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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 29

Charlie is back with 29th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

This week I take a closer look at Beatle, spiritual adventurer and self-professed ‘naughtiest boy in the school'; George Harrison. There’s a couple of solo tunes, a couple of Beatles tunes, a collaboration and a cover, a little attempt to show the breadth of work he was involved in through the years.

As well as that, there’s a new tune from Badbadnotgood featuring Ghostface Killah, a bit of krautrock, some Talking Heads, classic Beta Band and the welcome return of Sam’s Selection Box. I’ll let you tuck in.

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) – George Harrison
02) I Need You – The Beatles
03) Eclipse – The Beta Band
04) Screams In The Ears – Bill Fay
05) Paper Trails – Darkside
06) Badge – Cream
07) My Ritual – The Folk Implosion
08) Isi – Neu!
09) Ray Gun – Badbadnotgood
10) All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
11) She’s So Cold – The Rolling Stones
12) Devil Was In My Yard – The Sleepy Jackson
13) Pulled Up – Talking Heads
14) Here Comes The Sun – Nina Simone
15) Something – The Beatles

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 29

Kassassin Street Limited Edition Vinyl and Castle Road Fete for Record Store Day

With Record Store Day quickly approaching (18th April) lots of things are gearing up for the day in Portsmouth. One of the first RSD related pieces of news is that Portsmouth band Kassassin Street will be releasing a limited edition vinyl EP, their first physical release. The EP comes with artwork by Luke Insect.

The band will be celebrating the launch of the vinyl EP with a performance with Pie and Vinyl for the Castle Road Fete for Record Store Day which will be happening on the 18th with the street closed, stalls and live music. Check HERE for the full details.

Kassassin Street Limited Edition Vinyl

Castle Road Fete for Record Store Day

Atrium Launch New Cocktail Menu with Fuzz Tones Night

The Atrium has always been a good spot for some cocktails and with the spring arriving they are launching their brand new cocktail menu this friday (20th March). Providing the music for the evening will be Fuzz Tones, Southsea’s only regular Psychedelic and Garage Rock night. Along with the brand new cocktail menu, the Fuzz Tones DJ’s LongDistanceDan and Martin Horn will also be giving away a free mix CD too.

The night runs from 7.30pm to midnight with happy hour from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Find out more at the Facebook event HERE.

Atrium Launch New Cocktail Menu with Fuzz Tones Night

Road To Blissfields Finalists 2015

The Blissfields team have announced the finalists for the Hampshire leg of the Road To Blissfields, the event is taking place on Thursday 30th April at the Edge of the Wedge.

The Road To Blissfields will again give emerging artists and bands the opportunity to compete for a chance to play at Blissfields. The successful acts performing are…

Dutch Criminal Record
The Family
Jack Grace
Just Millie

The winner is decided on the night with crowd reaction being taken into account, the event is free entry so make sure you come to support the artists performing.

Blissfields 2015 Logo

Blissfields itself will be held on 2nd to 4th July at Vicarage Farm just outside of Winchester. The theme for this years event is ‘Somewhere In Time’. As Blissfields approaches it’s fifteenth anniversary, the weekend will give you a chance to look back over the festivals history and more, and to gaze into the curious future of the universe, permitting your imagination to run free.

Artists confirmed so far include The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco, Grandmaster Flash, Glass Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Dub Pistols and the awesome Cosmo Sheldrake. Not to forget local Strong Island favourites Big Child Man Child, Popobawa and Floella Grace.

Tier 1 Tickets for the main event are on sale now priced at £95.45 for an adult and £72.45 for a youth (10-16) from

Here is a little taste of Blissfields 2014.

Essence Of Ireland At The King’s Theatre

This weekend the King’s Theatre in Southsea was host to the ‘Essence of Ireland’, a production/musical set against the backdrop of Ireland, England and America in the 19th Century.

The production tell’s the story of Coro McGowen and Sean Dempsey, a couple separated by emigration from each other and their beloved home of Ireland.

The story based on true events, is heartwarming and dramatic with incredible dancers who liven the stage with exquisite control and flawless movements. Musicians lead the night with the sounds of violins, drums and sing song and along with the performers were exceptional and received a standing ovation at the end of the night.

Essence of Ireland are on a UK tour which will go on until the end of April 2015. You can find information about up comings venues on Facebook. Please also follow the King’s for future tour dates.

Essence of Ireland

Essence of Ireland

Essence of Ireland

Essence of Ireland



Created Local – Daniel Cook

Daniel J Cook a.k.a Scruffyhightops, 32 from Portsmouth is a local man who has contributed much to the local art culture. Working in animation, film, art and illustration he has just held his first exhibition at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

Being part of the Portsmouth Creative Movement (PCM), Daniel has often described himself to fellow PCM goers as a ‘Pop Culture Blender’. He admits that this passion came to be after years of growing up with Star Wars, Star Trek and video games, all of which encouraged a highly imaginative and creative nature.

Daniel’s art work could be described as momentary in that he does what he feels or what comes to him at that moment in time. He tells us ‘ If I felt like drawing Godzilla then I just would. I don’t really have a prebuilt agenda or a signature image.’

A big inspiration in local music also inspired Daniel and he has recently worked on a project with Pilot Promotions called ‘The Dug Out Sessions’. They took three bands, SomaHigh, Electric Arms and The underground Pilots and filmed short sessions, collaborating them into a final piece of short films.

Daniel is up to all sorts this year and will be working on lots of local projects which can all be found on his social media. He can also be spotted at the infamous Southsea based Doodle Club where he admits he spends much time enjoying drawing nonsense and catching up with other local creative personalities. He can also be bumped into this year at London Super Comic Con, as well as the same event in San Diego and the MCM expo.

