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.
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
Adam Wintle recently uploaded to his blog loads of photos from an old book about Portsmouth passed down to him by his dad. Some of the photos in the book are incredible, be sure to spend some time having a good look through, below are a few examples:
Anyone who was out in Southsea and some surrounding areas would have witnessed the rolling fog that made it’s way inland this Sunday. Creeping past the Isle of Wight and finally making it’s way to the beach and taking people by total surprise. Hundreds of people were out having BBQs and generally enjoying the sun when all of a sudden things got weird when you could see your breath in the air and pockets of mist were passing right in front of your eyes. It’s rare to see this during day and normally only occurs first thing in the morning, so this was pretty cool to see.
Back in the 80s and early 90s Southsea would regularly be on the list of skateparks visited by American skaters as they toured the UK and Europe. Sometime around 1990ish the pool was built to replace the old reservoir at the end of the slalom and not long after American pro skater Ben Schroeder came through and (figuratively) destroyed the new bowl and the halfpipe, so much so that his frontside ollie transfer out of the bowl, over the platform and landing in the steep bank is legendary.
To cut a long story short Ben got in contact recently with some footage from the day. I’m going to go through the old skate magazine archives and hunt around for photos but for now, here is that footage. To find out more about Ben check out his Juice Magazine interview.
Cat from the Inksquatch collective has some of her prints available for purchase in The Southsea Gallery on Albert Road. They should be in and ready for sale this weekend, 3rd July. Some nice little illustrations as always. Go and grab a local bargain.
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
On 10th January 1941 during a heavy bombing attack on Portsmouth the Guildhall was hit by several incendiary bombs which heavily damaged the structure and the resulting fires quickly spread throughout the whole building, turning it in to just a shell. It took almost 15 years to rebuild the Guildhall in to what we have today, which was officially reopened by the Queen on the 8th June 1959. This photo from Stan Webb from a collection of photos collected by Portsmouth College shows how totally destroyed the building was, leaving just some of the frontage and most of the tower.
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?
A new reader of Strong Island recently sent us this email. Glad to hear we’re doing things right and feedback of all kinds is always welcome, as is beer. Of course.
“Hi all at Strong Island
I just wanted to email to say as a recent visitor to your site how great it is to see something that celebrates the creative, cultural and positive life of Portsmouth and Southsea (and I don’t even skate or cycle!). ‘Strong Island’ sums up the spirit of this place so well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength and maybe impacting on some of the decision making that goes on.”
A familiar and friendly face around Albert Road, Diana Goss is a freelance creative portrait photographer with her own studio and whilst based in Southsea is often found all over Portsmouth as well as Bournemouth and Brighton too. Specialising in both Fashion and Boudoir work (see www.laboudoir.co.uk), and going by her website (www.notmagnum.co.uk) and Flickr obviously enjoys any type of people portraiture both in the studio and outside at such events as Goodwood Revival, music shows, weddings and even equine work. Not only that but you most likely have seen a few of her common props around town, a 1960’s Bentley, a 1955 Oldsmobile in red with red leather seats and a 1960’s red Pontiac!
Some of Diana’s work is available in Albert Road in Matt Sills’s Wallspace gallery (you may have also picked up a few free prints during the last Albert Road day) and if you’re interested in any commission work such as model shoots and portfolios, event photography or are interested in modelling for one of Diana’s photography projects give Diana a shout via email.
This is a cross processed film shot Diana took of the Wallspace Gallery with her namesake camera, a Lomo Diana and below that are a few more examples of her work: