Live music events will be music to the ears of Pompey supporters

GIGS Guy Whittingham, Jamie Kasper, Scott Mclachlan and chief executive Mark Catlin. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131699-6)
GIGS Guy Whittingham, Jamie Kasper, Scott Mclachlan and chief executive Mark Catlin. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131699-6)
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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MUSIC lovers in Portsmouth are going to be treated to a 16-day live band extravaganza next month.

The Play Up Pompey Music Festival will be held at various pubs, clubs and other venues around the city from July 12 to July 27.

As well as showcasing the best music the region has to offer, the events will raise money for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to support its continued ownership of Portsmouth Football Club.

Jamie Kasper, from Portsmouth band Kill Kasper, said: ‘A friend of mine John Hicks sent me a message to ask if I’d bought my community share in the trust or not.

‘A few days later we were sitting around, talking about how as we were both in bands, we could help raise money a different way.

‘We went for a chat, which turned into a couple of drinks, then all of a sudden we had this plan for a 16-day music festival across Pompey.’

There are five main events which will be raising money.

The first is on July 14, with a comedy night at Fratton Park featuring the Raymond and Mr Timpkins Comedy Revue.

Then, on July 19, two events will be raising money.

One is a ska night, organised by Jake Payne, which will be held at Fratton Park. The other is a Mod night which will be held at The Cellars in Eastney.

On Friday, July 26 Dirty Little Rock Stars will be showing off the best of local bands at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road.

And then, also at the Wedgewood Rooms, the Festival of Fakers & Funk will be held to finish the fortnight.

Sponsored by The News, the night will feature The Tiddley Kinks, The Heartbreakers as Led Zeppelin, Days of Speed as Paul Weller and will finish off with Funktifino vs The Monkey Love Stunt Team.

There are a host of other events taking place over the fortnight, including Selma Ertl, wife of Pompey player Johnny, singing at the Wellington in Old Portsmouth, assisted by DJ Vince Hilaire on July 24.

There is also going to be a big bandstand event followed by an after party at club EQ on July 13.

Any pubs or venues that wish to take part can do so.

To find out more, and to buy tickets for any of the events, see playuppompey.org.