The Pride of Portsmouth 2017

Portsmouth Pride returned to the city after an absence of over a decade in 2015 and this year it was taken over by a new group of volunteers. This year’s celebration was the first to be held at the Bandstand and my first Pride experience. On Saturday 16th September, the parade was to start at … Read moreThe Pride of Portsmouth 2017

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

Texas Comes to Portsmouth in a Pop-Up Shop

Hunter Gatherer, a coffee shop located on Highland Road, always has interesting pop-up shops. From Venezuelan food to Moroccan goods, there is never a shortage of culture and cuisine. Last weekend, something special caught my attention. For the first time at HG, Carter’s Texas BBQ took over the bohemian interior from 5 pm on a … Read moreTexas Comes to Portsmouth in a Pop-Up Shop

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

The Café in the Park Quietly Replaces the Arts Lodge

Back in February this year, Portsmouth City Council evicted The Art and Soul Traders from the Arts Lodge in Victoria Park after opposition from the local community and the Lodge’s supporters. More than 5000 people signed a petition addressed to the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, Councillor Linda Symes, to allow the Art and … Read moreThe Café in the Park Quietly Replaces the Arts Lodge