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The Rowans Hospice: Woofs & Wellies Christmas Walk

30th November The Rowans Hospice and Sanctuary Vets invite you and your canine companions to get involved in their Christmas Woofs & Wellies Walk. The walk will be just under 4km around the stunning grounds of Stansted Park (with the option to lap the route twice).

All dogs taking part must register for the walk which costs £5. This is a sponsored event and they ask that each dog raises a target of £25 sponsorship. Each dog will get a dog medal and doggy bag for taking part in the event. It is a great day out and a fantastic way to kick off the festive season.

Come along in your festive hats and jumpers. This is a great fun day out for all the family.

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Strong Island Sounds x Longlive Radio On Mixcloud

Since July last year we have been working in partnership with Pet Sounds and Longlive DJ Charlie Waddington to produce Long Live Radio, a regular show for the Strong Island Sounds podcast.

Charlie and his occasional guests assemble a selection of tunes from a diverse range of genres and artists including the likes of Arcade Fire, Elliot Smith, Jurassic 5, Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Episodes often feature a theme running through them, the most recent episode features songs used by Martin Scorsese in his movies.

Charlie always compiles a great selection of tunes. If you love to be introduced to new and classic songs that you might never have heard before then I encourage you to get involved!

Charlie has kindly made them available on the Longlive Radio MixCloud page www.mixcloud.com/longliveradio. Mixcloud is an online music streaming service that allows for the listening and distribution of radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts, which are crowdsourced by its registered users. Mobile apps are available for both Android and iOS.

Otherwise you can subscribe on iTunes you can automatically receive new podcasts onto your iTunes library, or onto your iPhone by downloading the Podcast App.

Longlive Radio – Episode 001 by Charlie Longlive on Mixcloud

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Beats & Swing Presents… Reeps One

On Saturday 1st November Beats & Swing are taking over The Cellars at Eastney for the evening. Headlining will be Harry Yeff better known by his stage name Reeps One. The 24 year old is an award winning beatboxer is only the second beatboxer along with Beardyman to win the Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships twice running (2009 & 2010).

Support on the night comes from local’s Deluxe Flamingo‘s and DJ Handsome Dave Rocker.

Science has even proved Reeps One to be an expert beat boxer. Dr Carolyn McGettigan, a neuroscientist at University College London, compared MRI scans of Reeps One and a novice while beat boxing. Results showed a greater focus and heavy use of his cerebellum by Reeps One, while the novice used several other areas across the brain. This suggests the novice’s lack of expertise as they need to think about and plan each sound, while Reeps One can perform automatically from all his years of training. The sound sequences are already embedded in Reeps brain.

Reeps One has supported acts such as Benga, The Prodigy, Roni Size, De La Soul, The Scratch Perverts and Foreign Beggars. As well as playing Glastonbury Music Festival three years in a row, and most recently performed at the Reading and Leeds 2013 Festivals, on the Alternative Stage.

I fully expect this to be a sell out prior to the event, so don’t wait wait around. Get your hands on some tickets via the Cellars HERE.

You can find out more on Reeps One from his Facebook, Twitter @Reeps1, YouTube and SoundCloud accounts.

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Portsmouth Film Society: All Quiet On The Western Front

As part of Portsmouth Bookfest 2014 his Thursday evening at 7pm the team behind Portsmouth Film Society present ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ in the Eldon Theatre. The 1930’s American film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name follows a young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

The film will be Introduced by Dr Christine Berberich, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth.

You can pick up your ticket HERE for £6.

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Platform Graduate Award 2014 Shortlist Announced

The Platform Graduate Award, now in its third year, showcases and mentors the very best of young and emerging artists. The Award nominations come from five public galleries in the South East region working together as part of CVAN (The Contemporary Visual Arts Network) South East. The 2014 gallery partners are De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, Modern Art Oxford, Turner Contemporary and our own Aspex Gallery.

Nominated by Aspex Gallery is Samuel Lloyd from the University of Chichester.

His artistic practice is described by Aspex as ‘involving the playful manipulation and recreation of surfaces on collections of found, often mass produced objects, reappraising the recognisable relationship between their form and function through the addition of his hand-crafted, highly textured, sealant skins’.

The winner of this year’s Award will be announced at a Special Event on 1st November being hosted in Aspex and will receive a 12-month bespoke programme of professional development from the five participating art galleries as well as a £2,500 bursary towards further development of their practice.

