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Dig out your glad rags – because the most glamorous and glitzy event in Portsmouth's calendar is getting close.

Today we're launching the 2009 Guide Awards, celebrating the best of the entertainment industry in the Portsmouth area as voted for by you.

The fifth annual Guide Awards will take place at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Monday, November 16, bringing together leading lights in the fields of comedy, music, theatre, art and film, plus the top pubs, restaurants and attractions.

The ceremony will see nominees, guests and readers of The News gather to find out who will take away the trophies in 15 categories. There will also be a presentation of a Special Achievement award to somebody who has made a great contribution to entertainment locally.

There have been a few changes since last year's awards night. Though The Guide in The News every Friday has changed, with Days Out and Food and Drink subjects moving on to their own daily pages as part of a new features section, these categories will still be included in the awards, which aim to cover the broad spectrum of entertainment.

Last year's Guide Awards was a fantastic celebration of local talent, featuring DJs, dancers, singers, actors and musicians – all performing, presenting and collecting awards.

There were performances from DJ Tom Burrell, saxophone group Saxuality, amateur dramatics group CCADS, Instant Star winner Leslie Hale, folk/skiffle duo Reet Petite and ska band The White Coats.

Performances this year include last year's Best Rock/Pop Band winner Hold Fast. This young post-punk band have been nominated again this year, in the category Best Band (we've dropped the genres this time for a catch-all approach).

The four-piece have come a long way since they graced the Guide Awards stage last year. Apart from playing gigs up and down the country, the band headlined a Club NME night in Chelmsford earlier this month. This week they were confirmed for a slot on BBC Introducing Live at a showcase night in Reading on October 7.

Lead singer Roberta Collins says: 'It was inspiring to win a Guide Award last year and to realise that such a strong fanbase for Hold Fast existed in Portsmouth. With such a high quality of bands nominated we were surprised to win.

'We're really pleased to be part of the Guide Awards again this year – an event that recognises art, music and theatre in the local area. We're thrilled to be nominated again, but more so to be playing live on the night. It's an opportunity to say thanks to everyone who's supported us over the last year.'

Will Hold Fast hold fast in the top spot for Best Band? It's anyone's guess at this stage because it's down to you to decide who walks away with the prizes. You can vote for your favourites by either picking one of the nine nominees in each category, chosen by our panel of experts, or suggest your own nominations.


A Best Event

1: Ghost Ship: A Pageant for Portsmouth

2: Hampshire Water Festival, Staunton Country Park

3: Goodwood Festival of Speed

4: International Kite Festival, Southsea Common

5: Isle of Wight Festival

6: Chilli Fiesta, West Dean

7: Portsmouth Ghost Week

8: A Victorian Festival of Christmas, Historic Dockyard

9: The Lost Hour

10: Reader nomination

B Best comedy

1: Andy Askins

2: Hannah George

3: Jeff Lane

4: Joe Wells

5: Jonjo Rowlands

6: Sean Collins

7: Simon Fielder

8: Simon Jenkins

9: The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue

10: Reader nomination

C Best DJ

1: Swingsta

2: Marky Mark

3: DJ Stu

4: The Funktifino All Stars

5: Will Chump

6: Spikey Mark

7: DJ Munza

8: J Fresh

9: Owen Baxter

10: Reader nomination

D Best band

1: Hold Fast

2: The Strange Death Of Liberal England

3: The B Of The Bang

4: Little London

5: Le Plat Du Jour

6: Dragon Eye Morrison

7: The Visitors

8: Kill Kasper

9: The Dawn Chorus

10: Reader nomination

E Best solo artist

1: Andrew Foster

2: Becky Jerams

3: Loz Bridge

4: Luke Ferre

5: The Boy I Used To Be

6: Gareth Howells

7: CM Arnold

8: Joe Black

9: Huw Olesker

10: Reader nomination

F Best


1: Stranger Things are Happening, Aspex, Gunwharf Quays

2: A Study In Sherlock, City Museum

3: Feeding the Forces – The History of Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport Discovery Centre

