Al Burrito have been doing a fine job in bringing a little bit of Mexico to Albert Road over the last six months. I’ve been loving their pulled pork burrito’s but you can’t go wrong with the signature Al’s Burrito which includes pork, chicken and beef! It’s great to see that they’ve rapidly grown to become one of Southsea’s most loved food establishments. They have even gone from the one single moped for deliveries to now possessing a fleet.
Next week the Wedgewood Rooms will play host to Al Burrito’s very first Mexican Wrestling Event. Yes, proper Mexican Wrestling! As well as the lucha libre’s there will be music courtesy of Heir of the Dog, Blackfoot Circle and Remedy Sounds.
Tickets are available for £5 on the door or half price if you are dressed as a Mexican. You can get your hands on some tickets on the Wedgewood Rooms website HERE.
Stay up to date on all things Al’s on Facebook and Twitter @Al_Burrito.
Charlie is back with the 23rd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:
Hello and welcome back. Yes, after a little sabbatical, I’m back with the show the critics are calling distinctly average to middling. This week I’m joined by my very good friend Mr Jim Lines. He chose the theme this week, which is songs from the films of Martin Scorsese. Apologies must be made to both Jim, and you the listener for the atrocious quality of Jim’s microphone, it wasn’t discovered until we’d completely wrapped up and it would have been cheating to redo the whole show, after a little while you get used to it so we decided to just go with this take.
Hope you enjoy it! Thanks Jim.
Cheers, Charlie x
01) Money Chant – Robbie Robertson featuring Matthew McConaughey (Wolf Of Wall Street)
02) Be My Baby – The Ronettes (Mean Streets)
03) My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (Living In The Material World)
04) Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell (After Hours)
05) Janie Jones – The Clash (Bringing Out The Dead)
06) Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Stevie Wonder (Bringing Out The Dead)
07) Howard Hughes – Leadbelly (The Aviator)
08) Up On Cripple Creek (live) – The Band (The Last Waltz)
09) A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum (New York Stories)
10) Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals (Goodfellas)
11) Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan (No Direction Home)
12) Taxi Driver (Theme) – Bernard Herrmann (Taxi Driver)
13) Sail On, Sailor – The Beach Boys (The Departed)
14) Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters (Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues : A Musical Journey)
15) Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones (Casino)
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.
Tomorrow one of the finest days in the calender for new music being Southsea Fest arrives and we are very stoked to say the least. For part ten of our Southsea Fest preview is one of my favourite new bands today. Delving between blissful, ethereal dreampop, shoegaze and post punk is our splendid headliners Blessa who shall be taking you into a state of euphoric bliss at Southsea Fest. Combining stunning whirling guitars with soothing, reverb coated enchanting vocals the sonic journey of Blessa is utterly mesmerising.
I managed to catch Blessa at a very crowded Komedia in Brighton at The Great Escape and they blew me away.Having dropped their incredibly strong four track ‘Love Is An Evol EP’ recorded by man of the moment MJ of Hookworms and also getting noticeable praise from the likes of NME and The Guardian (for very good reason I should add) you would be most foolish to miss out on what is going to be a very rare occurrence of seeing Blessa in a setting such as Bar Fifty-Six.
You most certainly should witness Blessa in the flesh at time of 22.00PM at Bar Fifty-Six at Southsea Fest. You can find the Facebook event here and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio.
Running an electronic music label also Looks are a band I’m very excited about seeing at Southsea Fest. Displaying the more eclectic nature to our stage,Looks deliver synth enthused, danceable indie pop. It’s like feasting on early Foals along with a sprinkle of Yeasayer, Chvrches, Friendly Fires and Late Of The Pier. Gut punching synths, huge hooks and hefty basslines, debut track ‘Everest‘ on part blog, part label Killing Moon Records is an absolute gem displaying the trio’s evident talent in 5 plus minutes. It’s also screaming and I mean SCREAMING out for a potential remix. Looks are destined for much larger venues I’m sure of. You could well be looking at the next big thing. You can catch the ever splendid Looks at 21.05m at Bar Fifty-Six.
