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Bored Game of SKATE at the Southsea Skatepark 3rd Anniversary Jam

This Saturday is the 3rd Anniversary Jam at Southsea Skatepark which celebrates three years since the charitable trust took over the running of the park from Portsmouth City Council. In recent weeks the park itself has seen a lot of improvements with new ramps, a change in some of the layout and the whole place having a bit of a makeover PLUS a new BMX/Skate shop as well as the cafe with a new summer menu too.

On Saturday there will be a whole range of fun events for BMX, scooters and skateboarding all throughout the day, including the Bored of Southsea Game of SKATE on the rink. The game is open to all skateboarders and has a big pile of decks and other prizes for the winners and is always fun for everyone to have a watch. Also, for the first time the people in the game of SKATE do NOT have to wear helmets.

Bored Game of SKATE at the Southsea Skatepark 3rd Anniversary Jam (1)

Bored Game of SKATE at the Southsea Skatepark 3rd Anniversary Jam (2)

Skateboarding From Southsea to Cambodia

Former Portsmouth resident and regular at the Southsea Skatepark Max Palmer moved to Cambodia last summer, and has gradually been getting more and more involved with the local skate scene there. Cambodia got it’s first proper skatepark in 2012, which was made possible by Skateistan Cambodia. It was built in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, and now the second largest destination in Cambodia, Siem Reap, have just started renovating an old, hardly used roller-blade park into something for skateboarders.

Last weekend marked the opening party, and Max & the locals were joined by the founder of Skateistan Cambodia, as well as the 4 skateboarders that ride for Cambodia’s only skate shop – The Skateshop Phnom Penh. They did a little demo, and Max had the opportunity to interview them all about the skatepark project, Skateistan and skateboarding in Cambodia. It’s beautiful to see that skateboarding can bring so many people together, and even on the otherside of the world, on hot, dusty roads, people are still having the same positive experiences with skateboarding.

You can find out all about it on Max’s blog HERE.

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Signature Clothing End of Season Sale

Local skate clothing brand Signature Clothing are having a quick end of season sale in advance of their new drop of designs, be sure to get involved and pick up a choice bargain straight out of Milton.

Southsea Skatepark 3rd Anniversary Jam

Time flies! In April it will be three years since Southsea Skatepark was handed over from Portsmouth City Council to a newly set up charity. To celebrate the anniversary plus the formal opening of the brand new skatepark skate and BMX shop the skatepark is holding a jam event on Saturday 26th April. The jam includes loads of fun events that anyone can try and get involved (if they feel up for it) with highest ollie, bunnyhop, a game of SKATE plus for the first time in decades, time trials to see who can go down the snake run the fastest. Along with all of this there will be demonstrations from local riders, food, live DJs and much more so if you haven’t been to the skatepark before or not in a little while, please come along and reconnect, as a charity the skatepark can only get better and better with the support of the local community!

In the evening there will also be a roller disco too so you are more than welcome to enjoy the skatepark for the whole day if you want to.

More details will be going up on the Southsea Skatepark website, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter in the coming days and weeks:

Southsea Skatepark 3rd Anniversary Jam
(Artwork by Mimic from AllCaps)

Portsmouth Street Games at Portsmouth Guildhall Square This Summer

Back in the 70s, before even Portsmouth Skatepark had been developed from the roller rink, Portsmouth Guildhall Square was home to a demonstration by the famous 1970s Hobie Skateboards team (Mike Weed, Bob Scolberg and Skitch Hitchcock) in October 1977. The demo inspired many local young people to get in to skateboarding and helped in some way to get the skatepark the following year. The Guildhall has been a popular spot for skateboarding, BMXing and more ever since and this summer sees a new, local event aiming to bring these all together at the Guildhall Square for the first time in a brand new event.

Portsmouth Guildhall and Big Adventures are working with Southsea Skatepark and Zero Gravity with the brand new, weekend long Portsmouth Street Games running Saturday 31st May to 1st June at Guildhall Square. The event will include freestyle mountain bike performances from Zero Gravity (who you may well have seen previously perform at Gunwharf), flatground and ramp BMX plus skateboarding by guys from Southsea Skatepark, street dance from Portsmouth’s own Most Wanted & Streetforce DC, local freerunners and Portsmouth Roller Wenches.

On top of all that there will be a major street art event running, curated by My Dog Sighs and Lex from AllCaps, including graffiti and street artists from Portsmouth and further afield, painting walls and a canvas the size and shape of a New York City train carriage. Local streetwear brands will also have stalls at a market throught the weekend plus there will be music and food too.

The event is free and open to everyone, we’ll see you there!

For more details see the flyer below (artwork by AllCaps).

