Don Letts – The Rebel Dread

22nd December 2018

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Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honored at Brooklyn’s BAM festival and The Milan Film festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.

He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a DJ at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that made his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’ w/ Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for an diverse mix of artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley.

He then moved into documentary work making films on the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, The Clash and George Clinton. His most recent documentary was for Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘New’ project. Feature films include the legendary Jamaican movie  1997’s ‘Dancehall Queen’.

Along with his autobiography ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’ released in 2007 Don was also the subject of the documentary film ‘Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread’ in 2010.

He currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called ‘Culture Clash Radio’ and still DJs nationally and internationally.

Pop Up on the Pier

The Village Popup are proud to announce a brand new event on one of Southsea’s most iconic landmarks.

Popup on the Pier will feature a unique independent traders markets with street food and drinks that is completely FREE and open to everyone.

The weekend will also feature some of the best local artists and bands all set on the deck of South Parade Pier.

Calamity Cratediggers & MA of Illustration: Fundraiser All-Dayer

Calamity Cratediggers and the Masters of Illustration have come together to bring you a collaboration of art and music, in one place, on one day.

The mission? To introduce you to local bands and artists at the same time as raising money to help the graduating Masters of Illustration from the University of Portsmouth put on a final year exhibition. This will be on the 1st of November.

There’s gonna be bands on all day, art, records both old and new, live art, a raffle and even a silent auction!

DOORS: 2pm ’till Late!

ENTRY: £4 OR £3 with valid Student I.D. BARGAIN!


Concrete Pete’s Vinyl Jive Dive

Concrete Pete and Razor Smith are proud to announce the birth of a new club night!

Playing the coolest vinyl around – Rock ‘n’ Roll, Doo-Wop, Soul, Beat, Blues, swing and ska. Outrageous and contagious music for hep cats and cool kittens!

£5 on the door

19:00 – 01:00

Portsmouth Seafood Festival

We are back at this event for it’s second year, with our ‘role in and pour service, serving various drinks, including Pimms, Hop House, Peroni, and locally brewed Bishops Slayer Oyster Stout

Portsmouth Seafood Festival returns to Gunwharf Quays this summer following the phenomenal success of 2017’s inaugural event.

Building upon both the wide-ranging interest and local participation in 2017, this FREE weekend event, which takes place on 30th June and 1st July, celebrates the city’s seafood and ancient fishing heritage.

Set to tantalise and inspire, the ingredients are being prepared for an even bigger and better festival. The event is unusual in that all of its vendors are seafood specialists, something which has attracted the support of local people and businesses and the prestigious Billingsgate Seafood School.

Lymington Seafood Festival 2018

We will be supporting this event with our ‘role in and pour’ service.                           We are serving the ultimate summer combination, which consists of Pimms, strawberries and cream, traditional cloudy lemonade and Hop House 13.

Two days of fishy fun, delicious food and drink stalls from local artisan producers. With demonstration kitchens to feed your culinary curiosity, a special area for little ones, plus our live music stage to keep the party going.

The New Forest is blessed with some of finest artisan producers and eateries in the country and the Lymington Seafood Festival is excited to be bringing you some of the best.

With over 80 food and drink stalls, all offering something a little different you can ‘graze’ your way around, sampling lots of little fishy delights.

Meat eaters, vegetarians and those with a sweet tooth need not panic either as we’ll be making sure everyone is catered for!

The region’s leading chefs will be showing their skills in our demo kitchen and we’ve some great bands already signed up. All set with stunning view across the Solent.

Castle Road Summer Fayre 2018

We will once again be bringing our ‘roll and pour service’ to Southsea’s iconic Castle Road will once again host a Summer Fayre to bring everything unique and great about Portsmouth into one local, independent street event.

The weekend will celebrate the independent businesses of Castle Road coupled with a unique street market to help support local traders. A number of the city’s top musical talents will also be on hand to provide the weekend’s entertainment.

The Fuzion 100 Southsea Trophy, Canoe Lake

We are proud to be supporting this prestigious event!

Expect a mini Wimbledon experience, consisting of…
Pimms Spritz, Prosecco, Craft Larger, and Winchester Distillery Twister Nose Gin!
Along with traditional Cloudy Lemonade and of course Strawberries and Cream.

