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Orbital come to Southampton on The Green + Brown Album headline tour

Orbital come to Southampton on The Green + Brown Album headline tour

Orbital have released a new single, Tonight In Belfast, ahead of their Southampton gig in April. The new single from Orbital, David Holmes & DJ Helen featuring Mike Garry, “Tonight In Belfast” is available now through London Records. This brand new track interpolates their 1991 classic “Belfast” and heralds the start of a new campaign
Newton Faulkner will be coming to Southampton 1865 this spring

Newton Faulkner will be coming to Southampton 1865 this spring

Newton Faulkner will be coming to Southampton 1865 on Friday 17 May. The English singer-songwriter is embarking on the second leg of his extensive Feels Like Home Tour and will be playing a career-spanning set including highlights from his No1 double-platinum debut, Hand Built By Robots, plus previewing cuts from his eagerly awaited new studio
Cowes Fringe Festival makes a grand comeback

Cowes Fringe Festival makes a grand comeback

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Cowes, the Fringe Festival will take place from the 24 – 26 of May 2024, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of music and performances. The much-anticipated return of the Cowes Fringe Festival is set to dazzle audiences with an array of performances from an eclectic
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce intimate Bournemouth Show

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce intimate Bournemouth Show

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have announced a live performance at Bournemouth O2 Academy, taking place on Monday 18 March 2024. The show is part of a series of warm-up gigs at some of the UK’s most intimate venues – recently announced live dates at Poole Lighthouse (17 March) and Portsmouth Guildhall (20 March) both
Stowaway Festival announce 2024 line-up

Stowaway Festival announce 2024 line-up

Stowaway Festival have revealed the line-up for their third edition, happening 16 -18 August in Stowe, Buckinghamshire.    The emerging music and arts festival, which launched in 2022, will be headlined by Groove Armada (DJ set), Greentea Peng, Leftfield  and Maribou State. Other performers/DJs include Cinthie,Dillinja, DJ Flight, Laura Misch, LTJ Bukem, Optimo (Espacio) and
Fairport Convention launch Folk season at Turner Sims 

Fairport Convention launch Folk season at Turner Sims 

The band that launched British folk-rock kick off a fantastic season of folk this spring  at Turner Sims Southampton. Fairport Convention play a sold-out concert on  Thursday 22 February – and there’s more great live music to come.   Belinda O’Hooley, one half of beloved Yorkshire folk duo O’Hooley and Tidow, brings music from her solo
Paloma Faith and AIR to headline Southampton Summer Sessions series

Paloma Faith and AIR to headline Southampton Summer Sessions series

Paloma Faith and AIR as the latest headliners for the inaugural TK Maxx presents Southampton Summer Sessions series this summer. Some 25 years after its release, AIR will play “Moon Safari” live in its entirety when they headline on 27 June. The new headliners join previously announced Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Tom Jones, Madness and
Sam Lee’s headline tour brings him to Southampton’s Turner Sims in spring

Sam Lee’s headline tour brings him to Southampton’s Turner Sims in spring

Sam Lee will release his fourth studio album, ‘songdreaming’, on 15th March. The news arrives with the announcement of a 17-date headline tour for 2024, bringing him to Southampton’s Turner Sims in April.  ‘songdreaming’ represents the latest stage in the development of Sam Lee’s music, from its roots in traditional folk song to a new
Preview: The Take That Experience, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: The Take That Experience, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of the UK’s number one boy band, Take That, are guaranteed the greatest evening when The Take That Experience comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 21 February. The show features fan favourites from the group, after more than three decades performing, from 90s classics to the band’s most recent songs, including Pray, Relight
Frank Turner set to release 10th album, Undefeated

Frank Turner set to release 10th album, Undefeated

Hampshire Star, Frank Turner, is set to release his 10th album, Undefeated, on 3 May, which includes recently released single, Do One. Undefeated follows his first UK  number one album, 2022’s FTHC, and is the result of his decision to step away from the major label world to re-embrace the liberation of working as an
The Jesus Bolt charity gig at St Denys Church this weekend

The Jesus Bolt charity gig at St Denys Church this weekend

Bristol band The Jesus Bolt will be playing a charity gig at St Denys Church, Southampton on Saturday, February 10th. The Jesus Bolt – are Hazel Winter, formerly of the Blue Aeroplanes, and Gerard Starkie, formerly of Witness. The duo plays indie rock blues and has been compared to PJ Harvey (with a sense of
Award-winners and innovators feature in the latest season at Turner Sims

Award-winners and innovators feature in the latest season at Turner Sims

Image: Camilla George by Daniel Adhami. The University of Southampton music venue Turner Sims has announced events through to June 2024. The season is a bold celebration of classical masters, cultural diversity, and youth leadership. Classical highlights include a celebration of Shostakovich with the Carducci Quartet and actor Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, Endeavour, The
Pet Needs come to Southampton’s Joiners on UK tour

Pet Needs come to Southampton’s Joiners on UK tour

Image credit: Vanessa Sollner.  Pet Needs come to The Joiners, Southampton, on April 27 on the final UK date of their European tour. Those who can’t wait that long can also catch the band at an in-store event at Pie & Vinyl in Southsea on February 19th. Founded with humble bedroom-band beginnings by brothers Johnny
The Beans on Toast Band announce spring tour dates, coming to Portsmouth

The Beans on Toast Band announce spring tour dates, coming to Portsmouth

English Folk hero – Beans on Toast – will be taking his brand new live band out on tour for the first time, including a date at Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth on Thursday 7 March. With a new-look outfit comprising Scottish guitar wizard / folk songsmith Memphis Gerald, honky-tonk royalty King Killership, percussive powerhouse Abbi
PennFest announce a host of exciting additions to their summer 2024 line-up!

PennFest announce a host of exciting additions to their summer 2024 line-up!

Buckinghamshire’s biggest and best music festival PennFest have announced a host of exciting additions to their summer 2024 line-up! Ella Henderson, Professor Green, Newton Faulkner, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, East 17 Christmas Special, DJ Hype, Grooverider, Oxide & Neutrino and Matt Jam Lamont will join headliners Paul Weller, Richard Ashcroft and Jess Glynne in the first
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce first show of 2024

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce first show of 2024

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce that their first show of 2024 will take place at Poole Lighthouse on Sunday17 March. The intimate gig will mark Noel’s second appearance at the venue, after first performing there 20 years ago with Oasis (on 23 June 2004 – a warm up show ahead of the band headlining
My Life Story come to Southampton and Portsmouth

My Life Story come to Southampton and Portsmouth

My Life Story have confirmed in-store appearances at Southampton’s Vinilo and Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl this month.  Touring in support of ‘Loving You is Killing Me’, the Britpop band’s fifth studio album and first for some 5 years, Jake Shillingford from the band will be performing live and signing copies at these events.  Founded in
Preview: Hannah Rose Platt, Papillion, Southampton

Preview: Hannah Rose Platt, Papillion, Southampton

Hannah Rose Platt is supporting Chuck Ragan at Papillon this Saturday night (3 February). A fascinating artist who made an album of poetic ghost stories last year called Deathbed Confessions – think shades of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Kate Bush. Released in the Spring of 2023 and produced by Ed Harcourt, Deathbed Confessions comprises a collection
Review: Interesting Wallpaper, Heartbreakers, Southampton

