 Dizzee Rascal

It’s just over a month until Victorious Festival begins. In the build up to the event we are going to be previewing some of highlights you can expect to find at the festival.

What better place to start than Dizzee Rascal. The East Londoner has established himself as one of the UK’s top Hip Hop acts since his 2003 debut ‘Boy in da Corner’. The three time Mercury Prize nominee has played some of the biggest international music festivals, including Glastonbury, Sziget and Coachella.

I was lucky enough to catch him at Bestival in 2010. It was a spectacular performance, he has a great stage presence and he clearly knew how to get a crowd moving. I’m looking forward to a set which should include tunes such as ‘Bonkers’, ‘Dance With Me’, his first big hit ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’ and newest single ‘Still Sittin Here‘.

You can catch Dizzee Rascal headlining the Castle Stage on Saturday 23rd August.

Dizzee Rascal


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You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

Victorious Festival 2014

Port in a Storm by Andrew Whyte

We’ve seen some incredible storm photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook this morning, with many people capturing one of the city’s most violent thunderstorms in some time. Local photographer and friend of Strong Island Andrew Whyte loves taking photos at night (as well as Lego…) and braved the weather to capture ‘Port in a Storm’, a timelapse of the lightning over Portsmouth. Have a watch below and be sure to take some time looking through Andrew’s great photography on his Flickr.

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The Southsea Show Competition

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The deadline for entries will be midnight Wednesday 30th July with the winners being announced on Thursday morning.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Southsea Comedy Festival Competition Winner

The first ever Southsea Comedy Festival opens with Eddie Izzard performing his most recent show ‘Force Majeure’ on 31st July and 1st August. Last week we gave you the chance to win two tickets to see Eddie Izzard on Thursday 31st July. The lucky winner is Si Bunting, he correctly answered the three following questions…

1) What is the name of the character voiced by Eddie in Cars 2?
Sir Miles Axlerod
2) In which American city did Eddie begin his 2014 tour Force Majeure?
Washington DC, America
3) For which charity did Eddie run an incredible 43 marathons in 51 days?!
Sports Relief

If you aren’t lucky enough to be Si’s plus one, then you can still get your Southsea Comedy Festival tickets by calling 0844 847 2362 and online at www.southseacomedyfestival.co.uk. You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy.

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Photos from Head Jam 2014

For the second year running Head Mens Hairdressing, Strong Island and My Dog Sighs (this year with Lex Luthor) put on the Head Jam street art event on Albert Road in Southsea. The yard out the back of Head and the Strong Island HQ had last year’s artwork covered during last week and Saturday saw local artists My Dog Sighs, Los Dave, M-One, Lex Luthor, Mimic, Stu Linfield, I am Posy, freakSTATIC, Midge and Samo get involved with new artwork on all of the walls plus the new sculpture too. Extra artwork is also being added today by My Name is Leila. A huge thank you to all the artists and to everyone who popped by throughout the day.

Check some of the photos from the day below, you can see a load more on our Flickr (which is a growing archive of our photography over the last 6 years) or on our Facebook page and if you want to pop in and have a look visit Head at 53 Albert Road.


































Southsea Comedy Festival Competition | Win Two Tickets

The first ever Southsea Comedy Festival opens with Eddie Izzard performing his most recent show ‘Force Majeure’ on 31st July and 1st August. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the Thursday 31st July performance. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following three questions.

1) What is the name of the character voiced by Eddie in Cars 2?
2) In which American city did Eddie begin his 2014 tour Force Majeure?
3) For which charity did Eddie run an incredible 43 marathons in 51 days?!

The deadline for entries will be midnight Monday 21st July with the winner being announced Tuesday 22nd in the evening.

If you don’t want to risk missing out then Southsea Comedy Festival tickets are available by calling 0844 847 2362 and online at www.southseacomedyfestival.co.uk. You can follow the Southsea Comedy Festival on Twitter @SouthseaComedy.

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Lookbook for Strong Island Clothing Co Summer 2014 Collection

We’ve been exceptionally busy over at Strong Island HQ for the best part of 2014 so far and the latest Strong Island Clothing Co range has been in development for some time. We are now proud to announce the launch of our latest line of tee and crew designs for the Summer. This is the biggest run we have done to date and we wanted to ensure it was a really strong range so didn’t want to rush it.

