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Southsea Art Fair At The One Eyed Dog

On July 4th, the One Eyed Dog will be hosting the Southsea Art Fair which will feature a host of local creatives including Kendal James, Stu Linfield, Jennifer Hillier, Hannah Gordon, Chris Webb and April Lovelace.

Items available will range from canvases, t-shirts, small handmade charms, knitted delights, quirky stickers, pretty cards and stunning illustrations.

Southsea is renowned for it’s artistic flare, vibrant locals and art fairs like this are a fantastic credit to all who take part and make them happen and the city itself. Doors open from 1pm but if you would like to find out more then check out the Facebook page HERE.

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Community Fusion Quiz This Thursday

Community Fusion invite you to join them this Thursday night at the The One Eyed Dog from 8pm for the fortnightly pub quiz. Teams of up to six members are welcome to compete for various prizes which will be available on the night.

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Signature Clothing Promo Video Premiere on 27th May at One Eyed Dog

The Signature Clothing skate team (including Lloyd Mcleggon, Nick Munday, Tom Sivyour, Alex Thornhill & Dobbo) have been hard at work for the last 12 months or so skating spots all over the city of Portsmouth and further afield, logging clips for an upcoming promo video for the Portsmouth based clothing company. Finally the time is here for the long awaited premiere of the promo video featuring the skating by many local skateboarders and you are invited to come along at 8pm on the 27th at the One Eyed Dog to check the new film and also see the new Spring/Summer 2014 range of clothing by the local label.

Check the Facebook event for full details and the flyer below plus have a watch of the teaser clip for the promo film too.

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Photos and Video from the Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings Party

Thursday night was the first joint Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings party at The One Eyed Dog with the lineup including Portsmouth’s Is Bliss plus Brighton/London Theo Verney and Boneyards. It was the second time Boneyards had hit Southsea this year and this date was part of their current tour promoting the new Rest in Beach EP released through Strong Island Recordings. It was the first opportunity for people to catch Theo Verney in the flesh in this city and after being hotly tipped by NME recently word was going round that it might be a chance to see someone set for big things in a cozy, local venue (also awesome to see someone bust out guitar solos too these days). Is Bliss played their second set as a newly formed 4 piece and their sound has continued to flourish in it’s density. Their new song was some glorious shoegaze, looking forward to seeing and hearing that more.

To see more photos and video form all the bands hit up the Strong Island Recordings Facebook and newly designed and updated YouTube.













Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss TOMORROW!

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on tomorrow, Thursday 15th August, at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon.

UPDATE: the Boneyards limited edition 7″ will be available to buy in person on the night.

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on Thursday 15th August at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon. Cheers!

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog Calls For New Work

New Walls exhibition space at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove have put a call out for their next exhibition and this time the theme is movement. If you have any photography, design, illustration, etc. that you think would meet that theme then be sure to get in touch with them at: info@newwalls.co.uk

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Photos from Arrows of Love at The One Eyed Dog

Photos from the recent Arrows of Love show at The One Eyed Dog in Southsea are now up on the Strong Island Recordings Facebook page. Some are shown below but visit the SIR Facebook page to see the whole album and give the page a Like if you want to keep up to date with the upcoming shows and releases they have planned soon.

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New Walls Seeking Submissions for New Exhibition

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove has run some very successful and creative exhibitions in recent years and they are now currently seeking submissions for their next exhibition which will focus on creative responses to ‘Change':

“The second decade of the 21st Century has been one of monumental friction and social change. With once great nations falling to their knees because of the greed of others and entire revolutions in countries where the people have said enough is enough! ‘Change’ whether it has happened or if it is wanted is becoming a huge part of not just central world societies but even some of the greatest western nations.”

New Walls hope local artists will engage ‘Change’ however they like using photography, graphic design, illustration, art or even combinations of those mediums. Submissions can either be supplied digitally for New Walls to print for you or originals created and submitted in physical form. Any pieces digitally submitted to print must be a physical size of at least 10×8″ and 300DPI. Should your work be of interest to someone then there may be the potential to sell the work and New Walls fully support this too.

The deadline for submissions is the 14th February 2013 and get in touch with New Walls to find out all of the terms and conditions in detail: info@newwalls.co.uk.

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New Walls 2 – Submissions Required

The One Eyed Dog’s New Walls exhibition wall space has been running a current portrait exhibition for some months and they are now accepting submissions for their next exhibition, which has the theme of Southsea. If you have any work that relates, be it photography, painting, illustration, etc then be sure to submit them your entry by midnight Thursday 1st September 2011 by either dropping it in or emailing info@newwalls.co.uk.

The launch night of New Walls 2 will be Thursday 15th September 2011 at 6pm. Keep up with everything via Twitter at @HotWalls.

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Pier and Snow

Here are a few photos from a walk down to the pier on Wednesday during the snowfall. There are some more over on Forever Circling.

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Vintage Southsea Skatepark

Bored Manager Tom sent us over this original Skatepark article and poster. It doesn’t get more back in the day than this really. The original proposal plan and the opening day poster. At last Skateboard Paradise. Truly amazing. The article is quite small, but I zoomed it to read back the first paragraph.

‘Skatepark plan caters for all plus band and roller skating. Fast elevated runs and steep twisting slalom – like tracks for the advanced skateboarder, are a design feature of the £60,000 skateboard arena proposed for Southsea Common’

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Created Local – Carl Partridge

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

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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.











CHAOS – 20 years & out!

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

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

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hey ho, lets go!”

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

Flyer: Chaos Flickr

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Illustration – Tristan

Old Cycle Race

At some point between the wars this was taken during a cycle race at the Alexandra Park velodrome up in Tipner, which is still there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Photographer – Pompey Shoes

I’ve been following Pompeyshoes on Flickr for a while now, yet somehow missed this great shot of a sunset down on the seafront. Be sure to check his Portsmouth & Southsea set for more great photos and interesting perspectives.

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Southsea Seagulls

How good was the weather on Sunday. Albeit cold, it was a belter for sure. Me and Liz hit up the seafront for fish & chips and inadvertently got involved with dive bombing seagulls. They love them chips…

Photography : Tristan

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