Aspex will be announcing the winner of the Platform Graduate Award here at Aspex this Saturday. The award will be awarded by Peter Heslip, the Director of Visual Arts at Arts Council England and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth. The event kicks off at 5pm with a presentation at 6pm followed by an drinks reception – including some locally brewed “Sexton” ale courtesy of Brewhouse & Kitchen. For more information contact Aspex by telephone on 023 9277 8080 or email info@aspex.org.uk.

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Five Beaches Play & Photography Talk on Remembrance Sunday at the D-Day Museum

This Remembrance Sunday on the 9th of November will see the D-Day Museum in Southsea play host to a new play entitled Five Beaches telling the story of the landing at Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944 using veterans’ words where possible. The play is a fast paced, stylised piece of theatre performed by an all-male ensemble that follows the soldiers across the channel and onto the approaches of each of the five landing beaches in Normandy.

Originally written to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the play contains a mixture of humour and pathos interlaced with choral elements. The running time is 30 minutes and is being performed by a group of actors from Bay House School, Gosport. The performance times are 3pm & 4pm and admission to the play is free, but a donation of £3 per person towards the work of Bay House School’s drama department is welcome.

As well as the play there will also be 30-minute photographer talks at 12pm and 2pm entitled ‘D-Day – The Last of the Liberators’ with a collection of portraits of some of the last veterans of the Normandy landings retracing their steps seventy years later. Photographer Robin Savage displays and discusses his favourite photographs from his new book (find out more about the book HERE), which depicts veterans at locations in Nornandy that are particularly significant to their own experiences. No booking required.

Find out more at:

www.ddaymuseum.co.uk

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Photo by Robin Savage

Strong Island Recordings Cash Free Christmas Party For Charity At The Eastney Cellars

On the 13th December Strong Island Recordings takes over one of Portsmouth’s finest establishments being the cosy little Eastney Cellars for an all day charity party in association with The Park Studio who will be kindly supplying us with much needed gear. The event hosts 11 bands as well as Champagne Justice deejays and we’ve decided to do away with cash entry for the event and instead entry for the event is a donation of non-perishable food which will be donated to local food banks.  From a tin of beans or packet of pasta to a bag full of groceries it all helps and we can all help those in need whilst having a blast.

Now for the line up. Once again we believe we’ve curated a heavyweight eclectic line-up that features some of the most exciting and up and coming acts from across the south. Headlining the day and representing the label family will be thrashy-grunge twosome Rickyfitts, quite possibly one of the finest and also loudest bands in the U.K at the moment. Also finely representing our little label is shoegaze/psychedelic outfit Dead Rabbits and garage pop duo The Boy I Used to Be. We’ve also dragged back a few of our friends who have graced our parties before. London dreampop trio Wyldest fresh from main-staging Green Man Festival and blowing up the blogosphere play later in the evening as well as everyone’s favourite blitz-pop duo Curxes. Along with both of them we’ve brought back indie rock/post-punk outfit Fever and also Death of the Author who killed it at our Southsea Fest stage back in September when they filled in last minute. New to any of ours shows is London’s shoegaze/grunge quintet Nevermind Me playing their first ever show, drone-stoner rock outfit Verletzt, doom grungers Bittertown Mary’s and also the incredible dark twisted psychedelia outfit from Southampton, ELEPHANTANTRUM who remind us of a cross between Tame Impala and The Wytches. Get ready to be dragged into their nightmare realm.

Doors on the day open at 13.oopm so get down early as you don’t want to miss any of the acts as they’re all splendid. In the event you’re coming down please do rummage through your cupboards and ask any friends or family if they have any bits they don’t mind donating too and hopefully all of us together can help those in need whilst also having a marvellous time watching some of the best bands in the country. Check out the Facebook event here as well as below with a playlist of some of the acts playing the all day Christmas party. You can also keep up to date over on our website. See you there on the 13th December for the Christmas party in Portsmouth.

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Community Fusion Presents Made With Hartt Market at The Wedgewood Rooms Tomorrow

Portsmouth’s youth volunteering service Community Fusion are holding another Made with Hartt market at The Wedgewood Rooms tomorrow from 11am until 4pm. These regular events happen on the last Saturday of the month but will be going on a little rest over December.

The market has stalls from loads of Southsea & Portsmouth creatives, there will be tea and cake (and beer at the bar) and the market also features live music.

