The Rubicon at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Paradise Lost. Picture: Danny Payne

REVIEW: Paradise Lost at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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A lovely sunny Saturday was made all the better by a fantastic night of music at the Wedgewood Rooms.

The Realists got things going with an enjoyable set, before the Bad Paws took to the stage and kicked off a cracking performance with 1,000 Things To Say, impressing the swelling crowd with their indie/rock style.

Tracks such as Summer Sun really set the mood for the arrival of The Rubicon.

As always The Rubicon were outstanding; these boys seem to get better with each gig.

The scorching riffs from guitarists Barrie Hardman and James Hill were a joy to behold, as were the pounding bass of Billy Rimmer and the flawless drumming of Jack Greenfield.

Charismatic front man Jake Bezzina was on top form with a fantastic spotlight-stealing performance as the band belted out tracks such as Marching Powder, Talk Of The Town and new song Scarlet. The Rubicon ended with one of my personal favourites The Left Side, before departing the stage to rapturous applause.

With performances like this, it’s easy to see how The Rubicon have made it through to the final stage of Hard Rock Cafe’s global Battle of the Bands competition. They definitely have my vote.