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Beats & Swing x THe PETEBOX Competition

Beats & Swing are offering Strong Island readers a chance to win two tickets to this Sunday’s event where they welcome performances from Just Millie, JustSayYes and THe PETEBOX.

Award-winning THe PETEBOX is a solo performer, musician, songwriter, beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist who has been entertaining audiences across the world. Support on the night comes from local singer songwriter Just Millie and DJ JustSayYes.

To win all you need to do to win the tickets is name the stage that THe PETEBOX headlined at this summers Victorious Festival?

Email your answers to before 6pm on Friday 27th November. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media very soon after. If you don’t want to risk it then you can pick up your tickets here from £8.

Find out more on the Facebook Event here.


Lips Inc – Panto vs Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s newest, family friendly and party-central night out Lips Inc returns on December 15th to The Kings Theatre for a star-studded Christmas showcase: Panto vs Portsmouth.

Lips Inc are looking for solo performers, duos and groups of ALL AGES. If you and the guys in the office reckon you can handle Take That, your friends can give The Spice Girls a run for their money, or if you KNOW you’re the best Elvis tribute this side of the Memphis. If you’re a member of a community group, dance workshop, have a group of mates who like a laugh, or have simply spent too much time in front of the mirror… then the time has come to take it to the next level. It’s karaoke without the sing-y bits so it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing! Make THIS once in a lifetime night out a Christmas treat you won’t forget.

After a successful launch during The Kings Theatre’s recent Children In Need gala, the stage show that anybody can be part of is back. Welcoming you to be the star, Lips Inc invites the people of Portsmouth to take on members of the 2015 pantomime cast on stage before a live audience.

As well as the match of mimes against celebrity guests, there’ll be appearances from Manic Stage Productions and Kings Youth Theatre, and of course a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus, who might just take a turn himself.

Judging by how well received and how popular the Children In Need event was this will be a great event to get involved with. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to be a good singer! If you are of a nervous disposition then maybe you can even do it in fancy dress to protect your anonymity.

The first wave of guests will be announced on December 1st which is when entry will close for Team Portsmouth. If you’d like to be part of the battles and be pitted against the Panto Cast, you’ll need to email with your name, age, post code, song choice and please include a video (or link) of yourself lip syncing to your chosen song. You can use your Phone and send straight to us.

Tickets on sale now via priced at £10 for adult, £8 for Kings Members, £6 for under 15’s, or £24 for a family of four ticket.




“I WAS THERE!” Exclusive Film Preview at Portsmouth Guildhall This Wednesday

This Wednesday (18th November) sees the exclusive preview screening of the I WAS THERE! short film. The I WAS THERE! project is 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 celebrates 125 years. With loads and loads of fantastic memories collected via social media and with interviews in the late summer at the Guildhall the film brings all of these together. This project sits next to its bigger brother, the incredible Access All Areas exhibition located in the Guildhall.

The screening takes place this Wednesday on the first floor of the Guildhall at 7pm in the Freda Swain Lounge. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from the box office ( since audience numbers are strictly limited.

There will also be a theatrical performance based on the memories at the Portsmouth Guildhall in January 2016, we’re working with drama students from Admiral Lord Nelson School and Old Salt Theatre and we’ll release more details on this special event soon.

Find out more about the film screening HERE, on the I WAS THERE Facebook page and the screening event Facebook event.

I WAS THERE! Musical Heritage Project With Portsmouth Guildhall

I WAS THERE - PC with Thin Lizzy tour book 2

I WAS THERE - Claire Tickets

I WAS THERE - Claire Parry

Wyldest Drop Their Latest Song ‘Dark Matter’

In advance of an official EP release in early 2016, ‘Dark Matter’ was premiered this morning by Wyldest on Indie Shuffle, released by Hand in Hive record label. If you’ve caught this awesome band play recently (such as Southsea’s Dials Festival in October) you’ll recognise this song from their sets, with it’s inertia building, stark swirl of dream pop elevating to a heady and heavy showgaze finale.

The song was produced by Guy Massey (Palma Violets, The Libertines, Idlewild) and is from the EP of the same name.

Have a listen below & buy the son via iTunes HERE. and be sure to follow on Twitter/Like on Facebook Wyldest to keep up with more news of the release, upcoming live shows, etc.

Rickyfitts Release New Song ‘Pleasure Guilt’

Heavyweight two-piece Rickyfitts have just dropped a new song entitled ‘Pleasure Guilt’, a heady dose of their grunge v thrash trapped-in-a-falling-elevator style ready to have smiling, sweaty pits of people breaking themselves. This new material will be on their very highly anticipated new E.P. due soon. Have a listen of the new song below.

If you missed the guys breaking off a new one at the Edge of the Wedge during the Dials Festival in October and their subsequent shows in London at The Old Blue Last and up in Dalston then fingers crossed there’ll be news of new shows soon.

To keep up with Rickyfitts be sure to give them a follow on Twitter and a Like over on Facebook too.

Rickyfitts at Dials Festival 2015, photo by Strong Island Media.

