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! Battling it out for your attention on the night will be the Little Johnny Russell‘s resident DJs and It’s A Sin.
Many of you may have noticed that last year there was no Strong Island 6th Birthday celebration. We were gutted that the event didn’t take place however it was all for a good reason, the design, build and opening of our first shop and studio space.
Thanks to your continued support the shop has has been going well and we would like to say thank you to you all by inviting you all to join us for our 7th birthday at the Meat & Barrel on Thursday 24th September.
Many of you may remember our previous Birthday and Charity Raffles have been hugely successful and we have all helped raised over £4000 for the Portsmouth RNLI and Portsmouth Autism in the last few years.
There will be more information to follow in the near future but in the mean time feel free to share and invite all of your friends. If you think that you would be able to make a donation to the prizes on offer then please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org every donation is welcomed. Every donation will be hugely welcomed and will be promoted in the build up to the event as well as on the night itself.
The Facebook event can be found HERE.
Wesley Brown has assembled a team of local creative talent to deliver an exhibition capturing the essence of time in all its glory. The artists involved include Wesley Brown himself as well as Kirsty Herring, Oliver Nelson, Bruce Spruce, Elliot Cranston, Mark Poyner and Stefano Pollina.
Wesley describes the use of time as the theme for the exhibition, “Capturing time is the essence of all photography; every photo is simply a moment we have managed to capture and store, something that we can use to remember it visually forever more. It really allowed me to open up the exhibition to a whole range of concepts”.
As well as the exhibition there will be music courtesy of InDeep Music. Doors open on the night at 6pm and it is looking like To stay up to date with the exhibition visit the Facebook Event page HERE.
Last week the local Hip Hop, Beat Poetry and Spoken Word artist was again showing off his talents by performing at Sofar Sounds in Oxford. Rex performed his poem “Sinew” and describes the poem is based on a frantic middle class mother. Check it out for yourself below.
The Garden has come a long way since it was started by Art Space Portsmouth artists Jane Kilford and Adrian Mundy in 2008, turning an area of unused tarmac into a thriving oasis in the heart of the city.
With help from volunteers from the local community and Art Space artists and thanks to donations of plants and pots from various sources the garden has gone on to win multiple awards from Portsmouth in Bloom and the RHS South/South-East in Bloom. Fingers crossed there may be more to follow in this years Portsmouth in Bloom awards which are to be announced soon.
The garden is going to be opening the gates for their annual Open Garden on Saturday 1st August between 1pm-4pm. You will be able to look around the garden, purchase yourself some plants and sit and relax with a nice cuppa and cake. Entry is free… but donations are gratefully received.
You can find the garden at Art Space, 27 Brougham Road, Southsea, PO5 4PA. If you would like to know more then check out their Facebook page HERE.
We are thrilled to announce that Strong Island have been invited by Rob Da Bank and his team to cross the Solent and cover this years Bestival! Since it’s humble beginnings of 2004 we have been venturing over to enjoy the festival so to be covering it up close is really exciting.
Keep an eye out on Strong Island over the next six weeks where we will be previewing some of our favourite delights that will be going on over the weekend. Just some of the musical highlights include Underworld, Tame Impala, The Jacksons, Jungle, Jurassic 5, Little Dragon, Lianne La Havas, Missy Elliot and the Chemical Brothers. Portsmouth will be playing a part too with performances from Batala, Kassassin Street and Rex Domino.
Find out how you can get yourself tickets on the Bestival website – www.bestival.net. Roll on September!
If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit for our 2016 calendar then 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 #SIC2016.
There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth. We would love to see more submissions from all over Portsmouth not just our favourite Southsea landmarks so please share this with friends who you think might be interested in getting involved.
Local boys Lee Purslow and Rikki Parsons have just launched their Kickstarter campaign to open ‘Dice’, Portsmouth’s first ever board game café.
Inspired by the rise in board game cafes in Canada and America, but more recently in the England with ‘Thirsty Meeples’ in Oxford, and ‘Draughts’ in Hackney. They want to open a place to relax with your friends or family, eat good food, drink fresh coffee and challenge each other across the table.
Lee and Rikki have invested a large amount of private capital but admit “we need some extra funding to make sure we can create our full vision. We will not be personally drawing any money out of the café, so all of your funding will go directly into making Dice the best it can be. We will use this funding to renovate the venue to the required standard, grow the board game library and purchase the necessary equipment to offer a full food and drinks menu.”
If you are not aware of what Kickstarter is, it is a global crowdfunding platform which launched in 2009. The aim of a Kickstarter campaign is to raise money for a project which could be anything from a film, games, music, art, design and technology. The project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal. If the goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected.
Check out the link below to find out more about the the project and the full range of rewards available for anyone who wants to get involved. With donation rewards starting at just £5 please get involved and help make this original project happen!
With a busy weekend in store on the seafront it would be easy to forget that this Saturday the Kings Theatre welcomes masterful Joe Black and a cast of delightful friends to entertain us.
His guests include…
Eliza Delite – Winner of the International crown at the World Burlesque Games 2014 and winner of the British female crown at the World Burlesque Games 2012! Classy, elegant and nothing short of decadent!
Fancy Chance – Burlesque terrorist and cabaret clown! Winner of Alternative Miss World 2009!
Frank Sanazi – Ubermeister of lounge and extremist crooner who puts the fun back into fundamental! Uneasy listening and Blitzrieg comedy! We’re gonna have one heil of a gas!
Delores Deluxe – Magician, conjurer, illusionist and instructional magic audiobook enthusiast!
Lolo Brow – Drag king, drag queen, lizard lady, burlesque shuffler and all round sauce pot!
Lilly Snatchdragon – Direct from Thailand! Massage specialist and burlesque from the far east!
Chi Chi Revolver – Hula hooping! Face pulling! Circus girl extraordinaire!
Terms Of Unnervement – Resident double act. A duo specialising in clown, burlesque and absurdity!
and your host…
Joe Black – Gin addled ringmaster. Facilitator of good times and the man on all the local authorities speed dial!
Tickets are available from £10.50 and are available from the Kings Theatre website – www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk.
Eliza Delite by Charis Talbot Photography.
Local singer songwriter Jerry Williams has just premiered her latest music video titled ‘Cold Beer’. This is the first track to be taken from the Portsmouth Guide Award winners upcoming EP of the same name, which is due for release on 21st August.
The nineteen year old uses her life growing up in Portsmouth and her relationships with boys as inspiration for a large part of her music. In this track Jerry recounts a string of unsuccessful dates. In the video you will recognise local venues such as the Meat and Barrel, Clarence Pier, Lucile’s Creperie, Tiger Tiger, Chambers, Pie & Vinyl and the Garage Lounge.
If you like what you hear then you can follow Jerry on Facebook, Twitter @JerryWMusic, YouTube and Instagram @jerrywilliamsmusic. If you are going to Victorious Festival next month then you’ll be able to catch Jerry on the main stage.