Daniel was also behind the UFO hoax that made it’s way onto Buzzfeed and say’s his proudest moments have been when he met William Shatner and Lance Guest and when a piece of his artwork was signed by Stan Lee, one of his heroes.

Follow Daniel on Facebook, YouTube, on his website or catch him at the Southsea Skatepark.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook Guardians

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 28 Vol. 2

Charlie is back with volume two of the 28th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

Here as promised, is the second instalment of my round-up of 2014. Next time you hear from me it’ll be a normal show with me muttering about nonsense, so you have that to look forward to…in the meantime. Enjoy!

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Plectrumelectrum – Prince & 3rd Eye Blind
02) Rumble – Kelis
03) The Dogs Of War – Ghostface Killah
04) Forerunner Foray – Shabazz Palaces
05) Pools – Glass Animals
06) Naked – Neneh Cherry
07) Better Strangers – Royal Blood
08) Beneath The Black And Purple – Morgan Delt
09) Denial – I Break Horses
10) The Last Conquistador – Gruff Rhys
11) Pains – Silk Rhodes
12) New Beat – Mariachi El Bronx
13) Red Eyes – War On Drugs
14) Two Weeks – FKA Twigs
15) Banjo – Clark
16) Real Thing – Tune-Yards
17) Reservoir – Metronomy
18) Prettiest Ones – Fryars
19) Avant Gardener – Courtney Barnett
20) The Fool – Ethan Johns
21) Every Time The Sun Comes Up – Sharon Van Etten
22) The Secret Seven – Owen Pallett
23) Keep In The Dark – Temples
24) World Peace Is None Of Your Business – Morrissey
25) Say Goodbye – Beck

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 28 Vol. 2

Strong Island Recordings Free In Store Party With Melt Dunes & Death of the Author

At the end of last year Strong Island proudly opened up our store, studio & exhibition space at 12 Highland Road in Southsea. So far there have been a few wonderful exhibitions in store but our label arm over at Strong Island Recordings has yet to have a house warming party so to speak. After much discussion we have decided to change that and on the 28th March between 6-8pm we present to you a free, bring your own booze party with full sets from Strong Island Recordings own Melt Dunes and our good friends Death of the Author taking place instore at Strong Island Co. Capacity for the show is obviously limited so be sure to head down early.

We’ll also being doing some amazing one-off in-store deals on label tees, vinyl, tapes and more, more details on that soon. See you there!

Hit up the Facebook event for more info.

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Guerilla Press

Guerilla Press is a brand new online zine launched today by Joe Watson. Locally based gig photographers and designer Joe describes how “after years of wanting to do a printed zine so I could interview all of the great musicians, filmmakers, artists, photographers & creatives that I know…. I’ve buckled and started Guerilla Press”.

There will be content going up on a daily basis, but to kick things off you will find an interview with Yorkshire based artist Drew Millward as he prepares for his first solo show exhibition ‘Dust’.

Drew Millard

Also featured is the Gallows guitarist Laurent Barnard who talks about creating the soundtrack for new British horror film The Herd.

Once you’ve checked up on whats going on at Strong Island it is with our blessing that you can check out whats new on Guerilla Press. All joking aside, this is going to be an awesome zine to follow if you share an interest in art, music, film making and a whole lot more.

If you would like to get in touch with Joe you can via email e-mail at or tweet them at @guerilla_press.

Guerilla Press Logo

Common People – Uncommon Stage

Common People is the newest festival to come to the South Coast and today they have announced that you will be able to see members of the extended Strong Island Recordings family, including Dead Rabbits, Rickyfitts & The boy i used to be playing the Uncommon Stage.

The festival is being held on Southampton Common over the weekend of 23rd and 24th May. Other acts announced are Fat Boy Slim, DJ Yoda, De La Soul, Band of Skulls, Grace Jones and the upcoming band from the Isle of Wight the Plastic Mermaids.

Tickets are available from Ticketline from £30 and reductions for children and teens.

To stay up to date on all things Common People you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter @cpeoplefest and Instagram @commonpeoplefestival.

Common People

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Local Photographer – Matt Shaw

Louise from the Girls Who Ride crew gave us the heads up on the amazing photos of local photographer Matt Shaw, including some great images on Portsmouth, some in HDR too. Be sure to take your time going through Matt’s Flickr and here are a few to wet your appetite:

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.

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.

Hidden Treasures

Steve Bomford gave us the heads up on this wonderful short film made up of old film footage, from the 50s to the 70s, filmed around Portsmouth and Southsea. If you like looking at some vintage Portsmouth and Southsea you will love this (really interesting to see the Guildhall before it was pedestrianised and the buildings were demolished for the council offices).

The Doomsday Project

From 1984 to 1986 people, in particular school children, all got involved in collecting information on their local area to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Doomsday Book by creating a new, updated, electronic version. The collected information became The Doomsday Project which was a collection of laserdiscs and special BBC computers. The country was broken down in to ‘D’ blocks with the data collection done mostly by schools, the information included text on local geography, history, legends and also more contemporary personal things such as favourite music, games, etc. As well as the text each block could also contain up to 3 photos. Many schools bought the discs and computers as a learning resource (the World Wide Web as a concept was still some years away).

A few days ago the BBC launched a new website where all of this previously difficult to access information (only a handful of working systems still exist) is now online and searchable. It’s an amazing glimpse in to Portsmouth and Southsea life in the early to mid 80s and there are some great images. The new website also allows you to upload new information and photos too.

If you are 38+ you may well have memories of being involved in the project in collecting and writing information. Personally I remember the day my group went out to a tiny village in Essex in the hot summer but instead of writing things we played near the river and weir. Oh well. Does anyone have any memories of taking part in the project? If so please add a comment, would love to hear people’s memories.

You can find out more about the original project on HERE and the BBC article and access the online version below:

Domesday Project

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