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The Ocean Film Festival UK Tonight At The Kings Theatre Portsmouth

The Ocean Film Festival is back at the Kings Theatre tonight as part of the ‘Making Waves Festival’ after huge success last year.

The festival show cases the World’s most amazing ocean themed films from both above and below the surface. The charm of the event is that it allows you to immerse yourself in another World momentarily without getting your feet wet.

Brought to you by the producers of the Banff film festival UK Tour, the extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the sea and celebrate all those who embrace it through diving, surfing, photography and film.

Inspiring and thought provoking, the festival takes you on a journey across the globe and to all of its watery corners, from the coast of Africa to the Arctic Circle.

Short film titles include, The Fisherman’s Son, A Small Surfer, Ocean Minded and Arctic Swell as well as many more.

A great evening with inspiring stories! Get your last minute tickets direct from The King’s Theatre.








Folk Of Albert Road At The Kings Theatre

Join the Kings Theatre, Southsea for a bite sized journey through folk music. This delightfully different evening will feature performances by local musicians in unusual venues. Experience a guided walk like no other!

Folk of Albert Road musicians will include the likes of Waif and Stray who are an acoustic duo from Southsea. Anait Grigoriyan, a lady who was Russian born and Spanish raised and began her musical career at Portsmouth College, studying music. Jamidad, a three piece acoustic harmony group and Skye Russ, a recently formed country/folk band with strong influences from bands such as Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.

The night is running in partnership with Portsmouth Festivities and is set to be a great evening. Purchase tickets from the Kings Theatre box office.


Concrete Music Presents: Paleman (SWAMP81) at The Astoria This Thursday

Concrete Music have been putting on some serious parties for some years now from the legendary Tuesdays at the Registry to Ibiza and now to their brand new regular Thursday night at The Astoria’s basement. This new residency kicks off this Thursday (8th January) with Paleman (SWAMP81).

It all kicks of from 10pm through to 2am with support from the Concrete DJs. Expect to see some of the biggest (and up & coming) names in House, Garage, Disco, Grime & Bass music. £5 on the door plus a bunch of drink deals.

Keep up with all good things Concrete over at:

Concrete Music Presents: Paleman (SWAMP81) at The Astoria This Thursday

Photos From Portsmouth Street Games

Saturday and Sunday saw the Portsmouth Street Games event opening for the first time at Portsmouth Guildhall Square, bringing together street art, street dance, freerunning, skateboarding, BMX and freestyle mountain bikes to the city centre for the first time. The event is a collaboration between Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth Cultural Trust and Big Adventures and brought together many local talented individuals & teams, including Zero Gravity, Southsea Skatepark, Most Wanted, Streeforce DC, loads of street artist from Portsmouth & the south coast curated by My Dog Sighs and Lex, lots of local musicians, DJs and bands plus a market by Love Southsea with many local brands.

Saturday opened with the street artists putting down the first paint on the NYC subway train carriage and the painting walls, with Brighton’s Snub23 and Morf taking on the train sides with large pieces. Locals Stu Linfield, brothers Lex & Mimic, Los Dave, M-One and many more from Portsmouth and further afield took on the panels with both stencils and detailed pieces. Over the weekend the work took shape and the artists collaborated plus loads of young people got to have a go at street art themselves with James Waterfield. My Dog Sighs was putting up some paint by the end of the weekend and Fark was painting a car…as always things get interesting when these people get together.

The main arena area in the centre of Guildhall Square was home to much of the action through the weekend with performances by Zero Gravity, the team from Southsea Skatepark, street dance from the different crews from Most Wanted and Streetforce DC, free running from a Sailsbury crew, a heavy duty crossfit demo, a reading by Portsmouth poet Sam Cox and a performance by local MC, Blessed. All of the performances saw the stairs of the Guildhall packed with people including lots of families. It was great to see a new Portsmouth event reach out to thousands of people and engage with loads of different, creative people too. Looks like next year’s event is a go…see you there.

Photos below have been kindly submitted by photographers Adam Reeves, Scott Ellison & James White.

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Adam Reeves

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by Scott Ellison

Portsmouth Street Games by James White

Portsmouth Street Games by James White

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs

Portsmouth has a very creative community of night photographers such as Diana Goss, Andrew Whyte and many more, including the highly talented Marc Bowyer-Briggs. Marc recently took a series of images down at the popular photography spot The Hotwalls, utilising the shadows created by the stairs and railings and incorporating the curves of the arches and walls in his compositions. Below are a few photographs from the set, be sure to see Marc’s website to see more of his work:

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs (1)

Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs (2)

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Light Painting Night Photography at the Hotwalls by Marc Bowyer-Briggs (4)

(Photos used with the kind permission of Marc Bowyer-Briggs)

HMS Dreadnought Launched On This Day in 1906

HMS Dreadnought, launched on this day in 1906, revolutionised naval warfare and was the flag ship of the Royal Navy’s home fleet from 1907–1911. As well as being the largest ship in the navy at it’s time, just like HMS Warrior before it, it was the most modern too. If you wanted an example of what the Portsmouth shipbuilding yard could do this ship might be it, particularly when you consider that she went to sea on 3 October 1906 for her steam trials, only a year and a day after construction began.

