The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea played host to the Portsmouth leg of 2013’s Road to Blissfields competition.
The winner of this battle of the bands-style show will go on to play the Winchester festival, along with Bastille and Mystery Jets.
First on the bill was 17-year-old singer-songwriter Jerry Williams, whose happy acoustic songs are similar to that of Lianne La Havas and Gabrielle Aplin and fill the room with a warm and friendly vibe.
Next were Lucifer’s Gold, with a significantly more upbeat bluesy rock ‘n’ roll set that got the crowd going.
Third were Fine Lines, a talented young band whose songs were more sinister, but pleased the ever-growing audience all the same.
Is Bliss followed, and now faced a 100-strong crowd. They had a much heavier set than the previous acts, and triggered much more crowd activity as the bassist launched himself over the barrier and thrashed around on the floor.
Last were the Silhouettes, with a vibrant reggae set which went down exceptionally well with the now somewhat merrier spectators.
It was a brilliant night, and it was great to see some local talent. I look forward to hearing more from them in the future.
Is Bliss won and will play Blissfields’ second stage. Jerry was also offered a slot on the acoustic stage.