Southsea Fest returns for 2016, doubling in size

After a break in 2015, Southsea Fest is set to return to Portsmouth this autumn, doubling in size and spanning across 20 venues. The multi-venue metropolitan music event will be marking its tenth anniversary with a line-up of over 100 local acts and a capacity of 6,000 ticketholders. Some widely-loved …

Portsmouth marine musicians wow at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Marines musicians from Portsmouth and Fareham wowed a packed audience of music-lovers over three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. They were among 170 musicians on stage for the 44th Mountbatten Festival of Music, an annual event which features three of the five Royal Marines bands — Portsmouth, Collingwood …

Jazz legend Chris Barber OBE performs at The Kings Theatre

Chris Barber OBE (aged 88) is one of the last British jazz legends around, and an icon of traditional jazz in the UK. He and his ten-piece big band will be performing at The Kings Theatre on Friday 22nd April. The Big Chris Barber Band perform genres ranging from New Orleans …

Sundays at the Southsea Bandstand in 2016

Portsmouth’s music scene is abuzz following the announcement of the programme for the Southsea Bandstand’s Sunday performances this summer, spanning from the 29th May to the 21st August. As is the tradition, Southsea Bandstand will host a selection of local acts plus a number of acts from other cities across the UK.

Blackfoot Circle ‘Modern Heartbreak’ EP launch

Portsmouth alternative band Blackfoot Circle will be celebrating the recent launch of their EP Modern Heartbreak with a headlining show at The Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road Saturday 19th March. The show follows the band’s travels in America, where they supported chart-topping indie rock band Catfish and the …

CeeLo Green unveiled as Sunday headliner at Mutiny Festival 2016

Mutiny Festival have announced a second phase of artists for their 2016 Summer Carnival, including Sunday night headliner CeeLo Green, plus a wealth of DJ talent. Following the first phase of announcements, which included the likes of Steve Angello, Groove Armada, Example, and Sub Focus, phase two unveils five-time …

Review: Gabrielle Aplin at The Pyramids Centre

Picture credit:  jameswhitephotos.com / facebook.com/jameswhitephotography   Six years after bursting onto the scene with her hugely successful covers via her YouTube channel, and four years after her last visit to Portsmouth, Gabrielle Aplin took the stage at The Pyramids Centre on Southsea seafront as part of her …

Portsmouth singer-songwriter Richard Morris performs at Wedgewood Rooms

Portsmouth singer-songwriter Richard Morris will be performing at The Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road on Friday 15th January, simultaneously releasing his debut music video for the single What Is Love through video-hosting service Vevo. Richard’s EP Await the Sunset, which was released with Andy Whittle from Absolute Label Services, has …

Queen’s Spike Edney inducted into Portsmouth Guildhall Wall of Fame

Queen’s keyboard player and musical director Spike Edney will become the next iconic musician to be inducted into Portsmouth Guildhall’s Wall of Fame on Tuesday 8th December. Edney was born in Portsmouth in 1951, and his career has seen him become one of the most respected and versatile session musicians …

Massed Portsmouth choir sings in support of D-Day Museum transformation

Above: David Price, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral, and James Dunlop, composer and musician | Credit: Eightwood Studios More than 300 choristers and musicians from six Portsmouth choirs will be performing in a live recording of a music album at Portsmouth Guildhall in support …

Portsmouth’s Dials Festival announces first wave of acts

Dials, a brand new collaborative festival taking place across five Southsea venues in Albert Road on Saturday 3rd October 2015, have announced their first wave of confirmed acts. Headlining the bill will be Liverpool’s Hooton Tennis Club, who will be bringing a heavy dose of idiosyncratic slacker indie rock to …

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir wins prize in Florence festival

Cantate perform at Santi Bartolomeo e Gaetano in Bologna during their Italian tour | Photo credit: Portsmouth Cathedral The Portsmouth Cathedral Youth Choir Cantate have won a special prize for the Best Renaissance Motet at the Florence International Choir Festival in Florence, Italy, in which they were one of …