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Common People Festival 2015

The multi award winning team at Bestival, present to us the Southampton based Festival, Common People. It will be held on the 23rd and 24th May 2015.

Taking place on the bank holiday weekend on Southampton Common, the two day, metropolitan festival will bring the spirit of Bestival away from the Isle of Wight and into the heart of the city.

Rob Da Bank, curator of the festival, explained that Common People is the first new venture since Camp Bestival seven years ago. He went on to tell us that this festival isn’t a camping show, its not tents and wellies, it’s a two day show that has easy access and is open to all ages. A festival packed with experiences that is reasonably priced, it was designed to allow everybody to enjoy good music and fun activities along with cultural highs including art and delicious food.

Fatboy Slim, DJ Yoda, The Cuban Brothers, Jaguar Skills, De La Soul, Band of Skulls, Plastic Mermaids, SomaHigh and Clean Bandit are just some of the many artists that will perform over the weekend alongside activities including, crazy inflatable bundle madness, face painting, brass bands, trapeze lessons and much, much more.

The weekend is set to be an enormous success and tickets are on sale now. To get yours visit ticket line or buy your tickets directly from a range of local locations which can be found on the website.

To follow festival updates and announcements follow Common People on Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and on Instagram.


Fat Boy Slim



Berlin Festival 2012

Torn Speaker Launch Party At The Cellars With Science Of Eight Limbs, Rickyfitts & More

Tomorrow being Thursday 16th April, Torn Speaker launches at The Cellars in Eastney with an amazing line-up featuring experimental, psychedelic rock duo Science of Eight Limbs who are mindbogglingly tight, punk duo Frauds from Croydon as well as local favourites and one of the finest live bands to come out of Portsmouth, the thrashy twosome Rickyfitts playing a rare hometown show and also opening the night will be Freak a new grunge trio born out of the ashes of Dirty Legion combining doom filled, sludge riffs with elements of punk.

Torn Speaker themselves are Max Goulding of Rickyfitts and The Park Studio and also Holly Mullineaux, guitarist of the buzzy Wyldest who are blowing up the blogosphere right now. The two decided to start the night to promote and put on bands they love, bringing some of the most exciting new acts to town. They’re already planning their second show and by the sounds of the line-up that they have planned, it’s going to be a great one. Entry is just £4 and doors are at 7.30pm and with it being a four band bill on a week day, expect an early start. More details about the show can be found on the Facebook page here

Southsea Fest 2014 - Rickyfitts

Southsea Fest 2014 - Rickyfitts


Curxes Album Launch Party At The Eastney Cellars

On the 13th May, Strong Island Recordings will be throwing a Curxes ‘Verxes’ album launch party at The Eastney Cellars with support coming from the wonderful Wyldest as well as special guests to be announced plus Champagne Justice DJs . The debut album ‘Verxes’ from Curxes released on our Strong Island Recordings label will be available digitally on the 4th May and we’ll be selling an exclusive, limited run of physical copies on the night.  The album party is also the night before we head off and host our first ever Brighton show taking place at The Great Escape so it will be a big couple of days for the label. Entry for the event is a mere £4 or we shall be doing a limited ticket bundle that comes with a digital download code of the album. More details can be found on the Facebook event here but it would be great to see some faces for one of our biggest shows yet.

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Corners & Morning Smoke At The Fat Fox For Blownzone

This Sunday at the Fat Fox, Blownzone returns once again after their killer show at The Edge of the Wedge with The Shivas and The Red Cords back in December. This time they feature the excellent Californian garage rock meets post punk outfit Corners who are currently touring Europe as well as support from one of our favourite new bands over at Strong Island Recordings; scuzzy post punk/ shoegaze outfit Morning Smoke from Brighton.

Morning Smoke will also be playing our first ever Strong Island Recordings show in Brighton mid-May which we’ll have details about over the next couple of weeks. First though they visit Portsmouth with Corners where entry is £6.00 on the door.

This is another show not to be missed from the Blownzone guys who are once again bringing over some of the finest international bands to the city as well as some of the best new bands in the UK Doors are open from 7pm.

Strong Island Recordings Free In Store Party With Melt Dunes & Death of the Author

At the end of last year Strong Island proudly opened up our store, studio & exhibition space at 12 Highland Road in Southsea. So far there have been a few wonderful exhibitions in store but our label arm over at Strong Island Recordings has yet to have a house warming party so to speak. After much discussion we have decided to change that and on the 28th March between 6-8pm we present to you a free, bring your own booze party with full sets from Strong Island Recordings own Melt Dunes and our good friends Death of the Author taking place instore at Strong Island Co. Capacity for the show is obviously limited so be sure to head down early.

