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Pet Sounds Playlist #54 – 101 Reykjavík’s Icelandic Songs

“Many thanks to Wit for putting together a fantastic representation of Icelandic talent, I’ve had this on a lot, and there’s some really lovely stuff included. I also recommend you make your way to the fantastic 101 Reykjavík, another example of Southsea’s own, digging deep and coming up with something we didn’t know we need, but quite clearly did !!! So, without much further ado, I’ll hand over to Wit to tell you a little more…” – Charlie

101 Reykjavík is a brand new ‘Inspired by Iceland’ Kaffibar at the Southern tip of Castle Road in Southsea.

We’re not your everyday, run-of-the-mill cafe. Nor are we your bog-standard ten-a-penny chain restaurant. We’re not a cheesy theme bar or a tired old gastro-pub. Neither are we a pretentious wine lodge or a questionable greasy spoon. We’re something new.

We want to bring together the young and the old. The past and the future. Everything that’s great about where we live and where we love. The music we play…the prints, posters and photographs on our walls…the beers, spirits, sauces and sweets we import…all are Icelandic in origin.

We want your eyes, your ears and your minds to come and absorb some of our unique ‘huggulegt’ (loosely translated as the feeling of a cosy, laid-back place with good coffee, drinks and company…)

Music is a hugely important part of who we are here at 101 Reykjavík, as it is to most Icelanders. You’ll definitely know Björk. You probably know Sigur Ros. Both are fantastic artists. You might know Of Monsters & Men or even FM Belfast. We highly recommend all those guys. For this playlist though, we decided to focus on some of Iceland’s slightly lesser known talent (possibly not for much longer for a few of them like Ásgeir, Ólafur Arnalds, Sóley and Samaris). We’ve also thrown in a few more established gems that may or may not have graced your ears before (Múm, Emilíana Torrini, Borko & Snorri Helgason).

If you find you like what you hear then there are plenty more fantastic Icelandic artists out there…most of which you can hear piped through the speakers at 101 Reykjavík!

Takk fyrír

Team 101”

LISTEN HERE

Pet Sounds Playlist #53 – Carol Kaye

Charlie’s regular Strong Island x Longlive podcast for Strong Island Sounds is a little delayed this week so Charlie has put together a new Pet Sounds Playlist from his sickbed:

I’m struck down with post-Christmas/New Year body breakdown, so no radio show for another week or so I’m afraid. Whilst some of you are breathing audible sighs of relief, others might need a little music fix, so I went back to one of the themes from an early show and made a full playlist from it. Carol Kaye is arguably one of the most important bass-players of all time, undoubtedly one of the most prolific, appearing on hundreds of hit singles and providing the basslines on many seminal albums including two of my top 3 of all time; ‘Pet Sounds’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Forever Changes’ by Love. She appeared on tons of Motown stuff, was part of Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound and contributed basslines to countless TV and Film theme songs.

In the original Longlive radio show, I included ‘Hicky Burr’ by Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones, ‘Wichita Lineman’ by Glen Campbell and ‘The Human Abstract’ by David Axelrod. Compiled here are another 20 of the songs Carol helped shape, many of them wouldn’t have sounded nearly as good without her inimitable style. Some of these you might already know, some might surprise you, but they all benefit from having the ‘Wreckin’ Crew’s’ female rhythm section member on them.

Hopefully see you soon when I can talk for more than 10 seconds without having a coughing fit!

Pet Sounds Playlist #53 – Carol Kaye

01 Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker
02 California Girls – Beach Boys
03 I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
04 Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
05 The Old Laughing Lady – Neil Young
06 Galveston – Glen Cambell
07 Bullitt Main Title – Lalo Schifrin
08 A Natural Man – Lou Rawls
09 River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
10 I Think He’s Hiding – Randy Newman
11 Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
12 Indian Reservation – Paul Revere & The Raiders
13 Holy Thursday – David Axelrod
14 Love Child – Diana Ross & The Supremes
15 The Daily Planet – Love
16 The Beat Goes On – Sonny & Cher
17 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
18 I Don’t Need No Doctor – Ray Charles
19 Expecting To Fly – Buffalo Springfield
20 Suicide Is Painless – Theme From M*A*S*H

Listen HERE.

