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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.

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

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Vintage Photography by Richard Baker

Richard Baker grew up in Portsmouth and Southsea with many happy memories, but limited funds. In the 1960s Richard was studying at The Portsmouth College of Art and was lucky enough to be able to print off some wonderful black & white photographs. 40 years later he dug them out from hibernation.

The series captures people in the city going about their daily lives. Shopping, resting, having fun. Great candid shots from a simpler time. Check out the huge Pick & Mix on display at Woolworths along with the rest of Richards photographs over at his Flickr.

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.

Ben Schroeder Skating Southsea

Back in the 80s and early 90s Southsea would regularly be on the list of skateparks visited by American skaters as they toured the UK and Europe. Sometime around 1990ish the pool was built to replace the old reservoir at the end of the slalom and not long after American pro skater Ben Schroeder came through and (figuratively) destroyed the new bowl and the halfpipe, so much so that his frontside ollie transfer out of the bowl, over the platform and landing in the steep bank is legendary.

To cut a long story short Ben got in contact recently with some footage from the day. I’m going to go through the old skate magazine archives and hunt around for photos but for now, here is that footage. To find out more about Ben check out his Juice Magazine interview.

RETROSPECTIVE – Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

“Since Strong Island began back in 2008 we have amassed an incredible amount of historical information about Portsmouth & Southsea’s past. These articles are not only from our own interest and passion about the city, but also from readers that have sent us some amazing facts. So much has changed in such a relatively short amount of time and the fast pace of life around us can make it easy to forget the importance of this cities history.

Retrospective‘ takes a look back at some of our previous posts incase you missed them in the past or you’re one of our new readers. One day myself and Paul hope to create a stand alone archive here utilising all the books and photos we have collected that haven’t made it on to Strong Island as of yet. With permission of course! So much to do and so little time. Enjoy.”

This is one seriously awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back (sadly no longer active). Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Just incredible. It’s hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guildhall, and that was only in 1968 and the shot looking west down Osborne Road is amazing. Trams, horses, grand buildings, a traffic cop, ladies & gents. It’s all going on…

Originally published Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Eastney Beam Engine House

If you love a bit of not often seen Portsmouth history, Eastney Beam Engine House is open to the public for free from 1pm to 5pm on every last weekend of the month. Hidden just off of Henderson Road in Eastney, the Victorian building contains two restored and working 150 horsepower ‘James Watt & Co’ Beam Engines powered by steam which were installed to operate water pumps in 1887. This new system proved very successful and is still the basis for today’s underground drainage system on Portsea Island.

Sadly due to essential building work you won’t be able to go inside the buildings this weekend, but there will be talks with staff and photos and artefacts.

Engine House

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