So Tom from Signature Clothing got himself an iPhone 5s in Spring and started filming some clips at Milton skatepark, “Coz its rad quality for a phone, and I wanna show people the skill level of the dudes who hang out there”. Damn straight they have skills. The clips began stacking up so Tom started making some edits, named ‘Milton Daze’. These raw phone edits will be solely released under Signature Clothing so it gets more coverage and the fact that a few of the team are involved like Dobbo, Alex, Jak, and Nick.
“A lot is gonna change at Milton over the next 5 years. And I’m not the only head who is passionate about the place. The message I want to get across is that we’re not passionate about the quality of the ramps, but the fact that it has (without a doubt) the strongest skateboard scene in Portsmouth.”
These edits are going show the level of skateboarding happening locally right now and hopefully push for better things at Milton skatepark for the future. Signature believe the council should help direct some money in the right place as Milton has such a high skateboarder attendence (especially on a hot day) and the fact that they are kind of neglected (no sob story here though. They are not after sympathy).
Over the past week internationally acclaimed artist My Dog Sighs has been painting a giant size version of his ‘Portsmouth Hug’ on the wall of the Somerstown Community Hub in Portsmouth. He has been trying to get access to a large space in the city for a few years and finally this has happened with the help of Portsmouth City Council.
The scaffolding went up very quickly and My Dog Sighs scaled the heights to leave one of his signature pieces of work. “I painted a very accurate scaled down drawing which I had to refer to a lot. A 2mm thick line calculated to 30cm thick line on the wall. There was an awful lot of measuring.”
The ‘Portsmouth Hug’ can be seen at the main entrance to the community hub in Somerstown, Portsmouth.
Photographs below tell the story of the work from start to finish. To see more of his work – http://mydogsighs.co.uk/
This Saturday Southsea Skatepark is holding a special event inspired by the park’s long and fascinating heritage, ‘Love the Skatepark Day’. The park is inviting all generation of riders, skaters, spectators and friends to come and share the love, the day includes:
- 70′s Slalom Skateboarding
- Old School BMX Meet Up / Best Old School Bike
- Best trick contests for BMX, Skateboarding, Inline and Scooter
- BBQ Hosted by Southsea Skatepark Cafe
- DJs and more
Admission is £6 for the day and if you have a rad fancy dress outfit you will get a free burger from the Cafe.
Straight out of Milton, singer/songwriter Jerry Williams has been on the rise for the last year or so…with loads of live shows at festivals like Victorious, awards such as Runner-Up for Best Solo Artist in the Portsmouth Guide Awards and sets at venues as varied as Sids Barbers at the end of Locksway Road to the likes of the Jazz Cafe in London. All the audiences enchanted by the Jerry’s confident, personal songs. This Saturday (25th October 7-9pm) Jerry will be performing a special show at All About Tea as part of the Portsmouth Tea Sessions.
With the recent release of Jerry’s first EP ‘A Hairdresser’s Called Sids’, in the summer and with Jerry currently Artist of the Week on Right Chord Music (who describe her as “a genuine star in the making”) this will be a great location to catch a local act sure to be on to big things.
Photos from Jerry’s performance at the Strong Island tent during Victorious Festival 2014.
The annual UK Festival Awards have opened their voting so you can support your favourite events from last summer. The south coast has been well represented with nominations for local festivals Bestival, Blissfields, Mutiny and Victorious.
The teams behind them will be looking for your support and you can place your votes HERE. When you are done voting you can enter an amazing competition where you can win 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award and a new iPad mini!
Just watching those videos is getting me excited for next summer already! You can get yourself an early bird ticket for next years Victorious event on 29th and 30th August 2015 for just £18 HERE.
Victorious Festival 2014 from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.
The Venus Awards, formed in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business. CEO/Co-Founder Jenna Boyson of Community Fusion recently became winner of the 2014 Green Business Award for the Portsmouth region for the charity’s shop Made With Hartt.
In December 2013 with the support of Healthy Planet and Cascades Shopping Centre the charity launched the project ‘Made with Hartt…’. This shop is mainly volunteer run, teaching new skills in retail and craft, leadership and responsibility. Items are sold from local community members and the focus is on being green with upcycling and recycling always on the agenda. The shop aims to be interactive and fun with a community heart.
As well as all the handmade gifts, arts, crafts and collections the shop gives away free books and hold free story time sessions for children. The Healthy Planet initiative ‘Books for Free’ run by Community Fusion in Portsmouth give away donated books, thus preventing them going to landfill or being pulped. On average the Books for Free programme give away 300,000 books a year nationally.
Jenna looked her glamours in her dress made completely of recycled material, in the form of kitchen roll, decorated with ink from a used printer cartridge by Dumpster Design. The dress was talked about all evening long, on line and even the kitchen roll company got in touch and joined in the celebrations!
Jenna Boyson describes her feelings on the night “What an amazing achievement and an amazing dress! The shop has not even been open for a year and already seen huge support and now an award. The Venus Awards was an exciting time and the first awards we have been invited to. I went all out and wore a dress created by Dumpster Design made of kitchen roll… I wanted to show that you really can craft extraordinary things from everyday items! This is not only fantastic for Community Fusion though but all credit goes to our stockists, volunteers and supporters. Time, energy and recourses are donated by so many people locally – without this support our shop would not even exist! Endless thanks to all who are involved.”
Congratulations to Jenna and everyone involved in Community Fusion. I encourage you to follow Community Fusion to stay up to date with all of their many projects. For more information check out their Facebook and Twitter @CommunityFusion.
