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DVMISSION 2014 Film Screening + Awards Ceremony + After Party

DVMISSION is a film festival with a difference. At 5pm on the Friday night before the premier teams from across the country are given a film ‘title, genre and line of dialogue’. They then have just 48 hours to return on Sunday at 4pm, with a finished two-minute film. 2 hours later teams arrive in their best suits & frocks for the exciting culmination to the weekend… the Premier Night and the awarding of the coveted ‘Pompey Oscars’!

Now in it’s ninth year, DVMISSION has grown to become an annual extravaganza with well over 250 amateur and professional filmmakers taking part. DVMISSION is the longest running 48 hour film challenge in the UK and is the biggest on the South coast. It’s an event which brings the filmmaking community together once a year not only to make films but to have one massive party on the premier night.

The event itself is being held on Sunday 2nd November a the Pyramids Centre. The tickets include entry into the Premier Night screening, awards ceremony and after party. There is a dress code of black tie and posh frock. Tickets are available for £5 from the Pyramids directly. For more information check out the DVMISSION website at http://dvmission.co.uk or the Facebook page HERE.

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The Portsea Island Beer Festival 2014

Heads up all to beer drinkers! This weekend sees the start of the annual Portsea Island Beer Festival at the Groundlings Theatre: the fourth beer festival organised by Portsmouth’s very own Irving and Co Brewers Ltd. Fifty cask ales will be showcased from all round the UK, including locally produced ciders and perries. Alongside this a wide selection of exciting new British beers will be available on the night, including many local favourites. A great time has been had over the last three years so come along and enjoy live music, good food and a fantastic atmosphere. Times and dates are as follows, with tickets available from The Leopold Tavern and The Hole In The Wall:

Friday 10th October 12 til 4pm
Friday 10th October 6 til 11pm

Saturday 11th October 12 til 4pm
Saturday 11th October 6 til 11pm

Ticket prices:
Fri 12 til 4pm (preview session) £4
Fri 6 til 11pm £8
Sat 12 til 4pm £5
Sat 6 til 11pm £8

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 24

Charlie is back with the 24th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

Following on from last week’s show, which was very much a lesson in classic songwriting from greats like Dylan, Stevie & Phil Spector, I thought we’d pull a u-turn this time out and have just electronic music. No longer the black sheep of music, everyone’s dipped their toe into the much-chartered territories of programmed instruments these days. This playlist is just scratching the surface, all favourites of mine. As always, I could have gone on for days, but it’s not meant to be comprehensive, or The Best Of… Just a nice collection of top tunes.

When explaining in an interview why he plastered his face all over his records Richard D James said that “The sort of unwritten rule was that you can’t put your face on the sleeve [of techno records]. It has to be like a circuit board or something.”. So, to out-Aphex Aphex, I used an image of a circuit board for this compilation cover.
Hope you like it!

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Boing Boom Tschak – Kraftwerk
02) Windowlicker – Aphex Twin
03) Strings Of Life – Rhythm Is Rhythm
04) Roads Must Roll – Boom Bip
05) Moray Arrival – Minotaur Shock
06) Dundas, Ontario (remix) – Manitoba
07) Dayvan Cowboy – Boards Of Canada
08) Declination – Com Truise feat. Joel Ford
09) I’m 9 Today – múm
10) My Red Hot Car – Squarepusher
11) Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
12) Inspector Norse – Todd Terje
13) Zodiac Shit – Flying Lotus
14) Long Singing – Fridge

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.

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‘Together in Solitude’ Exhibition By My Dog Sighs and Midge

Two of our most loved artists My Dog Sighs and Midge have joined forces for a collaborative solo exhibition this November. The exhibition will be held in The Coastguard, Clarendon Road. This will be the inaugural exhibition in this exciting new gallery space.

Midge and My Dog Sighs have set out to make full use of their location by using with materials, printing, framing and kind sponsorship from local breweries and businesses. The entire show has been planned, produced, sourced and inspired within Portsea Island.

I encourage you venture into Southsea Coffee Co. at 63 Osborne Road where you will find a large collaborative mural which the duo completed earlier this week.

The exhibition itself opens on Friday 14th November from 6-10pm and will run until 19th November. You can find out more information and stay up to date via the Facebook Event page HERE.

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Portsmouth Beer Festival – New Christmas Sessions

What better way to get stuck into the Christmas merriment than at Portsmouth Beer Festival’s all new “Christmas Sessions” at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st December 2014.

Festival Organiser Ben Miles says, “We’re proud that The Portsmouth Beer Festival is back after the sell-out weekend back in May and we are looking forward to presenting our “Christmas Sessions”. A celebration of craft beers and cask ales, alongside a selection of ciders, mulled wine, mulled cider and festive street food all set to the backdrop of more fantastic live entertainment – line-up to be released soon, so watch this space!”

