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Summer Sunset Screenings

Summer’s approaching. Lucky for us, then, that the marvellous folk at Portsmouth Film Society have put together another cracking programme of open air screenings around the city. They’re in some stunning venues too; including Southsea Castle, The Bandstand and Victoria Park. With some of the events already sold out (I’m already kicking myself over Labyrinth), you’d better get in quick…

Check the Portsmouth Film Society website for more information and tickets.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (15) | Tuesday 14 June | After sunset | Eldon Building Courtyard

This low-budget cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss inside a strange mansion belonging to the mysterious Frank N Furter, that they come across on a rainy night. Richard O’Brien’s daring and diverse comedy horror musical still has the power to shock and delight. Come in Costume.

Apache (U) | Thursday 16 June | After sunset | Southsea Castle

Based on Paul I Wellman’s novel and in turn inspired by a true story. Burt Lancaster plays Massai, a lieutenant of the great Apache warrior Geronimo. Though his tribe has surrendered, Massai refuses to do so. He escapes from a prison train and conducts a one-man war against the intruders-and against some of his own people.

Back to the Future (PG) | Saturday 18 June | After sunset | Southsea Bandstand

When teenager Marty is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown, he finds himself mixed up in a time-altering chain reaction that could vaporize his future and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an adventure that stands the test of time!

The Long Good Friday (18) | Wednesday 22 June | After sunset |Southsea Castle

This masterful British crime drama features a star-making performance by Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, a successful London gangster whose world falls apart over the course of one weekend. When a bomb explodes inside his Rolls Royce, another bomb destroys a pub he owns and a third is found inside his casino. Shand can’t understand who would suddenly want him dead. Introduced by Dr. Dave Allen.

What’s New Pussycat? (15) | Wednesday 29 June | After sunset | Southsea Castle

Fashion editor Michael James a psychiatrist to help with his inability to have serious relationships with the women he meets. Meanwhile, Victor Shakapopulis desperately tries to attract even one. Introduced by Sue Harper, Emeritus Professor of Film History at the University of Portsmouth, whose books include “Picturing the Past: the Rise and Fall of the British Costume Film”, “Women in British Cinema: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know”.

Song of the Sea (PG) | Wednesday 2 July | After sunset | Southsea Bandstand

The last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever. A wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendour that is destined to become a classic.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (U) | Friday 8 July | After sunset |Castle Road

Enigmatic candy maker, Willy Wonka, stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather.

Labyrinth (U) | Saturday 9 July | After sunset | Castle Road (TBC)

Fifteen-year-old Sarah secretly wishes her baby brother Toby would just disappear. When goblins kidnap the boy, feeling guilty she sets forth to save him and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. She must sneak into the castle of the Goblin King in the centre of a fantastical labyrinth filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles, where nothing is as it seems.

Pirates of the Caribbean (12A) | Friday 15 July | After sunset | Cumberland House Natural History Museum Garden

In Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. Captain Jack will save his love, the governor’s daughter, from his former pirate allies, who are now undead. Come in pirate-themed fancy dress!

Tommy (15) | Saturday 16 July | After sunset | South Parade Pier (TBC)

A boy born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in his youth. He eventually gains fame as a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah and attempts to lead a religious sect. Portsmouth locations abound.

From Dusk Till Dawn (18) | Friday 22 July | After sunset | Victoria Park

After a string of robberies that left a river of blood in their wake, the sadistic Gecko brothers head to Mexico to live the good life. To get over the border, they kidnap a widowed preacher and his two children. The quintet park their RV at a rough-and-tumble truck stop but they soon realise that they’re not in a typical bar.

Kung Fu Hustle (15) | Wednesday 27 July | After sunset | Southsea Castle

International superstar, Stephen Chow’s, humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic is set in early ’40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang. Packed with elaborate stunts and visual gags, also Starring Yuen Wah and Xing Yu, and with fight choreography by legendary masters Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung. (English subtitles).

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Seann Walsh On Film at No 6 Cinema

Comedian and film fanatics Seann Walsh and one-liner merchant Mark Simmons will be recording their weekly movie podcast in front of a live No 6 Cinema audience on Saturday 18th June.

Each week the pair go through the Box Office Top 5 and get involved in a bit of movie related challenges and discussion. You can download the podcast over on iTunes and AudioBoom.

Once the recording has been completed Seann and Mark will be introducing the showing of the cult comedy ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ starring Steve Martin and legend that is John Candy.

