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The Southsea Show Competition Winners

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you had to do to win this prize is answer the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The answer was of course Red, White and Black. The two lucky winners are Jean-Philippe Soulie and Nathan Jones.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #3 Felt Tip

Our next Victorious Festival preview features Felt Tip. The British Indie Pop band hail from London and feature former Southsea resident Jade Spranklen on bass, James Tyler (vocals), Tom Rapanakis (drums) and Anton Trampon (guitar).

The band have have just announced the exciting news that they have been picked up by X-Ray Touring, who also manage Pulp, Damon Albarn, Nick Cave and Franz Ferdinand. As well as continuing to tour over the autumn, Felt Tip are will be busy writing and recording their next release.

Felt Tip have had a busy summer playing live and promoting their new EP ‘Simple Things’ which is available on iTunes for £2.49 HERE. After the first listen the title track ‘Simple Things’ will be stick in your head all day, and you won’t mind one bit.

I encourage you to check them out for yourself on the Seaside Stage on Saturday 23rd August.

You can find out more about the band and stay up to date on the latest news, shows and releases via their Facebook, Twitter @FeltTip and SoundCloud.

Felt Tip by Maximilian Hetherington 2
Photo by Maximilian Hetherington

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

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

Victorious Festival 2014

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!

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

LJR Silent Disco

The Southsea Show Competition

The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!

The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question…

Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?

The deadline for entries will be midnight Wednesday 30th July with the winners being announced on Thursday morning.

Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.

Southsea Show 2014

Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #2 Tom Odell

In our second Victorious Festival preview we are featuring Tom Odell. Tom could even be considered one of the local artists performing this year, he was born a stones throw away from Portsmouth in Chichester, West Sussex.

After being discovered by Lily Allen, she signed him to her own record label ‘In The Name Of’. Earlier this year he won the BRITs’ Critics’ Choice Award, previously won by artists such as Adele, Emeli Sandé and Florence and the Machine. They have done alright for themselves since!

Tom was also named ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ at the this years Ivor Novello Awards. The prestigious Ivor Novello Awards honour excellence in British and Irish songwriting. They are judged by the songwriting and composing community, making the award quite an honour, and something to cherish.

Tom shot to fame with the hit single ‘Another Love’ and admits that most of songwriting is inspired by heartbreak. You can clearly hear a vulnerability in his records, akin Jeff Buckley.

It has been a busy summer, he’s played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and still has V Fest, Kendall Calling to come. He will also be racking up plenty of air miles by performing at festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Ireland. Tom finishes manic summer at Victorious on the Seaside Stage. Possibly saving the best til last?

Find out more about Tom Odell on his website www.tomodell.com, Facebook or on Twitter @tompeterodell.

Tom Odell

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

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

Victorious Festival 2014

Community Fusion Shop – Made With Hartt

Launched in May as a Mini Market, Jenna and her team at Community Fusion now bring us a full market at The Wedgewood Rooms on the LAST Saturday of the month, every month.

Take the time to check out whats in store while being entertained with live music from Mike Keating, Sam Whiteway and Paul Dillon. Doors open at 11am and close at 4pm and entry is completely free! Find out more on the Facebook Event Page HERE.

If you are a crafty individual who wants to book a table in future then half a table costs as little as £5.

Community Fusion Shop - Made With Hartt

Lucius @ The Wedgewood Rooms This October

On October 27th the Wedgewood Rooms welcome Brooklyn band Lucius. Headed by the strong vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Leasing, the line up is completed by Dan Molad (drums), Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri (both guitar).

Rolling Stone magazine describes them as “the best band you may not have heard yet” and the Guardian describes them as “The missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim… How can they fail? They won’t”. Great praise indeed but don’t take their word for it, take mine. These are a great band and during a dreary October this will be something worth leaving the house for.

Tickets are priced at £9.50 and are available from the Wedgewood Rooms, find out how you can get yours HERE.

You can stay up to date on all things Lucius via their website www.ilovelucius.com, Facebook, Twitter @ilovelucius and YouTube.

Lucius Tour Poster

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 22

Charlie is back with the 22nd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

“Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues are deadpan, sharply dressed, law breaking, hard drinking, and they’re on a mission from God. The Blues Brothers was an attempt to cash in on a musical sketch from Saturday Night Live and ended up being a cult classic with a stellar cast. The real star of the film though, was the phenomenal soundtrack, original songs used as background music and re-recorded set pieces with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and more. It’s one of the best feel good films of all time, and if you watch it every week for the rest of your life, you’ll probably live longer.

For this show I’ve picked a few of the set piece songs and brought you the original versions, except for Shake Your Tail Feather which Ray Charles actually recorded especially for the movie. As well as that there’s tunes from Van Morrison, The Dø, The Housemartins and Delakota. This week from Sam’s Selection Box we’ve got a lovely 12-string folk song from The Red House Painters.

Enjoy, and then go watch The Blues Brothers.

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group
02) Happy Hour – The Housemartins
03) Think – Aretha Franklin
04) Dreiklangsdimensionen – Rheingold
05) Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway
06) Everyone – Van Morrison
07) Mother’s Last Word To Her Son – Washington Phillips
08) 1941 – Harry Nilsson
09) On My Shoulders – The Dø
10) Shake A Tail Feather – Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers Band
11) Wop-A-Din-Din – Red House Painters
12) John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
13) Cursed Sleep – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
14) The Rock – Delakota
15) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Wilson Pickett

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 22

Victorious Festival 2014 Preview | #1 Dizzee Rascal

It’s just over a month until Victorious Festival begins. In the build up to the event we are going to be previewing some of highlights you can expect to find at the festival.