Review: Interesting Wallpaper, Heartbreakers, Southampton

By Anita Foxall Interesting Wallpaper had their headliner show at Heartbreakers on the 26 January. They were joined by 2 local bands, Sturmey Archers and Watching the Buzzards, for a complete Sofa City Bands Collective celebration. A full venue filled with support for local music. Who said we are not a city of culture? Sturmey Archers
Victorious Festival: Sugababes, The Kooks, James Bay, Professor Green, Tom Walker and more join line up

Victorious Festival: Sugababes, The Kooks, James Bay, Professor Green, Tom Walker and more join line up

Sugababes, Razorlight, The Kooks, James Bay, Groove Armada, Professor Green, Tom Walker and more added as second wave artist additions for this year’s Victorious Festival in Southsea. The multi-award-winning Victorious Festival (23/24/25 August 2024) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival – has today announced a fresh round of acts to this year’s already monumental line-up,
Road to Victorious returns

Road to Victorious returns

It’s back! Last year saw the launch of Road To Victorious, an exciting competition open to bands based within the PO postcode area. Crystal Tides were the worthy winners, shortlisted from hundreds of talented applicants within the PO postcode, and went on to win your votes! Their prize saw them participate in a huge festival
Suzi Quatro to headline the Wickham Festival

Suzi Quatro to headline the Wickham Festival

Rock Goddess Suzi Quatro is set to headline a star-studded line-up at this year’s Wickham Festival. The American legend will join the Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Tony Christie and many more at the popular event which runs from August 1-4. The Detroit-born singer will top the bill on the Friday night when she will be belting
N’Faly Kouyaté announces UK tour dates for February

N’Faly Kouyaté announces UK tour dates for February

N’Faly Kouyaté will be bringing his Ré-Génération Tour to the UK for a series of special live shows this month, beginning at Southampton’s Turner Sims on 8 February. Best known as the frontman of Afro Celt Sound System, the Belgium-based artist will be hitting the road for nine intimate shows with his new solo project.
Southampton Gig Guide – February 2024

Southampton Gig Guide – February 2024

By Vicky Greer.  January wasn’t an easy month for live music in Southampton, with the announcement that venues Suburbia and The Art House would be closing their doors – although happily The Art House will be continuing to a presence in the city, just no longer with a permanent bricks and mortar home. Unfortunately, these aren’t
Judas Priest announce UK arena tour for March 2024

Judas Priest announce UK arena tour for March 2024

Judas Priest have announced plans to delight fans with a new world tour in 2024, including a visit to Bournemouth International Centre on 17 March. Over the past 50 years Judas Priest have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and headlined the world’s biggest stages. Their evolving music and live performances also saw the
Preview: Jonny & The Baptists: Double Bill Tour The Happiness Index / Ten Thankless Years, The Point, Eastleigh

Preview: Jonny & The Baptists: Double Bill Tour The Happiness Index / Ten Thankless Years, The Point, Eastleigh

Image: Matt Crocker A double bill of two shows in one night from cult multi-award nominated musical-comedians Jonny & The Baptists will take place at The Point, Eastleigh, on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February. As one of the country’s most popular musical comedy double-acts, Jonny And The Baptists – like a non-related Bros, or
Review: 1923 Prohibition Party, The Engine Rooms, Southampton

Review: 1923 Prohibition Party, The Engine Rooms, Southampton

By Sam Wise. Saturday night saw the arrival in Southampton of a show born out of time, 1923 Prohibition Party, and I was privileged to speak to one of its stars, Martin Jarl, trumpeter, singer and manager of the band Swing’It in advance. Martin is, unconventionally for a swing musician, from Norway. He explained his love
“Alas poor culture, I knew him well”

“Alas poor culture, I knew him well”

Reported by Charlie Hislop It is the last Friday in November, and off to the side of Guildhall Square, hidden away from the city’s Christmas attractions a small group of people are meeting in the cold evening. Sandwiched between the Arts Council funded MAST theatre, and the Arts Council funded John Hansard gallery – AKA
Southampton Gig Guide – January 2024

Southampton Gig Guide – January 2024

By Vicky Greer. Image: Shed Seven by Barnaby Fairley. January is always a slower time for live music, but there’s still plenty to do in Southampton this month. Whether you’re looking for an intimate in-store or a high-energy rock gig, there’s something for everyone to celebrate the start of 2024 in the city. Monday 8th
Courting’s UK/EU headline tour brings them to Southampton’s Joiners next year

Courting’s UK/EU headline tour brings them to Southampton’s Joiners next year

Liverpool four-piece Courting have shared a new single titled “Emily G”. The track follows the band’s recent return with details of their highly anticipated new album “New Last Name”, which was recorded in collaboration with indie heroes Gary and Ryan Jarman of The Cribs. The album is due for release on 26th January. They band
The Zutons come to Southampton’s Engine Rooms in April

The Zutons come to Southampton’s Engine Rooms in April

Photo credit Jonathan Turton. The Zutons are embarking on a full UK tour next year, in support of forthcoming album The Big Decider, which arrives on 26th April 2024. Having sold out their run of intimate live shows set to take place from January to March of next year, they have added a string of
Squeeze to come to Southampton on 50th anniversary tour next autumn

Squeeze to come to Southampton on 50th anniversary tour next autumn

Image by Danny Clifford. To celebrate their momentous 50th anniversary, British music legends Squeeze have announced a massive UK tour for 2024 including a show at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on the 27th October.  With a half-century distinguished by some of the smartest and sweetest guitar-pop made during the rock & roll era, Squeeze will be performing an
New Year’s Eve party and more at The Art House

New Year’s Eve party and more at The Art House

The Art House in Southampton City Centre is inviting everyone to join them  for a laid back, fun, family friendly New Year’s Eve. On Sunday 31 December (of course)  from 8.30pm  there will be an evening of food, music and more.An organiser said: “Come and clap your hands, stamp your feet and make a joyful
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce intimate headline show at Portsmouth Guildhall

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce intimate headline show at Portsmouth Guildhall

Image by Matt Crockett. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds today announce their first UK live performance for 2024 with an intimate headline show at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on Wednesday 20th March. Tickets will be on sale from Friday 15th December at 9:00am GMT here. The Portsmouth show will take place ahead of four huge outdoor performances in summer 2024, including Wigan’s Robin
Review: Skinny Lister at The Engine Rooms, Southampton, December 8, 2023

Review: Skinny Lister at The Engine Rooms, Southampton, December 8, 2023

By Graham Hiley If Shane MacGowan had been a pirate instead of a Pogue, he might have come up with something like Skinny Lister. On the day of the Irish singer’s funeral, his influence was clear as the Greenwich band took Southampton’s Engine Rooms by storm with their own special brand of Shanty Punk, also
Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Jamie T and Biffy Clyro announced as headliners for Victorious

Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Jamie T and Biffy Clyro announced as headliners for Victorious

Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Jamie T and Biffy Clyro have this morning been  announced as headliners for Victorious Festival 2024, on Southsea Common. Courteeners, Pixies, Becky Hill, Wet Leg, Idles, Louis Tomlinson and Jess Glynne will also join the bumper line-up for next summer. There will also be comedy from Russell Howard and Frankie Boyle.
The Killers announce UK arena tour, bringing them to London’s O2

