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Final Southsea Fest Line Up Including Pulled Apart By Horses, Ed Harcourt & DZ Deathrays

Southsea Fest have announced the latest and final line up to the already marvellous bill which already includes the likes of Laurel, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Mazes, Blessa, Menace Beach, Kagoule, Eliza & The Bear and many more including local favourites Rickyfitts and Kassassin Street. The one day, multi-venue urban festival spanning across the intimate setting of Albert Road has pulled absolutely no punches with its latest additions and it looks set to be the biggest and best Southsea Fest yet.

Headlining the Wedge is gnarly hardcore punk, Leeds exports, Pulled Apart by Horses regarded by many as one of the best live acts today with their twisted, amp melting, gut busting ferocious sets. Their last Southsea Fest outing, for those fortunate to catch them was regarded as stuff of legend and with them playing the Wedge this year you’re four times more likely to be able to get a glimpse of their carnage. Along with Pulled Apart By Horses, Brisbane duo DZ Deathrays head back to Southsea and will deliver a face-melting, riot like set of thrash ridden pop. Another huge coup for Southsea Fest and headlining the Kings Theatre is established singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt who shall be a perfect fit for the glorious, Edwardian setting. Also on the bill confirmed is Fat Cat Record’s Glaswegian duo Honeyblood who deliver, scuzzy, grunge tinged, indie pop. Bringing the doom psychedelia and stoner rock is GANG, the latest signings to Strong Island Recordings who are ready to inflict a sonic assault upon senses with ear pounding riffs and gnarling, wailing vocals. Heading back to Southsea Fest is the splendid Talons who create intense and epic instrumental, math-post hardcore rock coated in  magnificently building violin sections also coated in merciless riffs. There are numerous other additions as well as in which you can find below.

Tickets are just £18 for what represents an incredible value for money and can be purchased HERE.

Pulled Apart By Horses -Ed Harcourt – Famy – DZ Deathrays – Flyte - Fear of Men – Laurel – Curxes – Talons – Brontide - Blessa – Mazes – Castles – Eliza & The Bear 100 Ounces – Alpha Male Tea Party – Andy Oliveri – Bad Grammar - Battery Hens – Beautiful Boy – Big Fin – Big Sixes – Body Hound - Boy Jumps Ship – Brawlers – Break-Ups  - Dear Everyone - Deluxe Flamingos – Doe – Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux – Elephantantrum - Eloise Keating – Emperor Yes – Employed To Serve – Fairweather Band -FALLS – Fickle Friends – Flash Fires – Floella Grace – Fred Page - FURS – Gang – Goodtime Boys – Gossling – Happy Accidents – Happyness - Harker – Holy Kasper – Honeyblood – House of Thieves – Hunter And The Bear - Iced Out – Jesse Wylde & The Stallions – Jimmy Islip and the Ghosts w/ Sam Russo - Joythief – Kagoule – Kassassin Street – Layers – Life – Lillian Todd Jones - LOOKS – Love Park – Lu’Ami – Lucky One Dies First – Lyger - Martha – Matt Emery – Matt Jarvis – Meadowlark – Menace Beach - Michael A Grammar – Natasha North – Nothing But Thieves - Osca – Passport to Stockholm – Pawws – Pedro Donkey - Personal Best – Phoria – Pixel Fix – Popabawa – Prides – Pure Graft - Racing Glaciers – Raglans – Richie & The Remedy - RickyFitts – Rough Hands – SACHA – Saint Agnes - Sam Brothers –  Slaves – Spring King – Tangled Hair – Teef – The B of The Bang - The Boy I Used To Be – The Cadbury Sisters – The Cairos – The Lion & The Wolf -The Magic Gang – The Plastic Beats Band – The Prestige - The Proper Ornaments – The Ramona Flowers – The SLM - The Southsea Alternative Choir – ThisPlanet – Thought Forms - Tigercub – Tom Moody – Trampolene – Uncle Luc – Unknown Soldiers – Waylayers - We The Wild – Woahnows – Wildest Dreams

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Gland Rock At The Wedgewood Rooms in Support of The Feel Yourself Campaign 5th July Headlined by 90′s Legends The Telescopes

The glorious Gland Rock belts down into Southsea 5th July in support of the Feel Yourself Campaign. This new Portsmouth music festival takes place across one day in one venue at the Wedgewood Rooms & Edge of the Wedge featuring some the finest bands across the land. Headlined by Creation Records (responsible for the releases of the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & the Mary Chain and Oasis) 90’s legends The Telescopes bringing their visceral realm of psychedelic, shoegaze and dreampop along with the likes of God Damn, a mind blowing twosome creating an atomic, thundering racket of noise which is totally perplexing as to how two men can create such a sound that almost defies the laws of plausibility. Along with Bo Ningen, they’re possibly the best live band at the moment and can be found heavily across the festival circuit. Possibly tomorrow headliners but if you feel any seismic activity in Portsmouth, it’s likely due to God Damn.

