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Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

Last November saw the launch of our 2014 Calendar at an Exhibition at the Wine Vaults. You can read an article from Becki Partridge about the event HERE.

We cannot take all of the credit for the exhibition, the content was all provided by you, the Strong Island readers. Not to forget the exhibition was made possible by the team at Southsea Gallery who printed and framed the photographs. If you see a photo that you like you can purchase it in Southsea Gallery located at 51 Albert Road.

The exhibition can be found in ‘snug’ on the far right hand side of the Wine Vaults.

If you would like to know how to get involved in next years calendar then click HERE to find out more information.

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Phil Tickner Calendar Exhibition

Photos are by the awesome Phil Tickner, be sure to give him a follow on Flickr and on Twitter @HoldYourColour.

Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

TONIGHT – Strong Island Recordings Presents Drunken Sailor 18th April At Edge Of The Wedge

On Friday 18th April Strong Island Recordings presents ‘Drunken Sailor’ at Edge of the Wedge and we bring you a handful of some of our favourite up and coming acts today plus Champagne Justice deejays all for a mere £4.00 entry.

Arrows of Love
London grunge/art punk outfit Arrows of Love whirl up an absolute riot during every one of their live sets. The 5 piece are a total adrenaline rush where the entire venue is the stage and the show is an interactive experience and one you never know what’s going to happen except from utter chaos and absolute brilliance. Kerrang labelled them as one of the most engaging new bands plus NME, Front, Fake DIY, Artrocker, John Kennedy of XFM,Fake DIY, Lauren Laverne and many many more have also shown their support for AOL and now they return to Portsmouth with their debut album set to be unleashed around the same time too on 1234 Records.

Rickyfitts
Rickyfitts as a band are still very much in their infancy, forming just a few months ago yet they could well be one of the best new live bands you will see today. The duo bring blistering, sludge filled thrash punk, heavy psych, grunge rock . Despite being the nicest guys you could meet, they play with much ferociousness & are absolute merciless to their instruments, brutally pummelling them into near mush. Check out ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana‘ we released on our ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation.

The Hundredth Anniversary 
Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary cross the boundaries of ethereal, indie, dreampop & shoegaze. Wrapped in intense, whirling guitars & saturated in enchanting, reverberated vocals from Eleanor Rudge, 100th anniversary sound is beautifully atmospheric, mesmerising and frankly utter brilliant. Defiantly one’s to watch in which the likes of NME are also agreeing. Check them out for yourself plus their Daytrotter session they did very recently.

Fever
Grand choruses, tortured vocals, dark atmospheric guitars shadowing and full on fuzz, this quartet distort the lines of doom psychedelia, post punk, surf & grunge. Whilst its’ tough to liken a new outfit, so far Fever remind us of a mix of The Horrors, Arctic Monkeys and Eagulls. With Chris Pedan of Wild Smiles producing them and also being touted as one’s to watch by the NME your immune system will soon too give into Fever.

The Boy I Used To Be
Sun drenched, joyous garage pop with elements of psychedelia and folk, The Boy I Used To Be is like sipping a musical cocktail of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cloud Nothings, Splashh & Kurt Vile. The revamped sound of The Boy I Used To Be started out as a bedroom project of Edward Perry’s & the recordings very quickly headed to our label where we signed ‘I Can’t Stand’ for our compilation 30 minutes after it was recorded. Certainly one Portsmouth’s finest musical talents.

It’s a bank holiday so come down and enjoy Easter the way it’s supposed to be, partying with some of the raddest new bands in the U.K all for a paltry four pound entry.

Jayson Scott Adams

The gallery space in the Kings Theatre is currently featuring the work of Jayson Scott Adams. The collection of images features familiar locations around the city, however not quite as you will have seen them. Jayson’s works are based on social decay, economic crises and hopefully raising awareness of solutions.

If you would like to see more of Jayson’s work then check out his blog HERE.

The exhibition is open until the 21st April. Check the Kings Theatre website for opening times HERE.

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 15

It is Friday lunchtime and Charlie is back with a new Strong Island Sounds podcast episode with Longlive Radio episode 14, this time focusing on a particularly awesome year:

This week I took inspiration from an old tune that I revisited on an evening run. I’d just turned 14 when ‘Know Your Enemy’ by Rage Against The Machine was released as a single, and up until then I’d grown up on a diet of my brother’s and sister’s music. The Jam, Bowie and The Smiths from my sisters and NWA, Big Audio Dynamite and Italian House from my brother. It was around this time that I was ready to find my own music, and something a bit weightier than Star Trekkin’ and Snow. Suddenly I was listening to stuff my siblings had never heard, let alone liked, and from there it snowballed (Informer). I decided to pick a few tunes from that same year and play them on today’s show.

As well as that there’s tunes from The Kinks, 2 Bears, Blackalicious and Rodriguez. This weeks cut from Sam’s Selection Box is 1992 flavoured too, as is the intro…name that film?

Hope you enjoy it, best listened to in Troop trainers, Joe Bloggs jeans and a Naff Co 54 jacket.