The Killers announce UK arena tour, bringing them to London’s O2

Ahead of the release of their brand new compilation album, Rebel Diamonds, on 8th December, The Killers have announced details of a celebratory UK/Ireland tour in summer 2024. The Rebel Diamonds Tour will celebrate the band’s 20 years of hits in a series of arena shows, including multiple nights at London’s The O2. The new dates are the first
The Human League to headline Let’s Rock Southampton next year

The Human League to headline Let’s Rock Southampton next year

Let’s Rock has announced that synth-pop legends The Human League will headline Let’s Rock Southampton 2024 on Saturday July 6th. Also performing at the much-loved event on Southampton Common next summer will be Level 42, Peter Hook & The Light, From The Jam, eXTC, Jason Donovan, Kim Appleby, Altered Images, China Crisis, Dr & The
Southampton’s Charlie Smith coming to The Art House for two December dates

Southampton’s Charlie Smith coming to The Art House for two December dates

Southampton musician Charlie Smith has put out a new EP and is rounding 2023 off with two events at The Art House in the city centre.  ‘Southampton Sessions’ is a 6-track live EP. “This year has been extremely busy for me, performing countless local gigs and embarking on a northern England tour in October (Leicester,
Tom Jones and Madness to headline in Southampton city centre next year

Tom Jones and Madness to headline in Southampton city centre next year

Tom Jones and Madness are the latest headliners to be announced for next year’s inaugural Southampton Summer Sessions series. They join previously announced Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Kaiser Chiefs on the growing lineup of unmissable acts who will take over Southampton’s Guildhall Square for Summer Sessions from 15 to 30 June. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 01 December at 9am via smmrsessions.com
Author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit John Robb comes to Totton

Author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit John Robb comes to Totton

Author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit John Robb has shared details of a UK tour, celebrating his life in music bringing him to The Attic in Totton, near Southampton, in April. Discussing everything from his recently released book ‘The Art Of Darkness – The History of Goth’ to his experience being the first person to
Southampton Gig Guide – December 2023

Southampton Gig Guide – December 2023

By Vicky Greer.  Hello, and welcome to your new monthly guide to Southampton’s ever-vibrant live music scene! Every month, I’ll be scouting out the best gigs in the city, from the massive headliners to the unmissable emerging acts. I’ve been attending gigs across the city since I moved here five years ago, and Southampton’s live
Sounds of Southampton Vol 3 launched, celebrating city musical talent

Sounds of Southampton Vol 3 launched, celebrating city musical talent

A collaboration between two of the city’s most vibrant music organisations is once again be supporting talent from across Southampton.  Sounds of Southampton Volume 3 launched on the 17th November and builds on the success of the previous two albums, both featuring in the UK Download Chart and supporting dozens of young artists from the
Bdrmm to bring their signature dreamy pop to the Joiners in spring

Bdrmm to bring their signature dreamy pop to the Joiners in spring

Hull-based shoegaze quartet bdrmm will play The Joiners, Southampton, on 15th March 2024. News of the UK and European tour comes hot on the heels of their new 7″ single ‘Mud’. It’s the latest single from their widely acclaimed second album “I Don’t Know”, which was released in late-June to critical acclaim with Rolling Stone
90s electro legends Orbital to play Southampton Guildhall next spring

90s electro legends Orbital to play Southampton Guildhall next spring

Electro duo Orbital will play O2 Southampton Guildhall on April 25th 2024 as part of their Green Album 2024 celebration tour. Speaking about the tour, the duo said they are are excited about bringing the album to audiences old and new. Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll says: “The way we perform is always free and full of
Kaiser Chiefs to headline Southampton Summer Sessions

Kaiser Chiefs to headline Southampton Summer Sessions

Kaiser Chiefs will perform a headline show in Southampton, as part of the Southampton Summer Sessions series, at Guildhall Square on Sunday 30 June 2024. They join previously announced Nile Rodgers & CHIC on the growing lineup of impressive acts set to play the Summer Sessions’ very first year in Southampton. British indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs are renowned for their
When Rivers Meet come to Southampton

When Rivers Meet come to Southampton

Image by Jon Sturdy. Hot off the release of their critically acclaimed third studio album “Aces Are High”, award-winning rock duo When Rivers Meet, comprised of husband-and-wife Aaron and Grace Bond, have announce their “Aces Are High” Spring 2024 UK Tour. The tour takes in eight concerts and starts at The Brook, Southampton on April
Paloma Faith to come to Bournemouth in the new year

Paloma Faith to come to Bournemouth in the new year

Paloma Faith has returned with the release of her new single ‘How You Leave A Man.’ The single precedes the 16th February release of Paloma’s sixth studio album ‘The Glorification of Sadness’ via RCA Records. She will head out on an extensive UK tour in April, bringing her to Bournemouth International centre in May. She excitedly heralds
Date set for Let’s Rock to return to Southampton

Date set for Let’s Rock to return to Southampton

Image – Mark Almond at Let’s Rock 2023, Southampton Common, by Ian Cumming The iconic retro festival series Let’s Rock has announced the dates of four of their festivals for 2024. A celebration of all things pop and ‘80s, Let’s Rock will be returning to Leeds ( June 22), Exeter (June 29), Southampton (July 6)
Save the Platform Tavern

Save the Platform Tavern

By Charlie Hislop Fundraisers are being organised across Southampton in the next two months by musicians, and others, to help the Platform Tavern get back up and running after a night-time fire in the bar. A number of local bands have already signed up… Chicago 9, the Platform Posse, and the Pete Harris Blues Band
Black Grape tour comes to Southampton in December

Black Grape tour comes to Southampton in December

Image by Paul Husband. Black Grape return this year with a  new album ‘Orange Head’, which will be released on DGAFF Recordings on 3rd November. The album arrives  ahead of a  small UK tour, with  Shaun Ryder and Paul “Kermit” Leveridge and the band due to headline venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, London, and Southampton this November/December, alongside a festival appearance
Southampton’s Mantrafox releases debut single

Southampton’s Mantrafox releases debut single

Southampton-based Mantrafox release ‘I’m Needing You’  today (October 13th).  Mantrafox is the brainchild of singer songwriter Robert Freemantle. Having ‘squirrelled songs away’ for years, he has emerged from the shadows of depression and anxiety to begin finishing/releasing them at last. He explains, ‘Addressing the complexities of mental health holds significant personal importance to me. Anxiety
Interview with Punk Rock Factory – from online fun to TikTok stars, now selling out a venue near you!

Interview with Punk Rock Factory – from online fun to TikTok stars, now selling out a venue near you!