The Fuzion 100 Southsea Trophy is an ITF Pro-Circuit womens event held at Canoe Lake Leisure and was held for the first time in 2017.

The tournament takes place a week prior to the The Championships, Wimbledon.

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Live DJ HIIT Session

Event date: 2nd June 2018

Session 1:  10.00 – 10:45
Session 2:  11.00 – 11:45

It’s not a spin class but the DJ will be spinning!                                                                Join in on the second StronglivingPT Live DJ HIIT session!

High-intensity, full body and pumping music-backed workouts!.

£10 per session

Southsea Food Festival 2018

With our ‘roll in and pour service’ we will providing a range of refreshments at this event, from craft larger, Ale, to locally sourced gins and rum, with our secret recipe Pimms Spritzer!

Palmerston Road will again come alive this summer with an abundance of treats from around the world – as the Southsea Food Festival returns for 2018.

The ever-popular event welcomes scores of stallholders and thousands of visitors each year, offering the best in street food, local ingredients, craft brews and sweet treats. Plus, there’s live music and entertainment on offer at the interchange outside Subway featuring some of the most celebrated local acts.

The Saturday’s market will feature Love Southsea traders, whilst the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets will take over on Sunday. Additionally, some of the city’s most popular restaurants will have stalls across the weekend, to showcase the best of their offering.

Crescendo 1st Birthday

We have waited a long time to book our two guests, not only have they supported us throughout the year, these two can definitely shake a sound system.

We have Gus Emmett from the Warm Up parties in the big smoke. This local lad has gone from strength to strength with his London based party, playing festivals and clubs and with many underground dj’s both locally and internationally.

Adam Withers is a talented local DJ who has played many Portsmouth party’s and raved a whole lot more. His style of music is always forward thinking but with a nod to a classic house or techno beat.

Come rave and help us celebrate turning one!

Early bird tickets £6                                                                                                              Second release £7

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Tankus The Henge

Tankus The Henge


Beats and Swing present Tankus the Henge

With very special guests

Dutch  Criminal Record

Los Cojones


Sunday July 22nd

Doors open 19:00








Live DJ HIIT Sessions

Event date: Saturday 31 March 2018

Session 1: 10am – 10.45am
Session 2: 11.15am – 12noon

StrongLiving PT presents our very first LIVE DJ HIIT sessions at Coastguard Studio in Southsea. ‘Handsome Dave Rocker’, resident headlining Bestival DJ, will be in attendance to get you moving.

Includes smoothies, protein goody supplies, and a NutriBullet station to refuel from.

45 min sessions includes all refreshments.

£10 per session

The People’s Lounge – Counter Culture – MooClef EP Launch

Event: Friday March 30 8pm – 2am

The People’s Lounge Presents a Night of Counter Culture
+ Moo Clef E.P Launch

Friday 30th March / 8pm – Late/ @ the Coastguard Studio/ Tickets: £5 Advance / £7 On the Door

Bringing together some of Portsmouth’s unique and alternative musicians and DJ’s to celebrate the urban, diverse and sub-cultural movements of Pompey!

2 Rooms! 3 Live Bands! Hip-Hop Open Mic! 100% VINYL DJ’s!

SPACESHIP – Live Bands (Main Room)

Moo Clef E.P Launch! (Hip-Hop/ Funk/ Jazz)

Omar Baba (Jazz/ Hip-Hop/ Reggae)

The People’s Lounge Jazz Ensemble (Jazz Funk)


Izambard (Experimental Punk Hip-Hop)

Rishky Patel (Naan Breddaz)

George Hang Dai (Hang Dai)

Brandon Lebbie (Omar Baba)

SPACESHIP DJ’s – 100% Vinyl

Sahara Rock (The People’s Lounge)

ChicNoir Music – #GhettoChic OnWaX

Tom Fitch (WAX Equities)

Mooclef – Brings back the old school and fuses it with the new, all delivered with laid back grooves and a message to get you thinking. His EP “What the future brings” is exactly that. Talking about trust, betrayal, the abuse of power and of course love, Mooclef’s funky music will make you both dance and think about issues we face every day.

Omar Baba – Fresh, feisty and on point! This Jazz Hip-Hop Reggae five piece share a powerful millennial message fused with some heavy beats and funky grooves!