If you would like to attend then you can buy your tickets on the No 6 Cinema website for £15 each – If you want to know what else is going on at the cinema this month then check out Stu’s Picks For No6 this April.


No 6 Cinema

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens at the Kings Theatre

Over recent years the 4th May has become Star Wars Day across the planet and if I have to explain why that is then perhaps it isn’t worth you reading on.

On Wednesday 4th May at 6:30pm the Kings Theatre on Albert Road will be showing the seventh instalment of the Star Wars franchise.

The theatre has recently invested in a new projector, new screen and a 5.1 Dolby surround sound system to add to the natural acoustics of the auditorium. So this will be a one off event that shouldn’t be missed!

Tickets are priced at a bargain £7.50 (Concessions £6.50) and dressing up is encouraged whether you want to come full Wookie or just in your favourite Star Wars tee.


Kings Theatre

Polar Skate Co Video Premiere at The Honest Politician

Polar Skate Co have just released their first full length skate video, entitled I Like it Here Inside My Mind, Don’t Wake Me This Time, and after premiere screenings in Europe and the USA you’ll be able to see the film in Southsea at The Honest Politician, thanks to Bored of Southsea. Polar is based in Malmö, Sweden and is the creative outlet of pro skater, filmmaker and artist Pontus Alv. The Polar team includes some heavyweight skateboarding talent from all over Europe, London and New York City. Previous edits have related to tours or city visits (Portsmouth was featured in one recently, watch HERE) but this is their first full length film.

To catch I Like it Here Inside My Mind, Don’t Wake Me This Time get down to the Poli on Monday 4th of April for 7pm and grab a beer and the screening begins at 7:30pm. This is sure to be packed out with the local skate scene but if you’re in to experimental filmmaking, be sure to pop along too, Pontus Alv’s previous film In Search of the Miraculous is also worth a watch too (see below). This is one not to miss.

Polar Skate Co Video Premiere at The Honest Politician

Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner. Photo: Sam Ashley
Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner at the King Henry building. Photo: Sam Ashley.

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – April 2016

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this April. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings –

The Big Lebowski (18) | Friday 1 April | 7pm

The Dude (Jeff Bridges) a.k.a. Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, and gets caught up in a series of events made worse by his friends, Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi). Narrated by Sam Elliott, this is cult cinema at it’s finest – only to be expected from Joel and Ethan Coen.

Mad Max (15) | Saturday 2 April | 7pm

Mad Max is back by popular demand. An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet in a stark desert landscape where almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world are two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her homeland.

Anomalisa (15) | Saturday 9 April | 7pm

Michael Stone, a middle-aged motivational speaker who is grappling with an existential crisis, attends a customer service convention in Cincinnati to give a speech. At the hotel, he meets and falls for Lisa, a seemingly ordinary woman who sparks his imagination and energizes him to re-examine his life. Anomalisa, produced by Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran, has received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature film.

Dad’s Army (PG) | Thursday 14 April | 4pm

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. In Walmington-on-Sea their mission, to patrol the Dover army base, seems a great chance to revive falling spirits, but the arrival of glamorous journalist Rose Winters proves to huge distraction and sets pulses racing . MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

Hail, Caesar (12A) | Saturday 16 April | 7pm

Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

A Bigger Splash (15) | Saturday 23 April | 7pm

Rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul, when Iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope. Interrupting their holiday and bringing with him an A-Bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue,

A Bigger Splash is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and Rock and Roll under the mediterranean sun.

Victoria (15) | Friday 29 April | 7pm

Filmed in one take, Victoria tells of a young Spanish woman, who meets four men on a night out in Berlin. She takes a fancy to one of the men, but their tender flirting is rudely interrupted by the others when Victoria is persuaded to take part in a robbery. What began as a game suddenly becomes deadly serious.

The camera seamlessly intertwines the passing of time and numerous locations, placing the audience right in the centre of the action.

High Rise (15) | Saturday 30 April | 7pm

1975 – Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone.

Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on.

No 6 Cinema

Aspex Gallery – Twelve+

Next Monday the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays will be hosting an evening celebrating the production of ‘Twelve+’, a publication created by individuals affected by addiction and recovery. The event is free and open to all but you will need to book your place and you can do so here.

‘Twelve+’ are a series of local commissions run in conjunction with the multichannel video work ‘Twelve’ by Melanie Manchot. ‘Twelve’ explores the intimate stories, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of lives affected by and spent in addiction and recovery.

