My weekend: Vince Barnes

Vince Barnes
Vince Barnes
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Vince Barnes, 50, is the director of solar development business Acrius. He is also a singer and songwriter with rock band Free From Gravity. Vince lives in Port Solent.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

It was in January to Spain. I used to live there and until 2012 had a property in a place called Playa de Piles, which is one hour south of Valencia. It wasn’t so much a holiday as visiting friends, although I went with a few friends to Benidorm. I also visited my dog, Scampy, who is being looked after by a couple who adore him.

What was the last gig you went to?

I saw a Pink Floyd tribute band at The Brook in Southampton. It was a fantastic night – I love Pink Floyd and these guys were very close to the real thing sound-wise. I also went down to the Bandstand at Southsea on Sunday and listened to a band down there – they were good. I took my guitar down and entertained some of the crowd after it finished.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Chilling out with friends and listening to live music. I’ve recently discovered the Bandstand in Southsea (far right) and I’m now down there every Sunday – it is fantastic and like being at a mini festival. I’d love to get Free From Gravity playing there.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Bruce Springsteen (right) – the guy is a genius at entertaining a crowd. Love him or loathe him (and I love his music) you cannot deny that he entertains. I would love to find out how and why he got into music, what drives him, how he discovered the secret to keeping a crowd happy (was it luck or taught?), what inspires him to write the songs he does and so much more.

Where do you eat out?

Port Solent, there are some great bars and restaurants – my favourite is Watermark. The food is excellent, the staff are very friendly and it is a lively place in summer. I also like the Indian restaurant – the New Rimjhim.

What’s your signature dish if you’re cooking?

My signature dish is a chicken curry. Although I don’t follow a recipe or set way of doing it. I generally just buy fresh herbs and spices and put in amounts to taste. The base spices I use are ginger, garlic, mint, coriander leaf, coriander paste, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, turmeric, chillies, cayenne and the secret weapon – lemon.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

Watermark in Port Solent, The Fat Fox in Southsea, and I’ve recently discovered the Fawcett Inn in Southsea. Watermark because it is a great bar and serves San Miguel – my favourite beer. Fat Fox and Fawcett Inn because they play live music.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes music, I am the singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist in an originals band, Free From Gravity. We play a style of music we call soft rock with attitude. We are playing at a lot of venues in and around Portsmouth –including a full weekend in Southsea at Fat Fox July 11, El Nico in Old Portsmouth on July 12 and Kingsleys in Southsea, Sunday, July 13. If I am not playing then I am generally rehearsing, organising gigs and designing posters for the band.