Fancy footwork is a must for grand finale of Pompey festival

IN TOWN We Are Scientists outside Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road before playing a warm-up gig there for the Play Up Pompey Music Festival. From left, bassist Chris Cain, drummer Keith Carne, and guitarist and singer Keith Murray. Picture: Tom Langford
IN TOWN We Are Scientists outside Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road before playing a warm-up gig there for the Play Up Pompey Music Festival. From left, bassist Chris Cain, drummer Keith Carne, and guitarist and singer Keith Murray. Picture: Tom Langford
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett Picture: Joe Pepler

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IT’S time for Pompey fans and music fans alike to break out their fancy footwork and support the Play Up Pompey Music festival.

There are only three events left, and the festival’s organisers want to see them all sold out and money being raised for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

More than £7,000 has been raised so far from 13 days of events held in Portsmouth and Southsea, but festival co-organiser Jamie Kasper says he hopes to top £10,000 by the end of Saturday.

He said: ‘It’s been fantastic so far, and we’ve raised a lot of money to go towards the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, but we want as many people as possible to support the events in the Fifth Hants Volunteers Arms tonight, and then at the Wedgewood Rooms tomorrow and Saturday.

‘We’d love it if they were to sell out.’

Tonight’s free gig at the 5th Hants sees Reactor 1 and Zach Blues join DJ Ray Andrews entertaining the Albert Road pub’s crowd.

And tomorrow the party moves to the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road and its second room, the Edge of the Wedge.

Jamie’s band, Kill Kasper, will be playing, as will Kassassin Street, Carmen Rosa, Stray Bullets Kill, Paddy Taylor and the Wedge’s It’s A Sin DJs.

Entry is £5 and all money raised on the night will be donated to the trust, to help it increase its shareholding stake in Portsmouth Football Club.

The festival will draw to a close on Saturday with a cover band extravaganza at the Wedgewood Rooms, and all the acts will be introduced by Pompey manager Guy Whittingham.

Jamie said: ‘This is the big one. The superb finale to a festival of events which will have stretched 16 days, hosting a whopping 34 gigs, spread across 21 venues, with over 150 bands, solo artists, DJs, promoters and comedians contributing towards events to raise money for a cause that means so much to the city.

‘What better way to conclude all that hard work and fabulous community spirit than to throw a party and to invite some of the best ever British artists (albeit fake ones) to come and entertain Pompey fans and music lovers.

‘To end the night the legendary Funktifino will be challenging the 
funky MonkeyLove Stunt Team to a two-room rare-groove-off.

‘Your dancing shoes will definitely be required.’

Tickets for the Saturday event are available from the Wedgewood Rooms or via playuppompey.org at £8.

Tickets for tomorrow are also available on the site.