The line up also sees the weird and wonderful punks Claw Marks fresh from their Sexbeat release (Eagulls/White Lung) and UK tour with Fat White Family as well as scuzz pop duo Playlounge, punk quartet Human Hair, electronic two piece AK/DK, indie/post punk  and and Playlounge as well as some of the best locals in the area. Carefully curated, taking quality over quantity the line-up sees thrash duo Rickyfitts who have released on bothStrong Island Recordings and Pie & Vinyl, local cult legends The Demons recently re-releasing ‘Contact High’ getting high praise such as being touted a classic by Backseat Mafia as well as dreampop, shoegaze duo who also create luscious surf like riffs, Wildest Dreams, psych-doom outfit Unknown Soldiers, the bombastic, blitz pop duo Curxes, Eloise Keating who delivers haunting dream pop and colourful indie electro pop 4 piece Deluxe Flamingos.

There will also be a raffle on the day to help raise money for the Feel Yourself Campaign. The raffle prizes include:

- My Dog Sighs Painted Canvas framed by Southsea Gallery
- Victorious Tickets
- Southsea Fest Tickets
- £25 Art Is Hard Records Voucher and Surprise Test Pressing
- Unique Pompey Calendar and David James Painting by Official PFC Artist
- Strong Island Swag
- Pie and Vinyl Swag
- Artwork by amazing local artists (such as mynameisleila and m-one)
- plus much more…

You can listen to the playlist below and tickets can be purchased for merely £10 HERE or on the day, availability permitting.

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Southsea Fest Announcements Of Local Acts Including Curxes, Kassassin Street, Rickyfitts, The Boy I Used To Be & More

On the 20th September one of the finest days in the British music calendar; Southsea Fest hits Portsmouth once again. With a line up already consisting of some of Britain’s best new acts including the likes of Mazes, Laurel, Blessa, Kagoule, Fear of Men, Dinosaur Pile Up and Slaves to name just a small handful, Southsea Fest have announced the local additions to the already tremendous line up.

For our Strong Island Recordings stage in which we return to the sweat pit that is upstairs of bar Fifty Six, we’re delighted to announce the latest additions to our stage: Fresh to the festival and from their NME Radar hype, we bring you Wildest Dreams who delve between enchanting dream-pop and also brooding, atmospheric shoegaze reminding us of a cross between Warpaint, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Cocteau Twins.  We have a more eclectic line up this year and making her debut at Southsea Fest is the immensely talented Eloise Keating who creates hauntingly beautiful electro, dream-pop with mesmerising vocals, one of the city’s best new talents for sure. We are also bringing back the fuzzy, ferocious, tinnitus inducing, sludge filled thrash duo Rickyfitts who shall be opening the Drunken Sailor’ stage, not just one of Portsmouth’s very best live bands but one of the country’s best new live bands, period.  All three will be joining the likes of Blessa, Kagoule, Furs and Kill Moon at Bar Fifty-Six.

Also playing Southsea Fest is extended label family duo The Boy I Used to Be who shall be playing for Pie & Vinyl and bringing their garage pop akin to King Tuff, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Splashh. The festival also has some fresh blood with Gosport’s brilliant tropical psych pop trio Popobawa making their debut as well as western styled blues/psych, Southampton/London outfit Saint Agnes and ElEPHANTANTRUM taking you into a deep acid like realm of twisted, 60’s inspired psychedelia.

