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Still-Moving DJs – Family festival at The Brook this weekend

Still-Moving DJs – Family festival at The Brook this weekend

Southampton’s Still Moving DJs and The Uplifter are hosting their very own all-day festival at the Brook this Saturday, the 26th June, with a programme for all the family. In the afternoon there is family friendly fun, with Hand to Mouth Theatre, vintage games, face-painting and dinosaurs – outside if the weather is fine. And
Pleasure Beyond Measure – free online local music archive for Southampton

Pleasure Beyond Measure – free online local music archive for Southampton

Phase 2: The Pete Holden Bequest by Geoff Wall. Southampton has always boasted an incredibly diverse and prolific local music scene, but lacking any major commercial success or identifiable sound (prior to Craig David and Artful Dodger), the spotlight has fallen elsewhere.  As a consequence, far too many bands have shone for a few glorious
Photos: Southampton plays for Ukraine

Photos: Southampton plays for Ukraine

by Mike Daish.  On Sunday the 3rd April,  I attended the final event  of Southampton plays for Ukraine, organised by Music in the City’s Martin Perry,  at the 1865 in Brunswick Square. What an absolutely brilliant way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. I think everyone there enjoyed the music from the

Win tickets to see Max & Harvey at The Engine Rooms, Southampton

X Factor Celebrity finalists Max & Harvey return with their new single No Way, out soon and a UK tour – This is Not A Phase, which comes to The Engine Rooms, Southampton, on April 14th. Kickstarting the year with  Single Girlfriend and now No Way, Max & Harvey are excited to be taking these
Preview: The Ducks at Heartbreakers, Southampton

Preview: The Ducks at Heartbreakers, Southampton

Describing themselves as a “multicoloured ‘sh*t-disco’ extravaganza”, three indie bands bring their Get Naked and Roll Around in the Dirt tour to Heartbreakers, Southampton on April 13. The tour feature three bands in a joint headline tour: The Ducks, Petrol Hoers and Petrol B***ard. The bands are sharing headline duty, so may play in any
Southampton plays for Ukraine

Southampton plays for Ukraine

by Charlie Hislop. From 28th March to the 3nd April Southampton will be buzzing with music in support of Ukrainian refugees. A wide variety of venues in the city and beyond are hosting gigs and performances under the banner Southampton plays for Ukraine. Music in the City’s Martin Perry, who also runs The AND guide,
Opinion: We need to stand together for the people of Ukraine

Opinion: We need to stand together for the people of Ukraine

by Jonathan Mitchell. The way the British government has responded to the Ukrainian refugee crisis has been nothing short of a moral failure. After two weeks of intense and brutal fighting and indiscriminate violent from the Russian forces, as of 16 March only 6,100 refugees have been issued visas (1). This is despite the fact
Pianist Luka Okros: Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Turner Sims

Pianist Luka Okros: Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Turner Sims

You can hear a selection of beautiful works played by London-based Georgian pianist Luka Okros, when he returns to Turner Sims, Southampton, next month. Fantasy and imagination will permeate the evening’s musical selection, an ideal showcase for his remarkable musicality. Okros has established himself as one of the most promising pianists of his generation. He
Review: Blood Red Shoes album launch at Vinilo Record Store

Review: Blood Red Shoes album launch at Vinilo Record Store

by Anita Foxall. Brighton duo, Blood Red Shoes, started this year with the heartbreak of seeing their European tour being cancelled, for the obvious reasons. Musicians are not unfamiliar  with cancelled tours and gigs, with album launches being postponed hoping for more social, better times to do so. Blood Red Shoes decided that, finally having a
Getting Wolk with Grant Sharkey

Getting Wolk with Grant Sharkey

by Charlie Hislop. It’s Christmas time, and on Saturday (December 11) Southampton’s own travelling Santa is dropping into the Cricketers on Bedford Place bearing gifts. Well, not exactly Santa themself – but Grant Sharkey. And the gifts? – a whole set of topical tunes, some great laughs, and this season’s new album Wolk Music. Now
SO: Let’s talk about music

SO: Let’s talk about music

On Tuesday 30th November, everyone involved in the music community in Southampton is being invited to take part in SO: Let’s talk about music, organised by Southampton Festivals at the SPARK Building, Solent University. The FREE event is to bring together all types of musicians, DJ’s, producers, promotors, venues and others to talk about building
Photos: Southampton Allstars lineup at the 1865, Music in the City

Photos: Southampton Allstars lineup at the 1865, Music in the City

by MIke Daish. I missed the fun on Saturday of this years Music in the City but made sure I got out on Sunday to make it to the 1865 in Brunswick Square. I was not disappointed, as the music was top class and such a great variety of styles. It was an almost non
Greg Gilbert – artist, poet, musician and ‘butterfly collector’. A tribute to a life filled with art, music, wonder and love

Greg Gilbert – artist, poet, musician and ‘butterfly collector’. A tribute to a life filled with art, music, wonder and love

by Sally Churchward. Artist, poet, musician, father, husband, son and friend, Greg Gilbert died from cancer on Thursday. As a local journalist, Sally Churchward followed his career – from being the lead singer of Southampton indie band Delays through his being an emerging and then celebrated artist and poet, with numerous interviews  in the city’s
Opinion: Providing a treasure map – why I’m backing Southampton’s bid to be City of Culture 2025

Opinion: Providing a treasure map – why I’m backing Southampton’s bid to be City of Culture 2025

by Sally Churchward, founding editor of In Common I am proud to have been invited to be one of the ambassadors of Southampton’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. I firmly believe that the city deserves to be selected for the accolade – here’s why. I came to Southampton from Southampton to go
Preview: Music in the City 2021, Southampton

