Grand finale for Play Up Pompey Music

Days of Speed play The Wedgewood Rooms in the Play Up Pompey Music festival
Days of Speed play The Wedgewood Rooms in the Play Up Pompey Music festival
Leonard Elschenbroich

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SIXTEEN days of music in aid of the Pompey Supporters Trust came to a fitting end on Saturday.

Hundreds of Pompey fans and music lovers attended the grand end concert at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

The night saw three bands play rocking sets with manager Guy Whittingham introducing the first act.

Organiser Jamie Kasper said: ‘Everyone had a great time, all the bands were amazing. Guy Whittingham introduced Days of Speed, a Paul Weller tribute act, and then there were two other bands Heartbreaker, a Led Zeppelin tribute act, and the Tiddlykinks. The bands played brilliantly and everyone was singing along and dancing. It was great.’

Jamie said he was relieved the festival had come to an end, as it had been fun but hard work.

A series of gigs and events took place all over the city, in places such as The Festing, Wedgewood Rooms, Little Johnny Russell’s and Drift, to raise funds to be converted into community shares in the name of the Pompey music scene.

Highlights from across the festival included a ska night at Fratton Park, a festival of fake and funk at The Wedge, Comedy at The Wedge and a Mod Night at The Cellars.

There were many other events at venues such as Milton Village Hall, The Fat Fox, The 5th Hants and Pie & Vinyl.

Jamie said: ‘The 16-day aspect was pretty gruelling but it was worth it. At the first meeting we said we wanted to raise £5,000. On Friday we did a rough count and found we had hit around £9,000. I hope we’ll beat £10,000 by the end.’

Jamie thanked local musician John Hicks and Scott Mclachan, from the Pompey Supporters Trust, for their support and for attending every gig. For more information go to