Pet Sounds Playlist #53 - Carol Kaye

Pet Sounds Playlist #52 – My Vice Or Yours?

Hello, hello, hello! So after a bit of a lengthy absence, I thought it was about time I showed my face and delivered a playlist, I think it’s a pretty good one even if I do say so myself. Whether you partake, approve, condemn or don’t give it much thought, there is no denying that narcotics have played a significant role in all forms of music, from Berlioz’s opium indebted Symphonie Fantastique, through Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker’s heroin addiction all the way to the Beatles tripping and Snoop’s chronic tales, It’s not Sex, Candy and Rock and Roll…

Hope you enjoy it, and keep your ears peeled for a radio show that’s in the pipeline, Longlive X StrongIsland coming soon! Charlie.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

01 Medication – Primal Scream
02 Coffee In The Pot – Supergrass (Caffeine)
03 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) – Sammy Davis Jr. (Nicotine)
04 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker (Alcohol)
05 Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue – Ramones (Glue)
06 Animal Nitrate – Suede (Amyl Nitrite)
07 The Reefer Song – Fats Waller (Cannibis)
08 Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones (Valium)
09 Tramazi Parti – Black Grape (Temazepam)
10 Amphetamine Annie – Canned Heat (Speed)
11 Take Ecstacy With Me – The Magnetic Fields (Ecstacy)
12 Cokane In My Brain – Dillinger (Cocaine)
13 Lost In The K Hole – The Chemical Brothers (Ketamine)
14 Your Loft My Acid – Death In Vegas (LSD)
15 Happy Nightmare – Focus (Mescaline)
16 Heroin – The Velvet Underground (Heroin)
17 Medication – Spiritualized

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Friends Of Pet Sounds #26 – Christopher Whitear

Welcome this time around to Wit, one of Southsea’s finest musical exports, when he’s not making lovely music for others, he’s listening to a lot. He also writes a great blog which I’ve tuned into more than a couple of times. Have a look HERE, it’s really rather good. It’s due to reading about his current flavours that I thought he’d put together a great playlist and thankfully, I wasn’t wrong. So, without any further ado, I’ll leave you with Wit.

“Hello there. My name is Christopher George Whitear. Some people know me as Wit. I front local misery-weirdy-indie-pop numpties The B of the Bang and local noisy-weirdy-shouty-grunge-pop numpties Analogue Manilow. As well as this, I occasionally dabble with a bit of dour acoustic nonsense on my tod from time to time.

All this numptying takes up a lot of my time as you can well imagine BUT, along with music, my other big passion is travel…of which I like to do as much as possible. Not easy when you’re a skint musician but there we go.

With this in mind, I’ve decided on the theme of cities and towns from around the world to link together my playlist. Some of them I have visited, most I have not. I could have included a whole load more to be honest but I think this gives a fairly accurate representation of my musical tastes at this exact moment in time. It would probably be completely different if I chose again tomorrow. I’m ever so fickle.”

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Wit’s World of Wandering Wonderment’

01) Perth – Bon Iver
02) Nantes – Beirut
03) Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
04) Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins
05) Paris – Edith Piaf
06) Jackson – Johnny Cash/June Carte
07) Stokkseyri – Alex & Jonsi
08) Warsaw – Joy Division
09) Weissensee – Neu!
10) Frances Farmer will Have her revenge on Seattle – Nirvana
11) Newcastle Lullaby – The Unthanks
12) Of Montreal – The Stills
13) Leaving for Paris no 2 – Rufus Wainwright
14) Copenhagen – Scott Walker
15) Sao Paulo – Guillemots

Pet Sounds Playlist #50 – 2012 In Albums

So, this is later than most end of year album round-ups, and it’s mainly because I kept thinking of things I’d forgotten. I actually ended up with a list of 65+ and even then I’d left off notable releases from the last 12 months. Thing is, it just stopped being any kind of representation of what I would recommend and became more like a comprehensive list of anything that wasn’t rubbish. So I went back and revised and compiled a far more disciplined and honest reflection of what I dug last year.

