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Kassassin Street
Kassassin Street

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Alternative rock five-piece Kassassin Street will be playing for Pompey in Southsea this evening.

The band head a line-up at the Wedgewood Rooms and in the Edge of the Wedge as part of the Play Up Pompey Festival.

The aim of the festival is to raise money to help fund the Pompey Supporters’ Trust’s share of the football club.

The trust raised enough money to be the majority owner of the club, but the more funds it has behind it, the greater the percentage it will own.

Bars, pubs and clubs around the city are all involved with the Play Up Pompey Festival.

It was the brainchild of Jamie Purnell, frontman of Guide Award-winning band Kill Kasper. He says: ‘It all started out with a couple of musicians looking to chip in together for a share in the club. Then we thought, ‘why not put on a gig instead?’.’’

That gig eventually turned into a 16-day festival of music and comedy with 100-plus performers hosting 33 gigs in 20 venues all over the city.

Every artist plays free and every penny goes towards community shares in Portsmouth Football Club.

Kassassin Street are influenced by 60s and 70s beat and psychadelia, more modern rock and experimental and electronic styles.

Also in the line-up are Kill Kasper, Carmen Rosa, Paddy Taylor, Stray Bullets Kill, Underground Pilots, Red And The Black, Zenthetix, It’s A Sin DJs and Wolf Cub Club DJs.

Another event is Fake Festival tomorrow at the Wedgewood Rooms, featuring Paul Weller, Kinks and Led Zeppelin tributes.

For tickets or to find out more, see playuppompey.org. Tickets can also be bought from the Wedgewood Rooms or Fratton Park ticket office.