Beers will be featured from local breweries as well as from around the UK. A large variety of darker beers will feature to suit the season, but fear not there will still be a fine selection of pale ales and hoppy craft beers on offer. Expect to see beers from the likes of Ilkley, Dark Star and Tiny Rebel as well as local brewers The Brewhouse, Havant and Irving & Co amongst many, many more.

Again the event will be raising money for two fantastic charities in the extremely popular Pub Games Room for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and the RNLI.

Ben adds “We’re looking forward to getting many people’s Christmas festivities off to an enjoyable start at these “Christmas Sessions”. A lot of people won’t have to go to work on the Monday and it will be a great for social gatherings, work parties and generally catching up over an interesting Christmasy pint!”

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House Of Burlesque

Joe Blacks and his House of Burlesque is coming to the Kings Theatre this Sunday from 7:30pm. He’ll be brining with him laughs, flamboyant costumes, innuendo, the slightly bizarre and of course beautiful ladies.

For information on how you can buy tickets check out the Facebook Event HERE.

Featuring: Anna Fur Laxis, The Lounge Kittens, Natalia Kalashnikov, Rubyyy Jones, Lilly Laudanum, Betty Blue-Eyes, Kiki Lovechild and Terms of Unnervement. With the evening hosted by Joe Black acting as facilitator of good times.

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Mia Mai Lingerie Collection 2014

Friend of Strong Island and one of our most loved creatives Ami Lowman has just released the images of her second lingerie collection. Ami who launched Mia Mai after graduating from Portsmouth Uni in 2006 has created collections of handmade and customized vintage clothing over the last few years in addition to her artwork and freelance teaching.

In 2012 Ami and Mia Mai took her career in a new direction designing a collection of lingerie to debut at the first ever Southsea Fashion Week. Two years on and this new collection showcases the designers unique approach to lingerie. She designs and creates garments that deserve to be shown off as apposed to hidden away under clothes. The collection has a huge ethnic inspiration and is made using vintage materials, donated clothing, jewellery, vintage laces and Indian trims.

Ami showcased the collection in the Kings Theatre and assembled local talent to help including Maximilian Hetherington (Photography), Tatum Isaacs (Hair), Naomi Lake (Make Up Artist) and Amber, Emily and Naomi (Models).

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Ami will be taking her beautiful collection to Brighton Fashion Week next month to take part in a curated Fashion Market featuring 40 handpicked designers and artists from across the country. Mia Mai accepts bespoke commissions for lingerie sets, to enquire or to see more of Ami’s work visit her website www.miamai.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter @MiaMai.

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Sci Fi Weekend At Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard

Last weekend saw Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard host a Sci Fi and Fantasy weekend. Attractions included props and memorabilia from Sci Fi classics such as Back To The Future, Star Wars and Dr Who. As well as the usual attractions within Action Stations you could have a go at Laser Quest and watch a showing of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

I ventured down on Saturday as I couldn’t resist the chance to see to see Guardians of the Galaxy on the big screen again. It was easily my favourite movie of the summer. I arrived to discover Action Stations bustling with children and adults, plenty wearing fancy dress or at least dug out their favourite Sci Fi t-shirts.

The market featured local creatives including the Urban sketcher himself Chris Webb, Tori Rosenbaum’s awesome custom made peg people and James Waterfield’s gruesome Lawn of the Dead garden ornaments.

The event was relatively small in size but I am excited to see the event grow in the future. You can find out more about the next Sci Fi and Fantasy event by following the Facebook Page HERE.

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‘Pathway to Anywhere’ Short Film with Chichester High School For Girls

It has been a really busy year so far at Strong Island Media and we’ll be detailing some of the art/media/education projects we have been working on all over the south coast here on Strong Island from now on.

This month we worked with a group of Year 11 pupils from Chichester High School for Girls on a short art film focusing on their perceptions of Chichester Harbour. The pupils filmed and recorded field recordings on a walk from Fishbourne to Dell Quay and then wrote a poem describing what their they felt about the harbour’s geography, wildlife, history and more. The workshop was delivered by Strong Island Media for Chichester Harbour Conservancy and can be viewed below:

PubHack #3 on the 7th October

PubHack is a 10 hour hackathon which returns on the 7th October at the Brewhouse and Kitchen in Portsmouth. Created by local web designers Jo Eyre and Lilian Tula, the 3rd event happening on 7th has doubled in size since the inaugural event back in September 2013.

“The idea came about at our local networking group Portsmouth Freelancers Meet. We thought it’d be a really fun to get local creatives and techies together in a pub and see what could be made in a day. It’s based around the notion that we come up with our best ideas at the pub.” Jo Eyre (Organiser)

This year the event has really grown, with over 50 developers and designers coming from all over the South Coast to compete for awards and prizes worth over £4,000. The event has also gained major support through sponsorship from huge international businesses such as Github, FreeAgent and GoSquared as well as local businesses such as CatN Hosting. PubHack also has some amazing judges including author Jon Burkhart, Andrew Nesbitt (GitHub), Simon Tabor (Lead developer of GoSquared) and Rich Boakes (University of Portsmouth).

