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TONIGHT – Strong Island Recordings Presents Drunken Sailor 18th April At Edge Of The Wedge

On Friday 18th April Strong Island Recordings presents ‘Drunken Sailor’ at Edge of the Wedge and we bring you a handful of some of our favourite up and coming acts today plus Champagne Justice deejays all for a mere £4.00 entry.

Arrows of Love
London grunge/art punk outfit Arrows of Love whirl up an absolute riot during every one of their live sets. The 5 piece are a total adrenaline rush where the entire venue is the stage and the show is an interactive experience and one you never know what’s going to happen except from utter chaos and absolute brilliance. Kerrang labelled them as one of the most engaging new bands plus NME, Front, Fake DIY, Artrocker, John Kennedy of XFM,Fake DIY, Lauren Laverne and many many more have also shown their support for AOL and now they return to Portsmouth with their debut album set to be unleashed around the same time too on 1234 Records.

Rickyfitts
Rickyfitts as a band are still very much in their infancy, forming just a few months ago yet they could well be one of the best new live bands you will see today. The duo bring blistering, sludge filled thrash punk, heavy psych, grunge rock . Despite being the nicest guys you could meet, they play with much ferociousness & are absolute merciless to their instruments, brutally pummelling them into near mush. Check out ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana‘ we released on our ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation.

The Hundredth Anniversary 
Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary cross the boundaries of ethereal, indie, dreampop & shoegaze. Wrapped in intense, whirling guitars & saturated in enchanting, reverberated vocals from Eleanor Rudge, 100th anniversary sound is beautifully atmospheric, mesmerising and frankly utter brilliant. Defiantly one’s to watch in which the likes of NME are also agreeing. Check them out for yourself plus their Daytrotter session they did very recently.

Fever
Grand choruses, tortured vocals, dark atmospheric guitars shadowing and full on fuzz, this quartet distort the lines of doom psychedelia, post punk, surf & grunge. Whilst its’ tough to liken a new outfit, so far Fever remind us of a mix of The Horrors, Arctic Monkeys and Eagulls. With Chris Pedan of Wild Smiles producing them and also being touted as one’s to watch by the NME your immune system will soon too give into Fever.

The Boy I Used To Be
Sun drenched, joyous garage pop with elements of psychedelia and folk, The Boy I Used To Be is like sipping a musical cocktail of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cloud Nothings, Splashh & Kurt Vile. The revamped sound of The Boy I Used To Be started out as a bedroom project of Edward Perry’s & the recordings very quickly headed to our label where we signed ‘I Can’t Stand’ for our compilation 30 minutes after it was recorded. Certainly one Portsmouth’s finest musical talents.

It’s a bank holiday so come down and enjoy Easter the way it’s supposed to be, partying with some of the raddest new bands in the U.K all for a paltry four pound entry.

Strong Island Recordings Presents Drunken Sailor 18th April At Edge Of The Wedge

On Friday 18th April Strong Island Recordings presents ‘Drunken Sailor’ at Edge of the Wedge and we bring you a handful of some of our favourite up and coming acts today plus Champagne Justice deejays all for a mere £4.00 entry.

Arrows of Love
London grunge/art punk outfit Arrows of Love whirl up an absolute riot during every one of their live sets. The 5 piece are a total adrenaline rush where the entire venue is the stage and the show is an interactive experience and one you never know what’s going to happen except from utter chaos and absolute brilliance. Kerrang labelled them as one of the most engaging new bands plus NME, Front, Fake DIY, Artrocker, John Kennedy of XFM,Fake DIY, Lauren Laverne and many many more have also shown their support for AOL and now they return to Portsmouth with their debut album set to be unleashed around the same time too on 1234 Records.

Rickyfitts
Rickyfitts as a band are still very much in their infancy, forming just a few months ago yet they could well be one of the best new live bands you will see today. The duo bring blistering, sludge filled thrash punk, heavy psych, grunge rock . Despite being the nicest guys you could meet, they play with much ferociousness & are absolute merciless to their instruments, brutally pummelling them into near mush. Check out ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana‘ we released on our ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation.

