Icebreaker gets warm welcome in midwinter

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More than 70 acts, six stages and one day. January may not typically be the time for music festivals, but the people behind the inaugural Icebreaker event are hoping that the one-day fest will prove to be a winner with music fans.

The day aims to highlight the breadth and depth of unsigned talent we have across the region – with everything from metal, grunge and funk to folk and pretty much everything else in between covered.

Starting at midday tomorrow, and running until late, they will be taking over six Southsea venues: The Wedgewood Rooms and The Edge of the Wedge in Albert Road, The Fat Fox and The Atrium in Victoria Road South, and The Deco and The Honest Politician in Elm Grove.

And the headliners include The Butterfly Culture, Deluxe Flamingos, Seething Akira, Matt Jarvis, Belligerence and Electric Arms.

The idea for the ambitious project was hatched by the folks behind Pilot Promotions and the ever-popular It’s a Sin club night.

Mike Hartley of Pilot Promotions explains: ‘This first came up back at about Easter time. Carl Wood from It’s a Sin met up with us and suggested that we do something like this together.

‘We put our heads together and formed the idea for this. It was something we wanted to do to give the local scene a boost.

‘It was just a small idea initially that’s gradually grown to where it is now. It’s been in the pipeline for quite a few months, and we’ve been working on this along with all the other stuff we’ve had going on.’

Pilot Promotions host regular gigs under the Pilot Sessions banner, and put on their first all-dayer, The Feedback Festival back in May.

And Mike, adds: ‘It’s been challenging but it’s also pretty exciting because it’s this huge collaboration with all of this talent that we’ve got around here.

‘We’re hoping to make this a regular thing. It’s a good time of year to have something local going on. If it goes well, there’s no reason for it not to grow – but whatever happens we would want to keep that same focus on the local scene.’

Tickets giving access to all the stages, all day are £10 advance, £12 on the day, from The Wedgewood Rooms box office, online at, or call (023) 9286 3911, or from Al’Burrito in Albert Road.

The day is being put on in association with Quay West Studios, Casemates Rehearsal Studios, Hansigne Photography and Al’Burrito.