Mayfly Festival at the Square Tower

Mayfly Festival is a combination of art exhibitions, music and poetry
Mayfly Festival is a combination of art exhibitions, music and poetry
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Music and art join forces once again this bank holiday Monday for a one-day pop-up festival in Portsmouth’s oldest but coolest venue, the Square Tower.

Following a hugely successful debut last year, more than a dozen artists will be providing the colourful backdrop to a full programme of acoustic music and poetry in the Mayfly Festival.

The free arts and music extravaganza is the brainchild of Portsmouth artists Jon Everitt and Simon Whitcomb.

In a statement, they explained: ‘Art galleries and exhibitions are just too quiet. As we are both musicians as well as artists, it was almost too obvious an idea to have an art exhibition with live music. Clearly people agreed with us because the Square Tower was busy all day last year.’

Mayfly – because it lasts but one day – runs from midday to 8pm. Artwork will include paintings in oils and acrylics, photographs, woodcuts and linocuts.

The music menu has been put together by David Jordan, familiar on the local roots scene for his popular acoustic music nights at Milton Village Hall. This year rising star Megan Linford, Wood Wire and Words, Panhandle Conspiracy and the Polite Mechanicals will be delivering sets.

In between the music will be performances by Portsmouth-based poets from Tongues and Grooves, including the award-winning Maggie Sawkins.

For a full line-up call 07867 522681 or visit the Facebook page barebones-music

Original paintings and prints will be on sale. There’s no admission charge, but contributions on a busking-style basis are requested.