My favourite album of the year was Fear Fun by Father John Misty. An absolute surprise which I loved from the first time it played through, injecting old country soul with a knowing irony and self awareness that made you think of Jarvis at his acerbic best, he produced an album that would sit comfortably next to another under-rated gem from Jeff’s dad, Tim Buckley; ‘Greetings From LA’. Other constants on my iPod have been the undeniable Tame Impala, the breathtaking How To Dress Well and my new crush Cat Power, who I’ve come to late, but now really like, her album instantly inspired me and at the end of the day all the music that has ever stayed with me has echoes of what I might create myself. I included the twin towers of Zeitgeist; Django Django & Alt J for fear of being screamed at, but personally I think they’ve suffered from the hype a bit. It was, on reflection, a big year for folks from the Britpop years, thankfully no boring retreads though, Dodgy channeled a pastoral charm that they always had but seemed now comfortable to push to the fore, Martin Rossiter and Tim Burgess both released stirring and confident solo albums, the latter recording what is essentially a Tim Burgess led Lambchop album with Kurt Wagner of Lambchop writing and producing (no bad thing at all), Richard Hawley continued to carve out his Johnny Cash fronting The Verve niche and Jason Pierce returned with a Spiritualized album that just sounded like a great fucking Spiritualized album. Creating a massive future-past effect were a few acts that stood out to me, the ever mental Black Moth Super Rainbow, Polica and Animal Collective, who were back to a full team after the depleted numbers of the still amazing Merriweather Post Pavilion. Best lyric of the year I think has to go to 2 Bears; “See fellas, we got your girlfriend thinking, I never loved a bear but tonight I’ve been drinking”. Amazing.

Anyway, I really could go on, but it’s probably best I don’t and you just check out the list for yourselves, and remember it’s an album list, so check out each one in it’s entirety if you have the time or inclination, there are some absolutely banging tracks hidden amongst it all, and if you want the full unabridged round up of the year, that link’s at the bottom too. Now where’s my guitar…

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

’2012′s Top 25 Albums In No Particular Order’

1.) Fear Fun – Father John Misty
2.) Centipede Hz – Animal Collective
3.) Be Strong – The 2 Bears
4.) Standing At The Sky’s Edge – Richard Hawley
5.) Lonerism – Tame Impala
6.) World Music – Goat
7.) The Defenestration Of St Martin – Martin Rossiter
8.) Port Of Morrow – The Shins
9.) Allah-Las – Allah-Las
10.) Mala In Cuba – Mala
11.) good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
12.) Stand Upright In A Cool Place – Dodgy
13.) Cobra Juicy – Black Moth Super Rainbow
14.) Pink – Four Tet
15.) TOY – Toy
16.) Total Loss – How To Dress Well
17.) Sun – Cat Power
18.) Oh No I Love You – Tim Burgess
19.) An Awesome Wave – alt-J
20.) The Savage Heart – The Jim Jones Revue
21.) Locked Down – Dr John
22.) Django Django – Django Django
23.) Sweet Heart Sweet Light – Spiritualized
24.) Give You The Ghost – Polica
25.) Bloom – Beach House

You can also grab Charlies full years round up HERE.