Entry is FREE.

Keep up to date with Community Fusion and their Made With Hartt store on their Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/Community.Fusion

Community Fusion Presents Made With Hartt Market at The Wedgewood Rooms

Island City Stories

Island City Stories is a collaborative project between students and staff in The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) and local independent businesses and community groups in Portsmouth. The project began in January 2014, with twelve local businesses across Portsmouth chosen to be part of the 1st phase pilot.

Students from BA Film & TV Production were paired up with these initial twelve businesses and each of their stories were captured with creative and insightful short films. The businesses involved in 2014 are:

Southsea Greenhouse
Bellamy’s Antiques
Make Craft Cafe
Anglepoise Ltd
Atelier Art Gallery and Art School
Ye Olde Bike Shoppe
Southsea Deckchairs
Southsea Coffee
Head Hairdressing
Sweetie Pie – Gluten Free Bakery
All About Tea
Bored of Southsea

Businesses lined up for 2015 already include Tony Wood Hairdresser, Pie & Vinyl, Bread Addiction & Yellow Kite Cafe.

Students from BA Illustration were also involved in the project by designing the logo/branding for ‘Island City Stories’.

You can watch a few of the films below and visit the Island City Stories website to see many more plus photos from being the scenes during the production of the films.

www.islandcitystories.co.uk

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Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry‘s new series ‘Who Are You?’ began on Channel 4 last night. As well as sculpture, Grayson is best known for his brightly coloured ceramic vases which feature caricatures of his subjects. There are also prominent autobiographical themes to much of his work. You can often find images of Claire, his female alter-ego.

Grayson was born in Essex but back in 1982 he graduated with a BA in Fine Art from what was then Portsmouth Polytechnic and is now Portsmouth University.

In the first episode Grayson works with former politician Chris Huhne; X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark; Kayleigh, a 27-year-old white single mother of five who has recently converted to Islam; and Jazz, who was born a girl but has embarked on a course of male hormones to begin his life as a man. Grayson produces portraits using various different forms of art including tapestries, sculpture and pottery which are featured in the National Portrait Gallery.

I personally love portrait photography, a simple photographs of a subject with a plain background, focusing all the attention on the subject. Grayson’s project is not quite as simple as this, he is going deeper, looking into our personal identities and the persona’s we attempt to portray. I found this an insightful and an interesting take on people who have been going through a transition to find their own identity.

I’m sure episode one will be repeated, however you can find it HERE on 4oD.

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A Song of Revolutions Exhibition by Patrick Altes at SPACE

Patrick Altes, a French artist born in Algeria, explores diaspora and identity in this enlightening exhibition at SPACE, located in the new Eldon Building West. Drawing on his own experiences, Altes explores the subject area of birthrights and the sometimes shifting and uncomfortable attitudes about belonging, dispossession and migration. Themes refer to postcolonialism, political manipulation and the dichotomy between oppressors and the oppressed.

Patrick said: “My artistic process is a personal attempt to shift perceptions and engage in an open-minded and creative dialogue to acknowledge the wounds of the past, but also the new relationship that is emerging after more than 180 years of strained cohabitation. I want this work to contribute in its own way to a new and long overdue political narrative between France and Algeria.”

Working with Dr Natalya Vince from the University of Portsmouth School of Languages and Area Studies, this body of work has been produced with support from the Leverhulme Trust. It is being celebrated as part of the Being Human festival at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Natalya Vince, of the School said: “Patrick worked with staff and students, responding to the teaching and research in our department, to produce a body of work which expresses ideas about movement, representation, belonging and time in new ways and for new audiences.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public on weekdays from 9am–5pm and runs until the 26th November.

There are also a couple of events related to the exhibition:

Meet the Artist
Friday 14 November, 4–7pm, all welcome

Public Talk
Tuesday 28 October, 4pm, Eldon North 0.20

You can see some photos from a visit to the exhibition below.

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Panic of the Human Fancy by Joanne Hummel-Newell at aspex guildhall Opens Tonight

This evening sees the opening of a brand new exhibition at aspex guildhall entitled ‘Panic of the Human Fancy’ by Isle of Wight artist Joanne Hummel-Newell. Painting, drawing and collage are some of the media used by Joanne Hummel-Newell to create her works, which are governed by chance, accident and honesty. aspex guildhall will be hosting this solo show including a selection of Joanne’s new and recent works.