We’ll also being doing some amazing one-off in-store deals on label tees, vinyl, tapes and more, more details on that soon. See you there!

Hit up the Facebook event for more info.

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Photos From Strong Island Recordings Label Party 7th March

On Saturday 7th March  Strong Island Recordings hosted our first label party of the year at The Edge of The Wedge. It was also extra special as it was also our first ever label party where all the acts including DJs too are a part of our label family. The line-up conistsed of Dead Rabbits, Melt Dunes,  Yoofs and also The Boy I Used to Be making their deejay debut and played a rather eclectic and fun mix consisting of everything from local thrash dup Rickyfitts to Taylor Swift. The turnout was amazing and we want to thank everyone who came down. We hope everyone who was in attendance had a blast. We have some photos below but if you want to check out more from the evening then an head over to our Facebook and Instagram and the Strong Island Flickr. Relating to our label party on Saturday we have some exciting news coming on Friday so keep an eye out for that.

Strong Island Recordings Label Party – Dead Rabbits, Yoofs And Melt Dunes At Edge of The Wedge

On the 7th March, Strong Island Recordings takes over The Edge of The Wedge in Southsea with three label acts being Dead Rabbits, Yoofs and newest signings Melt Dunes formerly known as ELEPHANTANTRUM plus The Boy I Used to Be DJ’s all for just £3.00. It’s our first label party of the year of what looks like is going to be the biggest year of our little label so we’d love to party with everyone celebrating a very exciting 2015 for us here at the musical arm of Strong Island. Tickets for the show can be purchased here and also in our store at 12 Highland Road. More details can also be found on the Facebook event page.

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The Unknown Soldiers & PopoBawa At The Loft This Friday

Horny Goat Music Presents spearheaded by Zach Wiggins and Amrit Sondh as an outlet for putting on shows of acts they love returns this Friday at The Loft  and features some Strong Island favourites following on from successful, packed out nights that have included the likes of Rickyfitts and The Planes.

Headliners for the show are psychedelic-doom rock Gosport outfit The Unknown Soldiers. A sand storm of psychedelia,  the sonic journey of the quartet is like being dropped in the middle of a sun baked desert during a spaghetti western.On the other side of the psychedelic realm, support comes from NME & KEXP favourites PopoBawa bringing their sun tinted, tropical, jangly psychedelic pop. We love PopoBawa over here at Strong Island. They’ve played a couple of shows for our Strong Island Recordings label so we advise you get down early for them as they’re certainly one of the most  unique bands to come from this part of the south-coast for a while. If you haven’t seen them live yet, they’re joyous, blissful, summer tinted goodness that for at least half an hour will make you forget we’re in the midst of a bitter cold winter and instead will conjure up images of dancing in the middle of a field during the summer festival season. Also playing the  show is acoustic act Tamara Jane who shall be opening the night.

Tickets for the show are £4 in advance or £5 on the door. Wrap your ears around The Unknown Soldiers and PopoBawa below. More details including where to purchase tickets can be found on the Horny Goat Presents Facebook event page here.

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New Victorious Festival Line Up Additions

Portsmouth’s grandest party being Victorious Festival returns on the weekend of the 29th and 30th August and with it comes arguably the biggest line-up to ever hit Portsmouth. The latest additions are testament to Victorious’s year on growth as a festival with a heavyweight collection of new additions to the festival that takes place along Southsea. Legendary psychedelic- space- experimental rock outfit The Flaming Lips, regarded as one of the greatest live bands on the planet will be coming to Portsmouth bringing their visually stunning spectacle that is their live set along with one of Britain’s largest crossover exports in recent years being Tinie Tempah. NME & BBC Radio 6 favourites Honeyblood of Fat Cat Records return to Portsmouth less than a year after playing Southsea Fest another of Portsmouth’s fine festivals that take place in the latter half of the year. The line-up also features the likes of The Amazing Snakeheads,  Bipolar Sunshine,  The Magic Numbers and Texas. Tickets at present are just £18 a day and allows festival attendees access to attractions such as The D-Day Museum, Southsea Skatepark and Blue Reef Aquarium so it’s an absolute steal.

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Strong Island Recordings Label Party & New Additions To The Roster

At Strong Island Recordings we’re hosting our first show of the year on the 7th March at Edge of the Wedge where for the first time ever, all acts, including DJ’s are part of our Strong Island Recordings family so we’re very excited.

