Music festival to raise pounds for Pompey

TUNING UP Jamie Kasper of Kill Kasper
TUNING UP Jamie Kasper of Kill Kasper

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A MUSIC festival with a football theme is to be held across Portsmouth this summer.

Called Play Up Pompey Music, the event aims to raise money for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, which is looking to take over at Fratton Park after the club comes out of administration.

More than a week of gigs and club nights will culminate in a weekend of events at The Wedgewood Rooms under the banner, and other venues are already pledging their support.

But as well as Little Johnny Russell’s and The Festing, both in Southsea, the organisers are urging pub and club owners to get involved wherever they are based.

The event was the brainchild of musician John Hicks and Kill Kasper’s Jamie Kasper.

Jamie said: ‘We can’t afford our own shares, but our mouths are much bigger than our pockets and we thought we might be able to do more if we got all of our friends together and threw a few parties.’

Around 50 bands, solo artists and DJs have already signed up for nights dedicated to a wide range of musical tastes, as well as 15 of Southsea’s top club nights.

Portsmouth’s own Strong Island Recordings is also involved in the event.

Any venues wanting to join in should contact playuppompey@outlook.com, facebook.com/playuppompeymusic or on Twitter using @Pompey_Play_Up.

John said: ‘As musicians we don’t know much about contract law or land ownership, so picking up a guitar or getting the vinyl out seemed like the best way to contribute.

‘We hope more acts and venues feel the same as we know a lot of people still want to pledge to the trust.’

For every £1,000 collected, it is hoped to buy a PST share in the name of the Pompey music scene – money which will be used to fund the PST’s takeover.

The pubs that raise the most will get a share certificate to display in their bar.

There will also be one certificate for a small venue raising funds in an innovative or unusual way.

The event is due to be held between July 19 and 27, but could be subject to change as more venues come forward.