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Victorious Festival 2015 Review by Liv Woodward

Well, I’ll be honest, Victorious Festival has well and truly ruined me although in the best possible way.

The Saturday was marvellous! Jerry Williams was the first act I saw and she didn’t disappoint! She transformed a very dull and rainy Saturday afternoon, into something quite joyful! She played her latest track ‘Velcro’ and old favourite ‘A Hairdresser Called Sids’. I found myself having a good old singalong. I also liked that Jerry and I matched. It seemed that bright canary yellow was the festival colour this year.

As Jery finished her set Laura Mvula took to the Common Stage and produced possibly the finest vocal performance of the weekend. The woman was incredible and had the crowd captivated with every word she sang, with the highlight being the beautiful track ‘Sing To The Moon’. The only way to follow a performance like that was to enjoy some of the excellent food available on site. I eventually settled for some Mac & Cheese which it wasn’t until I got up close to the stall I realised it being run by the lovely guys and girls from The Tenth Hole.

After sinking back a few more drinks and bumping into the lovely Bored of Southsea crew, I headed into the Silent Disco to get away from the rain! It’s hilarious to hear people warbling along to either of the two music channels available. Then there is always that mad scramble to get over to the other channel to see what all the cheering and excitement is about by the other half of the crowd. I bumped into all of my ‘lad’ friends and two of them decided to ‘seduce’ each other via the use of interpretive dance, in a huge circle of people. My night was made.

If I didn’t have my trusty yellow waterproof jacket, I probably wouldn’t have survived to the end of the evening! Tinie Tempah was unbelievable and played all of the hits, such as ‘Frisky’ and ‘Pass out’ and his energy stayed throughout the whole set. Which certainly made the rain more bearable! Sadly I didn’t get to see the Flaming Lips and what makes it worse is looking at the photos I missed a treat. Word on the street is that they put on a brilliant set and the crowd erupted with delight at the huge balloon that lead singer Wayne Coyne brought on stage.

After stumbling home and falling into bed, on the Saturday, I woke with a very sore head on the Sunday morning. I just had to get work out of the way and then continue the madness. Luckily the rain stayed away and it was a really warm day! I was truly gutted that I missed the Veludo Planes due to being at work in the morning, but I’ve heard from those lucky enough to see them that they were superb, as per usual!

After waiting for what seemed forever in the portaloo queue, I ventured over to see Kassassin Street for the first time. I now see what all the fuss is about as they put on a brilliant show. It was really good to seeing everyone enjoying their set. I even got a cheeky hug from the leader singer Rowan Bastable.

Special mention to The Southsea Alternative Choir who did an amazing job raising money for Samuels Fund and performed six times on various stages over the weekend. They must have been exhausted come Monday! I wonder if anyone managed to see all six shows?

Of course I went back to my second home aka the Silent Disco tent. Big respect to Jade, Tiffany and the rest of their team who made sure it ran really smoothly! There were long queues but everyone was patient and found out that once inside it was well worth the wait.

The layout of this years festival was spot on, as you were able to view all of the local shop stands whilst walking to each stage. Me being me, I had to check out all of the vintage clothing stalls! Also a bar was always in sight with minimal queues, which is a plus in itself! This year they had definitely improved on the band scheduling also. Although bands that I really like overlapped, you were able to catch around half an hour of one band and walk over to the other and still catch them from the beginning. Which is exactly what I did with The Darkness and Ella Eyre, who both did spectacular jobs on the Sunday! Lead singer of The Darkness Justin Hawkins would probably win the award for most entertaining frontman of any band over the weekend. He went from a fetching disco outfit into some lovely short shorts as well doing hand stands on stage, playing the guitar behind his back and being carried into the crowd.

Basement Jaxx were the perfect choice to close the festival. Their energetic set and the crowd participation during their biggest hits was brilliant! The various singers and dancers in their bonkers outfits kept you engaged throughout. I think at one point there was even a Gorilla and a Ballerina on stage? The night obviously had to come to an end and it seemed the weather wasn’t too happy about this either. The sad walk home was only made bearable due to my friend Amelia! Big thanks to her!

My one regret was that I didn’t get involved in the roller disco inside Southsea Skatepark, although knowing my luck I probably would’ve broken something. Next year maybe?

Thank you to everyone involved who made this a special event and bring on Victorious Festival 2016!

