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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.

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

The Leopold Tavern 3rd Annual Beer Festival

From the 4th to the 14th of April, one pub on Albert Road will be offering a selection of 20 different ales, real ciders and food all at once. Welcome to The Leopold Tavern‘s 3rd Annual Beer Festival. Featuring over 80 casks, this yearly event is fast becoming a fixture for the more discerning drinker. Breweries include Dark Star, Thornbridge, local favourite Irving, the increasingly popular Brewdog, Burning Sky and Magic Rock. So put down your tepid pint of Fosters and discover what beer is really supposed to taste like. This is also a good chance to grab your Portsmouth Beer Festival tickets if you don’t have them already. Catch you down there.

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Make is 1

It’s always good to see local businesses thriving and Make on Albert Road has been a real success story. Nicky the owner got in touch to tell us they are about to celebrate their first birthday.

Here at Make HQ we’d like to thank all our supporters/fans/friends by offering 10% off all our stock on the 7th Feb at 7pm, to help things along there will be a bit of wine and nibbles too, to celebrate Make’s first birthday. For all you vintage pattern lovers there will be over 600 patterns available on the night too, all £3 each!

They’re may even be cake!

If you haven’t visited Make before because you might think crafting is not your thing it will definitely change your perception. Make now stocks super hip, sustainable label Wool and the Gang which actually convinced my partner to learn to knit back in December.

Remember there are plenty of workshops you can attend to learn or improve skills all set in a welcoming environment that fosters creativity. Strong Island wishes you many happy years to come!

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500Cups Social Enterprise Project Part 2 – Albert Road

You might well remember that in December if you visited Palmerston Road you may have seen the #500Cups project in action…and maybe picked up a free cup of coffee. The project is part of a social enterprise set up by Pravin Isram and James Cartwright (former owner of the Peace Cafe in Castle Road) that is exploring different ways of putting on events at different times of the day that do not involve alcohol.

The guys are back for part two and this time will be in Albert Road, outside the Kings Theatre, on Saturday 1st February. Be sure to visit for your free cup, also if you tweet or Instagram they would really like it if you could use the #500Cups hashtag so they can see what you think about the coffee and the project.

We spoke with Prav about this particular project in December, you can read the interview HERE.

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Amo Solo January Promotion

Albert Road restaurant/bar Amo Solo is having a special January promotion to bring a smile and quiet a growling stomach in the cold and wet days of 2014. For only £15 you can choose a starter and a main course from some of their best selling menu items. Have a look, sounds good right?

It get involved pop in to Amo Solo and make a booking (17 Albert Road) or hit them up via their Facebook page HERE.




Gland Rock Southsea Social This Saturday

As you may have seen on our Strong Island Recordings Facebook page, we’re co promoting Gland Rock, a Christmas themed music festival taking place across one day in one venue raising money and awareness for local charity The Feel Yourself Campaign with Pie & Vinyl, Champagne Justice and Beach Community on the 7th December at The Southsea Social Club. Tickets are on sale in store and online at Pie & Vinyl in which you can purchase in advance here.

The line up for the event includes an astonishing 18 acts for a mere £10.00 with the likes of Esben & The Witch, Wild Smiles, Traams, Bloodsport, 1ooth Anniversary, Curxes, Is Bliss, Dead Rabbits, YSMNBWATIDemons, Ricky Fitts, Shudder Pulps and loads more. Sadly there have been a couple of changes to the line up, Halo Halo and Yoofs are unable to play but surf punk outfit Thee mvp’s who we’re releasing on our glorious ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation on the 16th December and also post punk outfit Fever, recently in the NME as one’s to watch have been added to the line up.

We will also be serving food and there will also be prizes on the day with a pub quiz planned as well if all goes well on the day. Doors open at 12 and bands will kick off just after 2pm.

We have a playlist below of the acts playing the event to wet your appetite and the Facebook event can be found here along with real time updates on the Gland Rock Twitter account.

Gland Rock Southsea Social 7th December

Gland Rock Southsea Social 7th December

As you may have seen on our Strong Island Recordings Facebook page, we’re co promoting Gland Rock, a Christmas themed music festival taking place across one day in one venue raising money and awareness for local charity The Feel Yourself Campaign with Pie & Vinyl, Champagne Justice and Beach Community on the 7th December at The Southsea Social Club. Recently tickets went on sale in store and online at Pie & Vinyl in which you can purchase in advance here.

The line up for the event includes an astonishing 18 acts for a mere £10.00 with the likes of Esben & The Witch, Wild Smiles, Traams, Bloodsport, 1ooth Anniversary, Curxes, Is Bliss, Dead Rabbits, YSMNBWATIDemons, Ricky Fitts, Shudder Pulps and loads more. Sadly there have been a couple of changes to the line up, Halo Halo and Yoofs are unable to play but surf punk outfit Thee mvp’s who we’re releasing on our glorious ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation on the 16th December and also post punk outfit Fever, recently in the NME as one’s to watch have been added to the line up.

We will also be serving food and there will also be prizes on the day with a pub quiz planned as well if all goes well on the day. Doors open at 12 and bands will kick off just after 2pm.

We have a playlist below of the acts playing the event to wet your appetite and the Facebook event can be found here along with real time updates on the Gland Rock Twitter account.

Gland Rock Southsea Social 7th December

Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

In the last five years at Strong Island we have been involved in a number of projects which success is owed to our readers and their involvement. The calendar is in it’s second year and after seeing the final product I can tell you that you are in for a treat. I knew it would be difficult to surpass what we brought to you last year but I think we might have managed to do just that.

In partnership with Southsea Gallery we would like to invite you all to our launch and Exhibition on Thursday 14th November at the Wine Vaults, Albert Road.

The exhibition will feature images used in our 2013 and 2014 Calendars.

You can see the photographs being included on our Facebook page HERE. You can add yourself to the Facebook event HERE.

Two pounds from each calendar sale is going to support Alzheimer’s Society and the Feel Yourself Campaign. The calendars themselves will be available from the Strong Island shop to pre order next week with delivery expected late November.

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Leopold Tavern Cider Festival

The Leopold Tavern on Albert Road in Southsea will be holding its second annual cider festival over the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th of November.  Over 25 ciders will be available at all times including some never seen before specials.

If cider is not your thing then the 10 real ales or 100 bottled beers should cater for even the most discerning drinker.  I’m more of an ale man myself but I can guarantee one of the Strong Island top brass, who happens to be a cider connoisseur, will be dropping in.

Entry is free of course, but the cider isn’t.

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Little Johnny Russells – FREE drink this weekend!

To celebrate their 7th Birthday and to say thank you they are offering you a free drink this weekend! All you need to do is click HERE to claim your voucher.

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Competition – Win Two Tickets To See Kassassin Street + Curxes + Juice

Friday 3rd May the Wedgewood Rooms will be hosting a great night of music featuring Kassassin Street, Curxes and Juice. The guys at Kassassin Street have been generous enough to donate a pair of tickets for you, the Strong Island readers.

All you have to do to win these tickets are to email your answer to the question below to stuart@strong-island.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 27th. The winner will be announced here on Monday 28th.

Q – The band are named after the road in Eastney, name one of the three roads which junction with it?

Find out more about the event on the Facebook HERE.

Kassassin Street + Curxes + Juice + Longlive DJs

Juice ‘Numbskull’ from Butchy Davy on Vimeo.

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

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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
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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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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