Southsea Bandstand

Free live concerts at the Bandstand in Southsea. Every Sunday during the summer, from 1pm - 4pm, with such a wide range of musical styles there really is something for everyone. The details of the 2016 Southsea Bandstand programme are shown below. All details of the programme and times may be subject to change without notice, all events are presented subject to reasonable weather conditions.

Please contact the Visitor Information Centre on 02392 826722 by 11am to confirm that the event is going ahead.

Live at the bandstand is supported by Beats & Swing, Casemates, DIALS Festival, Nick Courtney and Chris Walker.

Sunday 28th May

Kasai Masai, Southsea Bandstand


The first Southsea Bandstand for 2017 kicks off with Kasai Masai, with Los Hombres, Emiliyah and the Mightyz the show starts with DJs Sahara Rock and Mo Funk.

Based in London, and led by Voodoo King, Nickens Nkoso, Kasai Masai mix the traditional sound of the equatorial African village with a distinctive urban edge. The band's fast-paced style of soukous and rumba meld with Congolese folkloric traditions to create an infectious form of dance music.

Sunday 4th June

The Three Belles

UOP Big Band and The Three Belles

The University of Portsmouth Big Band.
The Three Belles all studied Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Portsmouth and formed the group in their final year. They all found that they had a mutual love and almost obsession with The Andrews Sisters and their impressive harmonies, vocal style and characterful performances. After graduating, each with First Class Honours Degrees in July 2011, the girls decided to go full time!

Sunday 11th June

Mojo Dollar, Southsea Bandstand

Mojo Dollar, with The Bootlegs

Mojo Dollar are a Portsmouth based 60's band who love to play songs from bands such as, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks and The Small Faces. Expect a mix of big hits, floor fillers, and forgotten gems.

The Racketeers, Southsea Bandstand 18th June 2017

Sunday 18th June

The Racketeers, with Too Much 2 Tone and DJ Ray Andrews

The Racketeers, are a seven piece band from Portsmouth who play Jamaican RnB / Ska / Blues n Soul. Originally formed as a four piece in 2004 they then went on to adding a brass section to their 60's blues n soul sound. The Racketeers have played played various festivals such as Isle of Wight, Boomtown Fair, Rennes Ska Festival and Lifestyles Fest.

Sunday 25th June

Captain Flatcap, with Minque and Wesley Brown

Captain Flatcap is both the live 3-piece band and the DJ Chris Rotherham. The live band has influences of swing and ska, funk, folk, and filth, and wields trumpet, flute, guitar, mandolin, keyboard and percussion.

Sunday 2nd July

Rhythm of the 90s, Southsea Bandstand

Rhythm of the 90s, with Great Scott and DJ Ray Andrews

*Moved to Castle Field*

Rhythm of the 90s are an eight piece 90s dance covers band who play all of your favourite hits from, yes you got it, the 90s!

Great Scott are a happy, talented, and rocking 80s tribute band fronted by Rachel Hawnt. They play the best of new wave, synth, rock, pop and dance, mixing and mashing together unlikely combinations, as if they were being played by an 80's DJ on vinyl.

Sunday 9th July

Pedigree Jazz Band, Southsea Bandstand

Pedigree Jazz Band

The Pedigree Jazz Band, sponsored by Marston's Brewery (Pedigree)consist of band leader Chris Walker on Clarinet, Tony Mann on Trombone, Graham Trevarton plays Trumpet, Cornet and Vocals, John Noddings on Banjo and Guitar, Ken Ames on Double Bass and Colin Larn on Drums. The band showcases the best of Trad Jazz popularized by the likes of Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball in the late 1950's and early 60's.

Sunday 16th July

Josephine & The Artizans, with LST, Tom Mayhem and Naan Breddaz

Josephine and The Artizans are a Hip-Hopera band from London. The group blend Classical Music with Hip-Hop to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound.

Classically trained Josephine was growing increasingly tired of the cultural gap between the pop-scene and classical world. They are both, of course, based on the same thing. For years people have been becoming more and more catholic in their tastes, so she decided to create something which is neither classical or commercial, but a blend of both.

Sunday 23rd July

Laura Aokes + Hymn for Her, with Lily Garland and DJ Russell Hill

Live at Southsea Bandstand, Laura Oakes

Country singer Laura has enjoyed live dates at some of the UK's most prestigious festivals and stages including C2C: Country 2 Country at the 02 Arena - London and Time Out Presents: Rising Stars of Country at The Jazz Cafe - Camden, as well as support slots for some of the most notable talent coming out of the UK and US, including Andrew Combs, The Shires, Colm Mac Com Iomaire (The Frames) and Ward Thomas. She released her debut Self-Titled EP to iTunes in the summer of 2015 receiving great support from BBC radio right across the UK, and similarly from Digital Radio (Chris Country and Amazing Radio). Bob Harris included it in his Best of 2015 retrospective on BBC Radio 2, in the same year came Laura was also awarded the prize of The British Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year.

Sunday 30th July

Fleetingwood Mac, with Pets

Fleetingwood Mac, Southsea Bandstand

Fleetingwood Mac aim to bring across the live sound of Fleetwood Mac, with just one guitar, a keyboard, a drum kit, a man on the bass and of course, the vocals!

The band do not go on stage pretending to be Fleetwood Mac, instead they are, five young musicians who love the music, and want to share the music of one of the worlds greatest bands to a wider audience.

Sunday 6th August

Sam and the Womp, with The Philosipha, Wren and Temples of Youth

Sam and the Womp are a British pop group fronted by trumpeter Sam Ritchie and Dutch-born singer/songwriter Bloem de Wilde de Ligny a.k.a. 'Bloom' (prev. lady Oo).

The band's music mixes traditional elements of Balkan music and ska with modern electronic and dance elements. From their formation in 2009 to 2014, the band also included producer Aaron "Audio" Horn, the son of musician and producer Trevor Horn.

Sunday 13th August

Funk You, with The Main Street Band

Funk You

An awesome live band playing Hip Hop, Funk and R'n'B covers at weddings and events.

Funk You! are the most sought after live covers band in the UK playing hip hop, funk and R'n'B hits with a rock edge and an awesome live show that will have your party rocking all night!

The Funk You! set list features classics from Blackstreet, Will Smith and Montell Jordan, as well as modern hits from the likes of Tinie Tempah, Pharrell Williams and Dizzee Rascal. A great mix of tunes that will have the dance floor packed from start to finish.