The People’s Lounge Jazz Ensemble – Young quartet of emerging Jazz musicians will kick of the night with some straight up Jazz mixed in with some Jazz Funk classics.

Waxslax Presents finest garage/punk/alt rock

Event: Thursday April 5, 8pm – 11pm

Waxslax goes on holiday to Southsea….
We’re packing the caravan and heading downward from Bristol to bring Southsea three of the finest garage/punk alt rock ensembles to ever step foot on the boards of the south parade pier. For one wild night at Coastguard Studio we have :

“Bullybones remain the most exciting underground UK band making brand-new-retro rock’n’roll and still scratching at the doors of the Music Bizness.” – Louder Than War

New Portsmouth band catch them whilst they’re fresh …

“Bristol punks, Gork, whose first EP is a speedball of punk meets power pop. It’s pretty innocuous and it’s all the better for it. Playing live, you can expect something riotously fun and unrestricted from them.” – Bristol Live magazine

Queer Disco – Fierce Femmes of History

Event: Saturday March 10, 8pm – 11pm

A message from Fanny Gallops:

Do you fancy a dress up at the seaside? Do you wanna be a butch femme & dance like masc wearing mascara? Or simply eager to wear that sequin number with those sequin shoes??

We’re bloody sick of samey, judgemental & antagonistic club cultures where you can’t dress how you want, dance how you want and disco how you want.

So in light of this us seaside queers are full of angst & decided to come together and create a queer disco!

It’s open to everyone and anyone who wants to partake in going ‘out out’ to somewhere a bit different and celebratory. We’ve got some fine music and performance. See you on the dance floor.

Tickets £5 available on the door

International Women’s Day 2018

Event: Thursday March 8, 5pm – 8pm

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 a collective of artists bring to you F.empowerment, a women’s art exhibition promoting female empowerment through art and live music. F.empowerment will bring together local female artists from Portsmouth and surrounding areas, to showcase their artwork in an exclusive exhibition celebrating empowerment of women and the female form. Expect to see a range of contemporary artwork including illustration, photography, fine art, craft and film, recognising issues such as domestic abuse experienced by women, and sexism in society and the industry.

“The importance of females in creative industries is undervalued and something that needs be recognised and promoted in the local community in order to work towards achieving gender equality.” – F.empowerment

The exhibition at Coastguard Studio in Southsea opens 5pm to 10pm on the 8th of March and the exhibition and evening performances are all FREE ENTRY. F.empowerment stands to serve Breast Cancer UK, therefore a small suggested donation of £3 will be welcomed.

Castle Road Christmas Festival

Event date: 2 & 3 December  2017

Southsea’s most iconic street, Castle Road, will return once again with an event to round of a fantastic year of street markets. The Castle Road Christmas Festival will play host to more than 40 independent traders and local businesses selling everything you need to make this the best Christmas to date.

We will also have our usual array of local musicians and artists keeping you entertained with a selection of high quality hot foods, drinks and mulled wine & mulled cider to get you in the festive spirit. Not to mention the Castle Road Christmas lights and some family friendly entertainment! Our winter-warming wood burning stove will be installed in the horse box, and we’ll be serving Hophouse 13, Guinness, Guinness Open Gate, Brandy, Whisky, Gin and Vodka.

We’re very happy to announce that sponsorship for our Christmas Festival is high end restaurant and personal neighbour to Castle Road Becketts Southsea They will be joining us in the road in December. Another great addition to our already well cemented line-up of traders and talented musicians.

When it comes to live music we’re proud to show off our final line-up of the year. The Castle Road Christmas Festival will see some incredible bands join us to make your weekend extra special.


The Racketeers / Silhouettes / Its All In The Swing / El Morgan / MYSTIC PEACH


Lucid Rising / Jukebox Jumpin / Megan Linford / The Vela Tides / Cantando Female Voice Community Choir

To book a pitch for your business, email

Hope to see you there.

Hipshaker Christmas Special

Event date: 9 December  2017

Hispshaker Christmas Special.

We’ve teamed up with the Velvet Candy chaps and the Small Fakers – Small Faces Tribute to bring you two rooms of great music and the best live renditions of Small Faces songs you’ll hear anywhere.

