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REVIEW: The Beards at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

If you’re a beard wearer or a beard fan you should have been at The Wedgewood Rooms for the farewell show by Aussie beard promoters The, er, Beards.

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The Normal Heart by HumDrum.
Picture shows Mikey Palmer as Ned and Michael Gondelle as Felix

REVIEW: The Normal Heart at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant

It is more than 30 years since the AIDS virus was identified and much has happened since, not only in its treatment but also in how much society is moving towards acknowledging a gay man’s right to live on ‘normal’ terms with everyone else.

Angie Lily with Katie Watson in rehearsal for It Started With a Touch

Decision time in It Started With a Touch at Rosie’s Vineyard in Southsea

It Started With A Touch presents a lead character none of us would want to face: if you saw your son beat up an innocent man, would you report him to the police?

Paul Nicholls as Andy Dufresne in the Shawshank Redemption. Picture by Mark Yeoman

REVIEW: The Shawshank Redemption at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The Shawshank Redemption play is based on a short novel by Stephen King (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) however most associate the tale with the 1994 film of the same name.


REVIEW: Akala at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea

The well-known underground hip-hop artist Kingslee ‘Akala’ Daley played the prestigious music hot spot The Wedgewood Rooms this weekend.

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Savitri Grier

REVIEW: Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall in Fareham

Even in her early 20s, Savitri Grier seems a more mature musician than many twice her age.

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Portsmouth Baroque Choir

REVIEW: Portsmouth Baroque Choir at The Church of The Holy Spirit in Southsea

For their autumn concert at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Portsmouth Baroque Choir chose a programme of works by Finzi and Kodaly.

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Twin Atlantic

REVIEW: Twin Atlantic at the Pyramids Centre

In just 10 minutes, the plug is pulled on alt-rockers Twin Atlantic’s show to sort out a crush in the audience, before restarting a song.

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The Beards Farewell Tour. Picture by Anders M Teibel

Hairy heroes The Beards swing by Southsea one final time

After more than a decade of follicly-focused fun, Australian band The Beards have decided to call it a day, but not before spreading the word on the joys of face-fuzz one last time on a final tour.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is out on November 4th

Console Corner: Things about to get beta for COD fans

The new Call of Duty is out in less than a month but fans can get a taste of the action this weekend as beta access goes live.

The Three Degrees

REVIEW: The Three Degrees at Ferneham Hall in Fareham

There might have been an autumn chill in the air outside but inside Ferneham Hall the temperature was rising.

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Feeder at The Pyramids in Southsea, October 13, 2016. Picture by Paul Windsor

REVIEW: Feeder at The Pyramids in Southsea

Welsh rockers Feeder open their first visit to Portsmouth in four years in a surprisingly downbeat mood, bizarrely choosing to open with the gloomy new album closer Another Day on Earth.

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Ward Thomas

Ward Thomas take their homegrown take on country to the top of the charts

Alongside former touring partners The Shires, Ward Thomas are at the vanguard of a homegrown revival in country music.

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Club Scene

First up tonight, Portsmouth’s emerging electronic pop talent Minque will be performing live at Drift, Palmerston Road, alongside Fugitive Orchestra and Temples of Youth.

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FILM OF THE WEEK: Storks (U) ***

Birds of a computer-animated feather flock together in Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland’s lightweight family adventure, that suggests those embarrassing school lessons about human reproduction are a messy fallacy.

Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Sienna (Felicity Jones). PA Photo/Sony.

FILM REVIEW: Inferno (12A) **

It’s been 10 years since Tom Hanks squandered his Oscar-calibre talent as the ingenious hero of The Da Vinci Code.

REVIEW: Solent Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea

REVIEW: Solent Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea

Returning to the elegant setting that is the Royal Marines Museum, the SSO aptly performed a programme presented as a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday year and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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Feeder. Picture by Steve Gullick

Feeder fans asked to help fight food waste

ROCK fans have been asked to help fight food waste and food poverty.

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Level 42

Level 42 follow the lure of the Sirens to Portsmouth Guildhall

Level 42 have had a busy 2016 already, but with a 20-date UK tour having started on Monday, they’re not about to rest up just yet.

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Paige Brooker during her performance

Picture: Sarah Standing (161402-7930)

Paige makes her dreams come true...

She dreamed a dream – and it came true, as Paige Brooker won this year’s Instant Star competition.

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