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Neneh Cherry ‘Brown Rice Soundsystem’ At The Wedgewood Rooms In Support Of Arms Around The Child

Having released ‘Blank Project’ produced by Four Tet gaining critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Pitchfork and Guardian, the legendary Neneh Cherry  shall be going back to her DJ roots at The Wedgewood Rooms on the 29th November for a ‘Brown Rice Records’ takeover where all profits go towards Arms Around The Child. Arms Around The Child looks after children living in extreme adversity in South Africa and India. The charity provides loving homes, outreach care, education, medical treatment and love and respect providing hope for the future of the children they care for.  

You can purchase tickets from here and if you’re interested in looking into the fantastic work the charity does, you can so here. The event looks like it’s going to be a special one. As it’s a Wedgewood Rooms club night, entry to the event is over 18’s only.

Castle Road Christmas Festival 2014

Castle Road has for a while been home to some fantastic little street festivals and today and tomorrow it’ll be home to the Castle Road Christmas Festival, a mix of music, food, art and more. The free event runs from 4pm today to 9pm and tomorrow it runs from 12pm to 7pm. Loads of local artists and makers will be selling their quality goods so it is a perfect place to get some of that Christmas shopping in early. The Christmas lights switch on is tonight too, at 6pm.

You can find out more at and over on Twitter at @CastleRoadSouth

Castle Road Christmas Festival 2014

Made with Hartt… Christmas Market

Portsmouth’s youth volunteering service Community Fusion are holding another Made with Hartt Christmas market at The Wedgewood Rooms on 29th November from 11am until 4pm.

The market has stalls from plenty of Portsmouth and Southsea’s finest creatives. There will be tea and cake (and beer at the bar) as well as live music. There are a couple of spaces available if you would like to have a table there. For more information please contact Jenna on or on 07582 919 091.

Entry is FREE so head on down for a bit of Christmas shopping for your friends and family, or even treat yourself to something nice.

You can stay up to date with all things Community Fusion via Facebook and Twitter @CommunityFusion.

Made with hartt

Pie & Vinyl Records Presents…TRAAMS, The Boy I Used To Be & Rickyfitts

This time next month our friends at Pie & Vinyl Records are putting on a Christmas party the only way they know how, thats with great music! Headlining the show will be TRAAMS with support from The Boy I Used To Be, Rickyfitts and a vinyl only DJ set from Death Bitto.

The gig will be held in the Fat Fox on Albert Road. Tickets for the event are £4 each and are available from inshore or online HERE.

Merry Christmas music lovers!

 Pie & Vinyl Records Presents...TRAAMS, The Boy I Used To Be & Rickyfitts

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 26

Charlie is back with the 26th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

This week I’m joined by my mate Ben Miles, erstwhile DJ, publican and probable future Mayor of Portsmouth. Ben’s musical soft spot is the genre (that no-one likes to name) Britpop. Essentially, that period of time between 1992 and 1997 when English music enjoyed a resurgence to rival the swinging sixties. Hopefully time will be a little kinder on this era, as it really was an exciting time to be a kid in England, yeah there was some bloody awful bands that got record deals because they wandered into the Good Mixer in Camden on the right Tuesday afternoon, but there were some f*cking brilliant records released too.

Anyway, a while back me and Ben got to talking about him joining me on the show and after bouncing a couple of ideas about, we decided to dedicate the whole show to the music of this time. There’s some classics, some bangers and a couple of surprises in there, but I’m fond of all of it and I know Millsy is too.

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Sparky’s Dream – Teenage Fanclub
02) Lenny – Supergrass
03) In A Room – Dodgy
04) London Loves – Blur
05) Stay Together – Suede
06) Just Lookin’ – The Charlatans
07) Lenny Valentino – The Auteurs
08) The Day We Caught The Train – Ocean Colour Scene
09) Dirty Soul – Shed Seven
10) Marblehead Johnson – The Bluetones
11) Sonnet – The Verve
12) Reverend Black Grape – Black Grape
13) Fighting Fit – Gene
14) On & On – Longpigs
15) Supersonic – Oasis

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 26


Last week saw Strong Island favourite Laurel release ‘Memorials’ on her SoundCloud account. Memorials is the first track to be taken from her upcoming EP ‘Holy Water’ which comes out on December 16th.

Written by Laurel, she describes that the track is about a love that you cannot forget but at some point have to let go of. ‘He don’t believe me, and my young soul is sold to his heart’. The girl has a talent for writing honest and heartfelt songs which show her to be much more than the most pop stars.

Anyone who has been listening to Radio 1 over the last few weeks will have heard Laurel’s track ‘Shells’ getting plenty of air play by the stations leading DJ’s Huw Stephens and Fearne Cotton.

To stay up to date on future releases you can follow Laurel on Facebook, Twitter @ClassicLaurel, YouTube and SoundCloud.

Laurel - Memorials

Kassassin Street ‘Centre Straight Atom’

Last month Kassassin Street released their latest single ‘Centre Straight Atom’ via their SoundCloud page, but from today the track is now available to download on iTunes.