HMS Dreadnought (1)
2 Days after the keel was laid.

HMS Dreadnought (2)
Deck armour going in to place 36 days after keel laid.

HMS Dreadnought (3)

HMS Dreadnought and HMS Victory

OM-NOM Events – Help For Heroes Fundraiser

OM-NOM Events is a new local exhibition business, that will be putting on shows, in Portsmouth and some of the surrounding areas.

The aim is to bring awareness to people, of the vegan and spiritual way of life, through introducing them to, both businesses who are able to show them how enjoyable vegan food can be and also charities that promote the green way of life. There will also be stands that introduce, health and beauty products along with organic and fair trade items that are totally cruelty free in their manufacture.

On the spiritual side, exhibitors will be offering tasters of alternative therapies, talks on spiritualism and demonstrations of mediumship. The exhibitors will be changing from show to show, to maintain a fresh outlook.

The charity to benefit from their next show will be Help for Heroes, a very worthy charity, that looks after wounded service personnel for life.

They will be visiting Portsmouth on Sunday 17th November at The Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth between 10:30am – 5:30pm.

Om Nom Poster

The Ruby Ride For The Rowans Hospice

Back for a second year, The Ruby Ride will take place on Sunday 15th September 2013. The cycle challenge will offer participants the choice of three different length bike rides around Portsmouth and the surrounding areas ranging from 18 to 65 miles. There is a ride for everyone; the Epic route will challenge even the most competent of cyclists, the Challenge route will offer cyclists a nice scenic route and the challenge of tackling Portsdown Hill. The Leisure route loops all the way around Portsmouth and is great for families offering a fun ride along cycle paths and cycle lanes on roads. All routes will start and finish at Lakeside North Harbour and each participant will get an event t-shirt and medal for taking part as well as refreshments at the checkpoints around the routes.

This year, The Ruby Ride is sponsored by online bike company Wiggle who are based in North Harbour, Portsmouth. Human Resources Director, Richard Boon, said: “Wiggle is delighted that our relationship with The Rowans Hospice has developed to allow us to become the official sponsor for The Ruby Ride this year. Cycling is obviously a sport dear to our heart and we would urge you to get involved, raise some funds and enjoy one of the three fabulous rides on offer this year.”

456 participants took part in The Ruby Ride 2012 and raised over £63,500 for The Rowans Hospice. Registration for this event will open on Thursday 27th June. It costs £20 for 16s and over to register, £10 for children aged 5-15 and under 5’s on guardians’ bikes are free. Participants can register online through the Hospice’s website or by calling 023 9223 7142.

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Flatpack Recordings Announce their Stage Lineup for Southsea Fest

The latest Southsea Fest stage to announce their lineup for Saturday 14th September is Flatpack Recordings at the 5th Hants:

Let’s Talk Daggers
Her Parents
Noyo Mathis
The Jorneta Stream
Big Fin
The Lion and The Wolf
Pluto Rise

To get your tickets visit:

Flatpack Recordings Announce their Stage Lineup for Southsea Fest

Illustrators Fundraising Quiz and Raffle

A group of illustrators from the University of Portsmouth are participating at New Designers in London in July and they’re holding a fundraising raffle/quiz event on the 9th (this evening) at The Fat Fox to raise money which will help get them there.

Entry to the quiz is only £3 with loads of prizes from local businesses as well as original art, etc to be won plus live music, going to be good.

Illustrators Fundraising Quiz and Raffle

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Nike Football’s ‘Risk Everything’ by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust – Exclusive Interview

In the last few weeks Nike launched ‘Risk Everything’ their new football marketing campaign that features the England football team as well as other players from all around the world including Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr. Risk Everything also includes the new England kit for the 2014 World Cup with striking imagery of the players and the three lions. The artwork & branding of this vast, international marketing campaign by one of the largest brands in the World was created by Portsmouth’s very own award winning ilovedust design studio, located at the heart of the city. Established in 2003 the company and design team have grown dramatically, working with international brands as well as on local projects. Strong Island caught up with ilovedust’s Matt Howarth, senior designer, and found out more about ILD’s involvement with Nike’s Risk Everything:

ilovedust has been working with Nike for some time, can you give us a quick history of how you hooked up with them initially? Some of the past projects with them that you guys have been particularly stoked on?