At PubHack the teams are given a theme at the beginning of the day and have 10 hours to make anything they like – a website, a game, an app…one team even produced a film. The theme for the first event was Post Apocalypse, some of the highlights included a game built in Unity (Rise of the Nerds) where you could fight zombies inside a 3D creation of the Brewhouse and Kitchen. There was also had a game called Apocolhipster – where you use your iPhone to control your hipster and fight hipster zombies.

The second event had the theme First World Problems. Teams made some amazing projects including a Magic 8-Ball style app where you can get answers to your first world problems, and an interactive game ‘Jo’s Happy Super Fun Time Sofa Catchy Game’ where you can catch falling objects including a laptop, cats and gin bottles (which puts you into drunk mode!). Another highlight was a team of 3 who produced ‘Flappy Bird Fitness’, where they had re-created the Flappy Bird game but using your iPhone accelerometer to flap and move the bird.

“I’m really excited to see what the teams will come up with this year. We have a lot of big agencies from across the South Coast competing as well as local freelancers, contractors and graduates from University of Portsmouth. If the last event is anything to go by the competition is going to be fierce!”

Ticket sales for PubHack are now closed but anyone is welcome to join teams at the Brewhouse & Kitchen from 6:30pm to see what has been made in those 10 hours.

For more information or to see the previous entries, please visit www.pubhack.co.uk or follow PubHack on Twitter @pub_hack

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Victorious 2014 Animated GIFs by Sam Brooks

Local creative Sam Brooks (who recently participated in our Tricorn Artist Series) was, like many of us, at Victorious Festival this year and captured some of the sights of the festival and has produced a series of animated GIFs. animated GIFs have been around for almost 20 years but as bandwidth increases to dramatically grow they are no longer clunky MySpace-like flashing colours…and can now be refined, thought provoking, fascinating frozen moments in time.

Aspex Gallery: Call For Submissions (Ending Soon!)

South-Central is an exciting new opportunity for artists based within 90 minutes travel time of the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays.

South-Central is a new open submission group exhibition, which seeks to highlight the work of emerging visual artists working in any media but living within 90 minutes travel time of the gallery. There are no age restrictions, but undergraduate students must be in their final year of study. The exhibition is not themed.

The selected artists will exhibit their work in a group show in the main gallery space at Aspex. The overall winner will then work with the aspex team to produce a solo exhibition, either at the gallery or offsite within the City of Portsmouth.

Selectors:
• Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex
• Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery
• Judy Adam, Independent Curator
• Jonathan Parsons, Artist

The deadline for submissions is Monday 5 October 2014 and the exhibition dates are 21 November – 18 January 2014. Applicants can find out how to apply HERE.

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Our 6th Birthday

This Saturday was Strong Island’s 6th birthday and unlike previous years we had a quiet one for a change. For the last 4 years we’ve had charity raffle birthday parties that have raised a significant amount of money for three local charities but due to a few reasons we decided this year we sadly just didn’t have the time required to organise the party and work with the 50+ local artists, designers and businesses who all step up and show incredible support & generosity by donating for the raffle.

This summer has been Strong Island’s busiest yet, with our Creative Cargo project launched this month including the publication of a 96 page book, being the official media partners for Portsmouth’s two music festivals Victorious & Southsea Fest, preparing an upcoming art event (to be announced this week), hosting a stage at Southsea Fest and working with hundreds of people of all ages and abilities in a series of photography and filmmaking workshops. All that…plus the biggest thing to happen to Strong Island in all those 6 years…which we’ll let you know about this weekend.

So for this year we would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the six years: our volunteer writers, people who have bought and represented the tees, mugs and more from Strong Island Clothing Co, our calendar contributors, everyone who has ever come to one of our exhibitions, events, parties and music nights, every person who has sent us leads for articles, allowed us to interview them, connected us with people to work with, contributed to our art projects, donated to our raffles, brewed Strong Island ales, worked with us to release their music, volunteered time and energy to what we do AND most of all to everyone who visits this website and hopefully becomes inspired to get involved in the arts and culture of this special city. A special thank you to all our friends and family too, who provide the understanding and support that makes us able to dedicate so much time to Strong Island and make many of the things we do possible. Thank you!

If you would like to donate to our three charities we always donate the money raised from the birthday raffles you can do so here:

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Contemporary Makers Fair: Call For Exhibitors

This year has already seen two impressive Contemporary Makers Fair’s in the Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. This November they’re back and again looking for contemporary fine-craft artists and designers to exhibit with them on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November, between 11am-4pm.