Pie&Vinyl In Store outside at the Wave Maiden, Southsea – TRAAMS live and loud LP Launch

If you like your imported beers, artisan cheeses and live music then you will be happy to know that this Saturday evening the Pie & Vinyl team have joined forces with The Wave Maiden to host TRAAMS.

The FREE party begins at the Wave Maiden from 8pm but get yourself down there with plenty of time to spare as there is a limited capacity of sixty five people.

You can secure your place though, all you need to do is pre order their brand new album Modern Dancing which is officially released the day before. The Pie & Vinyl guys and girls will make sure that there is plenty of merch available on the night and I’m informed that if you ask nicely then guys will even sign them. Reserve your copy here.

For more information on TRAAMS or the gig itself check out the Facebook Event page here.


Jerry Williams New Single Release

I first came across 19 year-old Jerry Williams at Victorious Festiival back in August this year and I was blown away. Not only is she a great musician and songwriter, there is just something special about her unique and delicate voice. Not forgetting she’s from Portsmouth!

Today 13th November, her latest single ‘Boy Oh Boy’ is released and available to buy and I cannot recommend it enough. If you were saw her at Victorious you would have seen her perform this fun, catchy and heartfelt song.

Jerry’s talent doesn’t stop at songwriting and performing. She storyboarded her entire video for  ‘Boy Oh Boy’, which was shot in right here on the Island with collaborations from friends ‘Tea Films’ who were also the team behind ‘Cold Beer’.

The local teen who is a self-confessed songwriting addict and ‘would happily write songs all day, everyday, forever has already supported high profile artists: Nathan Sykes (ex-The Wanted), Rixton, Maverick Sabre and the Hoosiers.

Want to see her next gig? Next week, Wednesday 18th November you can catch her perform live at the Old Queens Head, Islington, 7:30pm, tickets from £5.

You can follow Jerry on her various social media – SoundCloud, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter @JerryWMusic and Instagram @JerryWilliamsMusic.

18.November - ON STAGE 9PM -Old Queens Head JERRY WILLIAMS

Southsea Old Guard First XI Return This Weekend

The Southsea Old Guard are normally seen taking the field at every September for Southsea Fest but this Saturday they will be taking over Little Johnny Russell‘s from midday til closing time.

Eleven of Southsea’s finest and most eclectic DJing talent are coming together to play a selection of their best tunes for you.

The event is to be held in the memory of their good friend and fellow old-guarder Monkey Paul. The team have joined forces with No More Durty Water to raise money for the charity that Paul so passionately championed. Get yourself down there to raise money for a great cause and have loadsa fun!

How they line up…

13:00 – Maximillian Hetherington
14:00 – Leon Windsor
15:00 – Jimmy Barber
16:00 – Matt Seeney
17:00 – Keith Hicks
18:00 – Big Jim
19:00 – Austen McLean
20:00 – Ian Void
21:00 – Weir
22:00 – Rowan Bastable
23:00 – Uncle Al
24:00 – Charlie Longlive

Check out the Facebook Event page here for more information.

Southsea Old Guard

Joe Satriani At The Portsmouth Guildhall Tonight

Joe Satriani is set to play the Portsmouth Guildhall tonight as part of his international tour. Prior to this new album Satriani has released thirteen landmark, solo studio recordings that changed the landscape of six-string-oriented music, including his multi-platinum effort from 1987, ‘Surfing with the Alien’.

Satriani is arguably the World’s most commercially successful solo guitarist with albums in excess of 10 million copies. His new album, ‘Shockwave Supernova’, his 15th solo album is set to wow gig goers in Portsmouth tonight and he will be suppported by special guest and award winning South African guitarist, Dan Patlansky. This increibly talented singer/songwriter is due to support Satriani on all of his upcoming tour dates and is soon to release his new album, Dear Silence Theives.

The gig is set to be a fantastic night and last minute tickets are on sale from the Guildhall box office.



Little Johnny Russell’s – Silent Disco

You all know the drill by now. Two DJs, one set of headphones, two channels to choose from, and one dance floor full of people singing and dancing in a room with no music. Get involved this Saturday at Little Johnny Russells!

You can follow Little Johnny Russell’s on Facebook and Twitter @JohnnyRussells

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Local Photographer – Duncan Allan

We recently mentioned local photographer Duncan Allan’s framing skills but we also want to profile Duncan’s creative photography too. With a wealth of knowledge in different cameras and experimentation in many different techniques (both with film and with Photoshop and Lightroom), Duncan has a strong collection of images from the local area and all around the world. Here are a few of our favourites but they are just the tip of the iceberg, to see more check Duncan’s Flickr.

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Matt Saxey’s Bike Ride Photos

Head on over to Matts Flickr and check out a few more photos from last Sunday’s ride. Great photos that really help capture the event.



Created Local Special: Immy Smith and the Brain Tumour Research lab at the University of Portsmouth

We’ve featured many local artists, photographers, filmmakers, designers & makers under the Created Local series for many years (over 100 in the last 6 years), profiling work touching on many, many different subjects. Immy Smith’s background, artwork and working environment is something a little different.

