Get your dancing shoes on for summer

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes at The Wedgewood Rooms, March 29, 2017. Picture by Paul Windsor

REVIEW: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Last weekend saw the welcome return of Southsea’s summer bandstand events and, happily, the sun came out to greet the huge crowd that had assembled for the all-ska line-up.

The diverse array of music down on Southsea seafront continues tomorrow and from 1pm to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays throughout summer (except for June 29 – carnival day).

Tomorrow’s show promises to be a quieter affair than last weekend, but dancing shoes are still advisable.

It’s not so long ago that a newly-formed Bastille were seen gracing the bandstand stage and the organisers of tomorrow’s show believe they have a couple of things in store that, in time, will prove equally as special.

Opening the gig is Matt Jarvis. 2013 has been a good year for him, having recently landed himself slots at Blissfields and Victorious Festival, alongside support slots with Flight Brigade at The Joiners and Drew McConnell at The Cellars at Eastney.

Matt’s laid-back style has brought him praise from bloggers, a fanbase that gets bigger with every gig and a debut single release in September. He’s on at 1pm.

Following Matt will be Floella Grace, another young local artist who can boast an impressive list of summer gigs which includes The Isle Of Wight Festival.

At 18 years old, Floella has drawn comparisons to Regina Spektor, Carole King and Laura Marling, and already possesses the ability to completely captivate a crowd. If the sun shines on Saturday, Floella’s set might just be the best thing you’ll see this summer for free.

After Flo, bandstand-goers will be treated to the first outing at the bandstand from Jalou, the two-piece band made up of Guide Award-winner Leigh Mary Stokes and Jimmy Stuart (better known as the frontman in Road To Blissfields-winning band Is Bliss).

Although a relatively new project, Jalou have been greatly received on the local circuit – and on YouTube – and the bandstand is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to a bigger crowd.

Headlining the show, with a mixture of original songs and well known covers, is Lucifer’s Gold. They promise to bring the crowd to their feet and the show to an end with a bang.

Their guitarist, Brendan McVeagh was at America’s Coachella Festival and found himself showing off a wealth of local historical knowledge as a guest on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson when he was pulled on stage from the TV audience.

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