Pet Sounds #49 – Christmas & That

So, I generally don’t like Christmas and all that goes with it, I even get annoyed with people commenting ironically about the first sighting of the coca-cola advert. However, it clearly works for some folks and it’s with that in mind that I’ve made this little compilation. Merry Christmas and let’s all get along, eat turkey, pull crackers and drink sherry. Love, Charlie.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Merry Christmas Your Arse’

01 Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
02 Jingle Bell Rock – The Ventures
03 Every Year So Different – Cornershop
04 The Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash
05 Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
06 No Christmas – The Wedding Present
07 This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
08 White Christmas – Iggy Pop
09 I Wish It Was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas
10 Christmas ( Baby, Please Come Home) – Slow Club
11 Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones
12 A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas
13 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – The Polyphonic Spree
14 Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie
15 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Crystals

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Friends Of Pet Sounds #25 – Christopher Reeves AKA The Gasman

I asked Chris a while back to make me a playlist of songs that had informed the music he made himself, perhaps naively I expected to get back an brief education in experimental electronic music. What I got instead was a far more interesting proposition, over to Chris to explain…

“I’m not a huge fan of half these bands to be honest, but all the tracks I’ve chosen are (for me) infectious bits of pop that at times have the punchy unpredictable chord changes that inspire what I do. The artists that are consistently “my bag” don’t seem to have music on Spotify e.g. Cardiacs or Gryphon.

There seems to be hardly anyone making my ideal music and that’s the driving force for me to try and make it myself, some artists nearly get there but lack the levels of colour/emotion and honesty I need in music. My less conventional sound/taste seems to be the result of an interest in 80s dance music as a kid leading into rave and then Progressive rock. Growing up I was subjected to Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley so I’m very grateful for the radio I was bought when I was 11.

When I started recording for planet mu in 2003 the music was a lot more slap dash and under produced but now I aim for bigger sounding crisper production. My ideal music is a sort of Progressive Rave without the chitchat/filler. My output is clearly very personal/ineffectual to others as after quite a lot of radio play over the years including John Peel, the Freak zone and a session for Radio 1, I still only appear to have about 10 fans.”

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

‘Leg Jerkers’

01 Rubber Legs – Iggy & The Stooges
02 One Of Those People – The Nice
03 T.V. – The Tubes
04 IEIEI – White Denim
05 Expectation – Tame Impala
06 I Just Want To See Your Face – Serena-Maneesh
07 Throwing Back The Apple – Pale Saints
08 How I Know – Toro Y Moi
09 Metaphor – Sparks
10 Superabound – Frank Black
11 Florida – Modest Mouse
12 Animal In Every Corner – Danielson
13 Stuck In A Tight Spot – Clor
14 A Real Woman – Squarepusher
15 Mirrorlike – The Gasman

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Pet Sounds Playlist #48 – All About The Song

After the success of last weekend’s Southseafest, taking place along the length of Albert Road in Southsea, it’s clear that ‘song’ is all important. With this in mind, here’s a playlist made up of 15 types. Included is a beginning one, a few middle ones and a last one, and in between there’s everything from a simple one, a good one and a logical one, to a cave one, a pyramid one, a country one and a desert one, through your one and one of redemption.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

All About The Song

01 Entrance – The Black Angels
02 Second – TV On The Radio
03 Simple – The Shins
04 Good – Blur
05 Radio – REM
06 Number – DJ Shadow
07 Logical – Supertramp
08 Girl/Boy – Aphex Twin
09 Cave – WU LYF
10 Pyramid – Radiohead
11 Country – The Men
12 Desert – Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes
13 Your – Elton John
14 Redemption – Bob Marley
15 Last – Traffic Sound

Pet Sounds Playlist #47 – Louie Louie

After a little sabbatical, here’s a really cool playlist that was inspired by an article about the most covered song of all time (thanks Laura Lee). I love this tune, it’s a staple when I DJ, and I know I’m not alone. I thought this could be shit, cause a cover is sometimes cool, sometimes amusing, but inevitably after a while it starts to grate and you just end up wanting to hear the original…or so I thought. I finally narrowed my list down to 21, and to be deadly serious, they’re pretty much all bangers. Everything from Punk to Rap, via Garage, Psych, Soul, Post-Punk, Easy Listening, Torch Singer, Reggae, Funk and on and on and on, it’s class, I genuinely got excited making this one, I challenge you to get bored. “Duh duh duh. duh duh is a mnemonic so powerful…”.