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01) Know Your Enemy – Rage Against The Machine
02) Breakaway – Irma Thomas
03) 7 – Prince & The New Power Generation
04) Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna
05) This Time (I’m Gonna Try It My Way) – DJ Shadow
06) Bear Hug – The 2 Bears
07) This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks
08) Twistarella – Ride
09) The Drowners – Suede
from Sam’s Selection Box…
10) Molly’s Lips – The Vaselines
11) Lord Of The Dance – Chris Clark
12) Deception – Blackalicious
13) I Wonder – Rodriguez
14) It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube
15) My Drug Buddy – The Lemonheads

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 15

Stand Clear Gallery

STAND CLEAR is a new non-profit pop up artist led space situated in the heart of Portsmouth, dedicated to creative investigation. It functions with a specific focus on the immediate demographic; providing the community with project space for students to generate ideas and platform for artists to exhibit.

The team are putting out an open call for anyone who would like to exhibit there to get in contact with them. Details can be found below.

Website – www.standcleargallery.org
Wordpress – standcleargallery.wordpress.com
Facebook – facebook.com/standcleargallery
Twitter – @STAND_CLEAR

There seems to be a very limited number of venues available to exhibit art work so this is very exciting news!

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A Kind of Conjuration at the Cellars

You would think witch trails a thing of the distant past. However, during the second world war a woman was tried and convicted under the ancient Witchcraft Act.

A play about the trial was performed at The Cellars at Eastney last week. Local theatre companies New Apollo and Cop The Needle brought audiences A Kind of Conjuration. This hour-long theatre piece, directed by Steve Pitt, featured a group of five actors, and was based on the real-life trial of Scottish medium Helen Duncan in 1944, for events that took place in Portsmouth.

The intimacy of the venue worked well for the subject matter, and enabled the performers and audience to connect in a way that isn’t possible in larger venues. When the judge, played by Christopher Marlowe, addressed the jury during the court scene, he spoke to the audience as if they were the jury, making them feel involved in the action.

Angie Lily was fantastic in the court scene, nipping backstage to change elements of costume in-between each character, resulting in a highly entertaining whirlwind of at least five different characters (and accents) testifying in quick succession. Henry Oastler was on comedic top form for his appearance in the court scene, displaying subtle character traits such as a tuck of the chin, transforming him completely from his other role in the play as a newspaper journalist. James Kirby and Tim Lowe also gave entertaining performances.

Writers Stuart Olesker and John Stanton incorporated excerpts from the original court transcript, adding authenticity to this brilliant piece. A highly refreshing and thought provoking performance.

A Kind of Conjuration will next be performed at the Square Tower on 25th June as part of Portsmouth Festivities. (Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm). On this occasion the play will be preceded by a monologue from the late Harry Price, ghostbuster extraordinary. Tickets from 023 9282 6249 or 023 9273 6288 or online: www.thecellars.co.uk.

Reviews:

Ashley Harley in Portsmouth News:
“a little gem”
“hauntingly good”
“not to be missed”
“solid direction”

Heather James in Portsmouth News:
“I was riveted”
“very witty and entertaining”

David Richards of Remote Goat:
“a sellout”
“a joy to watch”
“superb performances”
“a very high degree of professionalism”
“a very effective mix of the serious and the comedic”
“another triumph and a thoroughly enjoyable evening”

The original flyer for the show at The Cellars

Kassassin Street ‘Talk in Riddles’ Remix by Longlive

This week saw a new remix of Kassassin Street’s anthemic ‘Talk in Riddles’ get dropped on YouTube, giving the song a different direction with a loose, baggy feel. The remix is by Charlie at Longlive (whose new Strong Island x Longlive podcast episode 15 drops tomorrow, by the way) and can be listened to below, with motion graphics by Tom & Henry at the always awesome Golden Wolf.

Always love it when local talent collaborate and this is a fine example of how good it can be.

Longlive DJs Charlie and Morgan will be supporting Kassassin Street plus Curxes and Juice on the 3rd May at The Wedgewood Rooms, find out more at the Facebook event.

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Superrb Working with San Francisco’s Benny Gold

Our friends at Superrb over on Hayling Island are working on the new Benny Gold website and got a strong mention on the existing website recently. Benny Gold is a San Francisco based designer who has a pretty special streetwear label of his own. Serious props to the boys on working with a heavyweight, worldwide brand…yet another example of local creative talent killing it on an national & international stage.

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Matthew Pickles ‘Portsmouth’

Local Portsmouth lad Matthew Pickles has produced a nice illustration inspired by our beloved city. the design is available as a print and a t-shirt which comes in two colours (black and white). If you are interested in a print or a tee then you can contact Matthew via email mattwpickles@gmail.com.

You can follow Matt on Instagram @mattwpickles to see his latest illustrations.

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Matt Pickles

Matt Pickles

My Dog Sighs and JCRivera Collaboration

Those of you passing through Albert Road this weekend would have noticed the latest painting on the wall of Chilli Tattoo. This painting is a collaboration between local favourite My Dog Sighs and visiting all the way from Chicago JCRivera. If you’ve not seen it make sure you take the time to check it out.

You can follow both artist on Twitter @MyDogSighs and @JcRivera.

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Photograph by Diana Goss
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Photograph by Matt Maber
My Dog Sighs & JCRivera
Photograph by My Dog Sighs

Female vocalist wanted

Local band Breakers are looking for a young female vocalist. The band is made up of Simon Brookes and Les Black, who are no strangers to the music scene, Simon previously being in both Bonemachine and Music to Drive Tanks To, and Les in Islander.

