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The UK Festival Awards 2014

The annual UK Festival Awards have opened their voting so you can support your favourite events from last summer. The south coast has been well represented with nominations for local festivals Bestival, Blissfields, Mutiny and Victorious.

The teams behind them will be looking for your support and you can place your votes HERE. When you are done voting you can enter an amazing competition where you can win 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award and a new iPad mini!

The UK Festival Awards 2014

Just watching those videos is getting me excited for next summer already! You can get yourself an early bird ticket for next years Victorious event on 29th and 30th August 2015 for just £18 HERE.

Victorious Festival 2014 from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 25

Charlie is back with the 25th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

For today’s show, I’m spending some time to bring you the band Big Star. A hugely influential group formed in Memphis by a couple of massive Beatles fans in 1971, they released their debut album; ‘#1 Record” a year later, one of the founder singer songwriters left the year after that and by 1974, they were finished. A third LP was released posthumously, but none of their records sold in large numbers. Despite this, they’re held in high regard by anyone who spends a little time in their company; Rolling Stone magazine places all 3 in The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

For the show I haven’t picked their 5 most famous songs, or my favourite 5 songs, I’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible to give an idea of the scope of their sound. They wrote achingly plaintive acoustic songs just as well as the ragged jangly power-pop they’re arguably best known for. If you like any of the songs, take some time to have a root around in their back catalogue, more people should get to know and love Big Star.

Elsewhere we’ve got some bangers from Blur, Massive Attack, Smokey Robinson and Dinosaur Jr. Plus a prime cut from Sam’s Selection Box. Should be enough to see you through this shitty weather…

Cheers, Charlie x

01) O My Soul – Big Star
02) Far Out (Beagle 2 remix) – Blur
03) Groupie (Superstar) – Delaney & Bonnie
04) Thirteen – Big Star
05) I Go Ka – Ali Farka Toure
06) You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
07) Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Ol’ Dirty Bastard/Prince Fatty
08) You Get What You Deserve – Big Star
09) Feel The Pain – Dinosaur Jr.
10) Why Don’t We Get Drunk – Jimmy Buffett
11) Flying High – Morgan
12) Metal Fingers In My Body – Add N To (X)
13) I Am The Cosmos – Chris Bell
14) One Love – Massive Attack
15) Give Me Another Chance – Big Star

Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 25

Victorious Festival 2014

Strong Island Media have just released a short video focusing on the music at this summers Victorious Festival on the Vimeo page. Those of you with a keen eye will see local bands Blackfoot Circle, Kassassin Street, Jerry Williams, The Shutka Champions, The Southsea Alternative Choir and many more.

Victorious Festival 2014 from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.

If that brought back some amazing memories or you missed out then make sure you get yourself one of the early bird tickets for next years event on 29th and 30th August 2015. Early bird tickets are £18 and you can get your hands on some HERE.

You can read our review of Victorious HERE.

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Photo by Grzegorz Kopacz

Competition | Delight & The Astoria Present… Dan Le Sac

The team at Delight and The Astoria have brought us some awesome DJ’s over the past few years, next Monday they welcome one of my favourite DJ’s in the country Dan Le Sac.

Most of you will be well aware that he is one half of Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip who were one of the highlights at this summers Victorious Festival. Dan Le Sac also works as a remix producer, he has to date been commissioned to remix Biffy Clyro, Bat for Lashes, The Maccabees to name a few.

Fresh from a busy summer playing a final European tour with partner in crime Scroobius Pip, Dan Le Sac is coming to Portsmouth for a very special solo DJ set! Playing an eclectic set of funk, party bangers, soul and custom electronic beat Dan will also be supported by the Delight resident DJs over 2 floors!

The team have kindly donated a pair of tickets for one lucky winner. If you would like to win the tickets, then all you need to do is email with your answers to the following question by midnight this Sunday. The lucky winner will be contacted on Monday morning.

Q) What is Dan le Sac’s real name?

For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

Dan Le Sac

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 24

Charlie is back with the 24th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

Following on from last week’s show, which was very much a lesson in classic songwriting from greats like Dylan, Stevie & Phil Spector, I thought we’d pull a u-turn this time out and have just electronic music. No longer the black sheep of music, everyone’s dipped their toe into the much-chartered territories of programmed instruments these days. This playlist is just scratching the surface, all favourites of mine. As always, I could have gone on for days, but it’s not meant to be comprehensive, or The Best Of… Just a nice collection of top tunes.

When explaining in an interview why he plastered his face all over his records Richard D James said that “The sort of unwritten rule was that you can’t put your face on the sleeve [of techno records]. It has to be like a circuit board or something.”. So, to out-Aphex Aphex, I used an image of a circuit board for this compilation cover.
Hope you like it!

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Boing Boom Tschak – Kraftwerk
02) Windowlicker – Aphex Twin
03) Strings Of Life – Rhythm Is Rhythm
04) Roads Must Roll – Boom Bip
05) Moray Arrival – Minotaur Shock
06) Dundas, Ontario (remix) – Manitoba
07) Dayvan Cowboy – Boards Of Canada
08) Declination – Com Truise feat. Joel Ford
09) I’m 9 Today – múm
10) My Red Hot Car – Squarepusher
11) Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
12) Inspector Norse – Todd Terje
13) Zodiac Shit – Flying Lotus
14) Long Singing – Fridge

Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 24

Victorious 2014 Animated GIFs by Sam Brooks

Local creative Sam Brooks (who recently participated in our Tricorn Artist Series) was, like many of us, at Victorious Festival this year and captured some of the sights of the festival and has produced a series of animated GIFs. animated GIFs have been around for almost 20 years but as bandwidth increases to dramatically grow they are no longer clunky MySpace-like flashing colours…and can now be refined, thought provoking, fascinating frozen moments in time.