Winter is coming, that means only one thing, we are working hard behind the scenes finalising our 2015 calendar. We were again overwhelmed by the demand for our 2014 calendar. This year we aim to have the calendar available for pre orders from mid October, with the copies ready for dispatch/sale in mid November.
The calendars will be available in the Strong Island Clothing Co. shop and can be posted nationally or internationally. We will no longer be offering a pick up service for your orders. You will however be able to pick up a copy directly at Southsea Gallery, Albert Road or Lou Lou’s, Marmion Road.
We will be taking submissions up until the end of October, so please keep them coming! You can email your submission via email@example.com. 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.
Here are a couple of snaps which I can confirm will be included in our 2015 Calendar.
By Tina Bolton
By Louise Kydd
By Jon Neil
After a summer of rest and recuperation the Portsmouth Roller Wenches are returning to action and will be hosting Swansea City Roller Derby. The Wenches came out on top last time they met and the citizens will be looking to take revenge. In a double header event the Wenches B team will also face Croydon’s Vice Squad.
Doors open at Havant Leisure Centre at 1.30pm with the Wenches vs Swansea City starting at 2pm. Tickets are prices at £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Kids aged 10 years or younger go for free.
For information on the after party check out the Facebook event page HERE.
Poster design by Sarah Ingram aka Coletta L. Damage
Off the back of being one of Victorious Festival’s most loved stages, the team at Beats & Swing will be back on Saturday 18th October at The Wedgewood Rooms. For your listening pleasure they welcome Deekline, along with support from Audio Corruption, Tom Mayhem and 24HRDJ.
Doors open from 9pm and tickets are £8 in advance, and you can get yourself some online HERE.
For more information on Deekline and for updates on the event, please visit the Facebook event page HERE.
Strange Factories will be screened at the Kings Theatre next Wednesday as part of the Making Waves Film Festival. This will be an event with a difference, during the showing of the film, the scenes will be played out by the actors simultaneously on stage and around the theatre. This immersive experience is a must see for fans of theatre and cinema.
The film tells the story of a writer, Victor who awakens alone having fled a mysterious fire that consumed a theatre with his band of performers, and becomes obsessed by his unfinished story. He journeys into dreamlike places, all the while haunted by visions from the infamous hum of the Strange Factory. Upon finding his troupe under the wing of an aristocratic noble, he learns of the enigmatic Stronheim, who offers to rebuild Victor’s theatre, so long as he finds the ending to his story…
If you would like to attend this event then you can reserve your ticket HERE.
Strange Factories – Trailer from FoolishPeople on Vimeo.
Part Eight of our ‘Strong Island Recordings at Southsea Fest’ preview features Kagoule who inflict listeners with a strong nod to seemingly 90′s influences from grunge ridden noise pop to scuzz like shoegaze.
Having played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury blowing those away who witnessed the Nottingham based trio, Kagoule have a wealth of talent that is sure to see the guys reach dizzy heights. In a short space of time Kagoule have released a couple of singles on Hate Hate Hate Records the home of The Wytches, Fat White Family and fellow drunken sailor shipmate, Theo Verney as well as tour with the likes of Drenge and God Man. We can’t wait for their raw scuzzy rock to rain upon Bar Fifty-Six, they’re the perfect act for the little sweat-box.
If you want to witness the sheer brilliance of Kagoule’s joyous sonic assault yourselves then they play our stage at 20.10pm. You can find the Facebook event here and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio.