Though a good voice is essential, look and presence are equally as important as vocal talent for this project.

Music will be guitar, keyboard (synth), bass and drums-based.

Simon says: “In old money we are looking for an indie sound but I guess you might even call it post-indie nowadays.”

Email Simon Brookes for details at simon.brookes@gmail.com 

Southsea Beach Cafe – First Day On Site

With the increasing decline and surrounding speculation of South Parade Piers future it’s extremely encouraging to see anything positive happening with regard to our extensive seafront. Despite always being under scrutiny for one reason or another the seafront remains a very popular destination throughout the year and with continuous progress on the Southsea Seafront Strategy, the PCC backed Victorious Festival and the Seafront Masterplan, to name but a few, it really feels like things are starting to change for the better…

Southsea Beach Cafe most certainly suits the progressive nature we are all dying to see take place and is a welcome addition to what is currently a very run down area of the seafront. The new proprietors of the old toilet block and cafe opposite Canoe Lake and East of the pier have taken on something that will really bring a new lease of life to the area. Not to be overshadowed by movements of the once iconic South Parade Pier, SBC is set to become a very popular destination for both locals and passing visitors.

Today saw the real beginning as work on site began and progress became a reality in physical form. Once completed, SBC will be a well considered and contemporary cafe destination offering good quality food throughout the day and evening. Set in an very accessible area with the perfect vista the plans for SBC include both inside and outside areas for dining in a very relaxed and family friendly environment.

Offering a unique experience to Southsea is the addition of having a seasonally adaptable awning that can be retracted to reveal the delights of Summer sunshine, whilst also keeping off those chilly British winds, and equally in the Winter months shield you from the elements but still offer the feeling of being outside as you are protected by the awnings structural weatherproof glass. As awesome as it will be to visit in the summertime I’m certainly looking forward to some comfort food in the Winter with the sea crashing outside in the knowledge that I’m safe and sound from the elements!

We will be following SBC very closely over the next few months before their planned opening in early June and have a more in depth article with the owners coming soon to talk about the years of negotiation up to their final plans and down to what will be on the menu. For the time being you can follow Southsea Beach Cafe over at their Facebook page HERE.

Strong Island have the privilege to be working with Southsea Beach Cafe on both the brand identity and creative consultancy and we are extremely proud to be part of the journey with them and the people they are working with. We will be keeping you up to date with all the developments of this exciting new venture right up till the opening night, and beyond…

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New Theatre Royal and Shakespeare’s Globe Present… King Lear

Following the success of last year’s all-female performance of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, the New Theatre Royal and Shakespeare’s Globe present King Lear between 3rd-5th July. The production itself will be an open air showing in the City Museum Gardens.

Playing the eponymous King will be Joseph Marcell, best known to UK audiences as ‘Geoffrey’, the acerbic and witty butler in the hit show, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. Joseph has since gone on to become one of the most respected stage actors in the country.

Early bird discounted tickets are available until 23rd April although don’t hesitate as these are likely to sell quickly! To book your ticket, visit online box office at www.newtheatreroyal.com, or call the New Theatre Royal on 02392 649 000.

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The Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour

Celebrating Camp Bestival 2014’s Circus theme, Rob and Josie Da Bank will be beginning their Camp Bestival Travelling Circus Tour in Portsmouth.

Starting in our fair city of Portsmouth, each event will feature the Camp Bestival DJ crew, special guest DJs and a whole host of different amazing circus-themed activities, competitions, face painting and arts & crafts guaranteed to entertain all the family. There’s no excuse not to round up the kids and come along to check them out!

The tour will kick off in at the Aspex Gallery with Camp Bestival Ringmaster Rob da Bank behind the wheels of steel with cool music for cool kids, a supersized ghetto-blaster, art workshops, face-painting, food & drinks, fancy dress, candyfloss and other surprises! This will be a party for the whole family.

Anyone attending the events will also have the special opportunity to purchase Camp Bestival 2014 tickets at face value without any booking fees or postage.

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The Rowans Hospice – Spinnaker Tower Abseil

The amazing Rowans Hospice invite you to help them raise money to help them improve the lives of people with suffering with cancer and other life-shortening illnesses.

The event will be on 17th and 18th May. There are eighty places available over the weekend. To take part it will costs £45 to register and they ask that participants raise a target of £200 in aid of The Rowans Hospice.

At 1:30pm on the Sunday Doris Long is again attempting the record for the world’s oldest abseiler on her 100th birthday! Doris, is the current record holder but will be going to break her own record, going down the tower with ITV South Todays Fred Dinenage. If Doris can do it then so can you! You can sponsor Doris yourself HERE.

Maybe between us we can raise enough money to send up Strong Island’s own Paul Gonella?

It would be great if you could help us promote the event and if you are free on the Sunday come along and cheer Doris on! She will be abseiling at 1.30pm.

Doris Rowans

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South Parade Pier Sold?