The “You Can’t Sit Down!” room will feature our usual blend of Soul, R&B, Latin and Jazz tunes while the Velvet Candy room will provide 60s Psych, Pop, Garage, Swirling Hammond and Freakbeat ….. all on vinyl of course!

Tickets at £15 available in advance from Dead Man’s Glory in Albert Road, open Saturdays or at the Coastguard Studio on 07793 750537 and online at
(subject to booking fee).

People Like Us

Event date: 2 December 2017

From the moody swells and infectious beats of DIRTY LIMES live from the minds and musings of KASSASSIN STREET’s Nath Hill and Andy Hursts through to the dirty acid rambings and mid tempo beat poetry of PEOPLELIKEUS – it’s gonna be a night to remember.

Augmented with the experimental sounds and visuals of Mr Jez Stevens and held together by non other than the Bewlay Brothers (Brighton fm, antidote sounds system).

Tickets 6 quid with all proceeds going to TONIC music for mental health. Payday weekend GET DOWN GET ON IT!

Yeongto Photography Exhibition

Event dates: 28-30 November, 6-10pm

Yeongto is an exhibition of documentary photography from students at the university of Portsmouth. It explores a diverse range of themes and practices; exploring the past, the everyday and the nature of photography itself. The opening night is on Tuesday and we would be delighted to have you join us. Photographers: Alexandra Boaru, Andrei Rodeanu, Caitlin Reid, Claire Harrison, Mikaila De La Cruz, Skylar Livell, Reyseb Trajano, Thomas Best.

A Sonic Memory Hole

Event date: 18 November  2017

Calamity Cratediggers are proud to present the first foray into art, performance and musical delights, all in support of Portsmouth Food Bank.

The purpose of this event is to lace together output from across the artistic spectrum under one roof whilst raising awareness of the work of the food banks in the area.

For the maiden voyage you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in both art and music.

In no particular order, the days offering will include:

✪ Record Stalls – new & used
✪ Craft Traders
✪ Art Exhibition & Sale
✪ Live Art – performance from Los Dave & Jez Stevens
✪ Live Bands – reintepreting the work of The Velvet Underground
✪ Vinyl DJ’s til late

Entry before 6pm will be free, £5 after OR £3 with donations to the Food Bank BARGAIN!

Standy by for further info.

If you are interested in trading or contributing to the event in any way drop us a message at

‘Mama always said it’s nice to share’

Been There Done That Exhibition

Event date: 10 November  2017

The Coastguard Studio will be the venue for this Charity Night in aid of Kidney Research UK – in loving memory of Keith Brand who passed away last November.

Keith’s family are hosting a chartity exhibition show called ‘Been There Done That’, which will feature Keith’s travel photography from the early 70’s, plus work from his son who is the next generation within the family.

All the work on display will be up for sale.

This event is free but a donation of £5 is suggested. All the money raised on the night will go to Kidney Research UK.

Queer Disco

A message from Fanny Gallops:

Do you fancy a dress up at the seaside? Do you wanna be a butch femme & dance like masc wearing mascara? Or simply eager to wear that sequin number with those sequin shoes??

We’re bloody sick of samey, judgemental & antagonistic club cultures where you can’t dress how you want, dance how you want and disco how you want.

So in light of this us seaside queers are full of angst & decided to come together and create a queer disco!

It’s open to everyone and anyone who wants to partake in going ‘out out’ to somewhere a bit different and celebratory. We’ve got some fine music lol performance and local art. See you on the dance floor.

Tickets £5 available on the door

Journeys Festival International 2017

Journeys Festival International, The People’s Lounge and Dash Arts present
ASYLUM Portsmouth
Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 0SA
Friday 27th October, 7pm – 11pm
Pay What You Decide
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ASYLUM was launched by Dash Arts at London’s Courtyard Theatre as a response to Brexit and anti-migrant rhetoric. Working with locally acclaimed producers The People’s Lounge, ASYLUM Portsmouth aims to increase the exposure, skills, aspirations and employability of the talented refugee musicians who now call Portsmouth home.
ASYLUM will be headlined by a live performance from the phenomenal Syrian kanun player, Maya Youssef مايا يوسف, winner of the Exceptional Talent Award and recent star of the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall.
Supported by Portsmouth Festivities and Portsmouth Guildhall