Aspex describes the event as a “professional development opportunity for craft artists and makers that will include a curated showcase of exhibited works with the chance to sell direct to the public.” The cost to participants are £28 for a single day or £50 for the whole weekend. To apply for this opportunity please send an email containing 5 images of your work and your contact details to julia@aspex.org.uk.

For an idea what to expect you can find out more about Augusts event HERE.

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DJ Yoda, Shlomo and Rex Domino

Summer is slowly on the way out and what a summer it’s been for Portsmouth music. We’ve been well represented at a host of major festivals on the south coast including Victorious, Bestival, Isle of Wight, Blissfields, Festibelly, Wickham and not to forget Camp Bestival.

This year at Camp Bestival local Hip Hop artist Rex Domino joined the awesome DJ Yoda and Shlomo on the main stage to perform their track ‘Open Your Eye’. This is awesome track is also available for those of you who use SoundCloud.

DJ Yoda along with his band Breakfast of Champions will be performing on 8th November in the Jazz Cafe in Camden. As well as Rex Domino the show will also feature vocalists Schlomo plus Sparks and Truthos Mufasa from Manchester collective Mouse Outfit. Tickets are available for £15 HERE.

If you like what you hear check out Rex Domino on Facebook and grab yourself a copy of his record Mensch Quits on iTunes.

Andrew Foster

In 2006 after a stint working in Soho, singer/songwriter Andrew Foster returned to Portsmouth and formed his own record label Green Fish Records. The name originates from watching goldfish in a bowl and using it as an analogy for channeling frustration and limitation. Andrew’s first two releases were the EP’s ‘Russells Teapot’ and ‘New Criterion’.

You may recognise Andrew from playing our Strong Island stage at last months Victorious Festival. He entertained quite a crowd with tracks from his new album ‘Science & Magic’. The album features ‘The Garden’ and the cover of ‘Centre Straight Atom’ by Kassassin Street were produced by Kassassin Street’s own Rowan Bastable. You can get a copy of ‘Science & Magic’ HERE on iTunes for £7.99 or 79p per track.

You can catch Andrew playing live when he supports Danny & the Champions of the World on 22nd October at The Cellars in Eastney. For more information on his music and live shows you can follow him on Facebook, SoundCloud and Twitter @andyfostermusic.

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The Aspex Sunday Book Fair

One for all you book lovers. Aspex launches the first of their regular Sunday Book Fair this Sunday 28th September from 11-3pm. For those buying they have a range of second hand book sellers lined up, as well as a large series of creative magazine back catalogues on offer! For those wishing to sell pitches are free for a limited time! Contact julia@aspex.org.uk for more details or visit aspex for more info.

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Nevada Music Celebrates It’s 45th Birthday

This time 45 years ago in September 1969, Nevada Music’s Managing Director, Mike Devereux, opened a small shop in Twyford Avenue, North End.

Initially stocking telecomms and electronic components, the company didn’t become Nevada until 1974 when Director Jenny Devereux joined the company and expanded to include the sale of Musical instruments and Sound equipment. Nevada is now based in Farlington, occupying two large warehouses totaling 24,000 sq. feet, with a staff of 32 and distribute their products across the UK and Europe.

Mike Devereux studied for a degree in Electronic Engineering at Portsmouth Polytechnic. It wasn’t long before the business rapidly grew and he was on the road operating sound systems for the likes of Bruce Forsythe, Tommy Cooper, Morecombe and Wise plus many others.

Hungry for growth and seeing the number of 70’s local musicians desperate for fame and fortune, Mike built a 16 track Recording Studio on the first floor above the shop. With the studio and instant success he set up Wessex Music, in a co-publishing deal with Warner Bros Music, to spot local talent early and help bands to success.

Over the years Nevada Music has survived multiple recessions, consistently grown and won awards, for their web site, Innovation, Business Excellence and their work with schools to encourage children to take up music.

Most recently they hosted one of the stages at this summers Victorious Festival which featured Slow Club, Beans On Toast and a number of local artists including Matt Jarvis, the Southsea Alternative Choir and Jerry Williams.

Happy Birthday folks and here’s to the next five years and the celebrations which will surely follow.

You can find Nevade Music on at www.nevadamusic.co.uk, on Facebook, Twitter @NevadaMusic and YouTube.

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Det Sync @ The Fat Fox

This Saturday 27th September Det Sync will be bringing their diverse brand of techno and electro beats to The Fat Fox on Albert Road. It kicks off at 8pm until 1am. If you get there before 11pm then entry is FREE. DJ’s on the night include Jon Gurd, Killawatt, Pete Callard and Tom Powell.

The Det Sync team produce a regular radio podcasts which you can find on SoundCloud HERE. The most recent mix by Tom Powell can be found below…

Det Sync can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @Detsyncuk.