Over the past couple of weeks quiet rumours about South Parade Pier being sold to a mysterious new owner/s have become more and more audible. So what truth is there to these whispers? The notion that Fred Nash and Dawn Randall are merely buying extra time in order to fend off any legal action from the council is perfectly plausible. However, it does appear that the structure is in the process of being sold to a group of local business men, with finalised contracts pending an ongoing survey. This group is believed to include local property and car dealer Tommy Ware, former owner of the Cambridge pub site before it’s bankruptcy. The group state that they are committed to reopening the entire pier and, incredibly, have been offered a grant of £100,000 by Portsmouth City Council who at this point are still shrouding the deal in secrecy. Malcolm Belcher of Vivid Surveyors has been retained by the prospective new owners of the pier to draw up a survey of what is required to restore the attraction. At the East Neighbourhood Forum held last night in the Royal Beach Hotel, Councillor Gerald Vernon Jackson (head of the city council) was severely criticised by local residents who doubted the good intentions of the secretive new owners. A real fear is that only the landward end of the pier will be restored in order to generate quick revenue, whilst leaving the rest to carry on slowly crumbling away into the sea.

As expected, this current outcome raises some serious concerns; have PCC carried out the appropriate company background checks on this group? If so, what financial assurances can they give regarding their intentions? How do we know this “consortium” are not acting as a pressure alleviating patsy for Fred and Dawn? And is it really wise to offer this grant to a non-charitable organisation? The next couple of weeks will be crucial for our pier’s survival: whilst the surveyors are outlining a repairs programme and the local elections are looming, the west side hole on the decking is slowly making its way towards the east side hole (see first photo below, courtesy of Howard Thompson). Should the two meet there could be catastrophic consequences.

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Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry

Southsea Deckchairs as well as making some of the finest deckchairs in the World have also been busy on a brand new collaboration with Fred Perry, resulting in a collection that includes shirts, shoes and bags all with their distinctive look and feel. This isn’t the first collaboration this homegrown Portsmouth brand has been involved with, two years ago they had their own Southsea Deckchairs X Clarks Originals desert boot but this new collection with another iconic UK clothing brand recognised around the World steps things up with a capsule collection of their own.

Stephen Davies from Southsea Deckchairs told us “They approached us last year to see if we wanted to work with them on fabric design [inspired by] block stripes, retro, mods and rockers”. The collection launched officially on Monday and is now available through Fred Perry stockists and online on the Fred Perry website where you can see the whole collection. The details on the garments are pretty special, with wooden button fastening and reinforced sail stitch details plus some distinctive Southsea Deckchairs branding outside and in. This now collaboration sees yet another Portsmouth based company on a national stage, representing the city with serious design and quality credentials, something the whole city can be proud of and represent.

Below are some images from the collection.

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Skateboarding From Southsea to Cambodia

Former Portsmouth resident and regular at the Southsea Skatepark Max Palmer moved to Cambodia last summer, and has gradually been getting more and more involved with the local skate scene there. Cambodia got it’s first proper skatepark in 2012, which was made possible by Skateistan Cambodia. It was built in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, and now the second largest destination in Cambodia, Siem Reap, have just started renovating an old, hardly used roller-blade park into something for skateboarders.

Last weekend marked the opening party, and Max & the locals were joined by the founder of Skateistan Cambodia, as well as the 4 skateboarders that ride for Cambodia’s only skate shop – The Skateshop Phnom Penh. They did a little demo, and Max had the opportunity to interview them all about the skatepark project, Skateistan and skateboarding in Cambodia. It’s beautiful to see that skateboarding can bring so many people together, and even on the otherside of the world, on hot, dusty roads, people are still having the same positive experiences with skateboarding.

You can find out all about it on Max’s blog HERE.

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Nike Football’s ‘Risk Everything’ by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust – Exclusive Interview

In the last few weeks Nike launched ‘Risk Everything’ their new football marketing campaign that features the England football team as well as other players from all around the world including Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr. Risk Everything also includes the new England kit for the 2014 World Cup with striking imagery of the players and the three lions. The artwork & branding of this vast, international marketing campaign by one of the largest brands in the World was created by Portsmouth’s very own award winning ilovedust design studio, located at the heart of the city. Established in 2003 the company and design team have grown dramatically, working with international brands as well as on local projects. Strong Island caught up with ilovedust’s Matt Howarth, senior designer, and found out more about ILD’s involvement with Nike’s Risk Everything:

ilovedust has been working with Nike for some time, can you give us a quick history of how you hooked up with them initially? Some of the past projects with them that you guys have been particularly stoked on?

We’ve been working for Nike for the last 7 years, it all started off with an illustration for a Jordan x Levis 501 project back when we were a small 4 man studio, i guess we did a pretty good job and the word spread internally at Nike world headquarters that ilovedust knew their shit! Since then we’ve grown our relationship year on year and been lucky enough to meet some inspiring people and work on some great projects along the way.

Can you give us some background on when and how you guys got involved in the England World Cup promotional branding and Risk Everything?

The initial brief for the “Risk Everything” campaign came from advertising agent Wieden & Kennady (W+K) in Portland, Oregon, over the years we have a made a few friends there and they emailed us way back in September saying they’ve got the perfect project for us! The project became so big that we ended up working directly with the Nike Football department directly.

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From what has been released already I’ve seen the mural on the Southbank of Jack Wilshire & Wayne Rooney the backdrop for the England team for their World Cup kit, retail displays and more, it is clearly a huge project, can you break down what is involved in a project of this scale?

