THOUSANDS of music lovers descended on Albert Road to celebrate the eighth Southsea Fest.
(All pictures by Paul Windsor)
The huge event saw 100 bands perform across a dozen stages – from the Kings Theatre to the tiny Coffee Bean cafe.
Early on Saturday afternoon Southsea’s Kassassin Street rocked the Kings Theatre with the aisles rammed with dancing fans.
Enjoying the atmosphere, well known Southsea DJ Carl Lemon said: ‘Southsea Fest is absolutely amazing.
‘This has to be one of my favourites of the past eight years that it’s been going.
‘I’ve had an absolutely brilliant time.’
Kassassin Street were followed by much loved fellow Southsea band B of the Bang who played an emotional farewell gig.
Talking from the stage, where they walked to following an opener in the stalls, lead singer Wit fought back tears as he played to an audience made up of friends they had made over the years – some of whom had made the pilgrimage down from London to see the show.
Wit, owner of Icelandic cafe bar 101 Reykjavik, in Southsea, said: ‘I think we are the only band to have played every Southsea Fest so it was really special for us to end at the Kings Theatre – which we’ve played before.
‘It’s such a beautiful venue, so full of history. That’s why we chose it.
‘Afterwards we got to hang out with some friends and we saw a lot of people who are really important to us.
‘We went out to the street and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing.
‘Southsea Fest is so important, it was such a great day.’
Wit said the band would be involved in more musical projects in the future.
It was also farewell for Attack! Vipers! who played their last show at the One Eyed Dog.
The Strong Island Recordings stage at Bar 50-Six was rammed all day as was The Wedgewood Rooms and The Pie and Vinyl stage at The Wine Vaults.
There was a storming set from Wedgewood Rooms headliners Pulled Apart By Horses.
And the Kings Theatre was the perfect setting for main act Ed Harcourt.