This new music festival’s Dials go all the way up to 11

Hooton Tennis Club will be headlining the first Dials Festival
Hooton Tennis Club will be headlining the first Dials Festival
Jerry Williams onstage at Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Paul Windsor

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With Southsea Fest taking a year off, a new festival is being launched today to help fill the breach for multi-venue music-lovers.

Dials, a brand new collaborative festival, will take place across five venues in Southsea on one day, October 3, and is unveiling its first wave of acts today.

Heading up the bill will be Liverpool’s Hooton Tennis Club who will be bringing a heavy dose of idiosyncratic slacker indie-rock to the south coast.

Hot on their heels will be the mesmerising Black Honey from Brighton – their shrieking guitar-driven pop having already captured the likes of the online world, leading to them being one of the most written about acts by UK music bloggers last year.

Other musical treats on the bill include goth‘n’soul singer Chloe Black, London rockers Broken Hands, Nottingham grunge trio Kagoule and All Tvvins, one of the hottest new bands out of Ireland.

Festival director Abbie Eales says: ‘We aim to nurture and promote the cultural life of Portsmouth by presenting a range of exciting and musical acts, across all genres, to lead to greater musical awareness, education, and continuing the growth of the cultural life of the city.

‘Dials Festival is a co-operative of venue owners, promoters and other music professionals and enthusiasts from the Portsmouth area, who are passionate about bringing the best music to the area, helping support local musicians, venues, businesses and community in the process.’

Besides national touring acts the festival will also include a selection of local artists, including aggressive blitz-pop trio Curxes, acoustic pop singer – and reigning Guide Award winning solo act – Jerry Williams, new wave rap group Mok, and guitar noisesmiths Rickyfitts. And many more acts are expected to be added to the bill.

Dials festival is a single access wristband event, with all five venues located on Albert Road, just a short walk from each other.

Some of the organisations involved in the event include The Wedgewood Rooms, Strong Island, Strong Island Recording, Hong Kong Gardeners Clubs and the Breaking More Waves blog.

We aim to nurture and promote the cultural life of Portsmouth by presenting a range of exciting and musical acts, across all genres, to lead to greater musical awareness, education, and continuing the growth of the cultural life of the city

Festival director Abbie Eales

Earlybird tickets are on sale now at a special price of £15 from The Kings Theatre, Pie and Vinyl in Castle Road and the Strong Island shop in Highlands Road. Go to dialsfestival.co.uk for more information.

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Acts already lined up to take part

Hooton Tennis Club, Black Honey, Chloe Black, All Tvvins, Broken Hands, Alice Jemima, Kagoule, Storms, Walleater, Bones, Dog In The Snow, Lyza Jane, Wyldest, Jerry Williams, Dead Rabbits, Glass, Strange Cages, Last Heir, Peluche, Rickyfitts, Morning Smoke, Kelly Kemp, El Morgan, Mok, Brandon Lebbie, Rumour Talks, Bellyeyesmile, Battery Hens, Popowaba, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, Jimmy Stuart, Bright Smoke