“My work embarks on a multi disciplined approach, from large scale painting and collage, to installation and moving image. Currently, through the construction of collaged wooden cut outs, drawing and painting, the work documents our human motivation to achieve a sense of control and order, through design, and the tensions which exist when this is brought into the realms of accident and chance.” – Joanne

The exhibition follows two well-received shows from illustrator Jonny Hannah and photographer Andrew Paul Hayward. Curator at aspex, Clive Caswell, says “All the artists shown in the space so far come from within a 20 mile radius of Portsmouth Guildhall, which just goes to show the depth of artistic talent in the local area”.

The preview for the exhibition is today at 6pm, all are welcome to attend. The exhibition then runs until 14th December.

Panic of the Human Fancy by Joanne Hummel-Newell at aspex guildhall

Signature Clothing Presents Milton Daze

So Tom from Signature Clothing got himself an iPhone 5s in Spring and started filming some clips at Milton skatepark, “Coz its rad quality for a phone, and I wanna show people the skill level of the dudes who hang out there”. Damn straight they have skills. The clips began stacking up so Tom started making some edits, named ‘Milton Daze’. These raw phone edits will be solely released under Signature Clothing so it gets more coverage and the fact that a few of the team are involved like Dobbo, Alex, Jak, and Nick.

“A lot is gonna change at Milton over the next 5 years. And I’m not the only head who is passionate about the place. The message I want to get across is that we’re not passionate about the quality of the ramps, but the fact that it has (without a doubt) the strongest skateboard scene in Portsmouth.”

These edits are going show the level of skateboarding happening locally right now and hopefully push for better things at Milton skatepark for the future. Signature believe the council should help direct some money in the right place as Milton has such a high skateboarder attendence (especially on a hot day) and the fact that they are kind of neglected (no sob story here though. They are not after sympathy).

Portsmouth artist My Dog Sighs paints gigantic Hug mural

Over the past week internationally acclaimed artist My Dog Sighs has been painting a giant size version of his ‘Portsmouth Hug’ on the wall of the Somerstown Community Hub in Portsmouth. He has been trying to get access to a large space in the city for a few years and finally this has happened with the help of Portsmouth City Council.

The scaffolding went up very quickly and My Dog Sighs scaled the heights to leave one of his signature pieces of work. “I painted a very accurate scaled down drawing which I had to refer to a lot. A 2mm thick line calculated to 30cm thick line on the wall. There was an awful lot of measuring.”

The ‘Portsmouth Hug’ can be seen at the main entrance to the community hub in Somerstown, Portsmouth.

Photographs below tell the story of the work from start to finish. To see more of his work – http://mydogsighs.co.uk/

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Love the Skatepark Day at Southsea Skatepark on Saturday 25th October

This Saturday Southsea Skatepark is holding a special event inspired by the park’s long and fascinating heritage, ‘Love the Skatepark Day’. The park is inviting all generation of riders, skaters, spectators and friends to come and share the love, the day includes:

– 70′s Slalom Skateboarding
– Old School BMX Meet Up / Best Old School Bike
– Best trick contests for BMX, Skateboarding, Inline and Scooter
– BBQ Hosted by Southsea Skatepark Cafe
– DJs and more

Admission is £6 for the day and if you have a rad fancy dress outfit you will get a free burger from the Cafe.

Southsea Skatepark by Hampshire Aerial Photos

Southsea Skatepark by Matt Ankers

Southsea Skatepark by Matt Ankers




Jerry Williams at All About Tea on 25th October

Straight out of Milton, singer/songwriter Jerry Williams has been on the rise for the last year or so…with loads of live shows at festivals like Victorious, awards such as Runner-Up for Best Solo Artist in the Portsmouth Guide Awards and sets at venues as varied as Sids Barbers at the end of Locksway Road to the likes of the Jazz Cafe in London. All the audiences enchanted by the Jerry’s confident, personal songs. This Saturday (25th October 7-9pm) Jerry will be performing a special show at All About Tea as part of the Portsmouth Tea Sessions.

With the recent release of Jerry’s first EP ‘A Hairdresser’s Called Sids’, in the summer and with Jerry currently Artist of the Week on Right Chord Music (who describe her as “a genuine star in the making”) this will be a great location to catch a local act sure to be on to big things.

Jerry Williams at All About Tea on 25th October

Photos from Jerry’s performance at the Strong Island tent during Victorious Festival 2014.