Other locals added to the bill are space rock, grunge Southsea regulars Battery Hens who will be sonically burning holes into eardrums, the bombastic, electro pop duo Curxes, bringing a unique hybrid of grunge, surf and jazz, Jesse Wyldes & The Stallions return to Southsea Fest, Pie & Vinyl’s The B Of the Bang return to Southsea after a summer of festival appearances, doom laden psychedelic outfit The Unknown Soldiers, the colourful indie electro pop, Deluxe Flamingos, the gnarly hardcore punk trio Lucky One Dies First, the dance-able, electro tinged, psych tinted locals Kassassin Street who combine elements of world music to their charming, indie pop  as well  as Matt Jarvis, Big Fin, Sacha, Southsea Alternative Choir, Joythief, Happy Accidents, The Plastic Beats Band and Tom Moody as well as of course the return of the phenomenal Laurel who was outstanding at the couple of sets I saw her at The Great Escape with her full band with one being a packed out Komedia.

Southsea Fest is guaranteed to be another cracker this year introducing you to tomorrow’s headliners in some of the most intimate settings. Tickets are incredibly great value for money ranging from £10 – £18 and can be found HERE. So tell your friends and family and head down to the small independent festival that supports the best in new music and fine local establishments. You can check out some of the latest additions to the line up below.

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Gland Rock Festival 2014 in Aid of the Feel Yourself Campaign Feat. The Telescopes & More

GLAND ROCK returns for its second outing on July 5th for the one-day charity festival in aid of Feel Yourself Campaign – promoting cancer awareness for men and women. Situated at The Wedgewood Rooms and Edge of The Wedge in Southsea, Portsmouth, the event ran by Strong Island Recordings, Champagne Justice and Creation for Causes will have incredible live music alongside stalls brimming with an assortment of food, records, clothing and art. Entry is £10 and tickets can be purchased here.

The first Gland Rock, in November 2013, included the likes of Esben and The Witch, Wild Smiles, Traams, The Hundredth Anniversary, Bloodsport, Fever, Shudder Pulps and many more. This year Gland Rock 2014 is led by legendary British outfit The Telescopes formerly on one of the greatest record labels of all time Creation Records and remains as eclectic, electric and impressive, featuring a unique blend of lauded acts and exciting prospects on the ascent. The Telescopes have been hailed as “brilliant” with a “very real and crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop” by The Wire. Steve Lamacq has championed the band since their inception and they have been described as “in another universe altogether… incredible” by NME. The Telescopes’ spiralling blend of psyche, shoegaze and visceral noise is like no other and Gland Rock is delighted to welcome them as our headline act for 2014.

Also on the line up are the likes of God Damn, AK/DK, Playlounge and Flamingods who have all fast become favourites of gig and festival goers across the country. Elsewhere, we have the bewilderingly exciting Omi Palone and Human Hair, two of the capital’s finest new bands.

On the home front, Southsea is gainfully represented by the bombastic Curxes, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, Is Bliss, Rickyfitts, Deluxe Flamingos & Eloise Keating.

Champagne Justice, Creation For Causes, and Strong Island Recordings are proud to bring you Gland Rock 2014 in aid of Feel Yourself Campaign! You can listen to the line up below of the acts playing Gland Rock and check the Facebook event HERE.

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TONIGHT – Strong Island Recordings Presents Drunken Sailor 18th April At Edge Of The Wedge

On Friday 18th April Strong Island Recordings presents ‘Drunken Sailor’ at Edge of the Wedge and we bring you a handful of some of our favourite up and coming acts today plus Champagne Justice deejays all for a mere £4.00 entry.

Arrows of Love
London grunge/art punk outfit Arrows of Love whirl up an absolute riot during every one of their live sets. The 5 piece are a total adrenaline rush where the entire venue is the stage and the show is an interactive experience and one you never know what’s going to happen except from utter chaos and absolute brilliance. Kerrang labelled them as one of the most engaging new bands plus NME, Front, Fake DIY, Artrocker, John Kennedy of XFM,Fake DIY, Lauren Laverne and many many more have also shown their support for AOL and now they return to Portsmouth with their debut album set to be unleashed around the same time too on 1234 Records.

Rickyfitts
Rickyfitts as a band are still very much in their infancy, forming just a few months ago yet they could well be one of the best new live bands you will see today. The duo bring blistering, sludge filled thrash punk, heavy psych, grunge rock . Despite being the nicest guys you could meet, they play with much ferociousness & are absolute merciless to their instruments, brutally pummelling them into near mush. Check out ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana‘ we released on our ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation.

The Hundredth Anniversary 
Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary cross the boundaries of ethereal, indie, dreampop & shoegaze. Wrapped in intense, whirling guitars & saturated in enchanting, reverberated vocals from Eleanor Rudge, 100th anniversary sound is beautifully atmospheric, mesmerising and frankly utter brilliant. Defiantly one’s to watch in which the likes of NME are also agreeing. Check them out for yourself plus their Daytrotter session they did very recently.

