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The 6th Annual Southsea Christmas Covers Event

The One Eyed Dog are hosting their 6th Annual Christmas Cover show, raising money for a great cause, Rowans Hospice.

This year they are hoping to smash their target of £2,000 with some generous donations for the Mega Raffle and some brilliant entertainment from some bands.

The Christmas charity gig will feature live performances from: Belligerence, D-roid, King Ghidora, Le Chiffre, Les Cafetieres, New Architects, Pip and Chin, Posh Wedgewood China, Protein Window, Red Seals and Slip-Not.

To make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic festive gig, put Sunday 20th December in your diary. The shenanigans start at 4pm so be sure get there with plenty of time to show your support.

If you want to get involved in the event in anyway, get in contact with the One Eyed Dog here.

The One Eyed Dog 6th Annual Christmas Cover Show

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.

Community Fusion Pub Quiz

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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Signature Clothing

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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(Photos by Strong Island Media)

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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Portsmouth on Film – Episode 2

A new episode of Jonathan & Matthew Ring’s vintage family footage ‘Portsmouth on Film’ went up this week.

This episode has focuses on Canoe Lake and the Model Village.

Vintage Photos

Adam Wintle recently uploaded to his blog loads of photos from an old book about Portsmouth passed down to him by his dad. Some of the photos in the book are incredible, be sure to spend some time having a good look through, below are a few examples:

Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea

Awesome vintage photography collection from Pop Olive33 that I found on Flickr a while back. Check out Osborne Road and Guildhall. Epic. Hard to imagine a time when traffic flowed through Guilders, and that was only in 1968 and the shot looking west down Osborne Road is amazing. Trams, horses, grand buildings, a traffic cop, ladies & gents. It’s all going on. To view the full collection head over to Pop Olive’s Flickr photostream HERE and the Portsmouth set HERE.









Vintage Skatepark Photographs

I’ve been holding on to these truly amazing vintage photographs that Simon Tiller kindly sent in as we went through a pretty heavy skateboard period and thought we should chill back a little. Loving the roller hockey team photos too. The 1978 trophies photo is a epic and they were British Champions in 1973 too. Belated congratulations to you all.

This is just a small picking from the Southsea Skatepark website www.southseaskatepark.com. Check them out and if you see anyone you recognise or want to bring something to our attention then remember to add your comments at the bottom of this post.

Special props to the final photo and all the Southsea boys representing ‘back in the day’. Some young looking faces there. Rippers.



























Portsmouth – Not The New Malta

Do you remember our post about Portsmouth, The New Malta and the advertising campaign that has been going on? The Telegraph has written a short article in response to the campaign. Check it out HERE and follow it up in the comments. Unfashionable, now come on Telegraph.

“We probably get about two weeks of sunshine at best, and you are more used to seeing people fighting than socialising in a quaint café,” said Tim Courtnell, a life-long Portsmouth resident. “The beach at Southsea is a mixture of shingle and Stella Artois cans on most days, and you wouldn’t think of swimming in the sea.”

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Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea poster

You know we love a bit of Vintage Portsmouth & Southsea here at Strong Island. Not too much info on this one, perfect for holidays though. The flickr link states the photo of the poster was taken in Eastney, but I’m not sure where.

Via : Bob Franklin

Seafront Lights: Adam Wintle

Southsea web designer and photographer Adam Wintle has recently been taking some really nice photos of the Southsea promenade lights and of the pier at night. Be sure to look through his Flickr for loads more great photos.

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Southsea Rock Gardens circa 1985

More random finds. It’s a shame to say I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Rock gardens looking this nice. Not sure how often upkeep fits into the Council agenda these days. Back in 1985 however it looks amazing. Click the photo for a bigger view.

Photo : Dom Walton

Vintage Southsea Postcards

You know we love a bit of vintage nostalgia here at Strong Island, and these old postcards of Clarence Pier are no exception. I always pick them up at the Car Boot sale opposite Clarence when I see one. When does the Car Boot start up again? Got to be soon. Answers on a postcard…

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Local Photographer – Rich Heath

I always search Southsea on Flickr at least once a week to see what sort of askew views people take on this fair town. Rich Heaths photographs stopped me dead in my tracks scrolling through pages when I saw his sunrise photographs. Simply awesome. Check out Rich’s Flickr Photostream for more photos and head over to his website Hampshire Light to buy prints.

The photograph below was chosen for the front page of The NEWS to accompany an article on the planned redevelopment of the sea front. I couldn’t find the article, but if anyone has a link post it up in the comments for all to see.

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