For 3 years we have been attending Victorious as a family. Always attending on the Saturday as it offers a great day out for the children as well as brilliant acts on the Common Stage! Plus, a big bonus is that you can buy day tickets, yay!
Having Victorious fever and thinking about what musicians are playing this wknd it got me thinking about Tom Bryan who kind of blew me away at the Southsea Folk Awards. He came along and played a half-hour set during the break. Out of all the people that were there watching him, nearly half of the crowd came to me after to ask who he was and how incredible he was to watch!
Tiny coffee shop universe. If you listen closely, you can hear all the little sounds connecting in harmony creating a melody of their own – their own daily music. Beans being crushed in the coffee grinder, the thud of the tamper and a soft whiz of milk being heated up. Quiet murmur of people looking around with curiosity and anticipation, lighting their cigarettes and puffing on them as they pass the time in conversation. Someone says ‘five minutes’ and so the back room of Hunter-Gatherer, cosy as always, with the fairy lights woven through a leafy ceiling and set up with colourful bean bags and wall hangings, slowly fills up.
Gig Buddies in Portsmouth has just celebrated it’s one year anniversary having opened its doors in May 2017. Brighton was the first place to introduce Gig Buddies and the initiative became such a success that it’s expanded across the UK, creating 7 more locations. Gig Buddies is a project that pairs a volunteer with an adult who has learning disabilities and offers them the chance to go to live gigs or other social events together. When Brighton Gig Buddies did a Socialisation survey they found that 64% of adults with learning disabilities felt lonely. That was a really high percentage and by introducing such a positive project the statistics were able to change.
Walking into the Tea Tray is actually like a tea blend within itself; a mixture of creativity, good food, great tea and coffee, lots of art and music. A place with a distinctive vibe that turns from cafe to music hang out, art exhibition to event space. There is a relaxed atmosphere with mid-century pieces of furniture and eclectic items dotted around the spacious building. The interiors have great scope to continuously adapt, adding different styles and trends, pieces never looking out of place. This is one of the reasons why we loved holding our website launch here.
Looking for some top things to do in Southsea this February then look at these events happening. Some of these are the Editor’s top choice.