Over the last three years Manchot has worked in dialogue with twelve people in recent recovery from substance misuse, in rehabilitation communities in Liverpool, Oxford and London. Twelve is directly informed by their personal written and oral testimonies, creative conceptions and performances within the final works. Inspired by the visual acuity of renowned contemporary filmmakers, the work connects and collapses individual recollections in which everyday situations, events and activities are rendered dramatic or abstract, and infused with tragedy, pathos and humour.

Melanie Manchot

melanie manchot

On the night, Melanie Manchot will introduce and present the publication, followed by Dr. Aaron Pycroft, Senior Lecturer in Addiction Studies at the University of Portsmouth, who will be delivering a Pop-up University talk. He will look at the ways in which society over simplifies the complex problem of addiction and explore the need for creative solutions to what often appear to be intractable problems.

A timetable of proceedings:
18:00 – 18:30: Guests to convene with light refreshments provided
18:30 – 18:45: Introduction from Melanie Manchot
18:45 – 19:00: Readings from the Twelve+ group
19:00 – 19:15: Pop-up University. Dr Aaron Pycroft

Find out more about this and other projects and exhibitions over on the Aspex website, Facebook and on Twitter @AspexPortsmouth.

Aspex Gallery, Photo © Oliver Tubb/Paul Miller/Victoria Chapter

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – March 2016

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this March, including many BAFTA winners and Academy Award hopefuls. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings –

Amy (15) | Thursday 3rd March | 7pm

Back by popular demand. Multiple-award-winning documentarian Asif Kapadia (Senna) has created this full-access film about Amy Winehouse, the extraordinary musician who died in 2011 at the age of 27. Eschewing talking-head interviews, the film uses 100% archival footage – even when presenting newly recorded interviews with Winehouse’s friends, family and collaborators – and also features previously unreleased tracks and images. The result reveals a brilliant artist in all her complicated fragility.

The Hateful Eight (18) | Friday 4th March | 7pm

Nominated for 3 Oscars, Quentin Tarantino’s latest release opens with a bounty hunter and his prisoner as they cross a bleak, snow covered Wyoming landscape in a stagecoach. They take shelter in a cabin and discover it is inhabited by a collection of criminal (and decidedly Tarantino-esque) characters. Expect graphic violence, bloody humour and a homage to the Western film genre, and you won’t be disappointed.

The Big Short (15) | Saturday 5th March | 7pm

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), The Big Short delivers a complex sequence of events to the viewer with ease, humour and understanding.

Do The Right Thing (15) | Friday 11th March | 7pm

On the hottest day of the year on a street in Brooklyn, hate, bigotry and racial tensions smolder before exploding into violence. Smart, vibrant, and urgent without being preachy, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lee’s most fully realised efforts – and has become known as one of the most important films of the 1980s. This film will be screened as part of No.6’s Seminal Season.

Spotlight (15) | Saturday 12th March at 4pm and Thursday 17th March at 7pm

Spotlight tells the riveting true story behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe Investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, Spotlight is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.

Trumbo (15) | Saturday 19th March | 7pm

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (played by Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

No 6 Cinema

Watch the I WAS THERE! Film

The I WAS THERE! project was a collaboration between Strong Island Media and Portsmouth Cultural Trust, with the aim to collect memories of Portsmouth people’s experiences of seeing live music at this historic venue as it celebrated 125 years in 2015. We ended up collecting hundreds of fantastic memories brought together via social media and with ‘open day’ interviews in the late summer at the Guildhall and many of these memories went in to the I WAS THERE! film. The film was screened at Portsmouth Guildhall in late 2015 and more recently in the Guildhall Café and is now online and can be seen on the Big Screen in Guildhall Square.

This project sits next to its bigger brother, the incredible Access All Areas exhibition located in the Guildhall.

You can also watch the original video interviews below and listen to many, many more memories of live music at Portsmouth Guildhall.


I WAS THERE! Film - Collecting Memories

I WAS THERE! Film - Filming

Stu’s Picks For No 6 – February 2016

As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this February, including many Academy Award hopefuls. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings –

Carol (15) | Thursday 18th | 4pm

In atmospheric 1950s New York, the titular Carol (Blanchett) is marooned in an unhappy marriage when a chance meeting with dreamy shop assistant Therese (Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) sparks a slow-burning romance between the two women. Paired again with Todd Haynes, the maverick director of I’m Not There, Blanchett gives a devastating performance that should be an Oscar shoo-in, her on-screen chemistry with Mara fully exploiting Phyllis Nagy’s emotionally muscular, pitch-perfect adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s landmark novel.

