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REVIEW: Frightened Rabbit at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Scottish indie favourites Frightened Rabbit graced the Wedgewood Rooms with a masterclass in intelligent and insightful songwriting on Tuesday night.

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REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

After their rise to fame in the sixties, The Kinks recorded several theatrical concept albums in the seventies.

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Peter Craddock conducting the Symphony Orchestra. PICTURE: Sandra Craddock

REVIEW: Havant Symphony Orchestra at Oaklands School, Waterlooville

Perhaps the most remarkable development since Jonathan Butcher became HSO’s musical director is the advance of players promoted to principal roles.

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REVIEW: Portsmouth Baroque Choir at All Saints Church, Portsmouth

REVIEW: Portsmouth Baroque Choir at All Saints Church, Portsmouth

A large audience turned out on Saturday night to hear Portsmouth’s Baroque Choir perform its Christmas set, and there were notable highlights.

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REVIEW: Lissie at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Removing electricity from rock to leave just voices and guitars beckons assumptions that only a raw, atmospheric gloom will remain.

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Mutiny fever grips Portsmouth as thousands snap up tickets after 50 Cent announcement

TICKET sales for Mutiny Festival have shot through the roof as excitement builds over 50 Cent’s appearance at next year’s music spectacle.

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REVIEW: Levellers at Portsmouth Guildhall

We may have a little less hair, be a bit podgier and have more responsibilities than in the early 90s but it’s clear to anyone still following the Levellers’ way of life, punk is not dead.

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Wickham Festival announces The Levellers as its first headline act

WICKHAM Festival has announced The Levellers as their first headline act of next year’s festival.

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The Damned at The Pyramids in Southsea on December 1, 2016. Picture by

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REVIEW: The Damned at The Pyramids Centre, Southsea

The word ‘legend’ is bandied around a lot in music – but it’s definitely true in the case of both bands on this bill.

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Club Scene with Sam Cherry

While last weekend’s bargains emptied our bank accounts, fear not as there are fantastic events happening for those on a budget this weekend!

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Rapper 50 Cent proves to be a huge draw for Mutiny Festival

ORGANISERS of a dance music festival have been overwhelmed after tens of thousands people signed up over the weekend for tickets following the announcement of 50 Cent as its first headliner on Friday.

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Archive 45 at The Loft in Southsea, November 26, 2016. Picture by Paul Windsor

REVIEWS: Archive 45 at The Loft, Southsea

By their own admission they are ‘big, and sexy’.

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Rod 'Banjo' Stewart relaxing with friends on Southsea Common in front of the Queen's Hotel

How Isle of Wight headliner Rod Stewart began his career in Southsea

SITTING on Southsea Common more than 50 years ago, Rod ‘Banjo’ Stewart, probably never dared dream that he would one day be a megstar playing across the water as a headliner at The Isle of Wight Festival.

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Brian Fallon at The Wedgewood Rooms, November 27, 2016. Picture by Paul Windsor

REVIEW: Brian Fallon at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

It was a happy crowd waiting to see New Jersey-born Fallon’s return to Portsmouth.

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Rod Stewart announced as Sunday night headliner for next year’s Isle of Wight Festival

ROCK legend Rod Stewart has been announced as the closing act at next year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

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Review: Chase and Status, Portsmouth Guildhall

Review: Chase and Status, Portsmouth Guildhall

How crazy can you go Portsmouth? MC Rage yelled out to the crowd. Well, it only took half a song to get this crowd going crazy.

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REVIEW: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Guildhall, Portsmouth

REVIEW: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Guildhall, Portsmouth

Pure theatre. Or impure, some might say. The finale of Mahler’s sixth and most convincing symphony builds to what should be three hammer-blows of fate – but the composer seemingly chickened out: the fatal third blow, the one that would shatter all hope, is never struck.

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Punk pioneers The Damned celebrate 40 years of firsts as they play The Pyramids

They were the first punk band to release a single – October 1976’s New Rose – and the first to release an album – 1977’s Damned, Damned, Damned – yet The Damned have often been overlooked in favour of The Sex Pistols and The Clash when it comes to the history books.

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Club Scene

Its been just over a year since I started writing this column, and what a vast amount of events I have seen during this past 12 months!

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QUIZ: Which Freddie Mercury song are you?

Today marks 25 years since the death of one of pop’s greatest ever stars.

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