Portsmouth Festivities: London Contemporary Orchestra Rocks!

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Ports Fest LogoThis summer, Portsmouth Cathedral will host giants of contemporary classical music, the London Contemporary Orchestra, which will end with a display from illumination artists Luxmuralis.

Winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015, LCO have established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles, promoting new music and cross-arts collaborations to a wide audience. They have collaborated with a distinguished array of composers, artists, and brands, including Goldfrapp and Vivienne Westwood with a soundtrack output including The Master, Slow West and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015) featuring Michael Fassbender.

This year they will be collaborating with young musicians from the Portsmouth Grammar School to perform American composer Pauline Oliveros’ composition Rock Piece, which features the use of rocks as instruments. The programme will also feature composers such as Catherine Lamb, Mica Levi and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

Conductor of LCO, Hugh Brunt explains the nature of the piece: "We are very pleased to be joined by talented Year 10 musicians from Portsmouth Grammar School for Pauline Oliveros’ Rock Piece, the performance of which will be inspired by the architecture and acoustics of Portsmouth Cathedral. Rock Piece is a work rooted in the Deep Listening movement that seeks to explore a way of hearing in which we, as performers, are fully engaged with what is happening in that moment without looking to judge or control it."

Director of Festivities, Erica Smith, says she is very excited for the opening gala concert: “We are so fortunate to have the likes of the London Contemporary Orchestra at Festivities this year. It`s great for Portsmouth audiences to experience something different within our line- up. The audience are also in for a treat as when they exit the show they will be greeted by Electric Lumiere visuals which will be beamed onto the cathedral. This after show is also free to the public.”

This display will take place on the High Street side of the Cathedral.

To book tickets for the concert on Friday 17th June, visit or call 02392 828 282.

Concert Tickets £22, Concessions £18.
Concert and Pre-Concert Buffet £33, concessions £24.

About Portsmouth Festivities 2016
Portsmouth Festivities will run from Friday 17– Sunday 26 June 2016. Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to view the full programme, visit


Lakeside North Harbour selected as finalists in South Coast Property Awards

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Landmark business destination Lakeside North Harbour Portsmouth, has been selected as a finalist in two categories in the South Coast Property Awards 2016, organised and staged by The Business Magazine and supported by the Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth property associations.

Lakeside is nominated as a finalist for awards as ‘Business Park of the Year’ and for ‘Workplace Environment’ and will be featured at a glittering event being hosted by former Grand Prix driver, former Top Gear presenter and writer, Tiff Needell at a special Gala Awards night on Thursday 7 July at the Hilton Ageas Bowl.

Business Park of the Year celebrates the ability of the developer, owner or management team to: market their business park by new initiatives, maintain high occupancy levels, and consistently receive positive feedback from tenants. Workplace Environment celebrates how exciting workplaces and successful businesses go together. This award seeks to reward those companies that have used their property strategy to create quality, design-led working styles; increased productivity; innovative working environments; and open, inclusive work cultures

Karen Tyrrell, Client and Communications Manager at Lakeside North Harbour says; “Our occupiers tell us that they and their personnel love being at Lakeside and that our environment really makes a positive difference to their business; and our visitors also tell us that they thoroughly enjoy the experience.

“What is so outstanding is that the judges of the South Coast Property Awards were so impressed with our submission for Business Park of the Year; they put us forward for a second award, so we are absolutely thrilled to be selected for two categories.

“Of course we are proud of our fabulous site, our wonderful wildlife, our fantastic occupiers and our extraordinary staff, but most importantly we are proud of the social and economic impact that we have on our local environment - and we think that it shows.”

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GUESS opens first south coast store at Gunwharf Quays

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guessLast week, premium lifestyle brand GUESS opened its first store on the south coast at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays. The new addition to the centre will offer shoppers a taste of contemporary style with classic denim, handbags, watches and footwear.

The brand joins new additions including Michael Kors, Lulu Guinness and Hackett London at the designer shopping outlet. Both menswear and womenswear will be available in the store, located within Central Square. Renowned across the world for its young, sexy and iconic collections of contemporary apparel and accessories, GUESS prides itself on continuously keeping up with the latest trends and customer demands. 

Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “We are delighted to welcome GUESS to Gunwharf Quays and believe it will perfectly complement our existing designer outlet offering.

“The centre has seen some exciting changes recently, offering guests even more choice with new store openings. GUESS has joined our growing portfolio which includes new menswear brand Oliver Sweeney.”


Kings Theatre Launches ‘Pounds for Pennies’ Campaign

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Kings TheatreA host of well-known faces have come together to show their support for an online crowdfunding campaign by The Kings Theatre that aims to raise money for the first of a series of refurbishment projects within the Edwardian building.

Celebrity patrons actress Lisa Riley, comedian Hugh Dennis, stage star Dillie Keane and singer Anita Harris have joined forces to support ‘Pounds for Pennies’, a campaign for The Kings Theatre which enable the refurbishment of toilets for the venue’s Dress Circle.
‘Edwardians did not place much importance on toilets,’ explains Trustee Ian Pratt. ‘Those that were to be found in a theatre such as the Kings were small, cramped and without adequate plumbing. Obviously we have kept up with the times by having running water and flushing toilets, but both we and our audiences are desperate for new facilities.’

After inviting architects and builders to investigate and draw up plans for the project, the theatre has secured half the amount needed for the work that is scheduled to start this summer.

‘We are swapping the Ladies and the Gents round to give more room for new cubicles where they are needed and are intent on using fixtures and fittings that are in keeping with the Edwardian style,’ says Ian. ‘This is the first initiative as part of ‘The Big Project’ which will make the Kings an entertainment space fit with the 21st century without losing any of its historic character and charm.’

To raise the £15,000 needed to complete the project, the theatre is now embarking on its first online campaign, which has been supported and overseen by a crowdfunding expert from the University of Portsmouth, Phd student Jann Westermann.
‘We are very grateful for Jann’s time and the University’s support as toilets were always going to be a tricky subject for our first ever campaign,’ says Marketing Manager, Kelly Haswell. ‘However, this is a subject that features regularly in our feedback and will benefit everyone. We hope that ‘Pounds for Pennies’ brings an element of humour.’

People who make donations at are being offered a host of treats from the theatre ranging from free drinks to tickets for exclusive historic tours of the theatre or a party to meet the cast of this year’s pantomime.
‘We have a list of ‘thank yous’ on the site which we hope will make people feel special for supporting ‘Pounds for Pennies,’ says Kelly, whose team will be managing and promoting the six week campaign from Monday 6th June. ‘We have put a lot of work into our first online fundraising initiative and we are confident we’ll get the support to make it a success.’


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.

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