Fever
Grand choruses, tortured vocals, dark atmospheric guitars shadowing and full on fuzz, this quartet distort the lines of doom psychedelia, post punk, surf & grunge. Whilst its’ tough to liken a new outfit, so far Fever remind us of a mix of The Horrors, Arctic Monkeys and Eagulls. With Chris Pedan of Wild Smiles producing them and also being touted as one’s to watch by the NME your immune system will soon too give into Fever.

The Boy I Used To Be
Sun drenched, joyous garage pop with elements of psychedelia and folk, The Boy I Used To Be is like sipping a musical cocktail of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cloud Nothings, Splashh & Kurt Vile. The revamped sound of The Boy I Used To Be started out as a bedroom project of Edward Perry’s & the recordings very quickly headed to our label where we signed ‘I Can’t Stand’ for our compilation 30 minutes after it was recorded. Certainly one Portsmouth’s finest musical talents.

It’s a bank holiday so come down and enjoy Easter the way it’s supposed to be, partying with some of the raddest new bands in the U.K all for a paltry four pound entry.

Strong Island Recordings Presents Drunken Sailor 18th April At Edge Of The Wedge

On Friday 18th April Strong Island Recordings presents ‘Drunken Sailor’ at Edge of the Wedge and we bring you a handful of some of our favourite up and coming acts today plus Champagne Justice deejays all for a mere £4.00 entry.

Arrows of Love
London grunge/art punk outfit Arrows of Love whirl up an absolute riot during every one of their live sets. The 5 piece are a total adrenaline rush where the entire venue is the stage and the show is an interactive experience and one you never know what’s going to happen except from utter chaos and absolute brilliance. Kerrang labelled them as one of the most engaging new bands plus NME, Front, Fake DIY, Artrocker, John Kennedy of XFM,Fake DIY, Lauren Laverne and many many more have also shown their support for AOL and now they return to Portsmouth with their debut album set to be unleashed around the same time too on 1234 Records.

Rickyfitts
Rickyfitts as a band are still very much in their infancy, forming just a few months ago yet they could well be one of the best new live bands you will see today. The duo bring blistering, sludge filled thrash punk, heavy psych, grunge rock . Despite being the nicest guys you could meet, they play with much ferociousness & are absolute merciless to their instruments, brutally pummelling them into near mush. Check out ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana‘ we released on our ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation.

The Hundredth Anniversary 
Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary cross the boundaries of ethereal, indie, dreampop & shoegaze. Wrapped in intense, whirling guitars & saturated in enchanting, reverberated vocals from Eleanor Rudge, 100th anniversary sound is beautifully atmospheric, mesmerising and frankly utter brilliant. Defiantly one’s to watch in which the likes of NME are also agreeing. Check them out for yourself plus their Daytrotter session they did very recently.

Fever
Grand choruses, tortured vocals, dark atmospheric guitars shadowing and full on fuzz, this quartet distort the lines of doom psychedelia, post punk, surf & grunge. Whilst its’ tough to liken a new outfit, so far Fever remind us of a mix of The Horrors, Arctic Monkeys and Eagulls. With Chris Pedan of Wild Smiles producing them and also being touted as one’s to watch by the NME your immune system will soon too give into Fever.

The Boy I Used To Be
Sun drenched, joyous garage pop with elements of psychedelia and folk, The Boy I Used To Be is like sipping a musical cocktail of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cloud Nothings, Splashh & Kurt Vile. The revamped sound of The Boy I Used To Be started out as a bedroom project of Edward Perry’s & the recordings very quickly headed to our label where we signed ‘I Can’t Stand’ for our compilation 30 minutes after it was recorded. Certainly one Portsmouth’s finest musical talents.

It’s a bank holiday so come down and enjoy Easter the way it’s supposed to be, partying with some of the raddest new bands in the U.K all for a paltry four pound entry.

Is Bliss Host Blissco At Bar 56 Friday 20th December

Tonight sees Is Bliss host ‘Blissco’ a free party at Bar Fifty-Six on Albert Road along with Ricky Fitts and Purr which will include blissful, reverberated hazed out vocals, a tornado of whirling guitars, explosive fuzz, an intense, face melting textured wall of noise and brutal anarchic sludge like thrash punk perfect for creating a riot fuelled mosh pit.

