Don Letts presents Carnival Sound

21st Dec 2019

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 honoured 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 handed 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 ‘Supersonic Sound: The Rebel Dread’ in 2010.

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

Get tickets here:  https://book.events/beatsandswing/2019-12-21/18440

Monkeylove Stunt Team 10th Birthday

1st June 2019

We made it – finally made it to 10 years and we’re still here to tell the tale and on Saturday 1st June 2019 we want to share our big old birthday with you. Tickets at www.book.events/mlst

Kicking things off at 8pm and taking the party through until 1am, Shbaz, Foghorn, Chizzie Rascal and the Disco Ninja will be playing all the bangers taken from our favorite moments over the years.

£3 advance tickets or £5 on the door will see you into what will be a 5-hour stint of funky musical madness. Giveaways, smiles, funk, house, disco, soul, sexy jazz and everything either side await all that come and party with us.

Big old stunty love and see you up the front

British Street Food Awards – South Heats

25th, 26th, 27th June 2019

The toughest street food competition in the world is coming to Portsmouth — and Gunwharf Quays, the South coast’s leading designer shopping outlet, is playing host. The southern heat of the 2019 British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s will see the region’s best traders fighting it out to win your vote. At stake? A place in the national finals in London. And the chance to represent Britain in the European Street Food Awards finals.

It’s all going off on the Bank Holiday weekend. There will be fun for the kids, with music from Wave 105 and a fully-stocked bar – Gunwharf plaza is repurposing itself as the centre of the street food world. For one weekend at least. Lucky punters will enjoy all the competition dishes. If they’re quick. The free tasters — introduced as part of the BSFA’s new ‘mad minute’ — will mean the people of Portsmouth get to try everything before voting.

“Street food is taking over the world” says Richard Johnson, founder of the BSFAs. “And that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s flirty, low-commitment dining, and it’s why pop-ups and street food have become so popular. Street food is making the world a much nicer place to be.”

Portsmouth Seafood Festival

28th, 29th, 30th/ June 2019

The Portsmouth Seafood Festival returns to Gunwharf Quays this coming June 28/29/30th with an extra day added after the great success of our 2018 event.

With mouth watering Seafood from around the world, this years event is a real celebration of Seafood, the local fishing community and all associated with it.

Event Co-Founder John Pryde commented: “We have gone to great lengths to bring a fresh line up of seafood vendors, various styles of cooking and drawing influence from all around the world. We are also delighted to welcome back many of your favourite attractions from 2018 including Pirates Grog Rum, The Fisherman’s Kitchen and Southsea Beach Cafe, whilst also including some amazing new vendors and attractions to really compliment this family festival.”

John added: “Our Education and Awareness Experience will offer the ideal opportunity for children and adults to chat with professionals and stakeholders from the Seafood Industry including Seafish, Fishmongers Company London & Native Oysters UK.”

Alongside amazing seafood vendors and attractions there will also be Champagne Bars, Craft Beers from Brewhouse & Kitchen Southsea, a new Gin experience from Scotland and our music stage playing live Jazz, Swing & Soul all day. The scene is certainly set for a great weekend to be enjoyed by all the family.