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.
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.
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:
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.
2 Days after the keel was laid.
Deck armour going in to place 36 days after keel laid.
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.
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 www.rowanshospice.co.uk or by calling 023 9223 7142.
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.
Local creative team We Are Shuffle has just completed a new campaign for Barbour.
The project was filmed over the course of one week, across three cities and featuring some of the UK’s leading lifestyle bloggers. Shuffle worked with Barbour to develop storyboards and film concepts that enabled customers to immerse them in the city life of each blogger.
Every day this week Barbour will be releasing a new video filmed by We Are Shuffle with a chance to win a Barbour tartan outfit. To enter, watch all the videos and find out more about the campaign visit - http://www.barbour.com/dress-tartan
Originally from Portsmouth, photographer Ali Tollervey has for 3 years been embedded with the critically acclaimed band ‘Dark Horses’. Sharing with them & documenting their journey so far from rehearsal room & tour bus to launching their debut album via opening for Kasabian at Wembley & Beck at the Sydney state theatre. ..
The symbiotic relationship between visuals & music has been of key significance to Dark Horses’ creative output & collective approach.
Dark Horses are playing a free show in Portsmouth this Friday as part of a UK tour backed by Artrocker magazine & Club Mammoth. To coincide with this show the Gold Room are hosting an exhibition of Ali Tollervey’s Dark Horses photographs including some never before seen work. The band will be in attendance at the Private View and are scheduled to go on stage at The Registry at 11pm.
Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain. Get yourself down to Gunwharf Quays and check out the panoramic views over the city and the Solent. Don’t forget your camera. Oh, and if you’re a Portsmouth resident you get cheap entry if you provide proof.
Local photographer Steve Bomford recently sent over a series of scans from the 1926 Official Publication of the Southsea Beach & Publicity Committee Portsmouth Corporation book ‘Southsea & Portsmouth’.
‘It is of little use to invite intending holiday makers to a town, unless there are attractions to offer, under all conditions of our notorious fickle ‘English’ climate. We do not make the statement that the sun shines every day at Southsea, but records show that we do get the maximum amount of sunny hours. Last year again, 1,923 hours were recorded, the highest number (with one exception) in the United Kingdom. Admitting that the question of sunshine is an important one, it is contended that a holiday resort must have other attractions, such as charming amenities, efficient public services, splendid variety of amusements, good facilities for all outdoor sports, and a good selection of cheap excursions and places of historical interest, to make a general appeal to those who are seeking a health-giving and enjoyable holiday.”
I love all the old hand drawn adverts and especially like the ‘medically recommended’ page. Where the sun lingers longer. Couldn’t be closer to the truth still to this day. It’s a shame the ‘most artistic cafe in Southsea’ is no longer in operation and the amount of people gathered on South Parade beach is incredible. Be sure to check out the full set with over 80 pages of photos, adverts and chapters all about Portsmouth & Southsea over at Steve’s Flickr HERE. A really interesting read if you like your history. And we know you do.
With Portsmouth’s long history and particular geography it’s public transportation systems have been varied and have changed dramatically over the years. Over the next few weeks we are going to focus briefly on some of the more interesting ones, starting with the Portsmouth Trolleybuses.
The Portsmouth Trolleybus service provided by the Portsmouth Corporation was first introduced on the 4th August 1934 and covered most of the island and up to Cosham. The trolleybuses themselves were like normal double decker buses but were powered by overhead power cables like trams. The power lines for the trolleybuses criss-crossed overhead above the roads with routes and these wires became a constant in the city’s skyline, much like modern San Francisco and Vancouver.
The Guildhall (buildings in the distance are where the council buildings are now)
The trolleybus service continued until the 27th July 1963 and then sadly the wires torn down and almost all of the trolleybuses scrapped, today only two of the trolleybuses survive. No. 201, which was in Portsmouth’s transport museum before being moved, now lives on display in Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. No. 313 was the very last trolleybus to run but now is in fully restored working order and running at East Anglia Transport Museum (see it running here).
Ready for scrap (with the old airport in the background)
You can find out about all of the trolleybuses and see more photos here and watch below to see them in action with super8 footage from the 1950s and 1960s. Still looks strange seeing traffic through Guildhall Square.
P.S. Will the Portsmouth transport museum ever find a new home?
Bored Manager Tom sent us over this original Skatepark article and poster. It doesn’t get more back in the day than this really. The original proposal plan and the opening day poster. At last Skateboard Paradise. Truly amazing. The article is quite small, but I zoomed it to read back the first paragraph.
‘Skatepark plan caters for all plus band and roller skating. Fast elevated runs and steep twisting slalom – like tracks for the advanced skateboarder, are a design feature of the £60,000 skateboard arena proposed for Southsea Common’
We burst the bubble again last weekend for a pretty epic ramble, or should I say hike. Taking the advice of the Guardian Newspaper we embarked on a 6 hour walk across the North Wessex Downs. Although the walk is a good 45 minute drive away it’s well worth the journey and the reward at the end is one of the finest pubs I’ve ever eaten at, the Roayl Oak. Check out my Flickr for the full set.