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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

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

Matt Pickles

Matt Pickles

Matt Pickles

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.

Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry (1)

Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry (2)

Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry (3)

Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry (4)

Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry (5)

Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry (6)

Southsea Deckchairs Collaborate on Clothing Collection with Fred Perry (7)

Co-Conspirators Clothing – Competition Winners

The lucky winners of the Co-Conspirators Clothing competition are Lewis Woods and Jon Scrivens. Lewis has won a crown tee and Jon has got himself a beanie hat.

You can view and get your hands on the clothing at Plus you can stay up to date Twitter @CoConspiratorsC, Facebook and Instagram @CoConspirators.

Co-Conspirators Clothing

Co-Conspirators Clothing Logo

Signature Clothing End of Season Sale

Local skate clothing brand Signature Clothing are having a quick end of season sale in advance of their new drop of designs, be sure to get involved and pick up a choice bargain straight out of Milton.

Co-Conspirators Clothing – Competition

Co-Conspirators Clothing are still in their infancy but have been producing some nice stuff which is well received by it’s customers. The business was started by best friends and housemates James Murray and Alfie Passingham, both are third year Portsmouth University students.

James says “We’re both passionate about fashion and particularly boutique fashion. We have been inspired to get involved after spending years following clothing sites like Honour Over Glory, Wilderness and Thunder Apparel.”

The designs are elegant and simple, all with variations on the Co-Conspirators logo.

James and Alfie have donated one of their Crown Tee’s to a lucky Strong Island reader. To win all you have to do is ‘like’ their Facebook Page which can be found HERE. The deadline for the competition will be midnight tonight and we will be announcing the winner here tomorrow.

You can view and get your hands on the clothing at Plus you can stay up to date Twitter @CoConspiratorsC, Facebook and Instagram @CoConspirators.

Co-Conspirators Clothing

Co-Conspirators Clothing

Co-Conspirators Clothing

Co-Conspirators Clothing Logo

Portsmouth Street Games at Portsmouth Guildhall Square This Summer

Back in the 70s, before even Portsmouth Skatepark had been developed from the roller rink, Portsmouth Guildhall Square was home to a demonstration by the famous 1970s Hobie Skateboards team (Mike Weed, Bob Scolberg and Skitch Hitchcock) in October 1977. The demo inspired many local young people to get in to skateboarding and helped in some way to get the skatepark the following year. The Guildhall has been a popular spot for skateboarding, BMXing and more ever since and this summer sees a new, local event aiming to bring these all together at the Guildhall Square for the first time in a brand new event.

Portsmouth Guildhall and Big Adventures are working with Southsea Skatepark and Zero Gravity with the brand new, weekend long Portsmouth Street Games running Saturday 31st May to 1st June at Guildhall Square. The event will include freestyle mountain bike performances from Zero Gravity (who you may well have seen previously perform at Gunwharf), flatground and ramp BMX plus skateboarding by guys from Southsea Skatepark, street dance from Portsmouth’s own Most Wanted & Streetforce DC, local freerunners and Portsmouth Roller Wenches.

On top of all that there will be a major street art event running, curated by My Dog Sighs and Lex from AllCaps, including graffiti and street artists from Portsmouth and further afield, painting walls and a canvas the size and shape of a New York City train carriage. Local streetwear brands will also have stalls at a market throught the weekend plus there will be music and food too.

The event is free and open to everyone, we’ll see you there!

For more details see the flyer below (artwork by AllCaps).

Portsmouth Street Games at Portsmouth Guildhall Square This Summer (1)

Portsmouth Street Games at Portsmouth Guildhall Square This Summer (2)

Signature Clothing Promo Video Due Soon

Signature Clothing have been busy working hard on a new promo video, which is looking to be due in the spring. The company sponsors skateboarders both in Portsmouth and all over the UK so it’ll no doubt be a really diverse video with spots and tricks from all over.

During some recent filming team member Steve McBriarty smashed out an incredible trick and photo sequence, with a 360 heelflip/laserflip to backside five-0 at Five Bridges plaza in Gateshead. Going by this trick alone, the video is going to be heavy…

Signature Clothing Steve McBriarty by Johnny Haynes

Created Local with Rob Jamieson

Local photographer Rob Jamieson really caught our eye recently with his striking, powerful fashion and editorial photography, both shot in studio and on location in and around Portsmouth. We caught up with Rob to find out more about his work:

How did you get in to photography?
I have always had an interest in photography which led me to take a photography course at South Downs College. I received my first entry level digital camera as a gift, I started by shooting mostly landscape and architectural pictures, then on to people and models. From this I developed my own style of photography that went from a hobby to something more substantial.