Theo Verney first came to our attention from his debut EP the T.V EP released on the marvellous Italian Beach Babes label last year. Not long after we then co- hosted what was to be Theo’s first show outside of London and Brighton last August in Southsea at The One Eyed Dog. Strong influences of Sabbath & Ty Segall and intertwining between garage rock, doom laden psychedelia, grunge tinted pop and stoner rock, Theo Verney is a sonic assault of fuzzy sludge filled riffs coated in gruff vocals and immense hooks. Already rapidly rising to prominence as one of the finest new acts in the country with an already shimmering career with releases on the likes of Hate Hate Hate Records (The Wytches & Fat White Family) & Italian Beach Babes as well as support stints with the likes of party king Andrew W.K, Parquet Courts & Yuck, Theo Verney’s stock looks set to continue to ascend at a rapid pace so do seize the opportunity to see Theo Verney playing in intimate venues such as Bar Fifty Six whilst you still can. Theo Verney plays Southsea Fest at Bar Fifty-Six at 19.15pm so head down early or there’s a good chance you may miss out, and you really don’t want to, trust us. You can find the Facebook event here and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio.
Back in 2012 a band of local women headed up by the ever resourceful and talented Naomi Thompson formed the Southsea Sisters. Sadly due to work and life commitments the group went on hiatus but now it’s back with a fabulous relaunch.
The Naval Museum are giving us a free room and a free tour of their new gallery.
HMS ‘Hear My Story’ and ‘Racing to War: The Royal Navy and 1914′
See the new 20th Century Gallery, discover the many personal accounts over 7 generations that tell the Royal Navy’s story in war and peace since 1900 up to the present day. See the gun that fired the first British shot of WW1, the special exhibition “racing to War” which tells of the arms race before 1914 and the part the Navy played in the opening months of the fighting.
Cheryl Buggy will be attending and giving a special Q & A session for the ladies. Cheryl is former teacher, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, a published author, founder of Express FM and has worked for the BBC and Classic FM. She also delivers lectures and workshops. So it will be a great opportunity to be inspired by this incredible women, meet new friends and be part of a supportive network of females.
Arrive at the Historic Dockyard Visitors Centre at 11am, Sunday 28th September. The tour and session will finish at 12.30pm.
You can join the Facebook event here.
On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard will be hosting a Sci Fi and Fantasy weekend. Attractions include an exhibition feating props and memorabilia from the Back To The Future Trilogy, Laser Quest and a showing of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.
With more attractions to be announced soon, the best to stay up to date is the Historic Dockyard’s Facebook page HERE.
Guardians Of The Galaxy tells the story of Starlord aka Peter Quill, he finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
First up over at Strong Island Recordings we’re wishing ourselves a very self indulgent happy birthday as it is two years as of today that we launched at Southsea Fest in Bar Fifty-Six. A rather fantastic birthday present is knowing that these guys are going to be playing our party come Saturday at Southsea Fest.
So part six of our continuous Southsea Fest previews is of the incredible psychedelic, day-dream like pop outfit FURS who take you into their charm ridden, sun drenched blissful sound all coated in gorgeous whirling guitars. Their latest single ‘An Eye On The Viscous’ premiered on The Line Of Best Fit on Friday which you can listen to the amazing single taken from their debut album set to drop on the 3rd November right here. The Line of Best Fit described their latest gem as “a rare mix of melancholy and brightness. Like the first chilly day in September, it is subtle, yet sudden, familiar, yet unexpected.” Couldn’t have put it better myself.
Previously released tracks such as ‘Just Kids’ and ‘Going Nowhere’ show the immense potential with infectious hooks and textured guitars pouring through whilst ‘Striptease’ is reminiscent of psychedelia and surf rock akin to the likes of Allah- Las and The Growlers that sounds like it could be straight out of seminal Californian label Burger Records. We can’t wait for FURS to touch down into Southsea and take us into their enchanting realm.
Catch FURS at Bar Fifty Six at 18.20pm. Check the Facebook event here and do check out our splendid sponsors too, The Park Studio.
The team at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are currently running a great competition to win a limited edition A3 Mary Rose print by Dom McKenzie. I am begrudgingly sharing this with you all as I will no doubt spoil my own chances of winning!
To win the prize all you have to do is enter the competition HERE.
Dom McKenzie has previously worked with The Guardian, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and WIRED magazine. He regularly updates his Facebook with great illustrations documenting interesting moments in history as well as current affairs. You can find him on Facebook HERE.