Jerry Williams at Strong Island Tent at Victorious Festival 2014

Jerry Williams at Strong Island Tent at Victorious Festival 2014

The UK Festival Awards 2014

The annual UK Festival Awards have opened their voting so you can support your favourite events from last summer. The south coast has been well represented with nominations for local festivals Bestival, Blissfields, Mutiny and Victorious.

The teams behind them will be looking for your support and you can place your votes HERE. When you are done voting you can enter an amazing competition where you can win 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award and a new iPad mini!

The UK Festival Awards 2014

Just watching those videos is getting me excited for next summer already! You can get yourself an early bird ticket for next years Victorious event on 29th and 30th August 2015 for just £18 HERE.

Victorious Festival 2014 from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.

Community Fusion | Portsmouth Green Business Award Winners 2014

The Venus Awards, formed in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business. CEO/Co-Founder Jenna Boyson of Community Fusion recently became winner of the 2014 Green Business Award for the Portsmouth region for the charity’s shop Made With Hartt.

In December 2013 with the support of Healthy Planet and Cascades Shopping Centre the charity launched the project ‘Made with Hartt…’. This shop is mainly volunteer run, teaching new skills in retail and craft, leadership and responsibility. Items are sold from local community members and the focus is on being green with upcycling and recycling always on the agenda. The shop aims to be interactive and fun with a community heart.

As well as all the handmade gifts, arts, crafts and collections the shop gives away free books and hold free story time sessions for children. The Healthy Planet initiative ‘Books for Free’ run by Community Fusion in Portsmouth give away donated books, thus preventing them going to landfill or being pulped. On average the Books for Free programme give away 300,000 books a year nationally.

Jenna looked her glamours in her dress made completely of recycled material, in the form of kitchen roll, decorated with ink from a used printer cartridge by Dumpster Design. The dress was talked about all evening long, on line and even the kitchen roll company got in touch and joined in the celebrations!

Jenna Boyson describes her feelings on the night “What an amazing achievement and an amazing dress! The shop has not even been open for a year and already seen huge support and now an award. The Venus Awards was an exciting time and the first awards we have been invited to. I went all out and wore a dress created by Dumpster Design made of kitchen roll… I wanted to show that you really can craft extraordinary things from everyday items! This is not only fantastic for Community Fusion though but all credit goes to our stockists, volunteers and supporters. Time, energy and recourses are donated by so many people locally – without this support our shop would not even exist! Endless thanks to all who are involved.”

Congratulations to Jenna and everyone involved in Community Fusion. I encourage you to follow Community Fusion to stay up to date with all of their many projects. For more information check out their Facebook and Twitter @CommunityFusion.

Jenna Boyson Community Fusion

Jenna Boyson Community Fusion
Photos by Charlotte Griffiths Photography

The Creative Cargo Book Now Available Online

A few weeks back we published a 96 page book for our Creative Cargo project for the project’s VIP launch event in Mayfair in London. The book contains all the details of this project aiming to promote the creative sector of Portsmouth & Southsea and profiles the many local artists, designers and businesses that have all contributed to the project. The book itself was printed in limited numbers due to it’s size but it is now available to be read online HERE or below.

You can find out more about this project at:

www.creativecargo.co.uk

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This project was made possible with the support of Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth and Anglepoise®.

Staggeringly Good

Portsmouth has the most pubs per square metre than any other city in the UK”. I have always wondered how true this frequently quoted adage was. Okay, so we are a pretty densely populated city, and we do enjoy a rather impressive naval history. Combine these factors and the outcome was always going to be drinking holes on every corner, ready to sate the unquenchable thirst of both locals and sailors alike. Of course, pubs are nothing without the breweries that supply them, and between 1784 and 1847 there was a record 90 breweries in Portsmouth alone. Fast forward to 2014 and our city is a slightly different place; the historical breweries are long gone, either despatched by the profitable housing industry or bought out and shut down by some drinks company in Chiswick.