By Nick Mabey. Punk rock, Disney songs and sausages; in the words of Maria Von Trapp, these are a few of my favourite things. And so it was I keenly put my hand up to interview Peej Edwards, singer and guitarist with South Wales on-line-turned-live band Punk Rock Factory, ahead of their forthcoming gig at
Southampton’s Weaver Márquez release debut album

Southampton’s Weaver Márquez release debut album

Southampton-based band Weaver Márquez have recently released their debut album, Decline. Weaver Márquez started performing live this year and have shared the bill with with local rising stars Hunting Hearts and The Surge. They describe their music as “dark emotionally charged indie for fans of Radiohead, Placebo, Mogwai, Interpol and more.” Tracks on the album
Duo O. come to Southampton in the new year

Duo O. come to Southampton in the new year

Photo by Jamie MacMillan. O. – the London-based duo of baritone saxophonist Joseph Henwood and drummer Tash Keary – have announced details of their debut EP, “SLICE” which will be released on 24th November. They’ll be backing this up with a tour, hitting the road in October and coming to Heartbreakers, Southampton, in February. The
FM 40th anniversary tour to bring the band to Southampton next year

FM 40th anniversary tour to bring the band to Southampton next year

Picture by Paul Stuart Hollingsworth. FM have announced their “Old Habits Die Hard” 40th Anniversary UK Tour 2024, bringing them to Southampton’s The 1865 in May. FM will perform songs from their past 13 albums including their 1984 debut album Indiscreet, plus Tough It Out, Metropolis, Synchronized and many more, plus songs from their forthcoming highly anticipated 14th studio
Photos: Music in The City

Photos: Music in The City

Photos by Joy Mckay and Anita Foxall.  This weekend saw the return of Music in the City with some 150 acts playing for free at venues across the city including conventional gig venues, cafes, bars, alongside quirkier locations, such as the Holy Rood Church, Guildhall Square and God’s House Tower. The two-day event featured a
Tickets for Take That in Southampton on sale this week

Tickets for Take That in Southampton on sale this week

Take That have announced they are hitting the road with a massive stadium tour next year, bringing them to Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium  on June 1st. The tour will follow the release of their ninth studio album This Life, on 24th November, and a new single Windows which is out now. This Life On Tour
James Arthur tour coming to Bournemouth following release of new album Bitter Sweet Love

James Arthur tour coming to Bournemouth following release of new album Bitter Sweet Love

Following his recent return with new tracks ‘Blindside’ & ‘A Year Ago’, James Arthur has announced his fifth, brand new studio album Bitter Sweet Love – out  on January 26th. James also announced his return to the stage with a huge UK and European tour that hits the UK in March next year for a run of
Music at St Mary’s Church, Twyford

Music at St Mary’s Church, Twyford

A historic church near Winchester has established itself as a centre for high quality music events. St Mary’s Church in Twyford started putting on shows in 2022 and among the artists who have already performed are Mary Gauthier, Plainsong, The Delines and blues maestro Aynsley Lister. The purpose of these shows is to raise funds
OMD to tour following release of new album, coming to Portsmouth next year

OMD to tour following release of new album, coming to Portsmouth next year

Image by Ed Miles. After the recent announcement of their forthcoming new studio album, synth pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) have revealed details of their return to the stage, with the band taking to the road next year, bringing them to Portsmouth in March. Across February and March 2024, OMD will play 22 dates
Review: Dead Freights, Papillon, Southampton, September 15

Review: Dead Freights, Papillon, Southampton, September 15

By Anita Foxall. Photos by Chris Martin. Local band Dead Freights headlined a fantastic show at Papillon on the 15th of September. It was very exciting to have the band performing in their home town again, especially in an incredible new venue. Papillon was probably known to us all as a restaurant, and a very
Texas set to come to Bournemouth on UK arena tour next year

Texas set to come to Bournemouth on UK arena tour next year

Image by Julian Broad Following a triumphant, stand out performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this year, which The Independent described as “one of Friday’s most memorable performances”, Texas will return to the stage for a run of UK Arena shows in September 2024, bringing the band to the BIC,  Bournemouth, on September 10th Kicking off at
Beans on Toast UK tour comes to Portsmouth in the spring

Beans on Toast UK tour comes to Portsmouth in the spring

On 1st December 2023, Beans on Toast will return with an all-new studio album,  ‘The Toothpaste and the Tube’, and from November he embarks on an extensive UK tour, including dates in Oxford, Cardiff and on the Isle of Wight, bringing him to The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, in March.   The latest Beans on Toast
Don Broco follow up festival main stage performances with tour, coming to Bournemouth

Don Broco follow up festival main stage performances with tour, coming to Bournemouth

Image: Riya Hollings. Following their incredible main stage performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals, Don Broco hit the road again in the UK this autumn. Having blown audiences away in March when they headlined huge venues including the likes of Alexandra Palace and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Don Broco will be taking to the stages of
Keane embark on world tour, bringing them to Bournemouth in May

Keane embark on world tour, bringing them to Bournemouth in May

Image by Alex Lake. Keane are set to release a special remastered version of ‘Hopes and Fears’ on May 10th 2024 exactly 20 years after its initial release. On the same day, the band play London’s 02 Arena as part of a world tour that kicks off April 1st in Mexico City before reaching Europe
Simple Minds announce huge UK & Irish arena shows, bringing them to Bournemouth

Simple Minds announce huge UK & Irish arena shows, bringing them to Bournemouth

Following the huge success of 2022’s rapturously received 40 Years Of Hits Tour – and the recent announcement of Australian and New Zealand tour dates for early next year – Simple Minds have today (September 4th)  announced the March UK & Ireland leg of their Global Tour 2024, bringing them to Bournemouth. In the past
Review and photos: Victorious Festival, Southsea Common, August 25- 27, 2023

Review and photos: Victorious Festival, Southsea Common, August 25- 27, 2023

Read our day-by-day review of Victorious, featuring the headline acts, newcomers and much more.   Friday  by Sally Churchward. Main image: Kate Nash by Tom Langford. Victorious boasts the claim to fame of being the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival and this year it was even bigger. While the Friday festival experience has previously hosted some
James Blunt to go on tour next year, bringing him to Bournemouth

James Blunt to go on tour next year, bringing him to Bournemouth

Image by Michael Clement. James Blunt returns to the road next year in support of his new album Who We Used To Be – out October 27th on Atlantic Records. James and his band will play 12 dates across the UK next Spring kicking off March 30th at Leeds First Direct Arena and finishing April
Miles Kane to play Southampton on UK headline tour next year

Miles Kane to play Southampton on UK headline tour next year

Miles Kane has announced fresh UK headline tour dates for January and February 2024, coming to Southampton’s Engine Rooms on February 6th. The  announcement arrives ahead of his brand new album One Man Band – out August 4th on Modern Sky Records, and follows the release of its superb latest tracks The Wonder  and Baggio.
Alabama 3 to come to Southampton in November

Alabama 3 to come to Southampton in November

South London roots-futurists Alabama 3 have announced a show in Southampton for November.   Heading to The 1865 on 30 November in support of their upcoming release ‘Cold War Classics Vol.2’, tickets for the show are on sale now.   Born at an all-night squat party during the ‘90s, the group formed when charismatic frontman
Southampton indie rockers Pioneers to release new single Cold For Zero

Southampton indie rockers Pioneers to release new single Cold For Zero

Southampton indie rockers Pioneers have announced the forthcoming release of their new single, “Cold For Zero,” out on August 1st.  This track, reminiscent of the early 2000s indie scene, pays homage to Pioneers’ early years while also exploring the universal theme of navigating adulthood and the desire to retain a youthful spirit. “Cold For Zero”
Review: The Stage at The Greedy Flea, featuring The Guillotine Union Boys, The Mercantile Flea, July 15, 2023

Review: The Stage at The Greedy Flea, featuring The Guillotine Union Boys, The Mercantile Flea, July 15, 2023

by Joy McKay. It’s half past six on a Saturday evening and I’m in a supermarket, Nothing unusual in that, except I’m not. I’m at The Greedy Flea, the bar/ coffee lounge at The Mercantile Flea, a relative newcomer to the Southampton music scene. The Flea opened in 2021 in what is the former Morrisons,
Photos: Let’s Rock Southampton at Southampton Common