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Creative Cargo London Launch Night

As you may know already every year we create a project that shares and promotes the arts and culture of Portsmouth and for 2014 we have Creative Cargo, which officially launched in London on Tuesday 16th September at a very special venue. Creative Cargo draws together collections of Portsmouth manufactured, created and designed products, artistic works, creative artefacts and more, all contained within specially customised vintage steamer trunks. The project aims to use the steamer trunks as containers for Portsmouth’s Creative Cargo, sending out the creative works from some of the best individuals and companies that call Portsmouth home and sharing them with other port cities around the world. The first trunk will be heading abroad in early 2015 in a Creative Exchange of cargo contents, where the city receiving it will discover Portsmouth’s contents and then load up the trunk with the creative cargo of their own city before returning it back home. Over the course of 2015 more trunks will begin their journey to other destinations ending in a final exhibition back in Portsmouth revealing the results of these different Creative Exchanges.

The London Creative Cargo project launch was kindly organised by Penny Mordaunt MP and it took place at Byron Chambers, Albany, London, a venue steeped in history and grandeur: it was the very same apartment or ‘set’ that Lord Byron himself lived it. Invited guests included Simon Ward, Chief Operating Officer, British Fashion Council; Maurice Mullen – Head of Display, Fashion & Luxury goods, Evening Standard; Tony Palmer – film director and Hazel Lubbock – Assistant editor, Condé Nast Traveller. We also had many guests from Portsmouth too which included Simon Terry, Innovation and Brand Director, Anglepoise®; Carl Leroy-Smith, Architect and Designer; Andrew Whyte, Photographer; Barbara Tipple, Goldsmith; Denise Callender, Faculty Promotions Manager, Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth; Jo Bushnell, Director, Aspex Gallery; Pete Codling, Artist; Will Pounds, Topographical and perspective artist; Stephen and Roma Davis, Southsea Deckchairs; Kevin Martin, Climax Studios and Kate Smith who is the Lead Volunteer for the renovation of the steamer trunks.

The project has been supported by Portsmouth City Council. The University of Portsmouth and Anglepoise®.

For further information please visit the website at creativecargo.co.uk

Photographs below of the launch night, contents of trunks and the limited edition book and sticker packs that accompany the trunks on their journey. If you want to have a read of the book copies are available in Head, Southsea Coffee Co and more locations soon.

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Hafdís Huld @ 101 Reykjavík

101 Reykjavik will play host to Icelandic singer/songwriter Hafdís Huld on Thursday 23rd October. Huld was born in the Reykjavik, Iceland so this gig was destined to happen at some point.

Before embarking on a solo career Hafdís Huld was part of electro band Gus Gus and collaborating with London based siblings Jon and Dan Kahuna aka FC Kahuna. Her Solo album ‘Dirty Paper Cup’ was released in 2006 on MVine/Red Grape Records and won the award of best pop album at the Icelandic music awards. As well as being nominated for best video with “Tomoko”. This spring Huld released her third album ‘Home’.

You can get hold of tickets for the small price of £4 HERE.

All other updates can be found on the Facebook event page HERE.

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Al Burrito’s Mexican Wrestling @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Al Burrito have been doing a fine job in bringing a little bit of Mexico to Albert Road over the last six months. I’ve been loving their pulled pork burrito’s but you can’t go wrong with the signature Al’s Burrito which includes pork, chicken and beef! It’s great to see that they’ve rapidly grown to become one of Southsea’s most loved food establishments. They have even gone from the one single moped for deliveries to now possessing a fleet.

Next week the Wedgewood Rooms will play host to Al Burrito’s very first Mexican Wrestling Event. Yes, proper Mexican Wrestling! As well as the lucha libre’s there will be music courtesy of Heir of the Dog, Blackfoot Circle and Remedy Sounds.

Tickets are available for £5 on the door or half price if you are dressed as a Mexican. You can get your hands on some tickets on the Wedgewood Rooms website HERE.

Stay up to date on all things Al’s on Facebook and Twitter @Al_Burrito.

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Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 23

Charlie is back with the 23rd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

Hello and welcome back. Yes, after a little sabbatical, I’m back with the show the critics are calling distinctly average to middling. This week I’m joined by my very good friend Mr Jim Lines. He chose the theme this week, which is songs from the films of Martin Scorsese. Apologies must be made to both Jim, and you the listener for the atrocious quality of Jim’s microphone, it wasn’t discovered until we’d completely wrapped up and it would have been cheating to redo the whole show, after a little while you get used to it so we decided to just go with this take.
Hope you enjoy it! Thanks Jim.