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Photo by Girl About Southsea
Jerry Williams by Amba Tremain
Jerry Williams by Amba Tremain
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Victorious Festival by Todd Lawton

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Photos by Todd Lawton
Blackfoot Circle by Simon Rutter
Blackfoot Circle by Simon Rutter
Silent Disco by Johnny Bell
Silent Disco by Johnny Bell
Kassassin Street by Dave Ellis
Kassassin Street by Dave Ellis
Ella Erye by James White

Basement Jaxx by James White 1

Basement Jaxx by James White
Ella Eyre and Basement Jaxx by James White

Victorious Festival 2015 Review – A Festival For The Whole Family (Part Two)

This year’s Victorious Festival was pretty epic. Though it was my first, I am already looking forward to going back next year. Saturday may have been a washout for some, but with our brollies and wells in tow, we were not going to have our spirits dampened.

The variety of activities spread across the Kids Arena was immense. There was everything you could think of to entertain the children and some of parents who are children at heart. Every bit of detail had been covered, from children’s safety with wrist bands with emergency contact details on to baby changing areas.

In the Kids Arena, there was face painting, tennis, a disco tent (playing some absolute classics), Disney princesses everywhere, providing much excitement for the kids with plenty of photo opportunities. Magic shows and all round fun activities. What was fantastic about the Kids Arena was that all the kids actives and entertainment was all free, so there was no telling the children they can’t go on a ride because you don’t have any change!

The Kids Arena was situated next door to the main areas which was great. It meant we could escape the ‘adult zone’ and enjoy some great live music. We saw a couple of bands at the Acoustic Stage, Captain Flatcap at the Beats and Swing Tent – who were amazing! I have never seen so many people dancing so hard to live music before. The band were brilliant, clearly having fun and everyone around them was too. My five year old dragged me to the front barrier so she could get a better view and dance with everyone else. I also saw Laura Mvula, who was one of the acts that I desperately wanted to see and she didn’t disappoint. Her live vocals were incredible.

We’d built up quite an appetite just wandering around the site seeing what was on offer. There was a huge array of cuisines that all looked and smelt so delicious that it was so difficult to decide. In the end we went for a chilli from the Chilipot. If they are there next year, make sure you head over for some delicious food.

The festival was a fantastic day out for all ages, and I would highly recommend the day to anyone even those with young families, there really is something for everyone.

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Victorious Festival 2015 Review – A Festival For The Whole Family (Part One)

This year’s Victorious Festival had an utterly outstanding family feel that was created with passion by the organisers to ensure that people of all ages could enjoy the weekend and have no shortage of things to do.

The expanded Kids Arena offered its very own stage with kids entertainers wowing young onlookers with personalities including  Mr Bloom and the Octonauts.

Families donned wellies and rain jackets and made the most of the free activities. The beach arena allowed people to sit in deck chairs outside beach huts with Punch and Judy shows, bouncy castles and a play pen area on offer for toddlers to enjoy. For those with a sweet tooth you could get your hands on carnival treats such as candy floss and of course face painting was available for the young’ens and not so young’ens!

This year also offered a seating, a baby change and breast feeding area to accommodate parents. In true festival style Victorious even offered the Ickle Bambino Baby Raves area so that adults could share their love of music with the little people in their lives. It was nice to be able to take the little ones somewhere to dance without the crowds.

The Kids Arena was well set out making it easy for everyone to move around as well as offering and environment where we felt safe and could relax. We took advantage of the many picnic spots and it was great that there were plenty of toilets available as children aren’t always the best at queuing for them. One other nice touch was the ID wristbands that were also given to parents and carers so they could write their emergency contact details for their children just in case they managed to get lost.

Victorious made every effort to meet the needs of families and children were left feeling included whilst imaginations were left to run riot and adventures were had. I’m not sure who was more exhausted by the end of the day as the kids or the adults in my group both slept well once we got home.





Dials Festival Line- Up Additions

Dials Festival the collaborative, new multi-venue music festival ran by Strong Island, Strong Island Recordings, Hong Kong Gardner’s Club, Breaking More Waves, Wedgewood Rooms and Pie & Vinyl has announced additions to the line-up already consisting of Hooton Tennis Club, Kagoule, Black Honey, Chloe Black, Curxes, Broken Hands, Rickyfitts and loads more.  The festival will be in place of Southsea Fest for 2015 to ensure a multi-venue, new music festival across various venues and pubs can still take place.