We’ve been working for Nike for the last 7 years, it all started off with an illustration for a Jordan x Levis 501 project back when we were a small 4 man studio, i guess we did a pretty good job and the word spread internally at Nike world headquarters that ilovedust knew their shit! Since then we’ve grown our relationship year on year and been lucky enough to meet some inspiring people and work on some great projects along the way.

Can you give us some background on when and how you guys got involved in the England World Cup promotional branding and Risk Everything?

The initial brief for the “Risk Everything” campaign came from advertising agent Wieden & Kennady (W+K) in Portland, Oregon, over the years we have a made a few friends there and they emailed us way back in September saying they’ve got the perfect project for us! The project became so big that we ended up working directly with the Nike Football department directly.

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

From what has been released already I’ve seen the mural on the Southbank of Jack Wilshire & Wayne Rooney the backdrop for the England team for their World Cup kit, retail displays and more, it is clearly a huge project, can you break down what is involved in a project of this scale?

Oh god… where to start!! Initially W+K briefed us to create illustrations for their 5 top footballers to be used in a print campaign (these will released in a couple of weeks), then Nike Football tasked us with creating illustrations for 7 different countries which Nike will be sponsoring at the World Cup, these would be used online and across retail destinations in each of the 7 countries. Since all of these have been completed we’ve been contacted by W+K London, Amsterdam, Rio and Tokyo for additional illustrations, this is where the Wayne Rooney/Jack Wilshere piece comes in to play, curated by W+K London and currently on display on the Southbank.

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With Risk Everything you guys have stamped your distinct signature style all over it, what level of creative control do Dust and the team have in the collaboration with Nike?

When the brief came in it referenced a lot of our work, the client had a distinct idea of what they wanted, we took it, run with it, and made it better. Luckily we have good, open relationships with our clients, and we know a thing or two about football, so they trusted us.

As well as having your main studio in Portsmouth you have a studio in Portland, working with a brand the size of Nike and a project of this scale have there been practical issues with working with a brand on the other side of the World? Advantages?

We’ve visited Nike HQ 3 times during this project and our small studio in Portland has allowed us to work on the project in real time with the clients. We’re used to being 8 hours ahead of them everyday, and working until midnight is not uncommon, so being able to work and get feedback instantaneously was a real advantage.

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The ilovedust lion is the striking backdrop for the England team in the new Nike kit in the run up to the World Cup, what design constraints did you experience (if any) with working with essentially a national sporting icon? Were the FA involved in sign-off?

This project was a fun one to work on with hardly any design restraints, and as far as we know The FA were not involved in sign-off, but as with all Nike work it had to go through legal checks, we we’re pretty safe with the 3 lions.

The lion and associated artwork are already gracing huge sports retailers’ windows plus on TV adverts, how does if feel seeing your work on this level in the UK?

It’s always nice to see months of hard work pay off when it’s released to the world – a bit surreal to see it in shop windows in your hometown!

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

I’m assuming there is still much more to come in the run up to June and the World Cup? Will you guys be getting out to Rio?

Yes, lots more to come. The “Risk Everything” campaign will run beyond the World Cup and into next season so we have started to work on a different style of illustration for Europe’s top clubs; Barca, Man Utd, PSG, Juventus etc etc

ILD is home to some die hard Portsmouth FC fans, ever think about what you could do in regards to the club in respect to design? Maybe a new kit for 2014/2015 season?

Ha, the current kit’s not too bad but i’m sure we could improve it if given the chance!

Without letting too many cats out of the bag, what other projects are you guys working on for 2014?

Some very cool projects in the pipeline, one for Pepsi which is also World Cup related, we’re continuing to work with Microsoft for the launch of Xbox One’s Sunset Overdrive computer game in 2015, hmmm what else… lots more Nike that’s for sure, a few bits for Red Bull and a couple of top secret projects which you’ll have to wait for… sorry!

The Risk Everything artwork continues to roll out through the press and on TV, below are some images of the artwork already in the wild, be sure to keep up with the ILD website, blog, Twitter, Instagram & Behance to see more.

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Local Photographer – Rich Heath

I always search Southsea on Flickr at least once a week to see what sort of askew views people take on this fair town. Rich Heaths photographs stopped me dead in my tracks scrolling through pages when I saw his sunrise photographs. Simply awesome. Check out Rich’s Flickr Photostream for more photos and head over to his website Hampshire Light to buy prints.

The photograph below was chosen for the front page of The NEWS to accompany an article on the planned redevelopment of the sea front. I couldn’t find the article, but if anyone has a link post it up in the comments for all to see.