Oh god… where to start!! Initially W+K briefed us to create illustrations for their 5 top footballers to be used in a print campaign (these will released in a couple of weeks), then Nike Football tasked us with creating illustrations for 7 different countries which Nike will be sponsoring at the World Cup, these would be used online and across retail destinations in each of the 7 countries. Since all of these have been completed we’ve been contacted by W+K London, Amsterdam, Rio and Tokyo for additional illustrations, this is where the Wayne Rooney/Jack Wilshere piece comes in to play, curated by W+K London and currently on display on the Southbank.

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With Risk Everything you guys have stamped your distinct signature style all over it, what level of creative control do Dust and the team have in the collaboration with Nike?

When the brief came in it referenced a lot of our work, the client had a distinct idea of what they wanted, we took it, run with it, and made it better. Luckily we have good, open relationships with our clients, and we know a thing or two about football, so they trusted us.

As well as having your main studio in Portsmouth you have a studio in Portland, working with a brand the size of Nike and a project of this scale have there been practical issues with working with a brand on the other side of the World? Advantages?

We’ve visited Nike HQ 3 times during this project and our small studio in Portland has allowed us to work on the project in real time with the clients. We’re used to being 8 hours ahead of them everyday, and working until midnight is not uncommon, so being able to work and get feedback instantaneously was a real advantage.

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The ilovedust lion is the striking backdrop for the England team in the new Nike kit in the run up to the World Cup, what design constraints did you experience (if any) with working with essentially a national sporting icon? Were the FA involved in sign-off?

This project was a fun one to work on with hardly any design restraints, and as far as we know The FA were not involved in sign-off, but as with all Nike work it had to go through legal checks, we we’re pretty safe with the 3 lions.

The lion and associated artwork are already gracing huge sports retailers’ windows plus on TV adverts, how does if feel seeing your work on this level in the UK?

It’s always nice to see months of hard work pay off when it’s released to the world – a bit surreal to see it in shop windows in your hometown!

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I’m assuming there is still much more to come in the run up to June and the World Cup? Will you guys be getting out to Rio?

Yes, lots more to come. The “Risk Everything” campaign will run beyond the World Cup and into next season so we have started to work on a different style of illustration for Europe’s top clubs; Barca, Man Utd, PSG, Juventus etc etc

ILD is home to some die hard Portsmouth FC fans, ever think about what you could do in regards to the club in respect to design? Maybe a new kit for 2014/2015 season?

Ha, the current kit’s not too bad but i’m sure we could improve it if given the chance!

Without letting too many cats out of the bag, what other projects are you guys working on for 2014?

Some very cool projects in the pipeline, one for Pepsi which is also World Cup related, we’re continuing to work with Microsoft for the launch of Xbox One’s Sunset Overdrive computer game in 2015, hmmm what else… lots more Nike that’s for sure, a few bits for Red Bull and a couple of top secret projects which you’ll have to wait for… sorry!

The Risk Everything artwork continues to roll out through the press and on TV, below are some images of the artwork already in the wild, be sure to keep up with the ILD website, blog, Twitter, Instagram & Behance to see more.

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Final Day for Victorious Festival Early Bird Tickets

Today is the final day you can pick up early bird tickets for this summer’s Victorious Festival. Despite the festival being bigger and better this year an early bird ticket means you get your tickets at the same ridiculously low price as last year, only £15 a day for adults, with children at only £6 a day (under 5s go free). You can order your early bird tickets sharpish from the Victorious Festival website or pick them up in person from Little Johnny Russells in Albert Road, The Belle Isle Southsea and The Belle Isle Chichester.

www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

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Art Space Portsmouth Presents Render by Patricia Sharman

Tomorrow evening sees the preview opening of the new exhibition at GASP at Art Space Portsmouth entitled Render, an exhibition exploring and investigating the blurred boundaries between dress, skin and desire by artist Patricia Sharman.

“We drape and cover our bodies to shield, to protect, to sexualise and mark out our identities. We adapt and reconfigure ourselves artfully, playfully and cunningly in new ‘outfits’ to present to the external world.
But what of the internal world and that of our ‘infits’? What happens when these two worlds begin to contest and resist each other? ‘Render’ charts these inner tensions and conflicts”. – Patricia Sharman

The preview event is from 6pm to 8pm tomorrow evening and then the exhibition is open from Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th April, 12-4pm. Saturdays open to the public, all other times by appointment only. Please contact: patsyart@hotmail.co.uk to make an appointment for viewing or for more information.

GASP and Art Space Portsmouth are located at 27 Brougham Road, Southsea, Hants. PO5 4PA.

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New Matt Sills Photography Website

Matt Sills is a well known photographer in Portsmouth (you might remember the cool little Wallspace Gallery in Albert Road he ran too) and in recent years has been killing it as an editorial & commercial photographer with some heavy weight clients and a diverse portfolio. You may have well seen some of Matt’s recent work for Jack Daniels over the summer, autumn plus the Christmas and New Year period with his Portsmouth shot images for their Tennessee Honey brand for their global social media.

Recently Matt updated his website with a new look plus lots and lots of new work, be sure to take a little time to have a good look through.

www.mattsills.co.uk

Below are a few examples of Matt’s recent work:

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(All copyright of Matt Sills).