The Revenant (15) | Saturday 20th February | 7pm

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) takes us into the American wilderness for a story of betrayal, survival and vengeance in the early 19th century. Fur trapper Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear, and then robbed and left for dead by his companions. Sustained by sheer force of will, Glass battles the winter elements, the vicious wildlife and his own injuries in relentless pursuit of life and justice. Filmed in extended takes using only natural light – and already hotly Oscar-tipped – The Revenant delivers gritty battle scenes, stunning locations, and a compelling story of one man’s determination to live.

Room (15) | Friday 26th February | 7pm

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson’s (Frank, What Richard Did) latest tells the story of Ma (Larson) and Jack (Tremblay). They live in a single room that is their entire world, for a reason that is one of the film’s many surprises. Then, on Jack’s fifth birthday, Ma reveals her plan for him to get away. Despite its dark premise, Room is a film about freedom that brims with hope, using Jack’s guileless perspective and poignant optimism to steer us through the darkness.

Apocalypse Now (15) | Saturday 27th February | 7pm

The digital re-release of Francis Ford Coppola’s exploration of America’s Heart of Darkness in Vietnam is a welcome chance to savour once again the masterpiece that Apocalypse Now truly is. A heady mix of ‘60s counter-culture and the Vietnam War meshes together with hallucinatory visuals and a magnificent score. Martin Sheen stars as the Special Forces captain dispatched on a secret river-borne mission to Cambodia with a brief to ‘terminate with extreme prejudice’ a demented colonel (Brando) waging a private war in the hills.

No 6 Cinema

Creative Video From 14:01 Skateboards Filmed at Southsea Skatepark

Skateboarding is a hotbed of creative talent in the visual arts such as photography and filmmaking. When it comes to creating skate videos there are some defined tropes such as fisheye, low follow filming, etc. so it is great to see some creative ideas pushing it forward. Sam Taylor & Dan Hawkins from YEAROFTIGER worked with local skater Nick Munday and 14:01 Skateboards producing this short film combining green screen, slowmo and Munday’s usual epic pop, all at Southsea Skatepark.

Photos from the shoot by the ridiculously talented 35mm photographer Holly Fernando.

Photos by Holly Fernando

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£800 raised at our 3rd Birthday Charity Raffle

Wow. Another Incredible success. Myself, Paul and the Strong Island Crew owe a MASSIVE thank you to all the people who donated, helped out, attended and of course bought those ever so important raffle tickets.

With your generosity we managed to raise an amazing £800 for The Portsmouth Autism Support Network and The Portsmouth Lifeboat Station.

Everyone had a great time and got fully involved in the atmosphere of the night. Free Strong Island Iced Teas were flowing, and the buffet was awesome. Pet Sounds kept the musical vibe alive and the crowd did the rest. A really good turn out of Strong Islanders made sure The Belle Isle was packed and the charity tin was full.

Well done to all the people who were lucky enough to get one of the prizes. If not more. Winners win prizes…..

Thanks to everyone who came down, all of the very generous prize donators and of course extra special thanks to Paul, Graham, Ben, James, Andy and all The Belle Isle staff for letting us hold our party and making sure no one went thirsty. Cheers guys.

Without the support from our readers, contributors and friends Strong Island would not be in the position to hold such an event, and we greatly appreciate it.

Prizes were very kindly donated from the following people: LJRs / The Belle Isle / Sopranos / Southsea Skatepark / Caravan Gallery / Michelle So Scone / Boed / Southsea Boutique / Dead Mans Glory / Lou Bush / Helen at Kings Theatre / Geoff at The Wedge / Love Southsea / Mikey Ayling / Mark Persuad / Southsea Gallery / james Porter / Parmiters, Ian & Sue / James Weaver / Alanna Smith / Matt Howarth / Bruce Jamieson / Jamie Olivers (Megatron) / Diana Goss / James Batchelor / Fran Bierton / Paul Thurlow / Bonzo Studio / Head Hairdressers / I Love Dust / Holgarama / Stuart Trett at Ye Olde Bike SHoppe. Apologies if I forgot your name.

We’re already looking forward to our 4th Birthday Party next year. Hope you can make it. All the best and thanks again.

Tristan & Paul

Photos: Matt Saxey

Created Local – John Illsley

We got sent a link to John Illsley’s website recently, loads of amazing photos including many from all over Southsea and Portsmouth, be sure to check it out. Here are a few examples:

John Illsley

John Illsley

CHAOS – 20 years & out!