However all is not lost, and thanks in part to the craft beer revolution, the sounds of production have started again. We are already familiar with local stalwarts such as Irving & Co, Oakleaf across the water in Gosport and the new kid on the block Brewhouse. Yet quietly creeping into the fridges of choice pubs are the dinosaur labelled bottles of Staggeringly Good. Conceived as refreshments for stag do’s, born from the loins of the Brewhouse equipment and premiered at last year’s Portsmouth Beer Festival, Staggeringly Good is here to bring you a whole new spin on the classic Indian Pale Ale. From the kaffir lime leaves of the ThaiRannoCitrus, through to the smoked heat of Extinction Black and the deep flavour of it’s newest creation the VelociRapture. Going for a night out? You can find Staggeringly Good in The Leopold, The Belle Isle, The Hole In The Wall and other forward thinking establishments. Going to a party? Cases of 12 bottles are available to buy online from their webshop, with free delivery in the Portsmouth area. I sat down with local IPA connoisseur Gareth Colwell to selflessly deconstruct these beers on your behalf.

StaggerSaurus IPA (4%):
The first and the original, this one is a pretty straight forward affair: the perfect session IPA, it’s gentle bitterness ideal for a summer BBQ or the first drinks of your night out.

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ThaiRannoCitrus (4%):
Thai themed beers are a bit marmitey; you either go for them or you don’t. In this case SG have shifted the focus on subtle kaffir lime leaves rather than punches of coriander and lemongrass. The notes of peach and lime would be the perfect accompaniment for any coconut based spicy curry dish. Would be great to see these in the Albert Road curry houses.

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Extinction Black Chilli IPA (5.7%):
One for the chilli heads, the Extinction Black comes in two forms: the black caps which packs a huge scotch bonnet punch and the red cap which is a milder more smokey version. In fact this one isn’t a million miles away from a decent smoked porter, the fruity chilliness lingers pleasantly at the back of the throat. Good with a hunk of mature cheese I reckon.

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VelociRapture American IPA (6.5%):
Repent all sinners! SG’s newest and boldest creation includes strong bursts of grapefruit and citrus. This West Coast influenced homage to Sierra Nevada is, in our opinion, the pick of the crop. It’s clean after-taste definitively makes it a choice beer for end-times.

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For further information or updates you can follow Staggeringly Good on their Twitter or give them a like on their FB page.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 25

Charlie is back with the 25th episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:

For today’s show, I’m spending some time to bring you the band Big Star. A hugely influential group formed in Memphis by a couple of massive Beatles fans in 1971, they released their debut album; ‘#1 Record” a year later, one of the founder singer songwriters left the year after that and by 1974, they were finished. A third LP was released posthumously, but none of their records sold in large numbers. Despite this, they’re held in high regard by anyone who spends a little time in their company; Rolling Stone magazine places all 3 in The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

For the show I haven’t picked their 5 most famous songs, or my favourite 5 songs, I’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible to give an idea of the scope of their sound. They wrote achingly plaintive acoustic songs just as well as the ragged jangly power-pop they’re arguably best known for. If you like any of the songs, take some time to have a root around in their back catalogue, more people should get to know and love Big Star.

Elsewhere we’ve got some bangers from Blur, Massive Attack, Smokey Robinson and Dinosaur Jr. Plus a prime cut from Sam’s Selection Box. Should be enough to see you through this shitty weather…

Cheers, Charlie x

01) O My Soul – Big Star
02) Far Out (Beagle 2 remix) – Blur
03) Groupie (Superstar) – Delaney & Bonnie
04) Thirteen – Big Star
05) I Go Ka – Ali Farka Toure
06) You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
07) Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Ol’ Dirty Bastard/Prince Fatty
08) You Get What You Deserve – Big Star
09) Feel The Pain – Dinosaur Jr.
10) Why Don’t We Get Drunk – Jimmy Buffett
11) Flying High – Morgan
12) Metal Fingers In My Body – Add N To (X)
13) I Am The Cosmos – Chris Bell
14) One Love – Massive Attack
15) Give Me Another Chance – Big Star

Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.

Strong Island Sounds Podcast with Longlive Radio Episode 25

Dockers, Rockers and Blockers

On 25th October the Portsmouth Roller Wenches present another double header at Havant Leisure Centre with the A team facing Brighton Rockers Roller Derby and then, if that wasn’t enough, the B-team will take on the deadly Killa Hurtz.

Doors open at 1.30pm. with the first bout beginning at 2pm. Tickets are £7 in advance or £8 on the door and under 15 year olds are FREE! You can pick up your tickets HERE.

Poster by Sarah Ingram aka Coletta L. Damage.