The Hundredth Anniversary 
Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary cross the boundaries of ethereal, indie, dreampop & shoegaze. Wrapped in intense, whirling guitars & saturated in enchanting, reverberated vocals from Eleanor Rudge, 100th anniversary sound is beautifully atmospheric, mesmerising and frankly utter brilliant. Defiantly one’s to watch in which the likes of NME are also agreeing. Check them out for yourself plus their Daytrotter session they did very recently.

Fever
Grand choruses, tortured vocals, dark atmospheric guitars shadowing and full on fuzz, this quartet distort the lines of doom psychedelia, post punk, surf & grunge. Whilst its’ tough to liken a new outfit, so far Fever remind us of a mix of The Horrors, Arctic Monkeys and Eagulls. With Chris Pedan of Wild Smiles producing them and also being touted as one’s to watch by the NME your immune system will soon too give into Fever.

The Boy I Used To Be
Sun drenched, joyous garage pop with elements of psychedelia and folk, The Boy I Used To Be is like sipping a musical cocktail of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cloud Nothings, Splashh & Kurt Vile. The revamped sound of The Boy I Used To Be started out as a bedroom project of Edward Perry’s & the recordings very quickly headed to our label where we signed ‘I Can’t Stand’ for our compilation 30 minutes after it was recorded. Certainly one Portsmouth’s finest musical talents.

It’s a bank holiday so come down and enjoy Easter the way it’s supposed to be, partying with some of the raddest new bands in the U.K all for a paltry four pound entry.

Track from the New Strong Island Recordings Release by Yoofs Featured on Vice

The upcoming album by Bournmouth brothers Yoofs on Strong Island Recordings, entitled ‘Something’ and released next month, is already picking up pace in the press and on blogs. This week the track ‘Déjà Vu’ was featured on Noisey, Vice’s music website, as one of their specially selected ‘You Need To Hear This’:

“‘Déjà Vu’…is tasselled pop in it’s purest sense, with harmonies that hark back to The Zombies fraternising with briney surf rock guitar lines”.

Read it in full HERE and have a listen yourself below. To find out more about the label and the upcoming releases then like the Strong Island Recordings Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/StrongIslandRecordings

To find out more about Yoofs and to listen to more songs visit:

www.soundcloud.com/yoofs
www.facebook.com/yoofs
www.twitter.com/yoofsuk

Yoofs

Something by Yoofs

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

Is Bliss Host Blissco At Bar 56 Friday 20th December

Tonight sees Is Bliss host ‘Blissco’ a free party at Bar Fifty-Six on Albert Road along with Ricky Fitts and Purr which will include blissful, reverberated hazed out vocals, a tornado of whirling guitars, explosive fuzz, an intense, face melting textured wall of noise and brutal anarchic sludge like thrash punk perfect for creating a riot fuelled mosh pit.

The event of course features one of the U.K’s promising new bands, Is Bliss who blur the lines between shoegaze, dreampop, grunge, doom psychedelia and post punk and have had a very positive 2013 with the release of their debut single ‘Desire’ as well as gaining praise and support from the likes of NME, Sexbeat and Amazing Radio. They were also very recently featured on the legendary Seattle station KEXP’s latest podcast. With an EP and tour forthcoming in the New Year, Is Bliss look set to bow out of 2013 in their hometown with a deafening bang. Also on the bill are label family and Portsmouth’s hottest new prospect who in such a short time are already proving to be one of the finest live bands around, thrash punk/grunge/sludge duo Rickyfitts. The 2 piece are set to blow the roof off of Bar Fifty-Six, smashing their instruments along the intoxicating journey that is their live set. You can catch ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana’ here released earlier this week on our Strong Island Recordings label. Purr, recently in the NME Radar will be bringing their alluring, charm like dreamy pop, shoegaze sound reminiscent of the nicer side of My Bloody Valentine with a hint of Cocteau Twins and also the delightful Melody’s Echo Chamber. Bands start around 8pm and finish around 10.30pm with Is Bliss members also deejaying afterwards. The event promises to be a great one, showcasing some of the area’s finest talent making waves outside of the PO postcode.








