Jen and myself spent two days in Southsea to visit our ‘pompey’ friend Nicole, we arrived in the afternoon just in time for Southsea Fest, where we were welcomed super friendly because some people mistook us for the girls from Fear Of Men. Southsea is not the prettiest seaside town to visit but it has it’s beautiful bits, great record shops (such as Soundz and Pie&Vinyl), pubs and a nice seafront. Since I’m favouring smaller club/pub festivals to big festivals like Glastonbury or Reading – Southsea Fest was a welcome escape from London with an amazing line-up with bands that you will hear a lot of in the coming year (last year’s line-up included Temples, Superfood, Foy Vance & Eagulls).
We started the festival with a portion of amazing cheesy chips and some German beer that isn’t actually German, bumped into Danny, Max & Bobby from The Proper Ornaments in a cornershop and watched a teeny bit of new band Ultimate Painting who is fronted by Mazes’ Jack and Veronica Falls’ James. We had to rush off to catch the set of our friends Life from Hull just down the road and ran into Theo Verney right after. Wide-eyed and full of cider by that point we headed to Nicole’s workplace the One Eyed Dog and enjoyed some heavy music and head-banging, which we followed up by shaking a leg to Mazes and continued to do so with the boys from Life to the DJ set by Mystery Jet & Peace. Sadly everything in Southsea closes by 2am so we had to end the night earlier than we wanted. More pics from our adventure are available here & here.