Photos by Charlotte Griffiths Photography
A few weeks back we published a 96 page book for our Creative Cargo project for the project’s VIP launch event in Mayfair in London. The book contains all the details of this project aiming to promote the creative sector of Portsmouth & Southsea and profiles the many local artists, designers and businesses that have all contributed to the project. The book itself was printed in limited numbers due to it’s size but it is now available to be read online HERE or below.
You can find out more about this project at:
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This project was made possible with the support of Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth and Anglepoise®.
“Portsmouth has the most pubs per square metre than any other city in the UK”. I have always wondered how true this frequently quoted adage was. Okay, so we are a pretty densely populated city, and we do enjoy a rather impressive naval history. Combine these factors and the outcome was always going to be drinking holes on every corner, ready to sate the unquenchable thirst of both locals and sailors alike. Of course, pubs are nothing without the breweries that supply them, and between 1784 and 1847 there was a record 90 breweries in Portsmouth alone. Fast forward to 2014 and our city is a slightly different place; the historical breweries are long gone, either despatched by the profitable housing industry or bought out and shut down by some drinks company in Chiswick.
However all is not lost, and thanks in part to the craft beer revolution, the sounds of production have started again. We are already familiar with local stalwarts such as Irving & Co, Oakleaf across the water in Gosport and the new kid on the block Brewhouse. Yet quietly creeping into the fridges of choice pubs are the dinosaur labelled bottles of Staggeringly Good. Conceived as refreshments for stag do’s, born from the loins of the Brewhouse equipment and premiered at last year’s Portsmouth Beer Festival, Staggeringly Good is here to bring you a whole new spin on the classic Indian Pale Ale. From the kaffir lime leaves of the ThaiRannoCitrus, through to the smoked heat of Extinction Black and the deep flavour of it’s newest creation the VelociRapture. Going for a night out? You can find Staggeringly Good in The Leopold, The Belle Isle, The Hole In The Wall and other forward thinking establishments. Going to a party? Cases of 12 bottles are available to buy online from their webshop, with free delivery in the Portsmouth area. I sat down with local IPA connoisseur Gareth Colwell to selflessly deconstruct these beers on your behalf.
StaggerSaurus IPA (4%):
The first and the original, this one is a pretty straight forward affair: the perfect session IPA, it’s gentle bitterness ideal for a summer BBQ or the first drinks of your night out.
Thai themed beers are a bit marmitey; you either go for them or you don’t. In this case SG have shifted the focus on subtle kaffir lime leaves rather than punches of coriander and lemongrass. The notes of peach and lime would be the perfect accompaniment for any coconut based spicy curry dish. Would be great to see these in the Albert Road curry houses.
Extinction Black Chilli IPA (5.7%):
One for the chilli heads, the Extinction Black comes in two forms: the black caps which packs a huge scotch bonnet punch and the red cap which is a milder more smokey version. In fact this one isn’t a million miles away from a decent smoked porter, the fruity chilliness lingers pleasantly at the back of the throat. Good with a hunk of mature cheese I reckon.
VelociRapture American IPA (6.5%):
Repent all sinners! SG’s newest and boldest creation includes strong bursts of grapefruit and citrus. This West Coast influenced homage to Sierra Nevada is, in our opinion, the pick of the crop. It’s clean after-taste definitively makes it a choice beer for end-times.
For further information or updates you can follow Staggeringly Good on their Twitter or give them a like on their FB page.
Charlie is back with the 25th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:
For today’s show, I’m spending some time to bring you the band Big Star. A hugely influential group formed in Memphis by a couple of massive Beatles fans in 1971, they released their debut album; ‘#1 Record” a year later, one of the founder singer songwriters left the year after that and by 1974, they were finished. A third LP was released posthumously, but none of their records sold in large numbers. Despite this, they’re held in high regard by anyone who spends a little time in their company; Rolling Stone magazine places all 3 in The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
For the show I haven’t picked their 5 most famous songs, or my favourite 5 songs, I’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible to give an idea of the scope of their sound. They wrote achingly plaintive acoustic songs just as well as the ragged jangly power-pop they’re arguably best known for. If you like any of the songs, take some time to have a root around in their back catalogue, more people should get to know and love Big Star.
Elsewhere we’ve got some bangers from Blur, Massive Attack, Smokey Robinson and Dinosaur Jr. Plus a prime cut from Sam’s Selection Box. Should be enough to see you through this shitty weather…
Cheers, Charlie x
01) O My Soul – Big Star
02) Far Out (Beagle 2 remix) – Blur
03) Groupie (Superstar) – Delaney & Bonnie
04) Thirteen – Big Star
05) I Go Ka – Ali Farka Toure
06) You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
07) Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Ol’ Dirty Bastard/Prince Fatty
08) You Get What You Deserve – Big Star
09) Feel The Pain – Dinosaur Jr.
10) Why Don’t We Get Drunk – Jimmy Buffett
11) Flying High – Morgan
12) Metal Fingers In My Body – Add N To (X)
13) I Am The Cosmos – Chris Bell
14) One Love – Massive Attack
15) Give Me Another Chance – Big Star
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.
On 25th October the Portsmouth Roller Wenches present another double header at Havant Leisure Centre with the A team facing Brighton Rockers Roller Derby and then, if that wasn’t enough, the B-team will take on the deadly Killa Hurtz.
Doors open at 1.30pm. with the first bout beginning at 2pm. Tickets are £7 in advance or £8 on the door and under 15 year olds are FREE! You can pick up your tickets HERE.
Poster by Sarah Ingram aka Coletta L. Damage.