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‘The Other Side’ Exhibition TONIGHT

The Other Side is an exhibition brought to you by Hannah Kay Butcher. The exhibition opens tonight at the White Elephant on Cromwell Road. You can head down there from 7pm until 11pm. The Other Side documents life via reflections and shadows in moving images street photography and back projection.

For more information check out the Facebook Event page HERE.

Hannah Kay Butcher

Hannah Kay Butcher

Victorious Festival 2014

Strong Island Media have just released a short video focusing on the music at this summers Victorious Festival on the Vimeo page. Those of you with a keen eye will see local bands Blackfoot Circle, Kassassin Street, Jerry Williams, The Shutka Champions, The Southsea Alternative Choir and many more.

Victorious Festival 2014 from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.

If that brought back some amazing memories or you missed out then make sure you get yourself one of the early bird tickets for next years event on 29th and 30th August 2015. Early bird tickets are £18 and you can get your hands on some HERE.

You can read our review of Victorious HERE.

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Aspex to celebrate the work of local artists and designers in a new rolling exhibition

Aspex is launching a new rolling exhibition called Pompey Prints.

This exhibition aims to celebrate the work of artists and designers who live and work in the City and have work that features Portsmouth and Southsea as its subject.  They are looking for a range of quality graphic images, illustrations and photographs to showcase in their cafe area.

If you have framed work you’d like to submit for inclusion in the show, please email a low res image with your contact details to pompeyprints@aspex.org.uk or pop in with your work this Sunday 19th October 2014 between 12-2pm to have a quick chat with our Director Joanne Bushnell and see if it fits the bill. Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3BF (Behind Loch Fyne on Canalside)  http://www.aspex.org.uk/

Photograph below of the cafe space which will feature the prints.

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Strong Island Calendar 2015

You should all be well aware that over the last year we have been compiling a calendar using photographs submitted to us by you, the Strong Island readers. We are really excited by our 2015 edition, I didn’t think it was possible but the bar has been raised yet again!

The calendar again features photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.

£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.

The calendars are still only available as a pre-order from our online shop HERE. We are expecting to have them in hand by next Thursday. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each.

I guess it’s about time we share with you some more of the amazing photographs which have been included this year.

Danielle Gridley
Danielle Gridley
Nick Weall
Nick Weall
Megan Barnes
Megan Barnes
Jay Hansford
Jay Hansford
Sam Brooks
Sam Brooks
Melanie Easthope
Melanie Easthope

New Strong Island Co Opens This Saturday!

Strong Island invites all our friends old and new to our new home in Southsea, opening this Saturday (15th November) from 10am. Strong Island at 12 Highland Road is a new shop and exhibition space, stocking all of the Strong Island Clothing Co range, a selection of high quality art prints, releases from Strong Island Recordings plus a collection of fine leather accessories from Raw & Auburn. We will also have monthly guest artists and designers selling their work too.

Our first exhibition in the space is a retrospective of some of the designs, projects and events we have worked on in our 6 year history. We’ll be having regular exhibitions throughout the year with shows by local and visiting artists, designers & photographers.

Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9AH.

We will be open every week on Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

New Strong Island Co Opens This Saturday!

The Strong Island Calendar 2015 Pre Orders Now Available

We’ve been working hard over the last few weeks collecting together the incredible submissions from the many local photographers who have been capturing Portsmouth and Southsea over the last twelve months. The calendar is soon to be sent off to the local printers and we are now taking pre-orders for the calendar in our Shop Ahoy online store. As per our previous years, the calendar is £10 with £1 of each calendar sale going to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.

We’re offering a few pre-order options with UK and International postage plus the option to pick up the calendar in person from our new studio/store once the calendars have arrived (due early December). All postage pre-orders will be sent out with lots of time for Christmas.

We’ve sold out of calendars before Christmas for the last two years, to pre-order yours please visit HERE.

The Strong Island Calendar 2015

Strong Island Recordings Cash Free Christmas Party For Charity At The Eastney Cellars

On the 13th December Strong Island Recordings takes over one of Portsmouth’s finest establishments being the cosy little Eastney Cellars for an all day charity party in association with The Park Studio who will be kindly supplying us with much needed gear. The event hosts 11 bands as well as Champagne Justice deejays and we’ve decided to do away with cash entry for the event and instead entry for the event is a donation of non-perishable food which will be donated to local food banks.  From a tin of beans or packet of pasta to a bag full of groceries it all helps and we can all help those in need whilst having a blast.