I’d say good luck but I want to win this prize!
With Southsea Fest 2014 fast approaching, here is a selection of the awesome posters being used to promote each venue.
Tickets are on curently available at just £18 for an adult all-day pass, and £10 for a teen ticket. Under 13’s are free but passes are still required. Passes give you access to each of the venues for the whole day’s events. All passes available now HERE.
The annual Thai Food & Craft Festival is without doubt my favourite date in the culinary calendar. Unfortunately on the 10th of August hurricane ex-Bertha had other plans and the festival was postponed. However, it is with no little personal joy that I can announce it’s rescheduled outing this Sunday the 14th. Castle Field will be hosting seven hour’s worth of Thai street food, Thai dance, Thai boxing, live music, a ladyboys show and much more. Each year the festival goes from strength to strength and this weekend will be no exception. I’ll be the one with a beer in my hand and curry on my face.
Brighton via Canterbury trio Gang are the latest additions to the Strong Island Recordings roster with the incredible ‘Sandscrape’ EP released back in June.
The trio came to our attention after Theo Verney told us to check them out, in which we did and thus fell in love instantaneously.Gang, also much like fellow Brighton based acts; The Wytches and Theo Verney bring a tornado of scuzzed out, blistering, primal, gnarling riffs with wailing, tortured vocals and oozing fuzz where Gang intertwine between heavy grunge, doom laden psychedelia, stoner rock and destructive garage rock.
The trio are going to be perfect for the dark and dingy setting of Bar Fifty-Six where they’re going to bring down the roof of the sweat-box. Certainly one of our new favourite bands, they may well be yours too very soon. You can catch catch Gang at 17.20pm at Southsea Fest representing our label in very fine form.
Now here’s a band who epitomise the darkness, chaos and fun, party ethos of ‘Drunken Sailor Presents’. London’s Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux or ENATL for short, cross between frenetic psychobilly, garage punk and surf rock. Topped with Gothic vocals, they remind us of a mixture of The Cramps, Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, The Wytches and our own Arrows of Love.Head down to our stage to see Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux at Bar Fifty-Six at 16.25pm. You can find the Facebook event here and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio.
Creating ever gorgeous floating melodies, topped with enchanting vocals and coated in gentle, throbbing bass is the ambient, ethereal dream-pop trio Wyldest (formerly Wildest Dreams). Influences taken from the likes of My Bloody Valentine to Warpaint, it’s impossible not to fall in love and be addicted to the sounds of Wyldest.
NME put it perfectly when describing the now trio “It’s like being tickled in the ears by pixies”. Having main-staged Green Man Festival as well as taking over the blogosphere, Wyldest have quickly become one of the most sought after new acts around today.
Wyldest are certainly one’s to put into your diary to check out. They play at 15.20pm at Bar Fifty-Six so head down for a tidal wave of total hazed out bliss. You can find the Facebook event and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio.
Local artist Lee Casey has followed up his ‘Pompey Legends’ and ‘In Guy We Trust‘ prints with a celebration of his favourite Portsmouth FC shirts over the years. You can get your hands on one for £30 or the set of four for £80 at www.caseyjuniorart.bigcartel.com.
You can stay up to date on all things Casey on Twitter @leemfcasey.
Part two of Strong Island Recordings Presents ‘Drunken Sailor’ highlights the more eclectic nature of our Southsea Fest stage with the immensely talented Eloise Keating making her Southsea Fest debut. Smouldering with infectious, melting vocals, singer-songwriter-producer Eloise Keating creates gorgeous, electronic dream like pop with influences ranging from Lana Del Ray, James Blake to fellow Hampshire starlet Laurel. Having already gained support from the likes of Rob Da Bank as well as much coverage on the blogosphere, there’s no doubting Eloise’s uncapped potential evident in the spine tingly brilliant self written and produced ‘Be My Ghost’.