Cheers, Charlie x

01) Money Chant – Robbie Robertson featuring Matthew McConaughey (Wolf Of Wall Street)
02) Be My Baby – The Ronettes (Mean Streets)
03) My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (Living In The Material World)
04) Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell (After Hours)
05) Janie Jones – The Clash (Bringing Out The Dead)
06) Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Stevie Wonder (Bringing Out The Dead)
07) Howard Hughes – Leadbelly (The Aviator)
08) Up On Cripple Creek (live) – The Band (The Last Waltz)
09) A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum (New York Stories)
10) Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals (Goodfellas)
11) Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan (No Direction Home)
12) Taxi Driver (Theme) – Bernard Herrmann (Taxi Driver)
13) Sail On, Sailor – The Beach Boys (The Departed)
14) Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters (Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues : A Musical Journey)
15) Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones (Casino)

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.

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Strong Island Recordings At Southsea Fest Preview Part Ten – Blessa

Tomorrow one of the finest days in the calender for new music being Southsea Fest arrives and we are very stoked to say the least. For part ten of our Southsea Fest preview is one of my favourite new bands today. Delving between blissful, ethereal dreampop, shoegaze and post punk is our splendid headliners Blessa who shall be taking you into a state of euphoric bliss at Southsea Fest. Combining stunning whirling guitars with soothing, reverb coated enchanting vocals the sonic journey of Blessa is utterly mesmerising.

I managed to catch Blessa at a very crowded Komedia in Brighton at The Great Escape and they blew me away.Having dropped their incredibly strong four track ‘Love Is An Evol EP’ recorded by man of the moment MJ of Hookworms and also getting noticeable praise from the likes of NME and The Guardian (for very good reason I should add) you would be most foolish to miss out on what is going to be a very rare occurrence of seeing Blessa in a setting such as Bar Fifty-Six.

You most certainly should witness Blessa in the flesh at time of 22.00PM at Bar Fifty-Six at Southsea Fest. You can find the Facebook event here and also be sure to check out our stage sponsors The Park Studio.

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Strong Island Recordings At Southsea Fest Preview Part Nine – Looks

Running an electronic music label also Looks are a band I’m very excited about seeing at Southsea Fest. Displaying the more eclectic nature to our stage,Looks deliver synth enthused, danceable indie pop. It’s like feasting on early Foals along with a sprinkle of Yeasayer, Chvrches, Friendly Fires and Late Of The Pier. Gut punching synths, huge hooks and hefty basslines, debut track ‘Everest‘ on part blog, part label Killing Moon Records is an absolute gem displaying the trio’s evident talent in 5 plus minutes. It’s also screaming and I mean SCREAMING out for a potential remix. Looks are destined for much larger venues I’m sure of. You could well be looking at the next big thing. You can catch the ever splendid Looks at 21.05m at Bar Fifty-Six.

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Competition | Delight & The Astoria Present… Dan Le Sac

The team at Delight and The Astoria have brought us some awesome DJ’s over the past few years, next Monday they welcome one of my favourite DJ’s in the country Dan Le Sac.

Most of you will be well aware that he is one half of Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip who were one of the highlights at this summers Victorious Festival. Dan Le Sac also works as a remix producer, he has to date been commissioned to remix Biffy Clyro, Bat for Lashes, The Maccabees to name a few.

Fresh from a busy summer playing a final European tour with partner in crime Scroobius Pip, Dan Le Sac is coming to Portsmouth for a very special solo DJ set! Playing an eclectic set of funk, party bangers, soul and custom electronic beat Dan will also be supported by the Delight resident DJs over 2 floors!

The team have kindly donated a pair of tickets for one lucky winner. If you would like to win the tickets, then all you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answers to the following question by midnight this Sunday. The lucky winner will be contacted on Monday morning.

Q) What is Dan le Sac’s real name?

For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

Dan Le Sac

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Ben Ainslie Racing and Strong Island Schools Art Project

After months of planning (and crossing fingers for no rain) yesterday saw as part of the launch of the 1851 Trust our joint community art project with Ben Ainslie Racing happen down at the Camber. During this past weekend street artist James Waterfield put down a base mural of The Solent on the 100+ foot long hoarding wall of the new Ben Ainslie Racing HQ, ready for yesterday’s event. From 9am yesterday morning pupils and staff arrived from six local schools: Admiral Lord Nelson, St Jude’s Primary, Charter Academy, Park Community, Ryde Academy and Ryde School ready and prepared with designs, templates and plans for yachts and sea craft, all ready to paint. Throughout the morning over 70 pupils worked with three local street artists (James Waterfield, Luke Storkey and My Dog Sighs) on their paintings of sea craft throughout the ages, their part of the huge street art mural. As well as the young artists getting covered in paint they were also helped by some of the trustees of the 1851 Trust, the Minister for Portsmouth, some of the elite racing crew from BAR and Sir Ben Ainslie.

By the time the rain started at lunchtime the mural was covered with sea craft such as fishing boats, racing yachts with colourful sails, HMS Victory (with Lord Nelson), flying boats and many, many more. The mural will be finished up this Saturday by James and will then be on display until the opening of the new BAR HQ in May next year.