Leading the latest additions is the super fun Dingus Khan who headline the Little Johnny Russells stage and BBC 6 Music favourites, scuzzy, infectious, fuzzy, indie-pop London outfit Crushed Beaks who will headline The Loft.  Other additions to the bill include doom laden psychedelic meets raw punk outfit Crows who were recently handpicked to support Wolf Alice and are also set to support Metz on their UK tour plus Strong Island Recordings label family and one of the best new live bands in the country, primal, doom grunge pop trio Gang who return to Portsmouth and are no doubt going to bring the house down as well  snotty, garage punk trio Skinny Girl Diet (who if you dig Ty Segall and Coachwips, you will love) psych meets slacker pop Londoners, Honey Moon who are are like a cross between Mac DeMarco and Kurt Vile, self proclaimed “poolside pop”  Icelandic by the way of Brighton outfit Dream Wife, electro – hip hop influenced-pop artist Frankie Knight,  indie outfit Fever plus local favourites Damn Beats, Number 9 and Sam McCarthy.

Dials Festival will take place on the 3rd October across five venues in Albert Road being Wedgewood and Edge of the Wedge (all ages), Little Johnny Russells (18 + after 7pm), Al Burrito (18 + after 8pm) and The Loft (18+ only) and features 40 plus acts playing across the entire day to the late evening plus a  Dials after party that will be taking place at The Wedgewood Rooms with Dials deejays.  Tickets for the festival are just £15 at a very limited early-bird rate until Monday when they go up to £18. You can purchase tickets at Kings Theatre over on their site or you can get them in store at Strong Island, Pie & Vinyl. Dress Code and Wedgewood Room.It will no doubt be a great festival and if you loved Southsea Fest then Dials Festival will be for you and perfect for any potential post Victorious blues.

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 32

Charlie is back with the 32nd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

This is a show that’s been sat on the back-burner since the end of last year. The year started winding up and I wanted to do my usual ‘Live’ & ‘New Music’ round-ups so this fell by the wayside, it’s got some great stuff in it though so I always intended for it to get an airing. Just ignore anything that relates to a date/current event cause it was recorded ages ago and that moment will almost certainly have passed…

The episode’s kind of got two themes running through it, one of which is ‘Vices'; Whether you partake, approve, condemn or don’t give it much thought, there’s no denying that narcotics have played a significant role in all forms of music, from Berlioz’s opium indebted Symphonie Fantastique, through Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker’s heroin addiction all the way to the Beatles tripping and Snoop’s chronic tales, The saying isn’t “Sex, Candy and Rock and Roll”… This began life as a Pet Sounds Playlist that I compiled on Spotify a couple of years ago for Strong Island. You can find that HERE.

The other aspect of today’s show was borne purely out of a lack of preparation. I got sidetracked at the pub before recording it and so asked a bunch of mates for requests/suggestions. These made up most of the show and I grabbed a few of my own choices to top it up. Altogether a success, albeit an appropriately lubricated one!

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01) Lost In The K Hole – The Chemical Brothers
02) Oops (Oh My) – Tweet feat. Missy Elliott
03) Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin
04) Modern Love – David Bowie
05) You’re A Viper (The Reefer Song) – Fats Waller
06) Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee – Canibus with Biz Markie
07) Fanfare – Eric Matthews
08) Sweet Cocaine – Fred Neil
09) Crying – D.D Dumbo
10) The Power – Fryars
11) Coffee In The Pot – Supergrass
12) One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker
13) Silence In The Sand – Neville Skelly
14) Sweet Harmony – The Beloved
15) Steppin’ Out – AM & Shawn Lee
16) Book Of Slim – Gene Harris & The Three Sounds

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 32

Victorious Festival Preview #10 Keeping It Local

Victorious Festival is nearly upon us and with so much talent available I wanted to pass on some of my tips for the best local talent performing at the festival.

1. The Mighty Bern
In January this year songwriter Ben Kelly set about forming The Mighty Bern. After a bit of networking with local musicians the seven piece band were formed. The band consist of guitarists Tom Eassey and Frankie Pugliano, bassist Tom Clements, piano/keys Edward Anderson, drummer Stuart Hunt and violinist Owen Hughes. The band have been working hard recording their debut album Sunny Side Down which is set for release later this year and will be followed by even more live shows. You can catch them this weekend at the Mayfield Studios Real Ale Stage on Sunday.

