Street is home to dozens of artists

Caves singer Lou Hanman and bass player Minty in action at The One Eyed Dog at Southsea Fest 2011.
Caves singer Lou Hanman and bass player Minty in action at The One Eyed Dog at Southsea Fest 2011.
Dylan Kelson, above, and Joseph Grout, below, let rip on stage

Youngsters prove their ‘metal’ with rock concert

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Hundreds of bands and artists will perform intimate gigs on one street today as Southsea Fest returns for its seventh year.

It’s the area’s biggest new music festival and sees bands from across Portsmouth and beyond perform on Albert Road.

The line-up, led by Cardiff rock band Future Of The Left, features the best in ethereal rock, heavyweight guitars and light folk touches.

Wristband wearers, who can order their tickets online, will flock to the Southsea street to listen to the wide range of music on offer.

Other bands and artists includes Drenge, Thumpers, Veronica Falls, Marika Hackman, Temples and The Eagulls.

This year there will be a huge variety of other organisations, from the city and nationally, at the event. National magazines Notion, Artrocker and Fake DIY will all be there, as well as locally-based companies such as Strong Island Recordings, Pie and Vinyl and Champayne Justice.

This summer has seen one of the biggest celebrations of music in Portsmouth, and Southsea Fest is no different with local artists performing throughout the day, including Andrew Foster, Retrospective Soundtrack Players and Kassassin Street.

Previous acts at the festival, who have gone on to achieve national acclaim, are Bastille, Django Django, Dry The River and Pulled Apart By Horses.

Southsea Fest begins at 10am and finishes in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Tickets: £18 for those 18 and over, and £8 for those aged 12 to 17, from southseafest.com.