Strong Island Recordings Presents Treacherous Tides Volume I Out Now

It has been a surreal year already for Strong Island Recordings since the debut release for the label from Arrows of Love a little over a year back and for a long while we have mulled over a compilation release, being able to assemble a plethora of acts we love and have them highlight the eclectic sound of the label.  Strong Island Recordings doesn’t aim to have a distinct ‘sound’ but rather highlight quality music: Post punk, surf, shoegaze, garage rock, psychedelic, pop, indie and so forth, the aim isn’t to be classified into one sound, the identity of the label is to showcase the music that we love and hopefully others will do too.

That being said since before Easter we have been compiling an assortment of tracks from various artists from Sweden, London, Hull and back to Portsmouth and Southsea. Quality over quantity was the intention and s0 we are very pleased to announce our first ever compilation – ‘Treacherous Tides Volume I‘ which is ten glorious tracks celebrating our inaugural  year as a record label which is out TODAY.

Treacherous Tides Vol. 1 starts off with psychedelic/shoegaze wizards Dead Rabbits with ‘God’ previously unreleased bringing hazed out vocals and whirling guitars blurring the lines between doom laden psychedelia and shoegaze. The second track ‘Touch’ on the compilation is blissful, sun drenched shoegaze from Swedish outfit Westkust who we immediately asked to be a part of the label on first listen. Next up is Strong Island Recordings’ own Yoofs with ‘Hazy Days’. Euphoric and alluring ‘Hazy Days’ reflects the duo’s earlier sound, surf and shoegaze. With the compilation titled ‘Treacherous Tides’ Yoofs ‘Hazy Days’ is the blissful calm before the storm.  The fourth track on the compilation ‘I Can’t Stand’ comes from closer to home, Portsmouth’s own one man machine (and his machine) The Boy I Used To Be. Edward sent this over as soon as he finished the recording and 30 minutes later we had signed the track to the compilation. It’s great to showcase the premier talent close to our homes and ‘I Can’t Stand’ in the vein of Cloud Nothings, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Kurt Vile is a joyous lo fi pop gem. ‘Matthew’ from Tyrannosaurus Dead (recently in the NME as one’s to watch and also played our Southsea Fest stage and our first ever London show) bring their brilliant fuzzed out, indie pop sound previously released on the amazing Odd Box Records. Boneyards return to the label following the ‘Rest In Beach EP‘ with Vega Chain (also on the Herion Skateboard’s Video Nasty soundtrack) which is an eccentric, psychedelic surf  rock track in the realm of an acid trip. The seventh track comes from the Thee mvp’s with ‘US Airways’ which is four and a half minutes of garage rock at its finest, Parquet Courts meets Ty Segall and The Cramps. If there was a riot party on a beach then ‘US Airways’ would be the soundtrack. Hull’s biggest kept secret Honeycomb Bones‘ ‘Keep Your Fever’ is smutty garage rock/pop with fuzzed out guitars, sleaze like vocals and a memorable chorus. It’s mind boggling as to why this duo isn’t more well known. Fallmouth’s The Red Cords continue the theme with scuzzy, surf styled garage punk with ‘Big Waves’ which was in fact a coincidence singing this track to the compilation and then the title being labelled ‘Treacherous Tides’. Last but certainly not least is Portsmouth’s newest duo, thrash combined with grunge and psychedelia, RickyFitts who are already one of the best live acts out there and we have their debut release with ‘Slouching Toward Nirvana’, expect to be hit with a tidal wave of sludge. It’s total mosh pit, party music. Keep an eye on this duo.

You can purchase the compilation on Amazon and iTunes now as well as numerous other download stores and is also available on Spotify.

Dead Rabbits ‘God’

Thee mvp’s ‘US Airways’

Strong Island Recordings Presents Treacherous Tides Volume I Out Now

Strong Island Recordings Presents Treacherous Tides Volume I Out Now


‘Keep Your Fever’ by Honeycomb Bones (Video by Strong Island Media)

Gland Rock Southsea Social This Saturday

As you may have seen on our Strong Island Recordings Facebook page, we’re co promoting Gland Rock, a Christmas themed music festival taking place across one day in one venue raising money and awareness for local charity The Feel Yourself Campaign with Pie & Vinyl, Champagne Justice and Beach Community on the 7th December at The Southsea Social Club. Tickets are on sale in store and online at Pie & Vinyl in which you can purchase in advance here.