The original is by Richard Berry, the best known by The Kingsmen and my current favourites are an awesome sultry slow version by Julie London and a psychedelic masterclass by Friar Tuck. Otis always smashes it too.

I might have to have a crack at it myself now…

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

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01 Richard Berry & The Pharaohs
02 Flamin’ Groovies
03 The Sandpipers
04 The Beach Boys
05 The Kinks
06 The Challengers
07 Fat Boys
08 Julie London
09 Herb Gross & The Invictas
10 Friar Tuck
11 Motorhead
12 Toots & The Maytals
13 Mario Allison y Su Combo
14 Stanley Clarke & George Duke
15 The Feelies
16 The Sonics
17 The Nomads
18 Otis Redding
19 Ike & Tina Turner
20 Wilbert Harrison
21 The Kingsmen

Pet Sounds Playlist #46 – The Stone Roses Lyon Gig

To say I’m excited about the gigs taking place this weekend is an understatement. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see The Stone Roses return to Manchester and play gigs that people never thought they would see. I saw them back in 1995 in December when they played the Brighton centre, and even though John Squire was still there, Reni had left the band. The idea of seeing all four members of the band perform songs that are amongst my absolute favourites is magical. These are my heroes and I can’t wait.

Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.

Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival, Lyon, France 25th June 2012

01. I Wanna Be Adored

02. Mersey Paradise
03. (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
04. Sally Cinnamon
05. Where Angels Play
06. Shoot You Down
07. Bye Bye Badman
08. Ten Storey Love Song
09. Standing Here
10. Fools Gold
11. Something’s Burning
12. Waterfall
13. Don’t Stop
14. Love Spreads
15. Made Of Stone
16. This Is the One
17. She Bangs The Drums
18. Elizabeth My Dear
19. I Am The Resurrection




Features

Competition – Win Two Tickets To See Kassassin Street + Curxes + Juice

Friday 3rd May the Wedgewood Rooms will be hosting a great night of music featuring Kassassin Street, Curxes and Juice. The guys at Kassassin Street have been generous enough to donate a pair of tickets for you, the Strong Island readers.

All you have to do to win these tickets are to email your answer to the question below to stuart@strong-island.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 27th. The winner will be announced here on Monday 28th.

Q – The band are named after the road in Eastney, name one of the three roads which junction with it?

Find out more about the event on the Facebook HERE.

Kassassin Street + Curxes + Juice + Longlive DJs

Juice ‘Numbskull’ from Butchy Davy on Vimeo.

Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

Last November saw the launch of our 2014 Calendar at an Exhibition at the Wine Vaults. You can read an article from Becki Partridge about the event HERE.

We cannot take all of the credit for the exhibition, the content was all provided by you, the Strong Island readers. Not to forget the exhibition was made possible by the team at Southsea Gallery who printed and framed the photographs. If you see a photo that you like you can purchase it in Southsea Gallery located at 51 Albert Road.

The exhibition can be found in ‘snug’ on the far right hand side of the Wine Vaults.

If you would like to know how to get involved in next years calendar then click HERE to find out more information.

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Phil Tickner Calendar Exhibition

Photos are by the awesome Phil Tickner, be sure to give him a follow on Flickr and on Twitter @HoldYourColour.

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A Kind of Conjuration at the Cellars

You would think witch trails a thing of the distant past. However, during the second world war a woman was tried and convicted under the ancient Witchcraft Act.