4: Carrier Strike, Action Station, Historic Dockyard

5: Portsmouth, City at Sea, Southsea Gallery

6: Harbourmouth, Gosport Gallery, Colin Baxter

7: From Sussex to Sudan, Oxmarket Gallery, Jonathan Brady

8: Hussey's 100, Pallant House Gallery

9: Portsmouth Expo, Pyramids Centre

10: Reader nomination

G Best pub/

wine bar

1: Bakers Arms, Droxford

2: The White Lion, Soberton

3: The Hamilton Arms, Stedham

4: The Thomas Lord, West Meon

5: King Street Tavern, Portsmouth

6: Wyvern pub, Lee-on-the-Solent

7: The Rising Sun, Hill Pound, Swanmore

8: The Bluebell pub, Emsworth

9: The Royal Oak, East Lavant

10: Reader nomination

H Best


1: Montparnasse, Southsea

2: Pallant House Restaurant, Chichester

3: Annie Jones, Petersfield

4: West Stoke House, West Stoke

5: Brasserie Blanc, Gunwharf Quays

6: Vatika, Wickham Vineyard, Shedfield

7: Koh Thai, Fareham

8: Sapori, Lee-on-the-Solent

9: Wickham Wine Bar and Restaurant, Wickham

10: Reader nomination

I local film

1: The Club, Guy Murray-Brown

2: Ballet School for the Over 50s, Stuart McKears

3: Less Than Romantic, Simon Hatt

4: Mark, James Harrison

5: Me Plus One, Russell Oastler

6: The Girl of My Dreams, Russell Oastler

7: No Diving, Roy Hanney and Jez Stevens

8: Dead Air, Welsey Skelly

9: Sensations of the Season, Jan Stephens

10: Reader nomination

J Best

professional production

1: Chicago, Kings Theatre, Southsea

2: Enron, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

3: West Side Story, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

4: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Globe Theatre on Tour in Ravelin Park, Portsmouth

5: Oklahoma!, Chichester Festival Theatre

6: The Pillowman, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

7: Fascinating Aida, Kings Theatre, Southsea

8: The Last Cigarette, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

9: Cabaret, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

10: Reader nomination

K Best amateur drama

1: Journey's End, Bedlam Theatre Company, New Theatre Royal

2: Death of a Salesman, One Off Productions, New Theatre Royal

3: Road, Bench Theatre, Havant Arts Centre

4: A Christmas Carol, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

5: Blue Remembered Hills, One Off, New Theatre Royal

6: Home, Bench Theatre, Havant Arts Centre

7: The Wind In The Willows, Bench Theatre, Havant Arts Centre

8: West, HumDrum, New Theatre Royal

9: Spider's Web, Athelney Productions, St Peter's Theatre, Southsea

10: Reader nomination

L Best amateur


1: The Producers, Portsmouth Players, Kings

2: Passion, CCADS, Kings Studio 2

3: Jekyll and Hyde, South Downe Musical Society, Ferneham Hall

4: Rent, CCADS, New Theatre Royal

5: Tell Me On A Sunday, CCADS, Third Floor Arts Centre

6: Annie, South Downe Musical Society, Kings

7: Crazy For You, Portsmouth Players, Kings

8: Oklahoma!, Portsmouth University, New Theatre Royal

9: Sweeney Todd, Southern Theatre Productions, Kings:

10: Reader nomination

M Best amateur


1: David Lippiett, Death of a Salesman (One Off)

2: John-Paul McCrohon, Rent (CCADS), and Death of a Salesman (One Off)

3: Stuart Warner, The Producers (Portsmouth Players)

4: David Penrose, Home and Road (Bench)

5: Peter Corrigan, Road (Bench)

6: Paul Tully, Jekyll And Hyde and My Fair Lady (South Downe Musical Society)

7: Rob Thrush, Journey's End (Bedlam Theatre)

8: Sean Ridley, Journey's End (Bedlam Theatre) and Rent (CCADS)

9: Rob Eyles, Rent (CCADS)

10: Reader nomination

N Best amateur actress

1: Jo Rowland, Uncle Vanya (Southsea Shakespeare Actors)

2: Alice Corrigan, Closer (Bench)

3: Rachel Potts, The Producers, Crazy For You and The Full Monty (all Portsmouth Players)

4: Kerry McCrohon, Tell Me On A Sunday, Passion & Rent (all CCADS) and Death of a Salesman (One Off)

5: Sarah Murray, West Side Story (Fareham Musical Society

6: Jane Pegler, Annie (South Downe Musical Society)

7: Melanie Cole, Road (Bench)

8: Julie Curry, Glorious (Portchester Players)

9: Francesca McCrohon, Rent & Northanger Abbey (CCADS)

10: Reader nomination

O Best classical music act

1: Karen Kingsley

2: Steve Tanner

3: Alexandra Stevenson

4: Renaissance Choir

5: Angela Blackwell

6: Jenni Wright

7: Havant Orchestras

8: Andrew Cleary

9: Portsmouth Choral Union

10: Reader nomination


There are 15 categories and you can vote in as many as you like. It could be one, or all 15.

Simply choose your favourite from each list or add your own choice, that isn't already on our shortlist. You can then text your vote, send it online or cut out the coupon and post it to us.

All votes must be received by midday, Friday, October 16, 2009 .

To vote by post, just fill out the voting coupon and send it to Guide Awards Votes, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX. You can vote as many times as you like, but photocopies won't be accepted. A fresh form cut out from The News must be used each time you vote, but you can send multiple votes in one envelope.

To vote by SMS text, simply send a message starting with tnguide followed by the letter representing the category and the number representing the nominee you vote for (or their name if it's your own choice), your name, house number (or house name) and postcode to 81800. All replied messages cost 60p plus standard network charge

Example message: tnguide a1 john smith 1 po2 9sx

Terms and Conditions apply – see the entry form for details. Please add the word STOP at the end of your message if you do not wish to receive the marketing messages mentioned. Please note if you should enter by text after the stated closing date your entry will not be valid but you may be still be charged. SMS/MMS/Phone Service is provided by g8wave London N7 9AH.

To vote online go to and follow the on-screen instructions.