Photos: Let’s Rock Southampton at Southampton Common

Thousands of revellers descended on Southampton yesterday (8 July 2023) as retro festival, Let’s Rock, bought its annual music event to The Common. Photos: Ian Cumming Photography See our review of Let’s Rock: Review: Let’s Rock, Southampton Common, 8 July 2023 In Common is not for profit. We rely on donations from readers to keep
Review: Let’s Rock, Southampton Common, 8 July 2023

Review: Let’s Rock, Southampton Common, 8 July 2023

Review By: Ian Howie-Lee & Catherine Collins – Photo Credit: Kate Hunter Photography Thousands of revellers once again descended on Southampton Common yesterday for the return of retro ‘80s festival, Let’s Rock, with headline performances from Soft Cell and Boomtown Rats. There were ‘80s costumes and neon galore, and despite a soggy start to the
Photos: Do1Cancer fundraiser at Southampton’s Bargate

Photos: Do1Cancer fundraiser at Southampton’s Bargate

Photos by Ian Cumming.  A charity hip hop and graffiti jam was held at Southampton’s Bargate and the Common on Saturday (1st July) in collaboration with Do1Cancer, to raise money for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. It was organised by Southampton graffiti artist, Paul Donnelly, aka Flukez. It included graffiti artists showcasing their skills and a
Interview: Something In Common with The Molotovs

Interview: Something In Common with The Molotovs

By Lewis MacLean. The Molotovs are a trio of young musicians who are a new and fast rising band. The name was familiar to me before the Isle of Wight Festival but after seeing a recommendation from The Libertines’ Pete Doherty describing them as ‘F-ing Ace’, I was keen to catch them live at the
Ash to tour following release of first new album in more than 5 years

Ash to tour following release of first new album in more than 5 years

image by Steve Gullick.  Ash have announced their first new album together in more than five years,  alongside news of an upcoming UK / EU tour. Race The Night, the band’s eighth studio album, will be released on 15th September 2023 via one of their earliest label homes Fierce Panda. With 29 years, 18 hit
Skinny Lister come to Southampton as part of UK tour this winter

Skinny Lister come to Southampton as part of UK tour this winter

Folk-punk rabble Skinny Lister are back with a new track “Down On The Barrier” plus details of two extensive tours in North America and UK and Ireland throughout Autumn/Winter 2023, bringing them to Southampton’s Engine Rooms in December. Blending pogo-primed percussion, punk hooks, and a chorus that demands to be roared-out loud and proud, “Down
Review: The Isle of Wight Festival, 2023

Review: The Isle of Wight Festival, 2023

Words by Nick Mabey (Friday) & Lewis MacLean (Saturday & Sunday). Additional reporting by Paula Wilson.  Main image by Chloe Hashemi.   Friday by Nick Mabey. Friday at the festival and Newport was rocking. The sun shone, the crowds swarmed, everything was as it should be. For me it was all about Jarvis Cocker but
The Chills come to Portsmouth on UK tour

The Chills come to Portsmouth on UK tour

Back in the UK and Ireland for the first time in more than six years, NZ indie-rockers The Chills are set to play a series of live dates this June. Joined by Fire Records label-mates Rats on Rafts, The Chills are heading to Glasgow, Newcastle, Norwich, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Dublin. The Dunedin, NZ songsmiths helmed by the enigmatic Martin Phillipps will be performing an array
Review: Leftfield, Bournemouth O2 Academy, May 27th 2023

Review: Leftfield, Bournemouth O2 Academy, May 27th 2023

Leftfield in Bournemouth: Hauntology, not nostalgia Words by Tom Williams. Image by Steve Gullick. Leftfield are one of a handful of acts who I got into largely because their ‘Leftism’ album- with its distinctive shark’s jaws cover- appeared in the CD collections of slightly older, much cooler friends when I started clubbing as a student
Southampton music: Dlugokecki

Southampton music: Dlugokecki

by Peter Nicholson. Dlugokecki (pronounced Der-loo-go-ken-ski) have supported million-selling artists such as David Gray, Snow Patrol, Corinne-Bailey Rae, The Proclaimers, Passenger and Lu Lu on their world tours, playing to thousands of people. They’ve also had their songs used on numerous TV shows, played festivals across the word including the South By Southwest Festival in Texas
The Stranglers come to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2024 for 50th anniversary tour

The Stranglers come to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2024 for 50th anniversary tour

In 2024, The Stranglers, one of the most iconic and influential bands in British music history, are celebrating their 50th year anniversary with a following UK and Irish tour. The tour will bring them to Portsmouth Guildhall on March 24th. Since playing their last full-scale UK tour in 2022, the band has turned their minds
Hampshire singer-songwriter Charlie Smith comes to The Hobbit, Southampton

Hampshire singer-songwriter Charlie Smith comes to The Hobbit, Southampton

Singer-songwriter Charlie Smith from Hampshire is playing a gig on home turf this month, at The Hobbit, Southampton.  He describes his music as “chillingly sweet, raw, and emotive,” adding  “In keeping my honest approach to music my recordings have no unnecessary effects, focusing on chords and melody above all else.” Charlie is an experienced live
Alabama 3 come to Southampton’s The 1865 this November

Alabama 3 come to Southampton’s The 1865 this November

South London roots-futurists Alabama 3 have announced a show in Southampton this autumn, and are heading to The 1865 on 30 November in support of their upcoming release ‘Cold War Classics Vol.2’.   Born at an all-night squat party during the ‘90s, the group formed when charismatic frontman and co-founder Rob Spragg started singing the lyrics
Hampshire’s Victorious Festival ranks third in a list of Top 10 UK Festivals

Hampshire’s Victorious Festival ranks third in a list of Top 10 UK Festivals

Victorious Festival has been ranked the third best festival in the UK after data analysis conducted across the country’s festival landscape, with results showing Victorious as one of the best value-for-money festivals in the UK   Multi-award-winning Victorious Festival (which this year will be held on 25/26/27 August) has been rated as the third best festival
The Lottery Winners/Pet Needs/Jerry Williams  – The Engine Rooms, Southampton, 28 April 2023

The Lottery Winners/Pet Needs/Jerry Williams  – The Engine Rooms, Southampton, 28 April 2023

words and photos by Peter Nicholson. It’s always refreshing when artists take some chances on support acts, perhaps not going for exactly the same genre as themselves. That was certainly the case with The Lottery Winners’ gig at The Engine Rooms, Southampton (April 28).  Jerry Williams was the first on stage. Her delicate voice and
Skindred to come to Southampton’s O2 Guildhall this autumn

Skindred to come to Southampton’s O2 Guildhall this autumn

Skindred have announced a headline show in Southampton for Autumn 2023, as part of a larger UK and Ireland tour supporting their upcoming album ‘Smile’, coming to city’s O2 Guildhall on 11 November.   Widely recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting live bands, Skindred also recently been nominated as ‘Best UK Live Act’
Review: Caity Baser, The Engine Rooms – 19th April 2023

Review: Caity Baser, The Engine Rooms – 19th April 2023

words and photos by Peter Nicholson. After my interview with Caity Baser last month, ahead of her home-town show at Southampton’s Engine Rooms, I was keen to see if her energy and enthusiasm would extend to the performance in her stage show It did, ten fold! Caity was obviously really excited to play the gig
Isle of Wight vocalist Nina Ross to release debut single, Milk