2. The Day Of The Rabblement
Their name The Day Of The Rabblement is taken from a short essay by James Joyce written in 1901 stressing the importance of free art that remains true to the artist. It is with this in mind that TDOTR write thought-provoking and contemporary songs, blended with aspects of Celtic and American folk music. The band are no strangers to the festival, last year performing The Pie & Vinyl and Real Ale Festival Stages. This year you can find them on the Mayfield Studios Real Ale Stage on Sunday.

3. Deluxe Flamingos
Returning to the Beats & Swing Tent on Saturday are the awesome The Deluxe Flamingos. The trio made up of PJ Davy, Mike James and Hatt Morn credit a whole range of influences from Mogwai, David Bowie, M83 to the Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth and the Pixies.

4. Blackfoot Circle
Arguably the most dedicated fanbase of any local band belong to Blackfoot Circle. There may have been a couple of name changes but I’ve been a huge a big fan of the band for over fifteen years now. After knowing them from the early days of playing small venues in the area it was awesome to see them put on such a great show to such a huge crowd on the Seaside Stage last year. I’m expecting more of the same this year at the Seaside Stage this Saturday.

5. Kassassin Street
Unless you are new to Strong Island then I’m sure that you will be well aware of Kassassin Street. The band have had a whirlwind few years and continue to go from strength to strength. This year the band have sold out shows at venues including the Wedgewood Rooms as well as performing at Blissfields, Y Not Festival and Secret Garden Party. Football fans among us will have also heard the band featured on Sky Sports football coverage over last season. Kassassin Street can be found playing the Castle Stage and the Seaside Stage this Sunday. With two opportunities to see them there is no excuse not to treat yourself!

6. El Morgan
Local singer songwriter El Morgan is another example of the awesome and diverse musical talent based in the city. The description singer songwriter doesn’t really do El justice as you won’t always find her performing the typical acoustic folk inspired songs. Check out ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ to see what I mean and enjoy her punk side. You’ll be able to see her slightly softer side this weekend when she performs at the Casemates Showcase Stage on Saturday.

7. Just Millie
Millie first came to my attention earlier this year at the Road to Blissfields event at the Wedgewood Rooms. Millie describes herself as some what of a one woman band with her acoustic guitar, harmony looping pedals and an electronic kick drum to accompany her on stage. Millie can be found at the Nevada Music Acoustic Stage early on Saturday afternoon and she is definitely a reason why you should arrive at the festival nice and early.

8. Electric Arms
The Southsea four piece indie-folk band Electric Arms return to the Casemates Showcase Stage this year as headliners. The boys are one of the most prolific live performers in the city and can regularly be found playing the likes of Eastney Cellars, Al’s Burrito, The Fat Fox and the Wedgewood Rooms. Those of you who attended Wickham Festival might have even been fortunate enough to catch them on the acoustic stage.

9. Curxes
Strong Island Recordings own Curxes have the honour of headlining the Seaside Stage on Sunday evening. The trio Roberta Fidora, (vocals) Camille Phillips (drums) and Macaulay Hopwood (guitar) have enjoyed a great 2015 so far, May saw the release of their album Verxes and this summer they have performed at the Great Escape and Blissfields amongst other live shows all over the UK. Curxes are as infectiously catchy and are a real treat live.

10. Southsea Alternative Choir
If you are not already aware the Southsea Alternative Choir are a group of friends who all share a love of music and get to together to sing some classic songs that we all love. This is all with a view to raise money for SamuelsFund, supporting a local child with Cerebral Palsy. There is no excuse for not checking the choir perform this weekend because they are performing a whopping six occasions over Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find them the Seaside Stage, the Nevada Music stage and the Mayfield Studios Real Ale Stage.

The festival is being held on Southsea Common this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are still available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel, Little Johnny Russell‘s and Cosham Library.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

Victorious Festival Preview #9 Tinie Tempah by Liv Woodward

Victorious Festival is nearly upon us and despite the rain the crew are working hard to create an amazing festival for us. In the penultimate preview it would be rude not to mention the Castle Stage headliner Tinie Tempah.

