Love Southsea partner with South Coast Emporium in Portsmouth

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Local events firm Love Southsea have partnered with curated community shop space South Coast Emporium to give Portsmouth creatives a brick-and-mortar place to sell their wares.

South Coast Emporium, sited on the corner of Elm Grove just off Albert Road, comprises countless rooms filled with an excitingly eclectic range of artwork, books, clothing, ornaments, jewellery, and all manner of other collectables and tchotchkes.

The partnership with Love Southsea will allow local artists, crafters, collectors, and traders to book space at the emporium online.

Love Southsea director Lulu Whitmore said: “We’re always looking for new sustainable ways of supporting local businesses — it’s why we started the Love Southsea Markets back in 2009! The markets continue to grow and thrive, but they’re only a twice-a-month fixture.

“When we visited the South Coast Emporium, it felt like someone had meticulously condensed a Love Southsea Market into a permanent brick-and-mortar shop. I loved it! So I decided to stock Love Southsea merch in there to see how well sales would go.

“The results were brilliant for both our clothing and artwork, so I spoke to South Coast Emporium director Shane about the possibility of a partnership with Love Southsea, in which we’d be the online arm of the enormous eclectic community space.

“He was just as excited as I was, and so, space at South Coast Emporium is now available for booking through the Love Southsea website. We’ll also be leveraging our leading local social media influence to promote the creatives who take up space at the emporium.

“The whole idea of the partnership is to get local businesses and artists to take the products and creations they have no home for and put them in a place where they’ll turn a profit, while also getting their name out there through the shop and through our promotion.”

South Coast Emporium also comprises a hairdressing salon and a cabaret-themed coffeeshop, which hosts live music on the weekends.

The spaces will be managed by the friendly staff at South Coast Emporium, which is open seven days per week, from 9:00am ‘til 5:00pm. Traders can come and pick their stock up at any time when they need it for markets and other events.

There are whole 3metre by 2metre or 2metre by 1.5metre spaces available, as well as smaller shelf and table spaces.

This includes photography promotion across Love Southsea’s social media, which reaches hundreds of thousands of people in Portsmouth and wider Hampshire every week.

Traders can book their space at South Coast Emporium through the Love Southsea website.


Southsea Fest 2016 lineup announced

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Southsea-Fest-logoAfter a one year hiatus, the Autumn’s leading new music event Southsea Fest is back and bigger than ever before with Mystery Jets, Lucy Rose, Little Comets, The Big Moon, Black Honey, Eagulls, Tellison, and over 20 other acts now confirmed to appear over 20 venues – including for the first time ever – the Pyramids venue. With over 100 live acts due to appear in total, tickets are on sale now for the October 1st event priced at just £20 from

Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, the Cap’n and crew invite you to the now expanded 6,000 capacity event across multiple venues in Southsea & Portsmouth. For the first time the Pyramids venue will be programmed during the one day event, which includes over 20 live music spaces, all accessed with one wristband - while a brand new shuttle bus service will ferry people across the town.

Unequivocal indie-pop heroes Mystery Jets have proven one of the most exciting crossover bands of the last ten years. Their dancehall anthems “Two Doors Down”, “You Can’t Fool Me Dennis” and “Serotonin” have taken them on to headline sold out tours across the world, proving themselves as a highly acclaimed festival mainstay. They top the Pyramids stage alongside the rapidly emerging Black Honey and The Big Moon who have picked up nods from the Guardian, DIY and NME as well as plays across Radio 1 and Radio X.

Championed by Pitchfork, who describe Eagulls sound as “a deep atmosphere reminiscent of early Misfits and guitars that bring to mind the Cure’s “Boys Don’t’ Cry” – they too come aboard in 2016 for one of the sweatiest, honest, anti-VIP days in British music. Little Comets and Tellison bring melody-rich indie, with Lucy Rose’s “beefed out rock n roll sounds” (as The Line Of Best Fit put it) capping off this first wave of acts as more than 80 artists are still to be announced.