Isle of Wight vocalist Nina Ross to release debut single, Milk

Isle of Wight based vocalist Nina Ross is set to release her debut single ‘Milk’ next month.  The track is a cover of a fellow Island band’s song and rising stars, Plastic Mermaids (who connect via mutual drummer, Chris Jones). Nina delivers a pure, stripped-back melancholic version of the song with intimate, jazz/folk vocals leading
Southampton Philharmonic Choir perform at O2 Guidlhall Southampton this weekend

Southampton Philharmonic Choir perform at O2 Guidlhall Southampton this weekend

Southampton Philharmonic Choir (SPC) will be joining forces with Southampton University Philharmonic Choir at the O2 Guildhall Southampton on Saturday, March 18. They will be performing Vaughan WIlliams’ popular and evocative The Lark Ascending and Dona Nobis Pacem and Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light. Docklands Sinfonia will also be performing.  Founded in 1860, SPC celebrated its
After fighting back from serious ill-health, The Alarm’s Mike Peters is back with a new album and tour

After fighting back from serious ill-health, The Alarm’s Mike Peters is back with a new album and tour

The Alarm’s Mike Peters returns to public life after a year dominated by pneumonia and a serious leukaemia relapse, with the release  of the video to ‘Forwards’, the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, out 2nd June, and a touring schedule, bringing the band to Southsea’s Wedgewood Rooms on June 7th. “I literally took
Review: Art House community pantry

Review: Art House community pantry

by Joy McKay. If you haven’t already discovered it The Art House in Southampton is a performance venue and social centre on Above Bar, opposite The Guildhall. They offer live music, performance poetry, storytelling and comedy as well as workshops and classes, drop-in community cafe events, a community pantry and a meeting space for groups. It’s
Jazz musician Ray d’Inverno performing at Turner Sims Southampton to celebrate his 80th birthday

Jazz musician Ray d’Inverno performing at Turner Sims Southampton to celebrate his 80th birthday

Turner Sims Southampton celebrates the 80th birthday of one of Southampton’s best known musicians, Ray d’Inverno, on Sunday 5 March with a special concert featuring the man himself. The acclaimed jazz pianist ran Southampton Jazz Club for many years,  alongside his career as a Professor of Mathematics and General Relativity at Southampton  University.  In the
Dan Mar-Molinero: Hometown Jazzer

Dan Mar-Molinero: Hometown Jazzer

By Charlie Hislop. Dan Mar-Molinero – for many years at the core of Southampton’s music scene and music education has finally released an album of his own music. ‘Taproot’ came out on Bandcamp today (March 3). It’s a big band, lockdown-created, Ivor Novello award-nominated jazz project. It’s Dan’s work from start to finish – composer,
Interview: Caity Baser to play Southampton homecoming gig in April

Interview: Caity Baser to play Southampton homecoming gig in April

by Peter Nicholson. It’s homecoming time for Southampton’s Caity Baser on the 19th April. The Engine Rooms in Southampton will host this dynamic young musician when she returns to her home city following a whirlwind rise to stardom. The show is already SOLD OUT, although this is hardly a surprise due to the huge following
Kasabian announced as Saturday headliners at Victorious Festival, Southsea

Kasabian announced as Saturday headliners at Victorious Festival, Southsea

Kasabian have this morning (10/2/23) been announced as the Saturday headliner act at this year’s Victorious Festival in Southsea, which takes place from August 25 to 27. Further announcements made today include Pete Tong, Ibiza Classics, alt-J, Ben Howard, Ellie Goulding, Friendly Fires, Natalie Imbruglia, Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Macmanus, Jake Bugg and Belle and Sebastian.
Review: Rob Clamp – The Joiners, Southampton

Review: Rob Clamp – The Joiners, Southampton

words and pictures by Peter Nicholson. When one of our local talents sells out the iconic Joiners at his first attempt, it has to be a gig worth attending! So I did exactly that. Hailing from Romsey, Rob Clamp, is now busier than he’s ever been through his music career. Despite, what he describes as
Review: Maja Lena – Heartbreakers, Southampton – 28th January 2023.

Review: Maja Lena – Heartbreakers, Southampton – 28th January 2023.

words and photos by Peter Nicholson. Following my preview interview with Maja Lena (click here) and listening to her latest album a couple of weeks ago, I was really looking forward to hearing how the very polished tracks from the album would transfer to the live stage. I was certainly not disappointed!  The trio took
Review: Gracie Abrams, Vinilo outstore at The Brook, Southampton – 27th January 2023.

Review: Gracie Abrams, Vinilo outstore at The Brook, Southampton – 27th January 2023.

by Peter Nicholson. On Friday evening, the stage at The Brook, Southampton, was the brief home for a talented, young, American musician during a brief visit to the UK. I say “home” because the hour-long gig felt more like a gathering of friends than the usual feel of a gig. Gracie Abrams was outstanding. Gracie
DMA’S come to Bournemouth’s O2 Academy on tour ahead of album How Many Dreams?

DMA’S come to Bournemouth’s O2 Academy on tour ahead of album How Many Dreams?

DMA’S are on the road this spring, and coming to Bournemouth’s O2 Academy on April 7. They recently released new single Fading Like a Picture from their forthcoming album How Many Dreams?, due out on March 31. Previous releases from the album, Olympia and Everybody’s Saying Thursday’s the Weekend – the latter of which is
Opinion: How I learnt to stop worrying about The X Factor

Opinion: How I learnt to stop worrying about The X Factor

by Lewis MacLean. Recent English Eurovision contender and runner up Sam Ryder needs no introduction. He will go down in history as the closest we got (since Bucks Fizz) to winning what England generally condisers the most biased and contentious global competition of all. However, enthusiastic Sotonites who turned into his NYE GIG might be
Takedown rock and metal festival returns to Hampshire after 8 year break with SKindred & Sleep Token

Takedown rock and metal festival returns to Hampshire after 8 year break with SKindred & Sleep Token

Independent alternative-rock and metal festival Takedown will make its return in 2023, landing at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 8th April.  After an eight-year hiatus, the much-loved festival is making a comeback with an impressive lineup, a new venue and an outdoor stage added for the first time. Moving from its Southampton University roots to the
Southampton’s Interesting Wallpaper release debut EP

Southampton’s Interesting Wallpaper release debut EP

by Anita Foxall. March 2020 was certainly unforgettable for us all. But this is also the date that marked the beginning of Interesting Wallpaper, a Southampton based band who have now released their first EP. Pete Harvey, the lead singer and song writer, explained they started as a trio, and due to the timing, they
Review & interview: Dub Pistols, The Brook, Southampton, December 2022

Review & interview: Dub Pistols, The Brook, Southampton, December 2022

words and photos by Peter Nicholson. This wasn’t the first time the Dub Pistols had played The Brook, in Southampton, but this time it was a sell-out (December 3)! With more than 20 years since the band formed, their history, according to front man Barry Ashworth, reads like an A-Z of cautionary tales for any
Review: Marcus Mumford at The Brook, Southampton – November 2022

Review: Marcus Mumford at The Brook, Southampton – November 2022

words and photos by Peter Nicholson. In all honesty, this wasn’t a gig that I was particularly excited about. Despite it being at my favourite venue, The Brook, Southampton, I suspected it would simply be an artist with an acoustic guitar, playing a short, forty-five-minute set. However, and for those of you who don’t always
Preview: Maja Lena, Heartbreakers, Southampton

