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Beats & Swing Presents… Reeps One

On Saturday 1st November Beats & Swing are taking over The Cellars at Eastney for the evening. Headlining will be Harry Yeff better known by his stage name Reeps One. The 24 year old is an award winning beatboxer is only the second beatboxer along with Beardyman to win the Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships twice running (2009 & 2010).

Support on the night comes from local’s Deluxe Flamingo‘s and DJ Handsome Dave Rocker.

Science has even proved Reeps One to be an expert beat boxer. Dr Carolyn McGettigan, a neuroscientist at University College London, compared MRI scans of Reeps One and a novice while beat boxing. Results showed a greater focus and heavy use of his cerebellum by Reeps One, while the novice used several other areas across the brain. This suggests the novice’s lack of expertise as they need to think about and plan each sound, while Reeps One can perform automatically from all his years of training. The sound sequences are already embedded in Reeps brain.

Reeps One has supported acts such as Benga, The Prodigy, Roni Size, De La Soul, The Scratch Perverts and Foreign Beggars. As well as playing Glastonbury Music Festival three years in a row, and most recently performed at the Reading and Leeds 2013 Festivals, on the Alternative Stage.

I fully expect this to be a sell out prior to the event, so don’t wait wait around. Get your hands on some tickets via the Cellars HERE.

You can find out more on Reeps One from his Facebook, Twitter @Reeps1, YouTube and SoundCloud accounts.


Strong Island Recordings Cash Free Christmas Party For Charity At The Eastney Cellars

On the 13th December Strong Island Recordings takes over one of Portsmouth’s finest establishments being the cosy little Eastney Cellars for an all day charity party in association with The Park Studio who will be kindly supplying us with much needed gear. The event hosts 11 bands as well as Champagne Justice deejays and we’ve decided to do away with cash entry for the event and instead entry for the event is a donation of non-perishable food which will be donated to local food banks.  From a tin of beans or packet of pasta to a bag full of groceries it all helps and we can all help those in need whilst having a blast.

Now for the line up. Once again we believe we’ve curated a heavyweight eclectic line-up that features some of the most exciting and up and coming acts from across the south. Headlining the day and representing the label family will be thrashy-grunge twosome Rickyfitts, quite possibly one of the finest and also loudest bands in the U.K at the moment. Also finely representing our little label is shoegaze/psychedelic outfit Dead Rabbits and garage pop duo The Boy I Used to Be. We’ve also dragged back a few of our friends who have graced our parties before. London dreampop trio Wyldest fresh from main-staging Green Man Festival and blowing up the blogosphere play later in the evening as well as everyone’s favourite blitz-pop duo Curxes. Along with both of them we’ve brought back indie rock/post-punk outfit Fever and also Death of the Author who killed it at our Southsea Fest stage back in September when they filled in last minute. New to any of ours shows is London’s shoegaze/grunge quintet Nevermind Me playing their first ever show, drone-stoner rock outfit Verletzt, doom grungers Bittertown Mary’s and also the incredible dark twisted psychedelia outfit from Southampton, ELEPHANTANTRUM who remind us of a cross between Tame Impala and The Wytches. Get ready to be dragged into their nightmare realm.

Doors on the day open at 13.oopm so get down early as you don’t want to miss any of the acts as they’re all splendid. In the event you’re coming down please do rummage through your cupboards and ask any friends or family if they have any bits they don’t mind donating too and hopefully all of us together can help those in need whilst also having a marvellous time watching some of the best bands in the country. Check out the Facebook event here as well as below with a playlist of some of the acts playing the all day Christmas party. You can also keep up to date over on our website. See you there on the 13th December for the Christmas party in Portsmouth.

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Jerry Williams at All About Tea on 25th October

Straight out of Milton, singer/songwriter Jerry Williams has been on the rise for the last year or so…with loads of live shows at festivals like Victorious, awards such as Runner-Up for Best Solo Artist in the Portsmouth Guide Awards and sets at venues as varied as Sids Barbers at the end of Locksway Road to the likes of the Jazz Cafe in London. All the audiences enchanted by the Jerry’s confident, personal songs. This Saturday (25th October 7-9pm) Jerry will be performing a special show at All About Tea as part of the Portsmouth Tea Sessions.

With the recent release of Jerry’s first EP ‘A Hairdresser’s Called Sids’, in the summer and with Jerry currently Artist of the Week on Right Chord Music (who describe her as “a genuine star in the making”) this will be a great location to catch a local act sure to be on to big things.

Jerry Williams at All About Tea on 25th October

Photos from Jerry’s performance at the Strong Island tent during Victorious Festival 2014.

Jerry Williams at Strong Island Tent at Victorious Festival 2014

Jerry Williams at Strong Island Tent at Victorious Festival 2014

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.

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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.



Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Southsea

We couldn’t possibly of asked for better weather this weekend. From straight out of the door after work on Friday till finally retiring to our couch on Sunday evening the sun was blazing and Southsea was rich with activity and happy people. We spent pretty much the entire weekend outside on the seafront, changing the vista every now and then and sinking more than our fair share of corner store beers. Let’s hope it keeps up for at least a while longer hey. Check my Flickr for a few more Sunny Southsea photographs.






Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Big thanks to Khalid who sent over these vintage photographs scanned from The Images of Portsmouth (1993). We have a small selection so I’ll put one page up each week.

Love this first shot of the band stand on the common in the 1920s showing how the site was originally used before the Skatepark was built around it in the 70s. So many deckchairs, it must have been big business back then. It’s a shame they didn’t keep the bandstand as it was with the little steps and iron railing. It’s a little different NOW as Marcus’s ariel shot shows. Click the image to see the high res scan up close.

Vintage Portsmouth Photographs

Following up from our Vintage Portsmouth Postcards article on Monday, Strong Island reader Centro Design posted a link to some rad old photographs of the city.

As always click read more at the bottom to see a small selection, but be sure to click this link to view all of them online.



Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Totally forgot to add this one to the series of ‘Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea‘ that we had posted in the past. So following on once again from the photos of the Seafront and the Paddling Pool after The Bandstand and Tennis Courts and The Pier and Esplanade , here’s the final scan.

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