The Ordinary Boys at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Victor Ariat

Smooth sailing for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Guildhall

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On a wet and cold December evening, The Ordinary Boys competed against The X Factor final on TV and the comfort of people’s living rooms. The turnout was low but when Preston came on stage, he didn’t disappoint.

There can be no doubt that this is Preston’s band. The frontman entertained the audience; his stage-presence was just phenomenal. At times he climbed the drums, the speakers and even crowd-surfed.

Nobody could say that he didn’t put enough effort in. The set opened with an energetic and lively version of Over the Counter Culture the title track of their first album.

As well as playing songs from that release, they also covered tracks by The Specials and Buzzcocks.

The nine-date tour has been funded by Preston’s success co-writing Olly Murs-hit, Heart Skips a Beat.

Portsmouth seems to hold fond memories for Preston and I was pleased when they played my personal favourite, Week In Week Out. The crowd went wild for closing song Boys Will be Boys before the boys came back for a two-song encore.