A huge thank you to Pippa, Jo and the team at BAR and ITTB, the artists, the site team at their new HQ, all the fantastic staff and pupils, Jack Daly and the local people (including sailors) from Old Portsmouth who popped down and showed so much support.

Photos from Monday shown below are by Jack Daly.

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Ben Ainslie Racing and Strong Island Schools Art Project

For the last few months we have been working with the team at Ben Ainslie Racing devising a schools street art event that for us for the first time involves both sides of the Solent! Seventy two young people from six schools in Portsmouth and Ryde will come together on the 13th October for this community art project. They will paint images from the rich maritime heritage of the Solent onto a mural on the hoardings of the construction site at the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. It’s a maritime history that Ben Ainslie Racing will continue from their new base on The Camber, in Portsmouth’s Old Town.

The event is to celebrate the launch of a new charity that Ben Ainslie Racing will support through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre at their new headquarters building. The art project is being coordinated by Strong Island with BAR and we’ll be working with renowned local street artists James Waterfield and Dharma 77, and the internationally recognised My Dog Sighs on the mural design.

The six local schools (St Judes Church of England School, Park Community School, Admiral Lord Nelson School, Charter Academy, Ryde School & Ryde Academy) have been invited to get involved and paint the mural too. The school children will range in age and ability from Primary School students from St Judes Church of England School, all the way to GCSE students. The young artists will paint a wide variety of craft throughout the history of travel on the Solent including flying boats and hovercraft, both built and developed on the Isle of Wight, and the latter still carrying people between Portsmouth and Ryde. The Mary Rose, a successful Tudor warship that sank fighting the French during the Battle of the Solent, salvaged and now displayed in the city. Naval ships and submarines will be there, along with previous British challengers for the America’s Cup; Sir Thomas Sopwith’s Endeavour, built in Gosport and launched into Portsmouth Harbour. Ben Ainslie Racing’s new hydrofoiling catamaran boat will also be featured.

James Waterfield will paint the background design this weekend – and everyone is invited to come along to the Camber and see it progress. It will be a skyline and seascape scene stretching across the Solent from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, to Portsmouth…With the mural along the length of the BAR HQ hoarding wall facing the harbour, all 100+ feet of it! Dharma 77 and My Dog Sighs will then join Waterfield on the 13th October to work with the art students, giving them the opportunity to learn street art skills and techniques from these local artists.

Ben Ainslie Racing’s Team Principal, Sir Ben Ainslie commented, “We really hope people will come along this coming weekend, and on the 13th and have a look at the work the students are doing. We’re really excited about this, and we’re going to find a permanent home for the best work in the Visitor Centre at the new headquarters.”

On Monday the students will be working from 9.30am until 2pm and everyone is welcome to come along and watch the mural take shape! We’ll be photographing and filming the event and will be sharing the results soon after the day too.

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Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

Winter is coming, that means only one thing, we are working hard behind the scenes finalising our 2015 calendar. We were again overwhelmed by the demand for our 2014 calendar. This year we aim to have the calendar available for pre orders from mid October, with the copies ready for dispatch/sale in mid November.

The calendars will be available in the Strong Island Clothing Co. shop and can be posted nationally or internationally. We will no longer be offering a pick up service for your orders. You will however be able to pick up a copy directly at Southsea Gallery, Albert Road or Lou Lou’s, Marmion Road.

We will be taking submissions up until the end of October, so please keep them coming! 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.

Strong Island Calendar 2015

Here are a couple of snaps which I can confirm will be included in our 2015 Calendar.

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By Jon Neil

Victorious Festival 2014

Like many, I loved the Dockyards as a venue and was excited to see how Victorious would look in it’s new home on Southsea Seafront. Victorious Festival 2014 surpassed all my expectations, it has evolved into a far superior event that will rival all others in the South of England.

The site looked impressive with two large stages situated on Castle Field and the Southsea Bandstand. Just north situated around Southsea Skate Park were the Silent Disco, Beer Festival and it was great to see so many market stalls selling a whole variety of different crafts, fashion and gifts from local artists and vendors.

My one regret of the weekend is the amount of things I missed, this wasn’t for the want of trying, there was simply so much great stuff going on.

On Saturday afternoon friends and I camped out at the Castle Stage underneath the most photographed sight of the past five days, the Victorious sign at the top of the hill. While enjoying a few ciders I was treated to a bit of a throw back to my college days with Sophie Ellis Bextor and Razorlight. The highlight of the day was unquestionably Dizzie Rascal. He had the whole crowd bouncing and it was a great way to end day one. If only it did end there for me though!

On Sunday morning I woke up with after very little sleep and with a slightly sore head. Never the less I was determined to get back down the seafront to catch some of the amazing music on offer.

