Southsefest 2011

20 09 2011

On Saturday we headed to Southseafest, the one day multi-venue event in Albert Road, Portsmouth.  For £16.50, this is amazing value for money, as we got to see a lot of music, albeit in short 30 minute sets.

Starting the day at Little Johnny Russels, we saw Gloryhole (rubbish name but good tunes), The Luke Ferre Band (brilliant version of Karma Chameleon) and The Planes (Umm, can’t really remember them, so guess they were ok, but can’t be sure).  We followed this by going to the One Eyed Dog for Aeroplane Attack (Mogwai/Explosions in The Sky sonic bombast, which I really liked) and then to a complete change of pace at the Globe for Fiona Bevan for some acoustic music, before heading to the Kings Theatre.

The Kings is an amazing venue which gets this run out once a year for a festival.   Kyla La Grange and Kill It Kid managed to held my interest, but didn’t really do the venue justice. Still, by that time, it was nice to have a sit down in a comfortable seat.

We then caught the end of the Joker and The Thief set, but I wish I had caught more, they sounded great, and I liked the gravelly voice.

Next up, the highlight of my da, Gideon Conn, a slightly bizarre, but charming character who plays a sort of twee acoustic hip-hop.  The last video that I posted was of a full band recording, but personally I prefer him on his own.  With songs about people who drive fish vans and electricity not being everybodys cup of tea, the venue wasn”t full, but it should have been for what was a fun performance.

After that we moved on to have some food and then to see Clock Opera at the Wedgewood Rooms.  I had really wanted to see them, but due to the bar being rammed, and someone spilling a pint over my arm, I didn’t actually get to see that much, and this also put me in a foul mood. 

This was lifted by going to see Sound of Rum, who I have seen a couple of times now and they have got better with each performance.  Kate Tempest appears to be growing in confidence as front woman, with her lyrics being as powerful as ever, and freestyling against the hecklers was brilliant.  Despite the technical difficulties, it was a great show.

Hopefully Southseafest 2012 will be as good next year.

 

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One of those weeks!

16 09 2011

You know when you have one of those days where nothing goes right.  Where everything you do goes wrong.  Well I have had one of those days, everyday this week. 

But it isn’t just me, it is everybody in my office and the mood is strained.  Hopefully everything will calm down in the next week or so, but I doubt it.  Management decisions made higher up are affecting everybody on the lower rungs.  I guess we all just keep our heads down and carruy on regardless.

I am glad that it’s Friday and with Southseafest to look forward too and some friends comuing to visit, it should be a well earned, well needed weekend. I have added a video for Gideon Conn, who I should be seeing tomorrow. Hope you like the tune as much as I do.





Sometimes…

4 10 2010

Sometime I love Portsmouth, the City where I was born and brought up, the City that I moved away from and then moved back to.

Sometimes I hate Portsmouth, the City where I was born and brought up, the City that I moved away from and then moved back to.

It is beautiful, it is fun, there is a lot to do, there is a thriving music scene as shown by Southsefest, the free museums are maybe not the best, but they are free and worth going to.  You can always have a good night out whatever your tastes are, being pubbing or clubbing, restaurant or theatre.

Sadly it is also home to a very small minority of small minded, petty vindictive and spiteful people. 

The reason that I bring this up is because somebody burnt down the Southsea Dinosaur which I am not too happy about (I think that you may have guessed) .

Apparantly now there is a £1000 reward for anyone that has any information.  The general opinion is that it was a student that did it, however I believe that students have more respect for art and the things around them.

Rant over.





Cherry Ghost

24 09 2010

I know that its been a while again, but I have been busy and I apologise, things that I haven’t blogged about since the last time I thought about it include:  Longleat, Glastonbury Tor, Southseafest and how good it was including Montage Populaire, Dirty Sky Jones, The Dawn Chorus, Bleech and Little Fish.

So it comes to last night when I went to see Cherry Ghost and extremely good they were too.  Ably supported by Liverpool based urchin’s (they wear braces and brogues.  “shine your shoes Mister?”) Misery Guts they played a blinding set on the third night of their tour. 

Classified as the dreaded Alt. Country, they have a distinctive sound and a great voice in their singer/songwriter.  Song’s from both of their albums went down well with the Radio 2 aged crowd and the sound quality was superb.

Highlights for me were Thirst for Romance and 4AM, but that is because I like their first album.  Their Encore was topped off by a cover version of Finally originally by Ce Ce Peniston.

Go and see them while they are on tour.