Preview: Music in the City 2021, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Southampton is set to come alive this weekend as Music in the City returns to the streets, celebrating the incredible and diverse musical talent of over 1000 musicians across more than 20 local venues.  The two-day event, which takes place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October, has something to appeal to
Southampton band Delays trending on Twitter with help from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess

Southampton band Delays trending on Twitter with help from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess

by Sally Churchward. Last night (August 10), Southampton band Delays were (rightfully) ahead of gossip about TV stars Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer in Twitter polls, thanks to Tim Burgess’ Listening Party. Users of the micro blogging site listened along with Aaron Gilbert and Colin Fox of Delays to the band’s 2006 second album, You
There’s a lot more to Southampton’s music scene than Craig David

There’s a lot more to Southampton’s music scene than Craig David

by Charlie Hislop. “We’ve only got Craig David” LOL ! “Southampton is only known for one musical artist and he left here years ago.” This was a really depressing comment I saw about Southampton a while back. Is our musical worth as a small city just about the number of global superstars we have in
Celebrating 40 years of music in Southampton with Stick it Where?

Celebrating 40 years of music in Southampton with Stick it Where?

by Geoff Wall. January 2021 sees Southampton’s very own STICK IT IN YOUR EAR! musical enterprise celebrate its 40th anniversary with the publication of STICK IT WHERE? – the illustrated history of Stick It In Your Ear! ….and other true stories – a 500+ page CD-rom e-book that’s directly available from www.siiye.co.uk More by accident
Forget big stadiums, small is beautiful with Micro Music

Forget big stadiums, small is beautiful with Micro Music

by Tony King. Micro Music was born out of an enjoyment of watching live music in small venues. There is something about the intimacy of seeing musicians in small confines where you get to really appreciate them that is quite magical. And what better way to appreciate it than to organise a night of music
Southampton Top 10  The songs that come from the SO

Southampton Top 10 The songs that come from the SO

by Howard Bowden. When The Beatles released their 1969 single The Ballad of John and Yoko – opening line: ‘Standing in the dock at Southampton’ – it would become the first of THREE number ones in just 32 months to reference events in the SO postcode area. Two years later, Rod Stewart, superstar rocker and
Review: Hot Jazz Special by Jonny Hannah

Review: Hot Jazz Special by Jonny Hannah

reviewed by Charlie Hislop. Can you do jazz without sound? Hot Jazz Special comes very close. In sketches, painting, words, and colours it captures all the excitement; the buzz, the characters, and the clubs. Featuring jazz greats like Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and more while mixing song lyrics with pen pictures. It references
People in Common: Jim Chorley

People in Common: Jim Chorley

by Martin Brisland. Jim Chorley – acoustic/folk singer-songwriter from Southampton. They say you should write about what you know. ‘Painting Circles in the Corn’ is certainly that. It is Jim Chorley’s song which immortalises an amazing family story. In 1991 Doug Bower and Jim’s father, Dave Chorley, from Southampton, confessed to having made crop circles
Southampton’s new online music archive

Southampton’s new online music archive

by Geoff Wall. Stick It In Your Ear (SIIYE) has just launched an online archive of  local music originally recorded on originally recorded on reel to reel tapes and published on cassette in the 1980s. Southampton-based SIIYE started life in the 1980s as a magazine, rather like a catalogue, that described and gave details about
Book Review: Southern Roots, Part 1: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Story (1958-1972) by David St John

Book Review: Southern Roots, Part 1: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Story (1958-1972) by David St John

reviewed by Martin Brisland. Over 60 successful years as a professional in show business including a Guinness Book of World Records appearance is hard to overestimate. David St John has taken the opportunity to reminisce about his early days when the rock ‘n roll phenomenon changed many young lives. This is a superb, life affirming read.
Album review: Live at Hewood Farm by Chateau Bateau Band

Album review: Live at Hewood Farm by Chateau Bateau Band

reviewed by Charlie Hislop. At a time when the world seems to be just a series of angry and sad emojis, it great to get the chance to get the big heart emoji out and splash it around. But that’s what I’m doing to the new album by Southampton’s Chateau Bateau Band.  With a name
Looking back on Southampton’s historic music scene.

Looking back on Southampton’s historic music scene.

by Martin Brisland. I recently reviewed Million Dollar Quartet at The Mayflower for In Common and it set me thinking. The musical is set at Sun Records studio in Memphis and chronicles December 4th 1956. By chance,on that distant Tuesday, Elvis Preseley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis jammed together and the impromptu
Review: The Blues Band, Theatre Royal Winchester

Review: The Blues Band, Theatre Royal Winchester

by Dan O’Farrell. When I was 13 years old, I had five records in my bedroom: albums by The Stray Cats and Gene Vincent bought with pocket money (and a shameful Showaddywaddy purchase, hidden at the back) and two pinched from my dad: ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ and ‘The Five Faces of Manfred Mann’ (I
Pictures: Music in the City

Pictures: Music in the City

Southampton was filled with the sound of music this weekend, thanks to the return of Music in the City, the biggest and best free music event. Music in the City saw more than 170 acts perform in unique venues, including the historic God’s House Tower, King John’s Palace and Lankester Vault, and while some venues
Music focus: singer songwriter Dan O’Farrell

Music focus: singer songwriter Dan O’Farrell

by Clare Canning. Dan O’Farrell is a well-known name on the music scene on the south coast, hailed as ‘Southampton’s finest songwriter’ and the city’s ‘hardest working musician’. Having played over 90 gigs since last year, alongside a full time teaching job and parenting three teenage children,  while the former may be a matter of