Vintage Southsea Skatepark articles

Articles about Southsea Skatepark can be hard to come by, and articles from 1988 even more so. I found these on the ‘when we was rad’ website a while back. I remember having the picture of Tommy Guerrero pulling that slob torn out and on my wall for years. Sick.

Local Designer/Photographer – Weaver

I just found these great illustrations from local web designer and photographer Weaver on one of my random web travels. I’m loving the Hilsea Lido and Carlton Cinema depictions. Check out Weavers Flickr for more Portsmouth illustrations and a whole bunch of local photography and more besides. They would make amazing prints i think you’ll agree.

Portsmouth City Museum

As with so many things that are right on your doorstep, you always say yeah I’ll go do that soon, but never do. Me and Liz had the day off together and rode around a few places before popping to the Museum after saying we’d go for years now.

If you like your local history then I advise going down. Check the Portsmouth City Museum website for more information. Click read more at the bottom for a few more snaps.


Bike Ride Panoramics

We will have loads of photos and stories from Sunday’s hugely successful Strong Island Bike Ride and to get started we have some huge panoramics taken by George Crick. Sadly we can only show some of the small versions here that do not do them justice so be sure to visit George’s website to see the all of the photos in full size, and spot yourselves in there!

George’s panoramics will be available to buy in Wallspace Gallery in Albert Road from Saturday for a bargain price of just £35.

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 2

A new episode of Jonathan & Matthew Ring’s vintage family footage ‘Portsmouth on Film’ went up this week.

This episode has focuses on Canoe Lake and the Model Village.

CHAOS – 20 years & out!

20 years!!!! That has to go in the books as Southsea longest running night? Give or take, most people you bump in to have been to a least one Chaos night, and most spent a grimy late one down the pier dancing like idiots and spilling Newcastle Brown all over the place. I’ve a lot of fond memories of the earlier days at Chaos, mostly after skating and sitting in the pub saying I’m not going. Not this week. Then 8 pints later jumping in a taxi…

If you have any stories or cool photos from Chaos we’d love to see them. Or even some of the old flyers. There have been some pretty interesting designs over the years. I’ll always remember the photo flyer of the kid on the dance floor with a girl and his ‘wandering hands’.

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

“To coincide with our 20th Birthday on Saturday 26th November – we’re announcing that this will be the last ever “Chaos”.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, moving to the Wedgewood rooms in 2008 – we’ve been crowned the South Coasts longest running Independent Club night, winning The Guide Awards “Best club night”, “Best DJs” (x 2) and the promoters Ped & Jay being awarded a special award for contribution to the Portsmouth Music Scene. Chaos has provided Dj’s and club nights at Guilfest, Southsea Fest & Isle of Wight Festivals.

Having been a constant in our lives and the Portsmouth clubbing & music scene for 2 decades – Its been a very tough decision to stop the regular club night. But we feel that now is the best time to unplug the speakers for the last time.

Chaos was always quite literally about being ‘alternative’ – alternative in music policy, but also offering an alternative to the traditional and mainstream clubs. Our ethos was always simple – play music we liked, to people to we liked & do it prime time on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year!

Our feeling is that the current scene is very different now and although still loving every element of the gigs, festivals and guitars – a regular club night offering everything we did, now isn’t whats required. Clubbers will always want an alternative, but the music scene is now so split and venues, pubs & clubs are all competing for survival – we felt it was a good opportunity to step back, take a deep breath & raise a glass to rock n roll!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Chaos over the last 20 years – venue managers, bar staff & door stewards – sound & light technicians – – street teams – performers & bands and of course the roll call of DJ’s past & present that have provided the soundtrack to so, so, so many silly, drunken and above all fun Saturday nights.

Hey ho, lets go!”

The 20th Birthday & Last EVER Chaos – Saturday 26th November 2011

Flyer: Chaos Flickr

Created Local – Carl Partridge

Portsmouth’s Carl Partridge is a local artist and photographer currently studying MA Communication Design up in that there London at Central St Martins. As well as all the awesome artwork on his website we particularly liked his Lomo Diana photos from round Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Be sure to look through the good work over at



Tearing Down The House – Roller Hockey Club

It has been on the cards for a while now but finally yesterday the old Roller Hockey Club House at Southsea Skatepark was torn down. It had become unstable and hadn’t been used for a while. I was lucky enough to gain entry back last year and took a few photographs. If anybody has any old photographs of the club house seen in better times then please let us know.

The Old Days - Roller Hockey Club
Free Art and Live Painting Event at Southsea Skatepark

Lots of exciting plans at the Skatepark so watch this space.

This photo of Cody taking a leap of faith form the club house roof has always been a winner in my book.

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