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Lee Mead will be enchanted to meet you at the New Theatre Royal

There’s no hanging around for Lee Mead as he heads straight from playing Caractacus Potts on tour in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to his own tour celebrating the golden era of the Hollywood musical.

Billy Talent. Picture: Dustin Rabin

Billy Talent prove their head for heights at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton

It’s been four years since punk-rock stars Billy Talent’s last studio album.

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Jamie Lawson by Pip for Atlantic Records

Jamie Lawson Wasn’t Expecting That as heads to Portsmouth Guildhall

If there’s an opposite to overnight success, then Jamie Lawson would be your dictionary definition.

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Lead singer Johann Beardraven of The Beards at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea on October 18, 2016. Picture by Martin Cox

REVIEW: The Beards at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

If you’re a beard wearer or a beard fan you should have been at The Wedgewood Rooms for the farewell show by Aussie beard promoters The, er, Beards.

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REVIEW: Akala at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea

The well-known underground hip-hop artist Kingslee ‘Akala’ Daley played the prestigious music hot spot The Wedgewood Rooms this weekend.

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Savitri Grier

REVIEW: Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall in Fareham

Even in her early 20s, Savitri Grier seems a more mature musician than many twice her age.

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Portsmouth Baroque Choir

REVIEW: Portsmouth Baroque Choir at The Church of The Holy Spirit in Southsea

For their autumn concert at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Portsmouth Baroque Choir chose a programme of works by Finzi and Kodaly.

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Twin Atlantic

REVIEW: Twin Atlantic at the Pyramids Centre

In just 10 minutes, the plug is pulled on alt-rockers Twin Atlantic’s show to sort out a crush in the audience, before restarting a song.

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The Beards Farewell Tour. Picture by Anders M Teibel

Hairy heroes The Beards swing by Southsea one final time

After more than a decade of follicly-focused fun, Australian band The Beards have decided to call it a day, but not before spreading the word on the joys of face-fuzz one last time on a final tour.

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The Three Degrees

REVIEW: The Three Degrees at Ferneham Hall in Fareham

There might have been an autumn chill in the air outside but inside Ferneham Hall the temperature was rising.

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Feeder at The Pyramids in Southsea, October 13, 2016. Picture by Paul Windsor

REVIEW: Feeder at The Pyramids in Southsea

Welsh rockers Feeder open their first visit to Portsmouth in four years in a surprisingly downbeat mood, bizarrely choosing to open with the gloomy new album closer Another Day on Earth.

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Ward Thomas

Ward Thomas take their homegrown take on country to the top of the charts

Alongside former touring partners The Shires, Ward Thomas are at the vanguard of a homegrown revival in country music.

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Club Scene

First up tonight, Portsmouth’s emerging electronic pop talent Minque will be performing live at Drift, Palmerston Road, alongside Fugitive Orchestra and Temples of Youth.

REVIEW: Solent Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea

REVIEW: Solent Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea

Returning to the elegant setting that is the Royal Marines Museum, the SSO aptly performed a programme presented as a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday year and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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Feeder. Picture by Steve Gullick

Feeder fans asked to help fight food waste

ROCK fans have been asked to help fight food waste and food poverty.

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Level 42

Level 42 follow the lure of the Sirens to Portsmouth Guildhall

Level 42 have had a busy 2016 already, but with a 20-date UK tour having started on Monday, they’re not about to rest up just yet.

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Paige Brooker during her performance

Picture: Sarah Standing (161402-7930)

Paige makes her dreams come true...

She dreamed a dream – and it came true, as Paige Brooker won this year’s Instant Star competition.

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Benyounes Quartet

REVIEW: Benyounes Quartet at Portsmouth Guildhall

It is a bold set of young musicians that takes on the final work in Beethoven’s mighty series of string quartets, his Opus 135, but the all-female Benyounes Quartet’s courage was not misplaced.

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We Are Scientists at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea on October 9, 2016. Picture by Paul Windsor

REVIEW: We Are Scientists at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Against a goofy backdrop of giant smoking cats, vocalist and guitarist Keith Murray enters the stage to Lionel Richie’s Hello, arms in the air. He makes a peace sign with one hand, and holds a beer bottle aloft with the other. It is only appropriate for New York’s energetic indie rock duo We Are Scientists, who are about to reminisce very loudly on ‘drinking myself into excess’ during opener The Scene is Dead.

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Contest to find an Instant Star

TONIGHT will see performers aged from nine to 62 take to the stage in a bid to win our Instant Star competition.

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