With a proud legacy behind it, Southsea Fest will once again set sail this October. Come aboard and grab a ticket from

Mystery Jets + Little Comets + Eagulls + Kassassin Street + The Big Moon + Fizzy Blood

Coasts + Lucy Rose + Black Honey + Me And The Moon

Glass + Aviv & The Eunuch Horn + Lucy Kitchen + Jalou

Shit Present + Kamikaze Girls + Petrol Girls + Bear Trade

Tellison + Get Inuit + Tibet + John

Bear & The Woods + Showhawk Duo + Minque


Dead Rabbits + Strange Cages + Wax Machine + WTVR

Damn Beats + Isla

SACHA + The Boy I Used To Be + Spaff Tits

YSNBWATTD + Battery Hens + Jesse Wyldes & The Stallions

Paddy Taylor




Inspiring Volunteer Awards

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The Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards organised by Portsmouth Together and Pompey in the Community took place on the evening of Wednesday 1 June 2016 at Fratton Park as part of Volunteers Week 2016.

This is the second year of the awards which celebrate volunteers and volunteering in the city.

Winners of the Cleaning and Greening award: Thao Phuong, Volunteering in Portsmouth (UPSU) and Goff Gleadle from Southsea Greenhouse and the 147 Gardening Club volunteering team.

Winners of the My Community award: Tyler Foyle from Pompey in the Community and Edna Etches from Naomi House. Team category - Volunteers from the Carers Centre.

Winners of the Arts, Culture and Heritage award: John Jenkins for his work supporting the D-Day Museum. Team category - M.33 Visitor Hosts volunteering team at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Winners Sports & Healthy Living award: Nikita White from Pompey in the Community and Sandie Williams from Portsmouth Breast Friends. Team category - The oxygen operators from MS Solent Centre.

Winners of the Education and Mentoring award: Marie Malyon from the Girls' Network and Jemma Cowley from Learning Links . Team category - Big Hopes Big Futures Home-Start volunteering team.

Winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year award, supported by Portsmouth Together and presented by Council Leader Donna Jones - Tyler Foyle from Pompey in the Community.

Winner of the Volunteer of the Year award - supported by Portsmouth Together and presented by the Lord Mayor is 90 year old John Jenkins - D-Day veteran who volunteers to support the D-Day Museum.

Volunteer of the Year Award winner John Jenkins said: It's an honour to have been nominated for this award I'm really grateful. I enjoy volunteering - it's important to me that people hear about D-Day from someone who was there - that's why I do it. If people appreciate what I do then that's even better. I'm proof of the benefits and rewards of volunteering - this award is the icing on the cake."


Portsmouth International Port's 40th Anniversary [Interviews]

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From a standing start in 1976 to a flourishing financial success story - this summer Portsmouth International Port is celebrating four decades of ferry travel, and of being a powerful economic engine for the City and wider region.

To mark this important milestone, staff, children and local dignitaries gathered in the passenger terminal 1 st June for the opening of a display that tells the story of the Port, and takes people back to the 1970s with items and images from the time. The display centrepiece is a classic Mini that is parked inside the modern terminal. The car demonstrates just how much has changed for family travel since 1976.

At the celebrations, Cheryl Buggy spoke to Martin Putman, Port Manager, and Vanessa Cooter from Highbury College's Travel and Tourism Department:

The opening of the display is the start of a busy summer schedule of events that will mark the 40th anniversary of Portsmouth International Port.

On 8 June invited guests will attend a lunch on board Brittany Ferries “Bretagne”. The ferry operator was heavily involved with the conception of Portsmouth International Port. This summer it is celebrating 30 years of its service to Caen, the most popular route from Portsmouth to France.

Throughout June GCSE students from local schools will visit the Port for interactive lessons, delivered by staff and students from Highbury College. The sessions will focus on the impact and importance of the ferry business over the last 40 years, and changes to family holidays since Portsmouth International Port opened in 1976.

On 17 June staff at Portsmouth International Port will come together to mark the day 40 years ago that the first ferry sailed to France - a chance to reminisce. The display will remain in the stunning steel and glass terminal for the summer season, for passengers and visitors to enjoy. All are welcome to come and see it.

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