Fuzz Tones at The Atrium on Friday 18th April

Fuzz Tones is a new night with DJ LongDistanceDan playing the best in 60′s psychedelia – rock, pop, soul etc, Garage rock, rhythm & blues and other oddities. The first Fuzz Tones night is happening on Friday 18th of April (Good Friday) at The Atrium on Albert Road from 7.30pm to Midnight, free entry and happy hour 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

To find out more about the event and also info on a free mix CD give away check the Fuzz Tones Facebook events page HERE.

Fuzz Tones at The Atrium on Friday 18th April

Born in Portsmouth on this Day: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Portsmouth through its history has been home to many people from all walks of life, with some of these Portsmouthians creating a significant impact on the history of the city, the UK and even the World. Born on this day in 1806 in Britain Street in Portsea was Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the son of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (who has significant links to the city too), was key in focusing the Industrial Revolution in a way that connected the UK for the first time quickly and efficiently, through innovation and a determined self-belief. For many he is considered Portsmouth’s most famous son.

Many of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s bridges, stations, tunnels and ships remain as breathtaking engineering feats even to this day and significant amount are still standing and still in use including The Clifton Suspension Bridge, The Royal Albert Bridge (over the River Tamar), the Great Western Railway (including the Box Tunnel, which was the longest railway tunnel in the world at that time) & SS Great Britain.

Sadly Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s first home in Portsea was damaged during the bombings of WWII and then demolished by the council before they realised what they were demolishing. Despite the house no longer existing there are two monuments to mark the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Portsmouth, located close to where the house once stood. The second monument was unveiled in 2006, the bicentenary of Brunel’s birth.

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Yes Creative is a recently launched creative agency based in the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf. They are a close knit team of graphic designers, web developers and videographers that deliver original designs and innovative branding. Yes Creative specialise in branding, illustration, web design, digital marketing and web design and believe in delivering clear, concise information, backed by solid, original thinking, and a fresh approach to designing great creative marketing campaigns.

Strong Island wish them every success and they are a welcome addition to the every growing creative industries in the city.

Their new website has just launched at http://yes-creative.com/
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Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

Last November saw the launch of our 2014 Calendar at an Exhibition at the Wine Vaults. You can read an article from Becki Partridge about the event HERE.

We cannot take all of the credit for the exhibition, the content was all provided by you, the Strong Island readers. Not to forget the exhibition was made possible by the team at Southsea Gallery who printed and framed the photographs. If you see a photo that you like you can purchase it in Southsea Gallery located at 51 Albert Road.

The exhibition can be found in ‘snug’ on the far right hand side of the Wine Vaults.

If you would like to know how to get involved in next years calendar then click HERE to find out more information.

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Phil Tickner Calendar Exhibition

Photos are by the awesome Phil Tickner, be sure to give him a follow on Flickr and on Twitter @HoldYourColour.

Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

A Kind of Conjuration at the Cellars

You would think witch trails a thing of the distant past. However, during the second world war a woman was tried and convicted under the ancient Witchcraft Act.

A play about the trial was performed at The Cellars at Eastney last week. Local theatre companies New Apollo and Cop The Needle brought audiences A Kind of Conjuration. This hour-long theatre piece, directed by Steve Pitt, featured a group of five actors, and was based on the real-life trial of Scottish medium Helen Duncan in 1944, for events that took place in Portsmouth.

The intimacy of the venue worked well for the subject matter, and enabled the performers and audience to connect in a way that isn’t possible in larger venues. When the judge, played by Christopher Marlowe, addressed the jury during the court scene, he spoke to the audience as if they were the jury, making them feel involved in the action.

Angie Lily was fantastic in the court scene, nipping backstage to change elements of costume in-between each character, resulting in a highly entertaining whirlwind of at least five different characters (and accents) testifying in quick succession. Henry Oastler was on comedic top form for his appearance in the court scene, displaying subtle character traits such as a tuck of the chin, transforming him completely from his other role in the play as a newspaper journalist. James Kirby and Tim Lowe also gave entertaining performances.

Writers Stuart Olesker and John Stanton incorporated excerpts from the original court transcript, adding authenticity to this brilliant piece. A highly refreshing and thought provoking performance.

A Kind of Conjuration will next be performed at the Square Tower on 25th June as part of Portsmouth Festivities. (Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm). On this occasion the play will be preceded by a monologue from the late Harry Price, ghostbuster extraordinary. Tickets from 023 9282 6249 or 023 9273 6288 or online: www.thecellars.co.uk.

Reviews:

Ashley Harley in Portsmouth News:
“a little gem”
“hauntingly good”
“not to be missed”
“solid direction”

Heather James in Portsmouth News:
“I was riveted”
“very witty and entertaining”

David Richards of Remote Goat:
“a sellout”
“a joy to watch”
“superb performances”
“a very high degree of professionalism”
“a very effective mix of the serious and the comedic”
“another triumph and a thoroughly enjoyable evening”

The original flyer for the show at The Cellars

Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Our 2014 Calendar was a huge success, the quality of images and huge amount interest it received really took us by surprise. We managed to double the sales of the 2013 Calendar, meaning we raised just over £600 for the Feel Yourself Campaign and the Alzheimer’s Society. We received over a thousand submissions by email and by use of the Instagram hashtag #sic2014.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2015 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2015. There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth.