Playing the show is shoegaze, psychedelic outfit Dead Rabbits, psych-pop Bournemouth duo Yoofs who we released their debut album ‘Something’ on our label last year and brand new additions to our label, Melt Dunes now formerly known as ELEPHANTANTRUM.

Our minds were blown by the local Southampton quartet so we decided we had to have them on our label. Crossing between brooding, doom ridden psychedelia and fuzzed out garage rock, Melt Dunes are the soundtrack to your nightmares. Catch them at our label party on the 7th March where entry is a mere £3.00 and includes The Boy I Used To Be deejaying which should be fun. You can find more about the event here. All photos below are by Toby Jezard who kindly photographed our cash-free, food donation label party in December.





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Created Local – Carl Partridge

Portsmouth’s Carl Partridge is a local artist and photographer currently studying MA Communication Design up in that there London at Central St Martins. As well as all the awesome artwork on his website we particularly liked his Lomo Diana photos from round Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Be sure to look through the good work over at



Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video

The guys over at have put together a nice little edit from the Bike Ride on April 4th. It really shows the vibe of the day well. Good times. I better get on the phone and book the Police escort for August.

The Langstone Ark Project

The Langstone Ark is a project being run by Langstone Harbour’s Environment Officer Louise MacCallum that went live on-line in August. The project aims to create a digital collection of all the animals and plants associated with Langstone Harbour, by asking harbour users, visitors, and anyone else with an interest in the harbour to send digital photographs of wildlife taken on the water, or around the shoreline.

So far, over 150 photographs have been contributed to the project, and nearly 100 species are now represented. There are literally 1000’s of species of animal and plant to be found around the harbour however, so there are plenty of gaps in the project left to fill!

Autumn is a great time of year to see wildlife around Langstone Harbour, with thousands of migratory birds beginning to arrive and beautiful fungi springing up on many of the wildlife reserves dotted around the shoreline.

For more information about the project visit the Langstone Harbour Board’s brand new website at and send photographic contributions to

Below are just a few of the contributors photographs so far, and you can see all of them over at the gallery HERE.

Kestrel by B.D. McGregor

Little Tern by Mark Milum

Grey Seal by Nick Lyon

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.


Southsea Flats by Cat

Welcome to Southsea

Ian Parmiter recently found this photo at a sign makers on one of his many travels. A Facebook debate has already begun as to it’s original whereabouts. Any ideas?

Old Southsea Skate Photos

Check the Skate Library for the first of a growing list of old Southsea photos including this one of Lance Mountain grinding the Law Courts back in 1988 (photo by Tim Leighton-Boyce).

Created Local – Caleigh Illerbrun

Old University friend Tom Hall sent me over a link to his extremely talented and prolific girlfriend Caleigh Illerbrun’s online portfolio With illustration, painting and 3 dimensional work firmly tucked under her belt Caleigh has an impressive amount of work on her site, some of which is up for grabs. Currently selling coasters over in her SHOP, Caleigh needs a little help identifying the favourites as she has an advert coming out soon in a magazine.

I’m loving the ‘Wood Tree’ coaster set below, and very much so the ‘Bearlamb’ acrylic & pen at the bottom. You can also follow Caleigh on Facebook and also her blog.

Local Photographer – Paul Gordon

Local photographer Paul Gordon has spent a lot of time hanging out and photographing the local skaters over the summer, both in the skatepark and out and about. The photos from the summer are now up in galleries on Paul’s website As well as the skating photos there are also loads of other galleries too including sport, portraiture, landscape, etc. Have a flick through.




The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea

Gareth Colwell sent us these amazing scans from a vintage book called ‘The Old Portsmouth and The New Southsea. “It was an old book of my Grandads’ we found when going through some of his old stuff that had been packed away for years. I love the paintings and the written bits, especially describing Southsea Common as “a dismal spot in the old days. Footpads and cut-throats roamed at night, and a murderer hung in chains on the edge of the shingle”

A really interesting read so I won’t say anymore and let the book do all the talking. Check out the full set of scans over at Gareths Flickr.

The Infamous Harry Pounds Scrapyard Submarines

Many of you will remember the once iconic Submarines at the Harry Pounds Scrapyard on the way in to Portsmouth. We even featured a few photos by Robin Hinson back in 2010.

Although I never got to explore the sub aquatic giants myself I was lucky enough to find this little gem a few weeks ago. Although I can’t remember where, so sorry if I nabbed it and forgot to mention you.

Watch the video for a unique view of these “Uk, Admiralty Standard Range Diesels 16 Cylinder V mechanical supercharged monsters!”

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