Now for the line up. Once again we believe we’ve curated a heavyweight eclectic line-up that features some of the most exciting and up and coming acts from across the south. Headlining the day and representing the label family will be thrashy-grunge twosome Rickyfitts, quite possibly one of the finest and also loudest bands in the U.K at the moment. Also finely representing our little label is shoegaze/psychedelic outfit Dead Rabbits and garage pop duo The Boy I Used to Be. We’ve also dragged back a few of our friends who have graced our parties before. London dreampop trio Wyldest fresh from main-staging Green Man Festival and blowing up the blogosphere play later in the evening as well as everyone’s favourite blitz-pop duo Curxes. Along with both of them we’ve brought back indie rock/post-punk outfit Fever and also Death of the Author who killed it at our Southsea Fest stage back in September when they filled in last minute. New to any of ours shows is London’s shoegaze/grunge quintet Nevermind Me playing their first ever show, drone-stoner rock outfit Verletzt, doom grungers Bittertown Mary’s and also the incredible dark twisted psychedelia outfit from Southampton, ELEPHANTANTRUM who remind us of a cross between Tame Impala and The Wytches. Get ready to be dragged into their nightmare realm.

Doors on the day open at 13.oopm so get down early as you don’t want to miss any of the acts as they’re all splendid. In the event you’re coming down please do rummage through your cupboards and ask any friends or family if they have any bits they don’t mind donating too and hopefully all of us together can help those in need whilst also having a marvellous time watching some of the best bands in the country. Check out the Facebook event here as well as below with a playlist of some of the acts playing the all day Christmas party. You can also keep up to date over on our website. See you there on the 13th December for the Christmas party in Portsmouth.

xmas party

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.

Ben Ainslie Racing and Strong Island Schools Art Project (1)

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There’s Snow Day like a Snow Day

Tom Time Waster © just put a few more photos from last months snow day in Portsmouth. Cool photos as always, but I focused on the spills and slams. We saw some kids take proper slams that day. Lots of broken tailbones for sure. Good times.

It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Closed at £725

Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to www.mobro.co/StrongIsland if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

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.

Created Local – Victoria Haynes

Friend of Strong Island, Charlie ‘Pet Sounds’ Waddington told me about a very talented work colleague of his the other day and kindly asked if she could send in some examples of her work. Damn straight she can. That’s what we’re all about here, you know that.

I’ll introduce Vicky with the little bio that sent me. “Right, erm. About me, I’m 28, married with a two-year-old little boy, and have lived in Portsmouth all my life. I work three days a week at Paul Smith, where I’m the visual merchandiser and a sales assistant. The rest of the time I spend looking after my son, seeing friends and family, drawing, crocheting, sewing, watching films, listening to music and reading – the dream is to eventually scratch a living from artwork and handmade goods, while living in an old house with the family and a cat or two. I’m socially awkward, and have a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, I’m not very cool and tend to like clothes that everyone else thinks are repulsive – my favourite shop in Portsmouth is Dead Mans Glory, closely followed by any charity shop. I am actually addicted to period dramas, and love anything from the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s.”

Vicky’s print artwork is hand drawn, scanned in to the computer, coloured in Illustrator and usually drawn from a photograph for accuracy. Patterns are then self generated and added after. Inspiration comes from old objects, cameras, typewriters and suchlike – anything from days gone by captures her imagination. Crochet has so far been limited to homewares and childrens hats, but she would love to start making more wearable items to sell.

Undoubtedly a girl of many, many talents, Vicky’s work is eclectic, fun, unique and fantastic. Please add your comments and thoughts at the bottom of the page.

Keep up to date with Vicky over at her Blog www.theowlandtheaccordion.blogspot.com. All the best for the future and I hope you get that old house. Vicky also has prints for sale in the Southsea Gallery on Albert Road. Pop down and grab one.











The Infamous Harry Pounds Scrapyard Submarines

Many of you will remember the once iconic Submarines at the Harry Pounds Scrapyard on the way in to Portsmouth. We even featured a few photos by Robin Hinson back in 2010.

Although I never got to explore the sub aquatic giants myself I was lucky enough to find this little gem a few weeks ago. Although I can’t remember where, so sorry if I nabbed it and forgot to mention you.

Watch the video for a unique view of these “Uk, Admiralty Standard Range Diesels 16 Cylinder V mechanical supercharged monsters!”