DJ Yoda, Shlomo and Rex Domino

Summer is slowly on the way out and what a summer it’s been for Portsmouth music. We’ve been well represented at a host of major festivals on the south coast including Victorious, Bestival, Isle of Wight, Blissfields, Festibelly, Wickham and not to forget Camp Bestival.

This year at Camp Bestival local Hip Hop artist Rex Domino joined the awesome DJ Yoda and Shlomo on the main stage to perform their track ‘Open Your Eye’. This is awesome track is also available for those of you who use SoundCloud.

DJ Yoda along with his band Breakfast of Champions will be performing on 8th November in the Jazz Cafe in Camden. As well as Rex Domino the show will also feature vocalists Schlomo plus Sparks and Truthos Mufasa from Manchester collective Mouse Outfit. Tickets are available for £15 HERE.

If you like what you hear check out Rex Domino on Facebook and grab yourself a copy of his record Mensch Quits on iTunes.

Andrew Foster

In 2006 after a stint working in Soho, singer/songwriter Andrew Foster returned to Portsmouth and formed his own record label Green Fish Records. The name originates from watching goldfish in a bowl and using it as an analogy for channeling frustration and limitation. Andrew’s first two releases were the EP’s ‘Russells Teapot’ and ‘New Criterion’.

You may recognise Andrew from playing our Strong Island stage at last months Victorious Festival. He entertained quite a crowd with tracks from his new album ‘Science & Magic’. The album features ‘The Garden’ and the cover of ‘Centre Straight Atom’ by Kassassin Street were produced by Kassassin Street’s own Rowan Bastable. You can get a copy of ‘Science & Magic’ HERE on iTunes for £7.99 or 79p per track.

You can catch Andrew playing live when he supports Danny & the Champions of the World on 22nd October at The Cellars in Eastney. For more information on his music and live shows you can follow him on Facebook, SoundCloud and Twitter @andyfostermusic.

Andrew Foster

Nevada Music Celebrates It’s 45th Birthday

This time 45 years ago in September 1969, Nevada Music’s Managing Director, Mike Devereux, opened a small shop in Twyford Avenue, North End.

Initially stocking telecomms and electronic components, the company didn’t become Nevada until 1974 when Director Jenny Devereux joined the company and expanded to include the sale of Musical instruments and Sound equipment. Nevada is now based in Farlington, occupying two large warehouses totaling 24,000 sq. feet, with a staff of 32 and distribute their products across the UK and Europe.

Mike Devereux studied for a degree in Electronic Engineering at Portsmouth Polytechnic. It wasn’t long before the business rapidly grew and he was on the road operating sound systems for the likes of Bruce Forsythe, Tommy Cooper, Morecombe and Wise plus many others.

Hungry for growth and seeing the number of 70’s local musicians desperate for fame and fortune, Mike built a 16 track Recording Studio on the first floor above the shop. With the studio and instant success he set up Wessex Music, in a co-publishing deal with Warner Bros Music, to spot local talent early and help bands to success.

Over the years Nevada Music has survived multiple recessions, consistently grown and won awards, for their web site, Innovation, Business Excellence and their work with schools to encourage children to take up music.

Most recently they hosted one of the stages at this summers Victorious Festival which featured Slow Club, Beans On Toast and a number of local artists including Matt Jarvis, the Southsea Alternative Choir and Jerry Williams.

Happy Birthday folks and here’s to the next five years and the celebrations which will surely follow.

You can find Nevade Music on at, on Facebook, Twitter @NevadaMusic and YouTube.

Inside Nevada Music North End Circa 1975


Nevada Music

Det Sync @ The Fat Fox

This Saturday 27th September Det Sync will be bringing their diverse brand of techno and electro beats to The Fat Fox on Albert Road. It kicks off at 8pm until 1am. If you get there before 11pm then entry is FREE. DJ’s on the night include Jon Gurd, Killawatt, Pete Callard and Tom Powell.

The Det Sync team produce a regular radio podcasts which you can find on SoundCloud HERE. The most recent mix by Tom Powell can be found below…

Det Sync can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @Detsyncuk.


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Southsea Circa ’51

After purchasing a few bits of old furniture the other day, under closer inspection we found the shelving to be lined with old newspaper.

Coming from one of the sheets is this, an advert for Southsea from the Sunday People dated 21st January 1951.  The best bit and also a point raised by more than one person, is the fact that in 1951 it takes 90 minutes by train from London Waterloo to Southsea the same as it does today!  Fascinating that in 61 years we haven’t managed to make it any quicker.

£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

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.

Strong Island Easter Bike Ride Video II

Sharpie just sent me over his edit from the Bike Ride last April 4th. He attached one of those fancy Flip Cameras onto his handlebars and he was away. Really cool to be able to see the ride from different perspectives. Cheers buddy.

Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Following on again from the photos of the Seafront and the Paddling Pool after The Bandstand and Tennis Courts the previous week, here’s another scan from Khalid.

The Pavilion on Clarence Pier looks amazing. No more donkey rides though. Shame.

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