Early in the afternoon The Day of the Rabblement amassed a bit of a crowd at the Pie & Vinyl Tent which was situated amongst the market stalls. After some food and a bimble round the arts area, some of my favourite local bands then took over the Seaside Stage. Blackfoot Circle, Burning Beaches and Kassassin Street all entertained large crowds, and by the way they were dancing around; the crowd were enjoying what they were hearing.

Next on stage were Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. They must have had the largest crowd of the day so far, and the Essex pair had most of them jumping up and down to their unique blend of Hip Hop and Electro beats.

The band I was most looking forward to was easily British Sea Power, and they didn’t disappoint! As dusk was settling in, the band treated us to hits including ‘Carrion’, ‘Machineries of Joy’ and ‘Remember Me’. You could see some of the more die hard British Sea Power fans had even brought their own tree branches to wave in the air.

As a flood of people passed me coming into the Seaside Stage for Ocean Colour Scene, I made my way over to the Castle Stage to check out another of my musical heroes, Seasick Steve. With a host of home made instruments in tow, he put on a typically great show and got a great reception from the crowd. To say I was jealous of my Strong Island colleagues watching in back stage would be an understatement. I know how hard they were worked on our stall over the weekend so I can’t begrudge them that treat! Obviously it would be criminal not to compliment the closing DJ set of the festival by 2manyDJs, a large crowd were not put off by the incoming rain and they were witness to another top performance by the Belgian duo.

I don’t think I was alone in using Monday as a day of recovery, however I still couldn’t quite shift that feeling that I wanted to do it all over again. Although perhaps not in that rain! Special mention has to go to the group of friends who made it such a fun weekend. it was the perfect way to make me forget about my imminent birthday and turning yet another year older.

It’s great to hear that the overwhelming majority shared my positive views and experiences. Everyone I encountered was in high spirits and was having a great time. I’m proud of everyone I know who were involved, the boys and girls done good, very good! I hope the staff involved had a chance to enjoy it as much as we all did. They have thrown an event which all of Portsmouth can be proud of!

Be sure to keep and eye out on our Strong Island and Victorious Festival‘s Facebook pages to see some of the amazing photo’s. I’ve had a sneak peak of what the photography team have produced and it looks great!

Photos below are by Matt Ankers, Tom Langford and Todd Lawton

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British Sea Power at Victorious by Matt Ankers

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Strong Island Calendar 2015 #SIC2015

With it being World Photo Day I thought it would be a good time to remind you that we are still taking submissions for our 2015 Calendar. We have got an awesome short list of images coming together but we still have space for more!

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.

Strong Island Calendar 2015

Here are a couple of snaps which I can confirm will be included in our 2015 Calendar.

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Angela Chick

Archives

Brickwoods

The now defunct Brickwoods Brewery was Portsmouth’s largest local brewer before it’s final demise in 1983. Many old pubs (and many houses that are converted old pubs) still have tiles and signs with the old brewery’s name on so in a way, it still lives on, just in the city’s background. Keep your eyes peeled. You can find out more about the company here too.

I came across these amazing beermats via Google, some interesting designs. Notice the sun motif…

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The Langstone Ark Project

The Langstone Ark is a project being run by Langstone Harbour’s Environment Officer Louise MacCallum that went live on-line in August. The project aims to create a digital collection of all the animals and plants associated with Langstone Harbour, by asking harbour users, visitors, and anyone else with an interest in the harbour to send digital photographs of wildlife taken on the water, or around the shoreline.

So far, over 150 photographs have been contributed to the project, and nearly 100 species are now represented. There are literally 1000’s of species of animal and plant to be found around the harbour however, so there are plenty of gaps in the project left to fill!

Autumn is a great time of year to see wildlife around Langstone Harbour, with thousands of migratory birds beginning to arrive and beautiful fungi springing up on many of the wildlife reserves dotted around the shoreline.

For more information about the project visit the Langstone Harbour Board’s brand new website at www.langstoneharbour.org.uk and send photographic contributions to ark@langstoneharbour.org.uk

Below are just a few of the contributors photographs so far, and you can see all of them over at the gallery HERE.

Kestrel by B.D. McGregor

Little Tern by Mark Milum

Grey Seal by Nick Lyon

Southsea & Portsmouth Guide

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.

Vintage Old Portsmouth Photograph

We’ve not had a vintage photograph for quite a while on Strong Island, and this one is a winner. This photo of the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth was taken in 1958 by Mark Kauffman for LIFE Magazine. Click this LINK for a larger version.

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Thanks to Jubru for sending this over.

Submarine Graveyard

Portsmouth’s Pounds scrapyard has been the final stop for the lives of many military vehicles over the years but most noticeable it has been the location for a submarine graveyard. So iconic was the sight of the submarines as you entered Portsmouth that they became the inspiration for the architect when designing the new swimming pool at the Mountbatten Centre.

Robin Hinson has a large collection of photos of the scrapped submarines here, with a few shown below.