If you haven’t heard of Tinie Tempah, you have clearly been living under a rock for the past six years! Tinie’s first album, Disc-Overy in 2010 was and still is a brilliant listen. Personally I love ‘Frisky’ and ‘Pass out’! In 2011 he won two Brit Awards, one for Best British Breakthrough Act and also Best British Single. So clearly he’s doing something right?! I mean he even supported Rihanna on tour!

Tinie worked hard on his 2014 album Demonstration and he definitely upped his game. Although clearly sticking to R’n’B, he put more of an electronic edge to it. Whilst working on his second album, Tinie said ‘I always like to work with different people on each project I do’ and so far he has worked with Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and Dizzee Rascal and many more. Lets hope we’re lucky enough to get a special guest on Castle stage on Saturday! Well there is nothing wrong with wishful thinking right?

Whilst looking through the previous festivals Tinie Tempah has performed at, he certainly puts on a good show! And I’m sure he’ll do the same for Portsmouth. So if you hear Tinie Tempah’s unique and distinctive voice from across the common, make sure you have a sing and dance! (Until you pass out) Sorry I couldn’t resist that.

You can find out more about Tinie Tempah on social media via Facebook, Twitter @TinieTempah, Instagram @tiniegram and his YouTube channel.

Remember there’s only two days left to get your tickets! You’d be a fool to miss out! Tickets are still available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel, Little Johnny Russell‘s and Cosham Library.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Victorious Festival Preview #8 The Flaming Lips

If I could only see one band perform at this weekends Victorious Festival then it would be Saturday headliners and three time Grammy winners The Flaming Lips.

Formed in Oklahoma, The Flaming Lips have been going for as long as I’ve been alive as we were both born in 1983. Despite a few line up changes in that time the eccentric frontman Wayne Coyne and bassist Michael Ivins have been ever present.

Their debut album Hear It Is was released in 1986, while their most recent and fifteenth studio album was last years With a Little Help from My Fwends. As the title suggests the latter is a tribute to The Beatles classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album features collaborations with Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Moby and Tegan & Sara. In the past they have also teamed up with the Chemical Brothers, Henry Rollins, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver, Nick Cave and Yoko Ono to name to just a few.

For many including myself their two stand out albums are Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and At War with the Mystics. Between them they feature classics like ‘Do You Realize??’, ‘It Overtakes Me’ and ‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song’.

For a long time The Flaming Lips have been charming crowds and rightly earning their reputation as one of the best live bands on the planet. The first time I was lucky enough to see them perform live was across the Solent at Bestival in 2013. They put on a spectacular and colourful performance that wowed everybody in the crowd and I expect more of the same on the Common Stage this Saturday night. When it comes to choosing who to watch this Saturday evening the decision is a no brainer, it has to be The Flaming Lips!

Find out more about them on Facebook, Twitter @TheFlamingLips and their YouTube channel.

Tickets are still available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel on Palmerston Road.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Victorious Festival Competiton

The lovely guys and girls behind next weekends Victorious Festival have donated two pairs of tickets for the festival for us to give away, so that is one pair for the Saturday and another pair for the Sunday.

Sadly we can only give one pair per winner but you are welcome to answer both questions and indicate on your emails which day you prefer to attend if successful. Please send your entries to before midnight on Sunday 23rd August. The winner be contact directly and announced on social media soon after.

Saturday Question
Q) Which orchestra did Laura Mvula team up with for her Abbey Road Studios live album?

Sunday Question
Q) Elle Eyre featured with Bastille on the cover of which TLC song?

If you don’t want to leave it to chance then tickets are available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel on Palmerston Road.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Victorious Festival Previews #7 Ben Ottewell

The next in my Victorious Festival previews features Ben Ottewell. The name alone might not mean very much to you but once you listen to his unmistakeable vocals you will immediately recognise him as the lead singer and guitarist from Gomez.

Ben Ottewell has been instrumental in the their success which has included winning the Mercury Music Prize, NME and Q Magazine awards along with a Brit Awards nomination too. The bands stand out albums include Bring It On, In Our Gun and A New Time.

As a solo artist the Chesterfield born Ottewell released his first solo album Shapes & Shadows in 2011 and his latest solo offering titled is titled Rattlebag. The album features elements of blues, rock and even a bit of country music in there. The stand out tracks I’d recommend you checking out are ‘Red Dress’, ‘Rattlebag’ and ‘Edge’.