The line up for the event includes an astonishing 18 acts for a mere £10.00 with the likes of Esben & The Witch, Wild Smiles, Traams, Bloodsport, 1ooth Anniversary, Curxes, Is Bliss, Dead Rabbits, YSMNBWATIDemons, Ricky Fitts, Shudder Pulps and loads more. Sadly there have been a couple of changes to the line up, Halo Halo and Yoofs are unable to play but surf punk outfit Thee mvp’s who we’re releasing on our glorious ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation on the 16th December and also post punk outfit Fever, recently in the NME as one’s to watch have been added to the line up.

We will also be serving food and there will also be prizes on the day with a pub quiz planned as well if all goes well on the day. Doors open at 12 and bands will kick off just after 2pm.

We have a playlist below of the acts playing the event to wet your appetite and the Facebook event can be found here along with real time updates on the Gland Rock Twitter account.

Gland Rock Southsea Social 7th December

Gland Rock Southsea Social 7th December

As you may have seen on our Strong Island Recordings Facebook page, we’re co promoting Gland Rock, a Christmas themed music festival taking place across one day in one venue raising money and awareness for local charity The Feel Yourself Campaign with Pie & Vinyl, Champagne Justice and Beach Community on the 7th December at The Southsea Social Club. Recently tickets went on sale in store and online at Pie & Vinyl in which you can purchase in advance here.

The line up for the event includes an astonishing 18 acts for a mere £10.00 with the likes of Esben & The Witch, Wild Smiles, Traams, Bloodsport, 1ooth Anniversary, Curxes, Is Bliss, Dead Rabbits, YSMNBWATIDemons, Ricky Fitts, Shudder Pulps and loads more. Sadly there have been a couple of changes to the line up, Halo Halo and Yoofs are unable to play but surf punk outfit Thee mvp’s who we’re releasing on our glorious ‘Treacherous Tides’ compilation on the 16th December and also post punk outfit Fever, recently in the NME as one’s to watch have been added to the line up.

We will also be serving food and there will also be prizes on the day with a pub quiz planned as well if all goes well on the day. Doors open at 12 and bands will kick off just after 2pm.

We have a playlist below of the acts playing the event to wet your appetite and the Facebook event can be found here along with real time updates on the Gland Rock Twitter account.

Gland Rock Southsea Social 7th December

Gland Rock At The Southsea Social Club 7th December For Feel Yourself

Strong Island RecordingsPie & Vinyl, Champagne Justice and Beach Community  have teamed up to curate a monster Christmas charity one day music festival being ‘Gland Rock’ where all profits go to local charity Feel Yourself.

Gland Rock takes place at the Southsea Social Club on the 7th December and it’s a monster line up featuring the likes of the  Esben & The Witch, Wild Smiles (who supported The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park this summer), Blood Sport, Dead Rabbits, Ricky Fitts, Halo Halo, Shudder Pulps, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, The Hundredth Anniversary, Witching Waves, The Red Cords, Che Ga Zebra  and Strong Island Recordings own Yoofs plus more amazing acts still yet to be announced. The event takes place across two stages and tickets are a mere £10 and will go on sale soon at Pie & Vinyl and other outlets. The event will also host prizes and food so we all hope to make the event a fun filled, festive themed party with some great well known and local bands raising money for a great cause.

Here is some information about who we are supporting:

“The campaign was started by Maddie Wallace while she being treated for breast cancer. With no family history and no previous health problems, Maddie never bothered to check herself for lumps. Then one day she bumped into a friend – also a younger woman – who had just undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer, and that friend reminded Maddie how important it is to check yourself regularly. That probably saved her life.

Feel Yourself Campaign aims to promote awareness in younger men and women about the importance of checking for breast and testicular cancer. Both of these types of cancer are on the increase and catching them early is the key to successful treatment. Setting a reminder on your phone for a weekly check of your assets should not only be an essential part of your beauty or health regime, it could also save your life!”

You can follow Gland Rock on Twitter and more loads more details on the event and the bands involved can be found on Facebook HERE.