The single follows on from the success of their debut single ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’. The debut was widely praised by critics including Tom Robinson at BBC 6Music and NME who featured the unsigned band in their Radar section and Buzz Playlist of the Week.

Recorded in London at Konk Studios, ‘Centre Straight Atom’ was also produced by Tristan Ivemy, whose previous credits include Frank Turner, The Holloways and Hares.

Kassassin Street are headlining The Rifles Club this Friday, with support from Number 9, Popobawa and The Boy I Used To Be. The afterparty will go on until the early hours courtesy of DJ Genius Juggler. The event is now sold out but I am lucky enough to have a ticket and I can’t wait!

‘Centre Straight Atom’ is available on iTunes for 79p and you can get hold of a copy HERE. Go treat yourself!

Kassassin Street by Jon Neil
Photo by Jon Neil Photography

Strong Island Recordings to Release Violet Swells ‘Here Comes Yesterday’

We’re gearing up for the next release on our little Strong Island Recordings label and this time it comes from a little further than our home town to say the least. We’re incredibly delighted to announce the forthcoming release of  Violet Swells ‘Here Comes Yesterday’. Hailing from Hobart, Tasmania, Violet Swells are a mesmerising psychedelic sunshine pop outfit who were recently touted as one of the top 10 best discoveries in Australia by the incredibly reputable Triple J as well as picking up favourable reviews across the internet blogosphere all the way to NME who proclaimed the guys as possibly the closest living heirs to Tame Impala, which is some compliment. We shall have a release date very soon but in the mean time check out  the incredible single below.

Killarev @ Delight By Chantelle Wyatt

‘Killarev’ rocked club night Delight at The Astoria with some fresh, inventive new sounds that got Portsmouth locals partying until early hours of Tuesday morning!

Delight at The Astoria hosted Killa Kela and Rev this week in an electric combo that bought drum and bass, electro and hip hop stylings fused together in an awesome collaboration.

A brief chat before the event confirmed how pleased the guys were to be playing in Portsmouth and Kela revealed how excited he was to see peoples reactions. When asked about what was upcoming, both Kela and Rev replied that they would be getting themselves out there as much as possible over the next year.

The guys were all over the DJ booth with realistic scratching body movements that got the crowd jumping about and dancing hard.

Kela is well renowned for his beatboxing performances and has been seen live alongside artists such as Prince and Nikka Costa. He has toured and played stages and festivals including Glastonbury, The Sprite and Liquid Mix festival and Oxegen Festival and his music has taken him all over the UK, America, Asia and Australia. His new blend with Rev is set to take him further with new venues, locations and fans to please.

Vocal percussion blended with the crazily creative guitar sounds offers a totally new fusion of music but also throws all types of music genre into the mix which is fascinating to listen too.

The guys smashed it at Astoria and the open style venue with its interactive and approachable DJ booth gave club goers the opportunity to say hello to the lads and watch the rave from all angles.

Delight has hosted some superb DJ’s and musicians over the years and this night rated in one of the best. We look forward to following the guys and seeing where they go next!

Words and photographs by Chantelle Wyatt




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.


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After skating…

…the boys enjoy a sit down at the seafront on a Sunday. Photo courtesy of the ever busy Quiet Corners lensman Paul Gonella. Perfect days, albeit still cold.


I’m not a BMXer and only cruised on my Raleigh Burner to get to skate spots when I was young, but i’ve always had huge admiration the those guys. They’re freakin’ nuts. I remember Freestylin’ mag when I was younger and would always have a flick through if I could. I loved the whole style thing surrounding BMXing in the 80’s. Mag wheels, crazy colour co-ordinated bikes and big attitude.

Well, you can relive all the that, at least to a visual extent, in the form of the Freestylin’ book. Some of you may have already seen this but may not know you can download the 158 page PDF here.

Go straight to page 106 for an article on Craig Campbell at Southsea Skatepark. Sick.

Inside the Memorial

Due to possible damage due to the storm and the high winds it was possible to access the inside of the war memorial down on Southsea seafront the other day. I always though it was a solid structure but it turns out it is hollow with sunken foundations and access to the top. From the plaque inside, it looks like the ladder is for maintenance if there is a lightning strike (the top of the memorial has a huge copper globe).

No disrespect was meant by taking a very brief look inside, just architectural curiosity and finding out something not commonly known about a Southsea landmark.

Ladder Up




Vintage Southsea Postcards

You know we love a bit of vintage nostalgia here at Strong Island, and these old postcards of Clarence Pier are no exception. I always pick them up at the Car Boot sale opposite Clarence when I see one. When does the Car Boot start up again? Got to be soon. Answers on a postcard…



Local Photographer – Marcus Hunt’s

Marcus Hunt has rigged together an amazing radio controlled camera set up with a kite which allows him to capture photos of local places in and around Portsmouth with a unique perspective. Unlike photos from aeroplanes, the kite allows for photos from low altitudes giving way more detail. To see loads more than the photos below be sure to spend some time looking through Marcus’ Kite photo Flickr set.

Old Portsmouth


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