What drew you to fashion/editorial photography?
I feel that fashion & editorial photography allows for me the most scope for artistic licence. Any methods can be used to get the result you want, with no real rules to follow. I enjoy working with models on photoshoots to create something that stands out.

What locations do you look for when shooting and what studio do you use?
When looking for locations I look for somewhere that will suit the style of the shoot, has good character, and has interesting light (natural or artificial). I have my own fully equipped studio that I use for portrait and fashion work.

What setup do you use? Digital? Analogue?
I have always used a digital setup, I have very much a trial and error way of working, so film just isn’t economical for me to use commercially, although I do appreciate film and love some of the pictures it produces. I predominately use Canon digital SLR’s for most of my work. A brand that I have always used, and works the way I want it to.

What advantages are there for a photographer working in and around Portsmouth? What things could be changed or improved?
Working in and around Portsmouth as primarily a portrait photographer is great. I get a wide diversity of different locations to use all within a 15 minute drive. This allows me to get a range of different looks in a quicker amount of time.

Where has your work been seen, published, etc?
Currently I mainly shoot portrait work for modelling agencies, so most of my work can be found on model agencies websites such as MOT Models, First London, Body London and Boss Model Management. I have been published on the Vogue Italia website. Also many jewellery companies websites such as A Weathered Penny.

You can see some of Rob’s photography below but be sure to check out Rob’s website and social media for loads more great photography:

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (1)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (2)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (3)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (5)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (6)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (4)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (7)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (8)

Created Local with Rob Jamieson (9)

All photography copyright of Rob Jamieson, used with permission.

Created Local with Hoodlum Fang

Chloe Hood is a Portsmouth born and bred punk girl who recently finished her degree at the University of Portsmouth in Fashion and Textiles with first class honours, specialising in digitally printed textiles, jersey garments and pattern cutting. Chloe gets most of her inspiration for her textile design from urban sports especially roller derby, skateboarding and BMX. More than just an inspiration, Chloe is also currently a member of the Portsmouth Roller Wenches Fresh Meat, getting involved with Roller Derby. The Roller Wenches and the friends she has met through them have been a huge support throughout her course, graduation and the launch of Hoodlum Fang.

Chloe creates leggings, skirts, shorts, sports dresses and tees, each piece is handmade with love by Chloe personally in her little studio in her home in Portsmouth. All the companies she works with to create these pieces are UK based too. It is awesome to see someone create a brand that is utilising new technology with digital textile printing and making more than the basic garments like t-shirts.

Hoodlum Fang is currently available through an online shop, but Chloe is on the look out for shops that would like to stock the garments, and also selling at local Roller Derby bouts.

Hoodlum Fang is having a 30% flash sale starting today and going through to Sunday 5pm in celebration of getting to 300 likes on the Hoodlum Fang Facebook page.

To check the full range and buy Hoodlum Fang visit:

Created Local with Hoodlum Fang - Photo by Dominic Smith
(Photo by Dominic Smith)

Created Local with Hoodlum Fang - Photo by Dominic Smith
(Photo by Dominic Smith)

Created Local with Hoodlum Fang - Photo by Dominic Smith
(Photo by Dominic Smith)

Created Local with Hoodlum Fang - Photo by Justyna Kloch (2)
(Photo by Justyna Kloch)

New Range from Signature Clothing

Portsmouth’s very own Signature Clothing have just dropped a new range of tees featuring some new top to bottom designs and some hats too. As always, good stuff and nice attention to detail. All orders have free UK delivery and with stickers thrown in too.

Signature are working on a skate promo at the moment too, looking forward to seeing that soon.

New Range from Signature Clothing (1)

New Range from Signature Clothing (2)

New Range from Signature Clothing (3)

New Range from Signature Clothing (4)

New Range from Signature Clothing (5)

New Range from Signature Clothing (6)

New Range from Signature Clothing (7)

All photos by Dave Millard.


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 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.

Phil Tickner Calendar Exhibition 1

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:


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 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.

Charlie Thompson Fratton Park

Charlie Thompson 2
Both Charlie Thompson
Todd Lawton
Todd Lawton
Roberta Curxes
Roberta Fidora
Danny Miles
Danny Miles

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.*

Becky Jerams
Becky Jerams

Becky Jerams




B Of The Bang


B Of The Bang

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

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