A play about the trial was performed at The Cellars at Eastney last week. Local theatre companies New Apollo and Cop The Needle brought audiences A Kind of Conjuration. This hour-long theatre piece, directed by Steve Pitt, featured a group of five actors, and was based on the real-life trial of Scottish medium Helen Duncan in 1944, for events that took place in Portsmouth.

The intimacy of the venue worked well for the subject matter, and enabled the performers and audience to connect in a way that isn’t possible in larger venues. When the judge, played by Christopher Marlowe, addressed the jury during the court scene, he spoke to the audience as if they were the jury, making them feel involved in the action.

Angie Lily was fantastic in the court scene, nipping backstage to change elements of costume in-between each character, resulting in a highly entertaining whirlwind of at least five different characters (and accents) testifying in quick succession. Henry Oastler was on comedic top form for his appearance in the court scene, displaying subtle character traits such as a tuck of the chin, transforming him completely from his other role in the play as a newspaper journalist. James Kirby and Tim Lowe also gave entertaining performances.

Writers Stuart Olesker and John Stanton incorporated excerpts from the original court transcript, adding authenticity to this brilliant piece. A highly refreshing and thought provoking performance.

A Kind of Conjuration will next be performed at the Square Tower on 25th June as part of Portsmouth Festivities. (Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm). On this occasion the play will be preceded by a monologue from the late Harry Price, ghostbuster extraordinary. Tickets from 023 9282 6249 or 023 9273 6288 or online: www.thecellars.co.uk.

Reviews:

Ashley Harley in Portsmouth News:
“a little gem”
“hauntingly good”
“not to be missed”
“solid direction”

Heather James in Portsmouth News:
“I was riveted”
“very witty and entertaining”

David Richards of Remote Goat:
“a sellout”
“a joy to watch”
“superb performances”
“a very high degree of professionalism”
“a very effective mix of the serious and the comedic”
“another triumph and a thoroughly enjoyable evening”

The original flyer for the show at The Cellars

Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Our 2014 Calendar was a huge success, the quality of images and huge amount interest it received really took us by surprise. We managed to double the sales of the 2013 Calendar, meaning we raised just over £600 for the Feel Yourself Campaign and the Alzheimer’s Society. We received over a thousand submissions by email and by use of the Instagram hashtag #sic2014.

We are excited to announce that we are taking submissions for our 2015 calendar. If you’ve taken a photo that you’d like to submit then you can email your submission via calendar@strong-island.co.uk. If you’ve taken a photo on Instagram that you’d like to submit for consideration you just need add the hashtag #SIC2015. There are no limits to how many you submit, the only rule is that the image must be relevant to Portsmouth.

Along with Instagram this year we also recommend you check out the Faded App. I’ve had a play with this App and you can create images that surpass anything that Instagram can produce. I especially love the overlay function.

If you have been taking any photos during this extreme weather we would love for you to submit them!

You may be aware that unfortunately due to an error our end the original batch of calendars contained a couple of errors. To rectify this the problem with the calendar we re-printed all of the calendars and offered everyone who bought one a free replacement (with free P&P where required). We are confident that we have managed to replace the vast major because of the online ordering records, however if you bought one from Lou Lou’s, Southsea Gallery or the Victorian Market then we don’t have your details so we need you to contact us ASAP to arrange a replacement! Those unclaimed calendars by the end of the week are likely to be donated to the staff of the charities we are supporting

Strong Island Calendar 2015

Here are just a few of the submissions that we have already received that might give you some inspiration.

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Roberta Curxes
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Road To Blissfields 2014 by Sophie Perryer

It’s that time of year again, when Southsea’s finest traipse out on a Friday night to listen to some of our home-grown, burgeoning talent. This year was no exception, with the likes of Becky Jerams, Poppobowa, Sabre and the B of the Bang taking to the stage to fill our ears with a range of musical goodness.

The evening was held this year at the Cellars at Eastney, and certainly had a more relaxed atmosphere – Strong Island’s Stuart Barker was even spotted wandering around with a cup of tea at one point!