Having played to a very hefty crowd at Victorious Festival enchanting the crowd with her phenomenal vocal ability, with the right direction Eloise will certainly be a talent playing much larger venues in the future and shall be a name on many folks lips. You can catch Eloise at 14.25pm at our stage at Southsea Fest in Bar Fifty-Six.
You can find the Facebook event here and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio.
Local artist Pete Codling is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign for an awesome project ‘Dust to Dust’. Pete is looking to create a limited edition artist book that documents an enormous temporary wall drawing that he created back in 2011. The hardback, gift boxed book with guest essays and a unique artist commentary.
The limited edition 300 page book is an artwork and collectors item, there will only a hundred made. The funds will pay for the production and professional design prep for print. Any profits and extra pledges made from the sale of this book will help Pete continue his studio work and fund new artworks of this scale and quality.
For more information please visit Pete’s Kickstarter Campaign HERE. This is a great project for one of Portsmouth most cherished artists and the campaign runs until the end of the week. The minimum donation is £1 and every penny that you can spare helps!
For more information on Pete Codling you can follow him on Twitter @petecodling and check out his website www.petecodling.wordpress.com.
Tonight the Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q is opens it’s week long stretch at the Kings Theatre. The kind folks at the Kings Theatre have donated a pair of tickets for us to give away for a performance of your choice. All you had to do to win was email with your answer to the following question.
Q) Name any of the three Tony Awards that Avenue Q has previously won.
A) Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score
The lucky winner is Hayley Reeves.
Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Co-creator of Book Of Mormon and writer of the songs for Disney’s Frozen), Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Where he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy The Slut and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his true purpose in life!
You can purchase tickets from the the Kings Theatre website HERE.
It’s that time again where we present and preview all of the acts that are playing our Strong Island Recordings stage at Southsea Fest. Once again we return to the sweat-box that is the dingy cavern that is Bar Fifty-Six. It’s the same venue we launched our label ultimately two years ago at Southsea Fest so we can’t wait to embrace the searing heat whilst sweat pours from the ceilings and walls.
Previously our Southsea Fest stages have featured many of our label family with the likes of Arrows of Love, Dead Rabbits, Tyrannosaurus Dead, Is Bliss and Yoofs all having played previous instalments of ‘Drunken Sailor’ and this year waking everybody up at Drunken Sailor is extending label family being the archaic, brutal, thrashy duo Rickyfitts who mould psych to grunge creating a gnarly, gut busting, face melting sludge fuzz filled set. Certainly one of if not, Portsmouth’s finest live act and also one of the countries best new live acts for sure. Despite brutally pummelling their instruments to total total mush, Rickyfitts are as much brains as they are brawn with intelligent riffs and structure to their songs sometimes going near 10 minuets of total, maniacal mind boggling, smash mouth fuzz. Since their first ever show only a year ago and first label release on Treacherous Tides Vol.1 the noisy twosome have gone on to partake in a mini tour with DZ Deathrays and also release their debut EP on local label Pie & Vinyl. They play two sets at Southsea Fest but in the countless shows we’ve seen them they have yet to play the same set twice so be sure to head down early for the loudest alarm clock ever. Rickyfitts kick off our stage at 13.15pm. You can find the Facebook event here and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio who offer incredibly great rates.
Hopefully you will have seen the awesome collaboration between My Dog Sighs and JCRivera on the wall of Chilli Tattoo, Albert Road. For those of you who haven’t then you can find it HERE.
Chicago native JCRivera has brought My Dog over to America for a solo exhibition and to add to the already great collection street art within the city. The exhibition itself runs from 6th-27th Sept at the Vertical Gallery in West Town, Chicago. If anyone has friends in the area then please make them aware of this show as they will be in for a treat.
My Dog has been busy leaving his mark on the streets of Chicago. The most impressive piece being a 60 x 12ft collaboration with JCRivera and Sentrock.
Photo’s by Tori Torsion (Twitter @ToriTorsion)
To see what else My Dog has been up to then you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter @MyDogSighs and Instagram.