Proud and Wanting More – The Mudlarks Cruel Britannia Album Review

Portsmouth, as a city, has always been brimming with lyrical talent. With local festivals such as Icebreaker, Southsea Fest and Victorious, you don’t need to look hard to find an eclectic mix of gifted musicians. From acoustic covers to psychedelic rock bands, Pompey seems to have it all and, like snowflakes, no two bands are … Read moreProud and Wanting More – The Mudlarks Cruel Britannia Album Review

The Perfect Summer Companion – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner…So Far Album Review

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When I first heard Newton Faulkner, I was still in school and had just bought the new Now That’s What I Call Music C-D. I remember it was summer and I played Dream Catch Me on repeat. It was, and still is, a beautiful song and filled me with this brimming sense of hope. Listening … Read moreThe Perfect Summer Companion – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner…So Far Album Review

Allegory: Portsmouth’s ‘Marmite’ Band

Allegory, although formed in 2014, have found themselves at a new beginning after redefining their genre at the start of this year. The once three-piece rock band has now become an experimental, art-pop duo, consisting of singer-songwriter Ellie Day, and Daniel Ansell on keys, guitar, mixing and mastering. Following the release of their newest single, Syncopation, … Read moreAllegory: Portsmouth’s ‘Marmite’ Band

Victorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 3, The End

Sunday was by far my busiest day. There was plenty on the main stage including Libertines’ front man Pete Doherty, Slaves and Elbow. Olly Murs and KT Tunstall were headlining the Castle Stage and local legends Emptifish were on the Seaside Stage. I wrote them all down on my ‘to see’ list but as it … Read moreVictorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 3, The End

Victorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 2, The Middle

On the Saturday morning of Victorious festival, I groggily dragged myself from my bed, still feeling the effects of the Friday night launch party even in the afterglow. It was a great night and I had high spirits for the rest of the weekend. To start the day, I was working at The World Music … Read moreVictorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 2, The Middle

Victorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 1, The Beginning

Victorious, always on the last bank holiday of August, 25th –  27th, aims to squeeze out the last of summer. With headliners this year including Rita Ora and Stereophonics, local music, amazing weather and too much glitter, the Portsmouth festival is a crescendo to the city’s summer events programme. The festival is in its 5th year … Read moreVictorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 1, The Beginning

Portsmouth’s New Writing Retreat: Fruitful or Fruitless?

Writer’s HQ (WHQ) are the new kids on the writing block in Portsmouth and last Saturday they made their mark with their first writers’ retreat in the city. WHQ have been running for over 5 years now and was started by Sarah Lewis as a way to escape her screaming children and crack on with her writing. She … Read morePortsmouth’s New Writing Retreat: Fruitful or Fruitless?