It’s All About The Song final, Gunwharf Quays

The Southsea Alternative Choir  Picture: Paul Windsor

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As 22 very talented artists were whittled down to four, it was time for the 2011 It’s All About The Song final. #

A decent crowd had gathered as the sun shone down on the chilled bandstand at Gunwharf Quay’s waterfront, to watch the final four go head to head.

Live judging on the day came from The Independent’s Paul McKenzie and The One and Only, Chesney Hawkes.

After a short introduction from organiser Steve Pitt, it was time to get things underway.

First to take the stage was Matt Harrison (AKA Hometown Show) with his country stylings. He was joined for his first two tracks by Cass Batten and finished strongly with the lovely Somebody.

Sam Jones (AKA Dirty Sky Jones) was next up with his distinctive indie-folk style. Sam’s cracking set included the beautiful Pennan.

Up third was Andy Muscat, who put in a brilliant performance treating us to his own blend of nostalgic indie. Andy closed his set with the really enjoyable Benefit.

The final artists to perform were Kev Osman and Alex Jones otherwise known as The Wide Eyes. These guys were fantastic, their gentle vocals and beautiful melodies were really a joy to behold, as they pleased the crowd and judges alike with their stand-out track Slip Roads.

With the music finished, it was over to the judges to relay a bit of feedback, before announcing the results. Sam Jones finished fourth, closely followed by Andy Muscat and second place Matt Harrison, which meant The Wide Eyes were the 2011 It’s All About The Song winners, and deservedly so.

NICK COLLINS