Along with Instagram this year we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

If you have been taking any photos during this extreme weather we would love for you to submit them!

You may be aware that unfortunately due to an error our end the original batch of calendars contained a couple of errors. To rectify this the problem with the calendar we re-printed all of the calendars and offered everyone who bought one a free replacement (with free P&P where required). We are confident that we have managed to replace the vast major because of the online ordering records, however if you bought one from Lou Lou’s, Southsea Gallery or the Victorian Market then we don’t have your details so we need you to contact us ASAP to arrange a replacement! Those unclaimed calendars by the end of the week are likely to be donated to the staff of the charities we are supporting

Strong Island Calendar 2015

Here are just a few of the submissions that we have already received that might give you some inspiration.

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Roberta Curxes
Roberta Fidora
Danny Miles
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Road To Blissfields 2014 by Sophie Perryer

It’s that time of year again, when Southsea’s finest traipse out on a Friday night to listen to some of our home-grown, burgeoning talent. This year was no exception, with the likes of Becky Jerams, Poppobowa, Sabre and the B of the Bang taking to the stage to fill our ears with a range of musical goodness.

The evening was held this year at the Cellars at Eastney, and certainly had a more relaxed atmosphere – Strong Island’s Stuart Barker was even spotted wandering around with a cup of tea at one point!

The relaxed atmosphere lent itself perfectly to Becky Jerams soulful, syrupy vocals, gliding effortlessly over lyrics and melodies alike. Becky has enjoyed considerable success over the last few years with her song writing: her track ‘La La Love’ was featured in a Mandy Moore movie, and she has written for the likes of Chesney Hawkes and Loz Bridge. These accomplishments certainly showed through in her music; her sound was very much grown up pop and polished, while still retaining a youthful, wishful quality in her lyrics. A great start to the evening.

Becky was followed by Popobawa, a Gosport based trio relatively new to the music scene – so much so that Road To Blissfields was their debut live show! To say the boys coped well would be an understatement; they delivered a strong set with some interesting melodic choices which made for a distinctive sound, and the combination of this with hazy vocals akin to Friendly Fires was very striking. The best part? You can download their EP for a ‘name your price’ on their SoundCloud page.

Also hailing from Gosport were SABRE – the fivesome delivered catchy synth beats and impressive vocals not dissimilar to the Maccabees or Bombay Bicycle Club, with a little Two Door Cinema Club thrown in for good measure. Their raucous sarcastic comedy appealed to the crowd, and the banter between the band members was enjoyable.

Last but certainly not least were the B Of The Bang. The contrast of the almost gravelly voice of the lead singer and the Roxanne on keyboard’s ethereal vocals lent an almost eerie sense. The band delivered well thought-out tracks which were both directional and abstract, and conveyed a sense of their musical versatility and talent. Without a doubt a well deserved victory.

Congratulations to the B Of The Bang“>B of the Bang on their slot at Blissfields, and thank you also to the other artists for once again showcasing to us the quality of our local talent! Thank you too to Bellyeyesmile, Joel Ransom, the Cellars at Eastney, Strong Island, and all those others who had a hand in organising a top evening.

By Sophie Perryer

*We will be giving away a pair of tickets to Blissfields over the next six weeks so be sure to keep an eye out.*

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All photo’s by Daniel O’Neill

Victorious Festival 2014

In January the Victorious Festival team announced that the festival will be moving to Southsea Seafront. The team appear to have planned a bigger and better event building upon the success of previous years.

Last week saw the second wave of artists confirmed to perform live. The line up already consisted of awesome headliners Dizzie Rascal, Seasick Steve but they have now been joined by Razorlight, British Sea Power, Slow Club, Foy Vance, Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and The Bog Rolling Stones. There will be DJ sets from Alt J, Terry Hall of the Specials, 2manyDJs and COR. Not to forget some of the best local talent such as Matt Jarvis, Eloise Keating and our favourites the Southsea Alternative Choir are also performing.

Personally I’m really excited about the Sunday line up, I’ve been a huge fan of Seasick Steve for years and I even went to Bestival dressed as him for the Under the Sea fancy dress theme. Sunday also see’s British Sea Power performing, they have been regular visitors to the Wedgewood Rooms during their tours in the past, most recently in April 2013. They are easily one of the best live acts you could ever have the pleasure of seeing. The Saturday headliner Dizzie Rascal isn’t too shabby. I caught him at Bestival in 2010 and I can promise you, he knows how to put on a show and get you dancing!

There will be more artists announced closer to the time. You can find out first by following Victorious on Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The event is more than just a music festival, there will be lots going on in the Kids Arena as well a Real Ale Festival featuring many local breweries. For the weekend local seafront attractions will be FREE, these include Southsea Castle, Blue Reef Aquarium, D-Day Museum and Southsea Skate Park. If you would like to be involved in the boutique market then drop the team an email on traders@victoriousfestival.co.uk.

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. There are limited early bird tickets available but hurry as they are only available at the reduced price for the next ten days! Adult Day tickets are currently available for £15 per day and will be £20 after. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets will cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for free.

Over the next five months we will try and keep you up to date on announcements and preview the performers and attractions that you can look forward to.

