Hoping to flower like their former touring partners Bastille

The Ramona Flowers
The Ramona Flowers
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Southsea Fest has acquired a justified reputation for helping break new talent – over the years you could have caught early sets by Band of Skulls, Drenge or recent Mercury Prize nominee Kate Tempest.

But the biggest success story has been Bastille, who played at the Fest in 2011.

Bristolians The Ramona Flowers supported them on tour and would be more than happy to emulate their former tour partners after playing The Fat Fox stage tomorrow evening.

Singer Steve Bird says: ‘That tour was crazy for a lot of reasons. When we got that support slot, it was just before it went really mad for them.

‘It was while we were on the tour that their debut album went to number one. Their crowds were crazy.

‘For it to come so early in our career, to play in front of crowds so big and up for it, it inspired us to get our album finished.’

Combining indie, rock and electronica their debut, Dismantle And Rebuild, has been garnering good notices.

‘We’ve worked quite a few years to get to this point and to finally get the album out,’ says Steve. ‘The reviews have been positive and people seem to like it.’