Immy Smith is a rare creative, working in what initially might be thought of as two different worlds: one foot in science, the other in art. With a PhD in Pharmacology plus a strong arts background Immy has recently been working in the Cellular & Molecular Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumour) Research laboratories at the University of Portsmouth on a 10 month residency which looks at how to foster better and more creative working relationships between medical science and the arts. The residency, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, aims specifically to create a sense of collaboration with not just laboratory staff but also the patients effected by brain tumours, which kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

“The project I’m working on here at the Brain Tumour Research lab is a Leverhulme artists residency where I work in the lab making art alongside science researchers. Our project aims to tell the story of brain tumour patients, scientists and clinicians, through art. We want to make these stories accessible and share the unique challenges of brain tumours with a wider audience to help raise awareness of this devastating disease.” – Immy Smith

Cellular & Molecular Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumour) Research laboratories

Working within the laboratory environment sees the research staff and artists working in a shared space, with artwork becoming a part of the laboratory environment. The relationship allowing for artistic insight in to the latest treatment research and the scientist an appreciation of creative processes and different patterns of thought. The project has included workshops with scientists as well as patients, collecting stories and aiming to “fill the gap in understanding”; having perspective on cancer analogies, unique sensory & cognitive effects of these tumours due to their location in the brain and patterns of cells and diagnosis & treatment. The creative work aims to engage with all and to broaden the horizons and enhance the skills of both artist & scientists, through this particular interdisciplinary research.

Staff at Cellular & Molecular Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumour) Research laboratories

Immy’s work includes ‘Heterogeneity Experiment: Ink, SciArt, and Brain Tumour Heterogeneity’ which explores heterogeneity between brain tumours, through making art at the lab bench. The ingredients used are primarily inks – ultramarine and magenta. Other constituents include water and lab filters. Every filter contains both colours. From this limited palette of ingredients are made an array of unique patterns – more than 120 of them. The components are few but the outcomes are complex, heterogeneous:

“The cellular components of your brain are primarily neurons and glial cells. Neurons get a lot of the limelight, however glial cells – including astrocytes and oligodendrocytes – play a crucial role in brain function, and neurons are lost without them. Other constituent cells include pericytes and endothelial cells in the brain’s blood vessels, microglia (immune cells), and ependymal cells (which line brain ventricles). From a limited palette of cellular ingredients, all the fascinating machinery of your brain is created.” – Immy Smith

Heterogeneity Experiment: Ink, SciArt, and Brain Tumour Heterogeneity

Heterogeneity Experiment: Ink, SciArt, and Brain Tumour Heterogeneity

Another part of work produced during this pilot project are Immy’s Ugly Objects experiments:

“Some of the scientists here expressed a wish to depict brain tumours as something ugly – rather than using images of cells which are often quite beautiful. While this project is about using recognisable or non-exclusive imagery (so I wouldn’t use scientific images of cells anyway) it raised many interesting ideas. I previously discussed the scientists feelings of the dread and awfulness, that they associate personally with brain tumours as cancers. Another interesting idea was; what is ugly? Is what we perceive as ‘ugly’ in any way universal? What are common features in people’s descriptions of ugly? Can we use this as something recognisable, something not exclusive to science or art, with which to communicate about brain tumours? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I know it’s harder to draw ugly than you might think.” – Immy Smith

Ugly Objects

Ugly Objects

Immy is working towards an upcoming public exhibition, with permission to use the event to fundraise for the charity Brain Tumour Research. We’ll let you know more details on the upcoming exhibition and the work included soon. For now, if you are interested in finding out more about Immy’s work you can visit her websites below:

Immy Smith

Southsea Typeface

When ever possible I like to do the odd piece that’s just for me, just for fun. This came about off the back of something I was doing for work. Messing around with pens and pencils, then putting it through the computer. Maybe I’ll tackle Strong Island at the weekend! Oh, and for those that know him it’s Borneos birthday this Friday. KST then on to Albert Road. Be sure to check my flickr photostream to see the carnage.

Click the read more link to see a whole variety of colours.


£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

Bike Ride Panoramics

We will have loads of photos and stories from Sunday’s hugely successful Strong Island Bike Ride and to get started we have some huge panoramics taken by George Crick. Sadly we can only show some of the small versions here that do not do them justice so be sure to visit George’s website to see the all of the photos in full size, and spot yourselves in there!

George’s panoramics will be available to buy in Wallspace Gallery in Albert Road from Saturday for a bargain price of just £35.

The Abrooks

The infamous 1980s Southsea locals Mark & Barry Abrook, doubles on the halfpipe at the skatepark from 1990.


It’s going to be a Strong Movember

Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to our MoSpace if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

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…


and on another note…


Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Following on from photos of The bandstand and Tennis Courts the other week, here’s another scan from Khalid.

Back before East Jet in the late 1940s, early 1950s people flocked to Southsea seafront. Check the beach huts near Canoe Lake. Dozens of them and the Paddling Pool which is now occupied by the Sealife Centre. Love the little train to the right of the picture. Click for a closer look.

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