Preview: Maja Lena, Heartbreakers, Southampton

Having recently released her sophomore album, Pluto, Maja Lena has announced her UK tour, including a date at Heartbreakers bar in Southampton on Saturday 28 January 2023. On Pluto, Maja Lena journeys from the pastoral to the cosmic, continuing her increasing fascination with science fiction and the icy, electronic soundscapes of 1980s’ Japanese cinema and
Review & interview: Native Harrow at Vinilo, Southampton

Review & interview: Native Harrow at Vinilo, Southampton

by Sam Wise. Hurrying into Vinilo a few minutes before the scheduled start of Native Harrow’s 45 minute in-store performance, a somewhat forlorn sight greeted me last night (20 November). The duo of Devin Tuel and Stephen Hams were set up in the corner of the generously sized record shop, gazing out over only about
Review: Placebo at Portsmouth Guildhall, November 18

Review: Placebo at Portsmouth Guildhall, November 18

by  Joy Richardson. In 1996 Placebo (vocalist/guitarist Brian Molko and bassist/guitarist Stefan Olsdal) hit the indie music scene with the release of  their self-titled debut album and tour of the usual venues for the up and coming. There was a real buzz surrounding this band; the major scene at the time was BritPop and whilst
Southampton band Delays debut album Faded Seaside Glamour to be rereleased

Southampton band Delays debut album Faded Seaside Glamour to be rereleased

by Sally Churchward. The 2004 debut album of Southampton band Delays, Faded Seaside Glamour, is being re-released on limited edition vinyl. The album is being released through Rough Trade Records, the label who first signed the band 20 years ago. It is expected that it will be available on 27 January, 2023 The band’s lead
Review: Paul Young and Los Pacaminos at The Brook, Southampton

Review: Paul Young and Los Pacaminos at The Brook, Southampton

words and pictures: Peter Nicholson. During the lead up to The Brook show, I had the privilege of interviewing Paul Young for In Common. So, when I arrived at the Southampton venue for tonight’s gig, I went backstage to say hello to the band before the show. While chatting with the band I realised that
Review: Soul Asylum and Everclear at The 1865, Southampton

Review: Soul Asylum and Everclear at The 1865, Southampton

words and pictures by Peter Nicholson. It’s always great to be able to photograph a band whose music I grew up with. This was the case on Tuesday night (8 November) when I headed to The 1865 in Southampton to see Soul Asylum. Although the band originally formed in the early 1980s, and released three
Peter Hook & The Light to bring a celebration of Joy Division and New Order hits to Southampton’s 1865

Peter Hook & The Light to bring a celebration of Joy Division and New Order hits to Southampton’s 1865

One of British music’s most influential bands, Joy Division will be celebrated by one of the founding members, Peter Hook, on tour next year. Peter Hook & The Light will be bringing Joy Division: A Celebration to venues across the UK, including Sheffield’s Foundry, Cardiff’s Tramshed and Southampton’s The 1865 (on April 27). A founding
Review: Blancmange at The Brook, Southampton.

Review: Blancmange at The Brook, Southampton.

words and pictures by Peter Nicholson. Although I’d like to be thought to be far too young, I clearly remember the Summer of 1979 and hearing “Are Friends Electric” for the first time. It was arguably the birth of mainstream appreciation of synth-based music. It sprang from the “New Wave” movement of that era which
Review: MY BABY at The 1865, Southampton

Review: MY BABY at The 1865, Southampton

by Alex Thurley-Ratcliff. MY BABY at The 1865 last night (November 4) was the first ‘proper’ gig I’ve been to in three years. I actually tried to go to see them last year at the same venue but I was too ill, as I’ve been slowly recovering from long covid. So it felt like a
 Review & interview: Plastic Mermaids – The Joiners, Southampton

 Review & interview: Plastic Mermaids – The Joiners, Southampton

words and pictures by Peter Nicholson. Another stormy night was on the cards as I headed to this iconic venue, The Joiners, in Southampton for the Plastic Mermaids gig (November 4). They were back in Southampton to promote their recent album “It’s Not Comfortable To Grow”, and, hailing from the Isle Of Wight, this gig
Southampton music charity SoCo awarded £100k to support music making for younger children in the city

Southampton music charity SoCo awarded £100k to support music making for younger children in the city

Southampton music charity, SoCo Music, has been awarded £100,000 funding by Youth Music to support music making for children under five in the city. SoCo was set up in Southampton in 2008. It is a not-for-profit music organisation, providing inclusive music-making opportunities and supporting the music-making sector, across Hampshire.  For the last three years, the
Blancmange come to The Brook, Southampton, following the release of album Private View

Blancmange come to The Brook, Southampton, following the release of album Private View

Following the release of their new album Private View, Blancmange are on an extensive nationwide tour, bringing them to The Brook, Southampton, on November 5. The album’s highlights include ‘Reduced Voltage’. With a cosmic feel, the song features David Rhodes’ guitar unfurling in waves of immersive tones alongside subtle electronics.  Neil Arthur explains: “I wanted a
Alt rock LGBTQ+ band Hunting Hearts bring a ‘Queer Prom’ to Hampshire

Alt rock LGBTQ+ band Hunting Hearts bring a ‘Queer Prom’ to Hampshire

On November 4th at The Edge of the Wedge in Southsea, Hunting Hearts – alt rock LGBTQ+ band from Southampton – are hosting “Queer Prom”, featuring a diverse line-up of queer artists and band from across Hampshire, including Wyse from Portsmouth, Velour from Bournemouth and another Southampton based band, Artemis.  Devin Valentine (pictured top left),
Sea Girls talk about their album, Homesick, ahead of their date at O2 Guildhall Southampton

Sea Girls talk about their album, Homesick, ahead of their date at O2 Guildhall Southampton

Right before the pandemic hit, London-based band Sea Girls were poised to make their next triumphant step. Henry Camamile (lead vocals, guitar), Rory Young (lead guitar), Andrew Dawson (bass) and Oliver Khan (drums) had just come off their first European headlining tour, playing 20 dates across the continent and debut tour of the US. Upcoming
Southampton musician Amy Da Silva wins Youth Music award in national competition

Southampton musician Amy Da Silva wins Youth Music award in national competition

 Southampton musician Amy da Silva has won the Youth Music Best Original Track Award (Solo) sponsored by TikTok  with her her track Think Twice. She has featured on both Sounds of Southampton Vol 1 and Vol2 albums,made by  SoCo Music Project, a not-for-profit music organisation that provides inclusive music-making opportunities and supports the music-making sector
Preview: Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids come to The Joiners, Southampton

Preview: Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids come to The Joiners, Southampton

Isle of Wight quintet Plastic Mermaids will embark on a UK headline tour in November, bringing them to  The Joiners, Southampton on the 3rd. With sets at Glastonbury and Camp Bestival under their belts from earlier this year, the band are looking forward to getting on the road again. The November tour follows the release
Preview: The Kaiser Chiefs, Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth

Preview: The Kaiser Chiefs, Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth

One of Britain’s most treasured bands, the multi-award-winning Kaiser Chiefs, will kick off their arena tour in November, including a stop at the Bournemouth International Centre on 17 November. They will be supported by The Fratellis and The Sherlocks. Formed in Leeds in 2000, Kaiser Chiefs are one of the leading bands of their generation.
Review: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls & PET NEEDS, O2 Guildhall Southampton