The relaxed atmosphere lent itself perfectly to Becky Jerams soulful, syrupy vocals, gliding effortlessly over lyrics and melodies alike. Becky has enjoyed considerable success over the last few years with her song writing: her track ‘La La Love’ was featured in a Mandy Moore movie, and she has written for the likes of Chesney Hawkes and Loz Bridge. These accomplishments certainly showed through in her music; her sound was very much grown up pop and polished, while still retaining a youthful, wishful quality in her lyrics. A great start to the evening.

Becky was followed by Popobawa, a Gosport based trio relatively new to the music scene – so much so that Road To Blissfields was their debut live show! To say the boys coped well would be an understatement; they delivered a strong set with some interesting melodic choices which made for a distinctive sound, and the combination of this with hazy vocals akin to Friendly Fires was very striking. The best part? You can download their EP for a ‘name your price’ on their SoundCloud page.

Also hailing from Gosport were SABRE – the fivesome delivered catchy synth beats and impressive vocals not dissimilar to the Maccabees or Bombay Bicycle Club, with a little Two Door Cinema Club thrown in for good measure. Their raucous sarcastic comedy appealed to the crowd, and the banter between the band members was enjoyable.

Last but certainly not least were the B Of The Bang. The contrast of the almost gravelly voice of the lead singer and the Roxanne on keyboard’s ethereal vocals lent an almost eerie sense. The band delivered well thought-out tracks which were both directional and abstract, and conveyed a sense of their musical versatility and talent. Without a doubt a well deserved victory.

Congratulations to the B Of The Bang“>B of the Bang on their slot at Blissfields, and thank you also to the other artists for once again showcasing to us the quality of our local talent! Thank you too to Bellyeyesmile, Joel Ransom, the Cellars at Eastney, Strong Island, and all those others who had a hand in organising a top evening.

By Sophie Perryer

*We will be giving away a pair of tickets to Blissfields over the next six weeks so be sure to keep an eye out.*

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Victorious Festival 2014

In January the Victorious Festival team announced that the festival will be moving to Southsea Seafront. The team appear to have planned a bigger and better event building upon the success of previous years.

Last week saw the second wave of artists confirmed to perform live. The line up already consisted of awesome headliners Dizzie Rascal, Seasick Steve but they have now been joined by Razorlight, British Sea Power, Slow Club, Foy Vance, Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and The Bog Rolling Stones. There will be DJ sets from Alt J, Terry Hall of the Specials, 2manyDJs and COR. Not to forget some of the best local talent such as Matt Jarvis, Eloise Keating and our favourites the Southsea Alternative Choir are also performing.

Personally I’m really excited about the Sunday line up, I’ve been a huge fan of Seasick Steve for years and I even went to Bestival dressed as him for the Under the Sea fancy dress theme. Sunday also see’s British Sea Power performing, they have been regular visitors to the Wedgewood Rooms during their tours in the past, most recently in April 2013. They are easily one of the best live acts you could ever have the pleasure of seeing. The Saturday headliner Dizzie Rascal isn’t too shabby. I caught him at Bestival in 2010 and I can promise you, he knows how to put on a show and get you dancing!

There will be more artists announced closer to the time. You can find out first by following Victorious on Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.

The event is more than just a music festival, there will be lots going on in the Kids Arena as well a Real Ale Festival featuring many local breweries. For the weekend local seafront attractions will be FREE, these include Southsea Castle, Blue Reef Aquarium, D-Day Museum and Southsea Skate Park. If you would like to be involved in the boutique market then drop the team an email on traders@victoriousfestival.co.uk.

The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. There are limited early bird tickets available but hurry as they are only available at the reduced price for the next ten days! Adult Day tickets are currently available for £15 per day and will be £20 after. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets will cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for free.

Over the next five months we will try and keep you up to date on announcements and preview the performers and attractions that you can look forward to.

Victorious Festival 2014