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Strong Island Recordings Release ‘Desire’ by Is Bliss

Strong Island Recordings released their third release SIR003 yesterday with ‘Desire’ by Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss. Since the label’s inception it has strived to work with bands and artists all over the UK and even further afield, with releases already by London and Brighton bands and some lined up from as far away as Hull. We also always wanted to be sure to support local based bands and acts we loved too, be that with the regular label live shows/parties or with releases just like this, we are proud to share the awesome ‘Desire’ by Is Bliss with the world.

Is Bliss’ sound has grown and developed in the last 18 months including a change from a 4 to a 3 and back to a 4 piece and with a year packed with heavy sets in London, Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth (with what must be almost 10 shows in the city this year including Victorious Festival and Southsea Fest) the band have to be seen to be believed. ‘Desire’ captures the band’s slower, shoegaze side of their sound and has been getting some warm reviews already:

“Swelling from its lilting opening riff into a breathlessly gorgeous wave of gently effected guitars, Desire encapsulates well the narcotic euphoria of its eponymous theme…” SEXBEAT

“Desire is a swarm of guitars. Shoegaze is an easy genre to pin them into, but they’ve reinvented it with more modern effects and more epic solos…” The Musical Moses

“…An echo you won’t want to stop ringing in your head…” Alan Cross

Have a listen below and if you like it and want to support a local band and a small local record label you can buy the single from either Amazon or iTunes.




Features

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: 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.

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.*

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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 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

Tricorn Controversy in Concrete Exhibition at the Portsmouth City Museum

Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete is a brand new exhibition commemorating 10 years since the demolition of this distinct and controversial building that between 1966 and 2004 was a fundamental part of the Portsmouth skyline. The exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum goes far beyond documenting the building from an architectural perspective, although for the first time many, many original drawings, plans and photographs are on display from the building’s architects, much of it for the first time ever. Where this exhibition explores beyond the groundbreaking and (for many) iconic Brutalist architectural design is documenting how it was experienced and used by the people of Portsmouth. The exhibition opened on the 15th and formally had its opening celebration to a capacity crowd on Saturday 22nd.

The exhibition on the ground floor of the museum is loosely arranged in to two areas, with the first section detailing the origins of the building from concept to design and build. As you enter this space the striking architectural plans on the wall are what first catch the eye. The lines and form of the concrete structure can almost take you back in time to the exciting and economically optimistic early 1960s, with the original and then cutting edge design still feeling strangely fresh even now. This is reinforced with the many original pamphlets, magazines and books that show the enthusiasm the project launched with. This part of the exhibition also establishes where the Tricorn sat within the Brutalist movement and also with some other buildings in the city such as Portsdown Park and Portsmouth Central Library, both of which are in the exhibition in the form of architect sketches and models.

The second section focuses on how the people of Portsmouth experienced the structure over the years it stood in the city centre. Part of this section is an incredible collection of posters and artwork from the nightclub but there is also related music, photos and even period clothing giving a sense of how the building was, for a time, a hub for the community. This section also looks at how the building was a creative inspiration for many, including artwork, skateboard decks and in particular, photography. It is in this section the Strong Island community photo panel is located, with over 100 photos capturing the structure in artistic angles and light. This area is also home to some striking work by Jon King and James Earle, both of who explored the building with their cameras throughout it’s demolition. Both areas also contain oral history, with interviews, opinions and memories on the Tricorn from both architect and members of the public. Also in both areas of the exhibition are feedback walls, which welcome comments from people visiting the exhibition. Despite the exhibition only being open for a week these are already full with amazing contributions.

On Saturday 22nd the exhibition was formally opened including attendance by VIPs such as Owen Luder, one of the original architects, plus many people associated with the Tricorn from right back to it’s design and construction through to its final demolition. The event included speeches by Owen Luder, Celia Clark and Councillor Lee Hunt, possibly the most interesting was the story of the Tricorn told by Owen Luder himself. It was fascinating to see how for him the aspirations for the building were in many ways dashed due to an economic turndown happening with an extended delay in securing contracts with key business tenants. Of particular note were his thoughts on how the space itself has been used “54 years on it is back to how it was when I first saw it in 1960, a carpark”.

The exhibition runs through to the 29th June.

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