As a regular attendee of gigs, club nights and festivals in Portsmouth, it was awful to hear of the two unfortunate young people who died at Mutiny Festival over the weekend.
Behind the scenes, cancelling the festival's second day was no doubt a hard decision to make but I believe it was the right decision in respect to those affected and in the interest of everyone's safety.
My personal thoughts and concerns goes out to those affected by this tragedy. Any club and festival goers affected by or worried about drug-related issues, please visit education organisations such as talktofrank.com and wearetheloop.org for more information.
On a much lighter note, the electric atmosphere and vibrant production of the festival was second to none and showed just how far the festival has progressed in 5 year years.
This weekend kick starts tonight at Zanzi, Guildhall, as fresh promoters Purple Coast takeover the venue to present an end of exam blow out with a fine blend of house, techno and disco from their resident DJs. Advance tickets will only cost £3 or £4 on the door with more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/218534002268340/
Meanwhile tomorrow, over at The Old Barn in Milton, Southern exposure return to present Back To Love with headline DJ Smokin' Jo. Expect plenty of classic Balearic house from the house legend as she has performed for over 27 years, from Space (Ibiza) to Fabric (London). Groover Washington, Alex Savvides, Andy Mason and Tony Broad are to support. The event will run from 9pm until 3am and tickets will cost £8.50 with more details at https://www.facebook.com/events/206031739998079/