The event of course features one of the U.K’s promising new bands, Is Bliss who blur the lines between shoegaze, dreampop, grunge, doom psychedelia and post punk and have had a very positive 2013 with the release of their debut single ‘Desire’ as well as gaining praise and support from the likes of NME, Sexbeat and Amazing Radio. They were also very recently featured on the legendary Seattle station KEXP’s latest podcast. With an EP and tour forthcoming in the New Year, Is Bliss look set to bow out of 2013 in their hometown with a deafening bang. Also on the bill are label family and Portsmouth’s hottest new prospect who in such a short time are already proving to be one of the finest live bands around, thrash punk/grunge/sludge duo Rickyfitts. The 2 piece are set to blow the roof off of Bar Fifty-Six, smashing their instruments along the intoxicating journey that is their live set. You can catch ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana’ here released earlier this week on our Strong Island Recordings label. Purr, recently in the NME Radar will be bringing their alluring, charm like dreamy pop, shoegaze sound reminiscent of the nicer side of My Bloody Valentine with a hint of Cocteau Twins and also the delightful Melody’s Echo Chamber. Bands start around 8pm and finish around 10.30pm with Is Bliss members also deejaying afterwards. The event promises to be a great one, showcasing some of the area’s finest talent making waves outside of the PO postcode.








Gland Rock At The Southsea Social Club 7th December For Feel Yourself

Strong Island RecordingsPie & Vinyl, Champagne Justice and Beach Community  have teamed up to curate a monster Christmas charity one day music festival being ‘Gland Rock’ where all profits go to local charity Feel Yourself.

Gland Rock takes place at the Southsea Social Club on the 7th December and it’s a monster line up featuring the likes of the  Esben & The Witch, Wild Smiles (who supported The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park this summer), Blood Sport, Dead Rabbits, Ricky Fitts, Halo Halo, Shudder Pulps, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, The Hundredth Anniversary, Witching Waves, The Red Cords, Che Ga Zebra  and Strong Island Recordings own Yoofs plus more amazing acts still yet to be announced. The event takes place across two stages and tickets are a mere £10 and will go on sale soon at Pie & Vinyl and other outlets. The event will also host prizes and food so we all hope to make the event a fun filled, festive themed party with some great well known and local bands raising money for a great cause.

Here is some information about who we are supporting:

“The campaign was started by Maddie Wallace while she being treated for breast cancer. With no family history and no previous health problems, Maddie never bothered to check herself for lumps. Then one day she bumped into a friend – also a younger woman – who had just undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer, and that friend reminded Maddie how important it is to check yourself regularly. That probably saved her life.

Feel Yourself Campaign aims to promote awareness in younger men and women about the importance of checking for breast and testicular cancer. Both of these types of cancer are on the increase and catching them early is the key to successful treatment. Setting a reminder on your phone for a weekly check of your assets should not only be an essential part of your beauty or health regime, it could also save your life!”

You can follow Gland Rock on Twitter and more loads more details on the event and the bands involved can be found on Facebook HERE.

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Drunken Sailor Preview Part 13 – Arrows Of Love

Arrows of Love are the ultimate riot, mosh party band and they’re also the band who helped kick of the Strong Island Recordings label last year with the ‘Conspiracy Podcast’ 7” single so it’s only right they return to their home away from home and headline our stage once again. Since releasing ‘Conspiracy Podcast’ they have had another single out The Knife, destroyed the Great Escape festival, main staged Truck Festival which they gained high praise from the likes of Artrocker and Music Trespass (who gave the guy very high praise), toured Europe, headlined Nonsolorock Festival in Italy and are about to release an album currently being mastered by the legendary Bob Weston of Shellac who also was the assistant engineer on the classic ‘Utero’ album from a certain band called Nirvana.

Arrows of Love cross between punk and grunge and create a trashy, noise fueled set where they take over and utilise as much as the venue as possible. Through the whole set they’re engaging with the crowd while destroying everything in their path. They’re really not for the feint of heart and are a total experience which is why Kerrang labelled AOL as one of the most engaging new bands in 2013. They’re also the most down to earth, humble and nicest guys and girls you could meet so we really can’t wait to have them back.

You can catch Arrows Of Love headline our stage upstairs at the Southsea Social Club at Southsea Fest at 22.00.

