PAUL NEWELL: A night out wasn’t complete if it didn’t end with a bacon roll
I enjoyed going clubbing and there was so much more choice in the 1990s. In the early days we would head to the seafront to Peggy Sue’s and dance to anthems such as Ride on Time and Back to Life by Soul to Soul. On a Monday we went to student night at 5th Avenue and on one infamous occasion there was five of us lined up along the edge of the stage, perfectly choreographed to Take That’s Relight My Fire. No wonder we were single. I was sober when I ventured into Joanna’s for the one and only time and don’t remember how or why we ended up in Club China Town next to the Queen’s hotel.
PAUL NEWELL: Oysters, Langtry’s and Mucky Duck: Remembering old watering holes
It was the mid to late 1990s that my going-out days reached their peak. Every Friday and occasionally a Saturday night was spent in one drinking establishment or another, many of which do not exist today. For example, Oysters at Palmerston Road.
I believe a dynamic in Portsmouth is shifting in Portsmouth’s music scene; we are starting to see the rise of smaller promotion teams, the expansion of established local brands (especially within our electronic music scene).
After attending Jerry Williams’ gig at The Wedgewood Rooms last weekend, it became clear that Portsmouth has the platform and community to offer young artists a spotlight to rise and I believe we definitely need promoters and venues to make this a priority so our music scene can develop even further.
While many have probably spent most of their money pleasing the other half this week for Valentines Day, there are plenty of events going on for those who are single and for those couples who’d rather party instead.
Festival announcements have been picking up this month – including Victorious Festival announcing a plethora of acts including Jake Bugg, and Franz Ferdinand! I was most excited to hear Slaves are making an appearance!