We have a wide range of new colours and designs including our first 2 colour print on the popular Refuse to Sink and a return to our second tee style back in 2010 with a backprint (this time in navy) in the classic Strong Island logo. We also have a seriously strong collaboration with University of Portsmouth graduate and award winning letterform designer Andy Lethbridge AKA Hand Type. These are something truly special and we’re really stoked how they came out, the detail in the print really reflects the brush strokes of Andy’s work. We will have more on Hand Type and the development of these designs on Strong Island soon in a full interview. We also have pocket tees with the new Down the Hatch design which form part of something we are keeping under our hats for bit…some old favourites have been revisited too with new colourways and 2 new graphic tees as well. Our latest crew retains the same quality as before featuring ribbed side panels, a back neck loop, deep cuffs, a double v-insert on the neckline and raglan sleeves but with new striped cuffs. With a more contemporary and slimmer fit than most sweatshirts it’s certainly a more premium line. As always all our tees and crews are hand screenprinted in East London by the mighty Lovenskate, including the anchor signoff on the back and detail on the inside neck.

We have a few more mini launches coming up over the next few weeks including more tees, something for the cyclists out there, some very special hand produced items from Poland using original 1940′s techniques and also something to lounge on in summer and keep you warm in the winter. Not to mention another very special artist collaboration too.

All of the tees and crews from the main, initial drop will be available this weekend during Head Jam at Head Hairdressing, 53 Albert Road, Southsea (weather permitting). They will then go online in Shop Ahoy next week.

For now please enjoy our latest Lookbook shot by Strong Island Media over at Dell Quay, Chichester. The perfect day to go for a wander around the marina, fields and woodlands with a few cheeky beers at the Crown & Anchor.

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Strong Island, Lex Luthor & My Dog Sighs present Head Jam 2014 – Saturday 19th July

Last years Head Jam was such a resounding success with some of the nations best street artists that we eagerly began talking about the following year before the paint had even dried. We discussed how we could run the event again and where to do it, but the answer was simple and literally looking right at us. We hold it in the same place again. Make the courtyard at Head Hairdressing the centre of an annual event where the outcome is available to view for the year, then return, white wash the previous artwork away, and do it all again. After all, street art is an ever changing and developing media in it’s own right and in it’s usual environment where it gets ripped down, tagged, covered in fly posters, lost to demolition and built on, the artists have no fear of their art being lost. It’s part of the job so to speak…

Rick from Head Hairdressing at 53 Albert Road (just along from the Wine Vaults and next to Southsea Gallery) conceived the idea of having the courtyard to the rear of the local barbers transformed in to a permanent giant art piece. From precision multilayered stencils, through bubble gum cutsie to surreal illustrative mayhem, Lex Luthor and My Dog Sighs have hand picked some of their favourite artists to produce the ultimate street art dreamscape courtyard…again!

Head Jam will run all day so feel free to pop along, take a look, have a chat, hang out, meet the artists and enjoy the atmosphere. There will be music on all day, a BBQ turning over in the background if you want to stick a burger on (not supplied), and please feel free to bring along a beer too. Everyone is welcome, so bring the kids so they can see some of the finest street artists working together in this unique environment.

Attending artists include: MyDogSighs, Lex Luthor, Mimic, Fark, Nova, M-one Art, Los Dave, Stu Linfield, Morf, Freakstatic and Ooberla. Wow, this is going to be amazing! If you pop along please be sure to tag the event on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #HeadJam and we will put up a series of your photos from the day.

Strong Island Clothing Co will also be launching their latest range of tees and crews before they go online the following week. So if you want to get in there for an exclusive purchase before anyone else head on down and check it all out. Everything will be out to view, and there is a sneak peak at the end of this post (the full look book will go up this week). Also all of our PFC tees and crews are on offer, bargain. We look forward to seeing you all.

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Archives

Lights Out by Pete Thorne

Following on from Tristan’s post about pics from early Saturday morning during the power outage.

Very impressive series of photographs taken on Albert Road during the black-out by Portsmouth photographer Pete Thorne.

Headlights

KFC

Moonlit Junction

See more on his Flickr Stream.

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 4

The new episode of Jonathan & Matthew Ring’s vintage family footage ‘Portsmouth on Film’ went up yesterday. This episode is of a bus trip from Old Portsmouth to Southsea to Eastney.

I still lament the loss of the Portsmouth Transport Museum.

Big Rave Night

Clearly ‘that top group from Portsmouth The Parkas’ used to rave hard at the licensed bar The Drill Hall in Camberley back in ’67. Awesome stuff for sure.

Flyer Seen : Pompey Pop Pix

Amazing Vintage Naval Posters

I found these truly amazing posters on one of my many Flickr travels. All circa 1930s and all fantastic. Click the images for the direct links to Flickr.












Following Toby Taylor on Bored

If like me you can’t get enough of skateboarding, but just don’t know where to dig everything out from that there world wide webby, then local top gun Toby Taylors twitter feed for Bored of Southsea will fill all your needs in the world of local and international skateboarding. Jump on Tobys feed HERE. Check Tobys Tre Flip at the underpass courtesy of Tom Timewaster.