AS HE takes to the stage at Fratton Park on Saturday, musician David Robinson will have more than one reason to smile.
Apart from the honour of playing in the football stadium’s first open-air concert in 40 years, he’ll be supporting one of his favourite bands, world-famous ska rockers Madness.
And the gig will be a homecoming for David, who has just moved back to his family home in Copnor after spending years living in Liverpool and London.
To top it off, he said, the chance to play was a kind of birthday present – he turns 25 tomorrow.
David said he was thrilled at the thought of performing in front of 13,500 people at the show.
‘It’s completely sold out,’ he said. ‘It’s really something. To come back and have something like this happen is absolutely phenomenal.
‘So many of my friends will be there as well because it’s such a big event for the city. It will be nice to look out and maybe see someone I know.’
David’s music is a blend of blues and folk which he plays under the name The Cold Heart Revue, a title he said was inspired by a Johnny Cash song.
Although he often performs with other musicians, David will be on his own when he takes the stage from 6.30pm to 6.50pm. ‘There’s something nice about playing solo,’ he said.
‘There’s no-one to blame if it goes wrong and if it goes really well there is a lot of personal satisfaction.’
To come back and have something like this happen is absolutely phenomenal.David Robinson
David said he got the gig after asking the organisers of the show.
He said: ‘It was just after Easter and I was looking for things to do. I saw Madness on the front page of The News when the concert was announced and I looked up the management company and asked them if I could play.
‘It was a very pleasant surprise when they said yes.’
David said Madness was the first band he ever saw live, at a gig in Brighton when he was just 12 years old.
‘I remember the tremendous relief I felt when I found out I would be allowed in,’ he said.
‘They were the first band I ever really liked.
‘They didn’t sound like anything else at that time, they were so much fun.’
When he was growing up, David went to Lyndhurst Junior School, Portsmouth Grammar School and later South Downs College.