Portsmouth Street Games at Portsmouth Guildhall Square This Summer (1)

Portsmouth Street Games at Portsmouth Guildhall Square This Summer (2)

Signature Clothing Promo Video Due Soon

Signature Clothing have been busy working hard on a new promo video, which is looking to be due in the spring. The company sponsors skateboarders both in Portsmouth and all over the UK so it’ll no doubt be a really diverse video with spots and tricks from all over.

During some recent filming team member Steve McBriarty smashed out an incredible trick and photo sequence, with a 360 heelflip/laserflip to backside five-0 at Five Bridges plaza in Gateshead. Going by this trick alone, the video is going to be heavy…

Signature Clothing Steve McBriarty by Johnny Haynes

King of Vert 1990 Skate and BMX Competition

As some of you may know, I’m a skateboarder and I am not originally from Portsmouth. I first moved down to Portsmouth for university in 1995 but I had visited the city previously back in 1990, all the way from Essex to see the King of Vert competition held at the Mountbatten Centre. Back then skateboarding in the UK was still going pretty strong from the heights of the late 80s and the UK professional skaters were still the same ones I looked up to when I started skating and reading the magazines in the mid 80s. The King of Vert competition was my first chance to see these people skate in the flesh.

Our local skateshop had organised a coach trip down so load of us piled in early in the morning of the 17th June (pity the poor driver) and when we got here the BMX comp had begun. I had got in to skating from BMX and still to this day love watching riding. Soon after the skaters started their comp on the ramp (that actually had next to no vertical, despite the name of the competition) and it was incredible to see the likes of Sean Goff, Lucian Hendricks and Portsmouth locals like Barry Abrook too. Skateboarding was changing at this point with more technical tricks on the lip of the ramp being more popular and I was pretty spellbound for the whole day, sat on the bottom row right at the front, right in the middle. At the end of the day we bought some t-shirts, stickers and stuff from the pros, got autographs and made our way back to Essex but this trip really made an impact on me and I guess put good thoughts of Portsmouth at the back of my head when it came to looking for a university to study at years later.

Back then few competitions were videoed, unlike today with live Internet access from the other side of the World, so I was really pleased to find some footage of the competition on YouTube recently. In the skate clip you can even see Barry Abrook ripping, the same Barry who has been part of our Creating Balance exhibition, 24 years later. Beware watching the BMX clip, the incredible 900 attempt ends up in Scott Carroll being knocked out.

Jamie Bestwick turndown cheerokee at King of Vert 1990
Jamie Bestwick with a turndown cheerokee.

14:01 Skateboard Co. Release Their New Video About:Time

Portsmouth skate company 14:01 Skateboard Co. have been around for a good while, producing quality decks and tees and working on graphics with a variety of artists and designers. For a little while the team (including Ben Rowley, Josh Brown, John Howlett, Will Creswick, Matt Grey, Rob Davy & Nick Munday) have been out filming both in Portsmouth and all over the UK collecting footage for 14:01′s very first full length skate film. Appropriately enough About:Time dropped yesterday (14/01) and is packed with amazing skating and well worth a watch…you can watch it below.

To see the current range of products is on the 14:01 website where you can also buy online, supporting a homegrown skate company.

14:01 Skateboards, Rob Davy Backside 180, Photo: Ranny Ransom
(Rob Davy with a Backside 180 down the Guildhall, Photo: Ranny Ransom)

Strong Island Recordings Boneyards EP Song on Heroin Skateboards Video

Los Angeles/London based skate company Heroin Skateboards dropped an LA Vacation edit recently with two of the UK skaters ripping loads of street spots. We’re stoked that they used ‘Working Man’ by Boneyards, off of the ‘Rest in Beach’ EP released by Strong Island Recordings, which is still available on iTunes, Amazon, etc and 7″ vinyl from Rough Trade.

You can listen to the whole EP on the SIR SoundCloud HERE.

Strong Island Recordings Boneyards EP Song on Heroin Skateboards Video

Longboarding in Southsea with Shakiba Moghadam

Shakiba Moghadam is a student at the University of Portsmouth and avid longboarder and during the summer produced a short film with Robin Pailler that aimed to promote Southsea as a location for skating. The film has a great summery feel and profiles some of the classic spots around Southsea such as ‘The Red Flat’. Shakiba Moghadam hopes to build connections between the different longboarders in the city, so if you are out and about and see her rolling, say hello.

Longboarding in Southsea with Shakiba Moghadam


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 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.

Phil Tickner Calendar Exhibition 1

Phil Tickner Calendar Exhibition

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

Strong Island Calendar Exhibition

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:


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 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.

Charlie Thompson Fratton Park

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Both Charlie Thompson
Todd Lawton
Todd Lawton
Roberta Curxes
Roberta Fidora
Danny Miles
Danny Miles

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.*

Becky Jerams
Becky Jerams

Becky Jerams




B Of The Bang


B Of The Bang

All photo’s by Daniel O’Neill

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

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