What better place to start than Dizzee Rascal. The East Londoner has established himself as one of the UK’s top Hip Hop acts since his 2003 debut ‘Boy in da Corner’. The three time Mercury Prize nominee has played some of the biggest international music festivals, including Glastonbury, Sziget and Coachella.

I was lucky enough to catch him at Bestival in 2010. It was a spectacular performance, he has a great stage presence and he clearly knew how to get a crowd moving. I’m looking forward to a set which should include tunes such as ‘Bonkers’, ‘Dance With Me’, his first big hit ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’ and newest single ‘Still Sittin Here‘.

You can catch Dizzee Rascal headlining the Castle Stage on Saturday 23rd August.

Dizzee Rascal


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

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.

Victorious Festival 2014

Pie & Vinyl Presents… DZ Deathrays TONIGHT

This evening the team at Pie & Vinyl will be taking over the Cellars at Eastney along with DZ Deathrays, Rickyfitts & You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons.

As well as the awesome music you can treat yourself to P&V hot pies and delicious gluten – free vegan nibbles from Sweetie Pie, throughout the evening in the cozy Cellars courtyard garden.

Doors open at 7.30pm with tickets costing £5 are available from Southsea’s Pie and Vinyl & The Cellars at Eastney.

The Australian thrash pop duo DZ Deathrays hail from Brisbane and are visiting our Southcoast in preparation for their second album release Black Rat penciled in for UK release on August 18th (Of course we will be stocking it) and a bunch of festival appearances this summer…

Also in support are brothers a href=”https://www.facebook.com/rickyfittsband?fref=ts”>Rickyfitts, fresh off the back of their E.P. Release and the infamous You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, who release their new album ‘Contact High’ this Monday 23rd.

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Following Toby Taylor on Bored

If like me you can’t get enough of skateboarding, but just don’t know where to dig everything out from that there world wide webby, then local top gun Toby Taylors twitter feed for Bored of Southsea will fill all your needs in the world of local and international skateboarding. Jump on Tobys feed HERE. Check Tobys Tre Flip at the underpass courtesy of Tom Timewaster.

CHAOS – 20 years & out!

20 years!!!! That has to go in the books as Southsea longest running night? Give or take, most people you bump in to have been to a least one Chaos night, and most spent a grimy late one down the pier dancing like idiots and spilling Newcastle Brown all over the place. I’ve a lot of fond memories of the earlier days at Chaos, mostly after skating and sitting in the pub saying I’m not going. Not this week. Then 8 pints later jumping in a taxi…

If you have any stories or cool photos from Chaos we’d love to see them. Or even some of the old flyers. There have been some pretty interesting designs over the years. I’ll always remember the photo flyer of the kid on the dance floor with a girl and his ‘wandering hands’.

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

“To coincide with our 20th Birthday on Saturday 26th November – we’re announcing that this will be the last ever “Chaos”.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, moving to the Wedgewood rooms in 2008 – we’ve been crowned the South Coasts longest running Independent Club night, winning The Guide Awards “Best club night”, “Best DJs” (x 2) and the promoters Ped & Jay being awarded a special award for contribution to the Portsmouth Music Scene. Chaos has provided Dj’s and club nights at Guilfest, Southsea Fest & Isle of Wight Festivals.

Having been a constant in our lives and the Portsmouth clubbing & music scene for 2 decades – Its been a very tough decision to stop the regular club night. But we feel that now is the best time to unplug the speakers for the last time.

Chaos was always quite literally about being ‘alternative’ – alternative in music policy, but also offering an alternative to the traditional and mainstream clubs. Our ethos was always simple – play music we liked, to people to we liked & do it prime time on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year!

Our feeling is that the current scene is very different now and although still loving every element of the gigs, festivals and guitars – a regular club night offering everything we did, now isn’t whats required. Clubbers will always want an alternative, but the music scene is now so split and venues, pubs & clubs are all competing for survival – we felt it was a good opportunity to step back, take a deep breath & raise a glass to rock n roll!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Chaos over the last 20 years – venue managers, bar staff & door stewards – sound & light technicians – – street teams – performers & bands and of course the roll call of DJ’s past & present that have provided the soundtrack to so, so, so many silly, drunken and above all fun Saturday nights.

Hey ho, lets go!”

The 20th Birthday & Last EVER Chaos – Saturday 26th November 2011

Flyer: Chaos Flickr

Guildhall After WWII

On 10th January 1941 during a heavy bombing attack on Portsmouth the Guildhall was hit by several incendiary bombs which heavily damaged the structure and the resulting fires quickly spread throughout the whole building, turning it in to just a shell. It took almost 15 years to rebuild the Guildhall in to what we have today, which was officially reopened by the Queen on the 8th June 1959. This photo from Stan Webb from a collection of photos collected by Portsmouth College shows how totally destroyed the building was, leaving just some of the frontage and most of the tower.

Guildhall

Hitler’s reaction to The Registry closing down.

This is just classic. I’ve seen a few others before. I think I saw one about accidentally using Arial instead of Helvetica, funny stuff. This one however is just hilarious, if you know the Portsmouth pub scene. More so if you’ve ever ben a student.

Southsea Rock Gardens circa 1985

More random finds. It’s a shame to say I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Rock gardens looking this nice. Not sure how often upkeep fits into the Council agenda these days. Back in 1985 however it looks amazing. Click the photo for a bigger view.

Photo : Dom Walton

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