Victorious Festival 2014

Tricorn Controversy in Concrete Exhibition at the Portsmouth City Museum

Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete is a brand new exhibition commemorating 10 years since the demolition of this distinct and controversial building that between 1966 and 2004 was a fundamental part of the Portsmouth skyline. The exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum goes far beyond documenting the building from an architectural perspective, although for the first time many, many original drawings, plans and photographs are on display from the building’s architects, much of it for the first time ever. Where this exhibition explores beyond the groundbreaking and (for many) iconic Brutalist architectural design is documenting how it was experienced and used by the people of Portsmouth. The exhibition opened on the 15th and formally had its opening celebration to a capacity crowd on Saturday 22nd.

The exhibition on the ground floor of the museum is loosely arranged in to two areas, with the first section detailing the origins of the building from concept to design and build. As you enter this space the striking architectural plans on the wall are what first catch the eye. The lines and form of the concrete structure can almost take you back in time to the exciting and economically optimistic early 1960s, with the original and then cutting edge design still feeling strangely fresh even now. This is reinforced with the many original pamphlets, magazines and books that show the enthusiasm the project launched with. This part of the exhibition also establishes where the Tricorn sat within the Brutalist movement and also with some other buildings in the city such as Portsdown Park and Portsmouth Central Library, both of which are in the exhibition in the form of architect sketches and models.

The second section focuses on how the people of Portsmouth experienced the structure over the years it stood in the city centre. Part of this section is an incredible collection of posters and artwork from the nightclub but there is also related music, photos and even period clothing giving a sense of how the building was, for a time, a hub for the community. This section also looks at how the building was a creative inspiration for many, including artwork, skateboard decks and in particular, photography. It is in this section the Strong Island community photo panel is located, with over 100 photos capturing the structure in artistic angles and light. This area is also home to some striking work by Jon King and James Earle, both of who explored the building with their cameras throughout it’s demolition. Both areas also contain oral history, with interviews, opinions and memories on the Tricorn from both architect and members of the public. Also in both areas of the exhibition are feedback walls, which welcome comments from people visiting the exhibition. Despite the exhibition only being open for a week these are already full with amazing contributions.

On Saturday 22nd the exhibition was formally opened including attendance by VIPs such as Owen Luder, one of the original architects, plus many people associated with the Tricorn from right back to it’s design and construction through to its final demolition. The event included speeches by Owen Luder, Celia Clark and Councillor Lee Hunt, possibly the most interesting was the story of the Tricorn told by Owen Luder himself. It was fascinating to see how for him the aspirations for the building were in many ways dashed due to an economic turndown happening with an extended delay in securing contracts with key business tenants. Of particular note were his thoughts on how the space itself has been used “54 years on it is back to how it was when I first saw it in 1960, a carpark”.

The exhibition runs through to the 29th June.

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Southsea Typeface

When ever possible I like to do the odd piece that’s just for me, just for fun. This came about off the back of something I was doing for work. Messing around with pens and pencils, then putting it through the computer. Maybe I’ll tackle Strong Island at the weekend! Oh, and for those that know him it’s Borneos birthday this Friday. KST then on to Albert Road. Be sure to check my flickr photostream to see the carnage.

Click the read more link to see a whole variety of colours.

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Holy Cody Batman

Cody needs no introductions, ever. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet with a heart of a gold and the skateboard mentality of an escaped mental patient.

If you need conformation of that statement then check this photo I grabbed from some site called Facebook. Off the clubhouse roof into the flat bank down Southsea Skatepark. Nuts…

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Shortly after I posted this insane photo of Cody going nuts down the skatepark, he sent a reply. Thought i’d post it up so people that know him can have a read.

“Thank u for the nice word. I just have to say thank you to all the peeps and friends that have help and shape me as a sk8er and as a human being. The love that i have been shown over the years is so big. The friend and peeps i have met and change my life and change my path to some thing good. I truly say it with my heart that i love you all and i hope to make more friends and to have more good time. Here a shout out to all the u.k sk8 scene and the southsea boys and girl sk8er or not, much love. and to the guys like strong island crew and bored sk8 for keeping the u.k. scene going. So if u up for a sk8 drink or chill u find me in southsea. 1 love bye cody x”

Eastney Beam Engine House

If you love a bit of not often seen Portsmouth history, Eastney Beam Engine House is open to the public for free from 1pm to 5pm on every last weekend of the month. Hidden just off of Henderson Road in Eastney, the Victorian building contains two restored and working 150 horsepower ‘James Watt & Co’ Beam Engines powered by steam which were installed to operate water pumps in 1887. This new system proved very successful and is still the basis for today’s underground drainage system on Portsea Island.

Sadly due to essential building work you won’t be able to go inside the buildings this weekend, but there will be talks with staff and photos and artefacts.

Engine House

Old Southsea Skate Photos

Check the Skate Library for the first of a growing list of old Southsea photos including this one of Lance Mountain grinding the Law Courts back in 1988 (photo by Tim Leighton-Boyce).

Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

Awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back. Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Epic. Hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guilders, and that was only in 1968 and the shot looking west down Osborne Road is amazing. Trams, horses, grand buildings, a traffic cop, ladies & gents. It’s all going on. To view the full collection head over to Pop Olive’s Flickr photostream HERE and the Portsmouth set HERE.