IT’S here! The Play Up Pompey Music Festival starts tonight, heralding 16 days of musical extravaganza.
The festival is being held in various venues in Portsmouth to raise funds for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and its ownership of Portsmouth Football Club.
The money raised will be used by the trust to increase its shareholding in the club so fans can have an even greater say in how their football club is run.
The event kicks off tonight in two locations. Bands Is Bliss, YSNBWATID and Belle Isle Smile will be playing at The Festing, where entry is £3; and The Phoney Stones will be playing The Festing, where entry is free.
Tomorrow’s events include Kill Kasper, Heir of the Dog and The Silhouettes playing at the Southsea Bandstand.
In the evening, Club EQ with Trashed is going head to head in a sound clash with The Wedge’s Club 12 Hour.
Finally, on Sunday, is the weekend’s star event, as trust chairman Ashley Brown hosts a comedy night at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road.
On the bill are the widely acclaimed The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, Canadian comic Sean Collins, who has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow on BBC1 and Andy Askins.
‘It’s a fantastic gesture from the comics who are appearing,’ said Ashley.
‘I’m really pleased with the quality of the line-up and I hope people support the show, which promises to be excellent.’
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets, priced £8, are on sale through the Wedgewood Rooms box office.
For a full line-up of events, acts, bands, DJs and singers, as well as information on how to buy tickets, see playuppompey.org.
A VIP Day at Fratton Park is also up for grabs via the website.
The pub which raises the most money for the trust during the festival will be treated to a visit by the Pompey team and manager Guy Whittingham.