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Drunken Sailor Preview Part 12 – The Black Tambourines

Danceable garage/surf punk outfit from Falmouth The Black Tambourines are going to be seriously fun and we’re very stoked to have them playing our stage. Having released their amazing ‘Chica EP’ a while back The Black Tambournines have just released their debut LP on Art Is Hard Records. You can listen to ‘Crosseyed’ premiered on Clash Magazine HERE. Great things are expected from these guys so catch them while you can. If you’re a fan of The Cramps, Fidlar, Bass Drum of Death, Thee oh Sees or Boneyards then these are the guys for you!

You can catch The Black Tambourines at 21.10 upstairs of the Southsea Social Club at Southsea Fest.

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Southsea Strong Island Celebrates

I just can’t find the right images for this! Strong Island is 1 whole year old this Sunday the 27th. Time surely does fly hey. Meet us for a beer if you’re out and about. I think there’s something going on Albert Road this Sunday too…

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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 www.carlpartridge.co.uk.

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Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ by Sue Pike

I’ve been holding on to this for a while now as I wanted to make a feature of it and had to wait for the exhibition to finish to give it pride of place on the front page. If like myself you’re always looking around at our local architecture you will have noticed many of the buildings within the book Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’. Some could even be right on your doorstep but you have never noticed, or peeked over that high wall. Thomas Ellis Owen’s work is all over the city and you’d be forgiven for walking past as a lot of it is hidden or down those streets you may not stroll down too often. Other buildings however are right in your face. Ever noticed the huge block of flats at the entrance to Waitrose, the detailing on the building at Dover Court opposite the old Havana bar?



“Thomas Ellis Owen is probably the best known of Portsmouth’s nineteenth century architects, his construction of villas and substantial terraces in Southsea being responsible for the emergence of the district as a middle class locality. His work was recognised by Pevsner and Lloyd in their magisterial Buildings of England: Hampshire, and later by a rather more detailed architectural enquiry by two students, Preedy and Stewart. My own research was principally concerned with dating Owen’s properties and analysing their inhabitants. What Sue Pike has done is to cast the net very much wider, not only by providing great detail about Owen’s family, but also by demonstrating the impressive breadth of his activities outside architecture. Indeed, his interests were so wide that there must have been few aspects of Portsmouth’s development in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s in which he was not involved. Infrastructural fields such as gas supply, the Portsea Canal, railways, the Camber Docks and hospitals lay within his purview, while he assisted in the purchase of land for one of Portsmouth’s defining features, the Palmerstonian forts. His tithe map has proved of inestimable value to local historians. Meanwhile Owen was an important local politician. All these facets of Owen’s life have been fully laid bare in this thoroughly well researched book by Sue Pike, who is to be congratulated on her labours.” Professor Ray Riley

Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ is a really interesting read and contains stunning colour photos of many Owen properties in Southsea and Alverstoke by Gosport photographer, Tim Martin. There is no real target audience and hopefully it will appeal to old and young alike. The detailed captions may be helpful to first year architecture students but it showcases Southsea well and may well appeal equally to academics, photographers, interested newcomers and people who just want a really nice book to put on their coffee table. I’m a huge fan of both history and architecture so this book is a real winner for me, and I have no doubt that if that’s not really your bag you will still appreciate what Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ has to offer.

You can purchase a hardback copy for £25 via the publishers www.tricornbooks.co.uk and www.whsmith.co.uk and read up on the book and the author Sue Pike over at www.thomasellisowen.co.uk















Created Local – Joe Loughborough

Joe Loughborough was a local skater in Southsea for years and years and recently made the move up to London and has been working hard with his painting. Joe is releasing a series of portraits for sale today, available to buy online. To see them and more check www.josephloughborough.co.uk and Joe’s Flickr.

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Irving & Co. Local Brewery

Seeing as Portsmouth has such a rich history for pubs and naval culture I thought i’d bring your attention to something that combines the both.  Irving & Co brewers are situated at Railway Triangle in Farlington and have their doors open for tourists as well as turning out a fine range of real ales to a huge number of pubs in and around the Portsmouth area.

Irving and Co brings the welcome return of brewing to Portsmouth and a brewery to excite the taste buds of drinkers in Hampshire, Sussex and beyond. The company aim is to produce the highest quality traditional cask beers supplying the local market within 45 miles of Portsmouth.

Malcolm Irving ably assisted by Mark Doswell bring together 29 years of combined brewing industry experience to produce beers that they thoroughly enjoy and about which they care passionately. It’s not just a job, it’s definitely not just beer, it is a way of life.

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