Ben is one artist not to be missed and will certainly be one of the highlights of the festival. You can catch Ben headlining the Nevada Music Stage on the Sunday of Victorious.

Find out more on Ben’s website or his Facebook and Twitter @ottewellben.

The festival is being held on Southsea Common on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August. Tickets are available and you can pick one up via the website HERE, or in person from the Meat and Barrel on Palmerston Road.

You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

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Transport No. 1: Portsmouth Trolleybuses

With Portsmouth’s long history and particular geography it’s public transportation systems have been varied and have changed dramatically over the years. Over the next few weeks we are going to focus briefly on some of the more interesting ones, starting with the Portsmouth Trolleybuses.

The Portsmouth Trolleybus service provided by the Portsmouth Corporation was first introduced on the 4th August 1934 and covered most of the island and up to Cosham. The trolleybuses themselves were like normal double decker buses but were powered by overhead power cables like trams. The power lines for the trolleybuses criss-crossed overhead above the roads with routes and these wires became a constant in the city’s skyline, much like modern San Francisco and Vancouver.

The Guildhall (buildings in the distance are where the council buildings are now)

The trolleybus service continued until the 27th July 1963 and then sadly the wires torn down and almost all of the trolleybuses scrapped, today only two of the trolleybuses survive. No. 201, which was in Portsmouth’s transport museum before being moved, now lives on display in Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. No. 313 was the very last trolleybus to run but now is in fully restored working order and running at East Anglia Transport Museum (see it running here).

Ready for scrap (with the old airport in the background)

You can find out about all of the trolleybuses and see more photos here and watch below to see them in action with super8 footage from the 1950s and 1960s. Still looks strange seeing traffic through Guildhall Square.

P.S. Will the Portsmouth transport museum ever find a new home?

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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There’s Snow Day like a Snow Day

Tom Time Waster © just put a few more photos from last months snow day in Portsmouth. Cool photos as always, but I focused on the spills and slams. We saw some kids take proper slams that day. Lots of broken tailbones for sure. Good times.

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.

Local Photographer – Harvey Mills

Okay, so it’s not quite on the Island, but hey, when the content is this good we can forget about the extra few miles. Harvey Mills shoots Murray Cross chomping the Langstone 13 set on the Havant roundabout with ease. Perfect timing and composition from Harvey.

Check out Harvey’s webiste and also his Flickr. Below are photos of Charles and Southsesa’s buttery own Bored teamrider Adam Keys.

Vintage Southsea Skatepark articles

Articles about Southsea Skatepark can be hard to come by, and articles from 1988 even more so. I found these on the ‘when we was rad’ website a while back. I remember having the picture of Tommy Guerrero pulling that slob torn out and on my wall for years. Sick.

Portsmouth – Not The New Malta

Do you remember our post about Portsmouth, The New Malta and the advertising campaign that has been going on? The Telegraph has written a short article in response to the campaign. Check it out HERE and follow it up in the comments. Unfashionable, now come on Telegraph.

“We probably get about two weeks of sunshine at best, and you are more used to seeing people fighting than socialising in a quaint café,” said Tim Courtnell, a life-long Portsmouth resident. “The beach at Southsea is a mixture of shingle and Stella Artois cans on most days, and you wouldn’t think of swimming in the sea.”


Local Photographer – Diana Goss

A familiar and friendly face around Albert Road, Diana Goss is a freelance creative portrait photographer with her own studio and whilst based in Southsea is often found all over Portsmouth as well as Bournemouth and Brighton too. Specialising in both Fashion and Boudoir work (see, and going by her website ( and Flickr obviously enjoys any type of people portraiture both in the studio and outside at such events as Goodwood Revival, music shows, weddings and even equine work. Not only that but you most likely have seen a few of her common props around town, a 1960’s Bentley, a 1955 Oldsmobile in red with red leather seats and a 1960’s red Pontiac!

Some of Diana’s work is available in Albert Road in Matt Sills’s Wallspace gallery (you may have also picked up a few free prints during the last Albert Road day) and if you’re interested in any commission work such as model shoots and portfolios, event photography or are interested in modelling for one of Diana’s photography projects give Diana a shout via email.

This is a cross processed film shot Diana took of the Wallspace Gallery with her namesake camera, a Lomo Diana and below that are a few more examples of her work:

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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.

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.

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