20 years!!!! That has to go in the books as Southsea longest running night? Give or take, most people you bump in to have been to a least one Chaos night, and most spent a grimy late one down the pier dancing like idiots and spilling Newcastle Brown all over the place. I’ve a lot of fond memories of the earlier days at Chaos, mostly after skating and sitting in the pub saying I’m not going. Not this week. Then 8 pints later jumping in a taxi…

If you have any stories or cool photos from Chaos we’d love to see them. Or even some of the old flyers. There have been some pretty interesting designs over the years. I’ll always remember the photo flyer of the kid on the dance floor with a girl and his ‘wandering hands’.

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

“To coincide with our 20th Birthday on Saturday 26th November – we’re announcing that this will be the last ever “Chaos”.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, moving to the Wedgewood rooms in 2008 – we’ve been crowned the South Coasts longest running Independent Club night, winning The Guide Awards “Best club night”, “Best DJs” (x 2) and the promoters Ped & Jay being awarded a special award for contribution to the Portsmouth Music Scene. Chaos has provided Dj’s and club nights at Guilfest, Southsea Fest & Isle of Wight Festivals.

Having been a constant in our lives and the Portsmouth clubbing & music scene for 2 decades – Its been a very tough decision to stop the regular club night. But we feel that now is the best time to unplug the speakers for the last time.

Chaos was always quite literally about being ‘alternative’ – alternative in music policy, but also offering an alternative to the traditional and mainstream clubs. Our ethos was always simple – play music we liked, to people to we liked & do it prime time on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year!

Our feeling is that the current scene is very different now and although still loving every element of the gigs, festivals and guitars – a regular club night offering everything we did, now isn’t whats required. Clubbers will always want an alternative, but the music scene is now so split and venues, pubs & clubs are all competing for survival – we felt it was a good opportunity to step back, take a deep breath & raise a glass to rock n roll!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Chaos over the last 20 years – venue managers, bar staff & door stewards – sound & light technicians – – street teams – performers & bands and of course the roll call of DJ’s past & present that have provided the soundtrack to so, so, so many silly, drunken and above all fun Saturday nights.

Hey ho, lets go!”

The 20th Birthday & Last EVER Chaos – Saturday 26th November 2011

Flyer: Chaos Flickr

Local Photographer – David Jacobs

Based in Chichester but a constant visitor to Southsea, Portsmouth, Hayling and all of the Chichester harbour area, David Jacobs’ photos capture the warmth of the local light and and the inspiring natural views of the local landscape and coastline. To see more of David’s photos be sure to click ‘Read More’ below and check David’s Flickr.



Hidden Treasures

Steve Bomford gave us the heads up on this wonderful short film made up of old film footage, from the 50s to the 70s, filmed around Portsmouth and Southsea. If you like looking at some vintage Portsmouth and Southsea you will love this (really interesting to see the Guildhall before it was pedestrianised and the buildings were demolished for the council offices).

Vintage Old Portsmouth Photograph

We’ve not had a vintage photograph for quite a while on Strong Island, and this one is a winner. This photo of the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth was taken in 1958 by Mark Kauffman for LIFE Magazine. Click this LINK for a larger version.


Thanks to Jubru for sending this over.

Portsmouth City Museum

As with so many things that are right on your doorstep, you always say yeah I’ll go do that soon, but never do. Me and Liz had the day off together and rode around a few places before popping to the Museum after saying we’d go for years now.

If you like your local history then I advise going down. Check the Portsmouth City Museum website for more information. Click read more at the bottom for a few more snaps.


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.

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

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.

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust (1)

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!

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

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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Southsea Common Barbecue Zones

I’m sure a lot of you enjoyed the fantastic weather this weekend and many of you no doubt had a barbecue on The Common. I was out of town on Saturday but heard it was seriously busy down the seafront. A few of us had a BBQ on Sunday and we’re approached by some council officials regarding our position. They were very polite and let us carry on as we were already cooking and handed us some details of all the new zones.

Unfortunately the new zones now means hundreds of people are going to be packed in to single areas. The main common by the War Memorial will be extremely busy over the summer. More so than usual for sure. I fully back having these zones in place, but feel I’ll no longer be going to the common for BBQs if I can help it as they have made a lot of areas no go zones. It was always more appealing when you could spread out from other groups.

Created Local – Inksquatch

Here’s an interesting little blog I stumbled upon. Inksquatch are a collective of Portsmouth based artists, illustrators and designers that comprises of four people working on anything from books, maps, sculptures, bags, badges, you name it from the sound of things. Check out their BLOG and WEBSITE for more info.


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