Review: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls & PET NEEDS, O2 Guildhall Southampton

photographed and written by Peter Nicholson. www.peternicholsonphotography.co.uk   PET NEEDS played the final night of a USA and UK tour at the O2 Guildhall Southampton last night (14 October). It was the culmination of weeks on the road, coast to coast across North America, touring with Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls.  I caught up with
Review: The Lemonheads, The 1865, Southampton

Review: The Lemonheads, The 1865, Southampton

by Sam Wise. 30 years ago, Evan Dando blessed the world with one of the greatest albums of the 90s. It’s A Shame About Ray had no weak spots, no b-grade material, it ran through fast and tight with songs that veered between genius, and merely excellent. Not only that, but it made a star
Review: Easy Life at The Brook, Southampton

Review: Easy Life at The Brook, Southampton

Photographs and words by Peter Nicholson.   I had been looking forward to seeing Easy Life at The Brook, Southampton (8 October). I really like their studio work, but had been less than impressed by videos I’d seen of their live performances, so I wanted to see for myself.  The band is clearly formed around
Interview: Paul Young, coming to The Brook, Southampton, with Los Pacaminos

Interview: Paul Young, coming to The Brook, Southampton, with Los Pacaminos

words and photos by Peter Nicholson. Paul Young’s career must be the envy of artists across the world. As well as singing the opening lines on Band Aid’s  single Do They Know it’s Christmas? in 1984 and appearing at the iconic Wembley Stadium Live-Aid concert, he also released three number one albums, received a Brit
Review: Craig David at The 1865, Southampton

Review: Craig David at The 1865, Southampton

words and pictures by Rob Davis. “They’re likely to sell out quickly” said the In Common article and Twitter announcement about tickets to see Craig David perform at Southampton’s The 1865 on 1 October as an ‘outstore’ event from record store Vinilo. That was motivation enough for me to try get a ticket straight after
Southampton music charity SoCo awarded £15,000 to support creative talent 

Southampton music charity SoCo awarded £15,000 to support creative talent 

Southampton’s premier Music Charity, SoCo Music, has been awarded £14,578 funding by three funders to work with children and young people in the local area. The Hampshire Music Education Hub Partnership Project Fund has granted  the charity £4500 to work with children supported by the Primary Behavioural Service in Hampshire. SoCo Music will provide fun
Southampton musician Amy Da Silva nominated for Youth Music Awards 2022

Southampton musician Amy Da Silva nominated for Youth Music Awards 2022

Southampton musician Amy da Silva, who has featured on both Sounds of Southampton Vol 1 and Vol2 Albums, and her track THINK TWICE have been nominated for the Youth Music Best Original Track Award (Solo) sponsored by TikTok. Amy has been working with SoCo Music Project,a not-for-profit music organisation that provides inclusive music-making opportunities and
Southampton indie rock band launch new single Cheap Gold Chain with homecoming gig

Southampton indie rock band launch new single Cheap Gold Chain with homecoming gig

On Friday (September 30)  Southampton indie rock band, Pioneers, release their new single ‘Cheap Gold Chain,’ and will be marking the occasion with a homecoming gig at the city venue, The Loft, on Friday night. The four piece band is made up of Sam Watts on vocals/rhythm guitar, Toby Gathercole on lead guitar, Sam Over
Review and photos: Music in the City 2022

Review and photos: Music in the City 2022

words and pictures by Mike Daish. I arrived at Guildhall Square on Saturday (September 24)  just as The Rock Choir was about to kick of the music for the day. After they finished the Soul Catchers upped the volume a bit and by now a good-sized crowd had gathered around the stage. I stayed a
Interview with Sean from The Clockworks on inspiration & the Irish music scene

Interview with Sean from The Clockworks on inspiration & the Irish music scene

by Anita Foxall. Rising stars The Clockworks come to Heartbreakers, Southampton, on September 30 as part of their first headline UK tour. Anita Foxall caught up with guitar player Sean.   From Galway, to London, and visiting Southampton next week for their second show of their first tour as headliners, The Clockworks will be bringing
REVIEW: Just Mustard at the Loft, Southampton

REVIEW: Just Mustard at the Loft, Southampton

by Russell Foxall. Based in Dundalk, Just Mustard are part of the ever expanding Irish music scene, although their first album was released over four years ago. Having found their second album, Heart Under, powerfully intriguing, I decided to take the opportunity to see them when they came to the Loft, Southampton, last night (16th
Why I drum – beating out rhythms as part of Portsmouth Batala samba-reggae band

Why I drum – beating out rhythms as part of Portsmouth Batala samba-reggae band

by Katie Isham What are you drumming for?  That was the question thrown at me, not for the first time.  It’s a genuine inquiry. Not accusatory. Just curious. Being lucky enough to be part of the Portsmouth branch of the Batala samba-reggae band means I help bring Brazilian beats to events across the south coast;
Review: Lime Cordiale at The 1865, Southampton

Review: Lime Cordiale at The 1865, Southampton

by Anita Foxall. “You want some?” You most definitely want some (or a lot) of Lime Cordiale. They were nothing less than a powerful explosion of colour and sound invading  The 1865, Southampton, last night (9 September). Lime Cordiale were certainly as refreshing as their name suggests. Their charisma and energy infected the audience from
All-Aboard the River Itchen

All-Aboard the River Itchen

by Charlie Hislop. For a city on the coast, split by rivers, not much celebration happens on the water in Southampton. Then last weekend (September 3)  along came the All-Aboard Festival, making the most of the River Itchen on a summer’s day with entertainment on the water and along the banks. It’s music, art and
Pleasure Beyond Measure – more free music added to Southampton online local archive

Pleasure Beyond Measure – more free music added to Southampton online local archive

by Geoff Wall. Following the recent free posting of Pleasure Beyond Measure’s Pete Holden Bequest recordings, I’ve delved deep in to my local (Southampton) music archive and exhumed tapes from my 32nd Birthday Bash at the Joiners pub back in 1983.  (Read more about the project here). Recorded by soundman Jim Bourne direct from the
Bastille on songwriting, being good allies and “the ‘eh, oh’ song”

Bastille on songwriting, being good allies and “the ‘eh, oh’ song”

by Sally Churchward. Being in a globally successful band and fame might seem synonymous.  But for the members of Bastille there has always been a distinction, and they’ve worked hard to keep it that way. We’re chatting backstage at Victorious Festival. Later on they will headline at the Castle Stage, before a huge crowd who
Review: Victorious Festival, Southsea Common

Review: Victorious Festival, Southsea Common

by Catherine Collins. Additional reporting by Sally Churchward. One of the biggest festivals in the south returned this weekend for a three day music extravaganza, with some of the industry’s most exciting names taking to the stages (26-28 August). This year, the organisers  put some of the biggest acts on early to encourage people through
New items added to Southampton music archive Stick it in Your Ear

New items added to Southampton music archive Stick it in Your Ear

By Phil Tyler of SIIYE. Southampton’s Stick it in Your Ear music archive has added three new items to its online archives. You can read all about Stick it in Your Ear, which started out more than 40 years ago as a small local tape label with accompanying free magazine, here: Celebrating 40 years of
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
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 South London 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
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