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.

Sunday 29th May

Ska hosted by Nick Courtney

The first Southsea Bandstand Sunday concert for 2016 focuses on Ska and features Orange Street, Off-beat Offensive, Ska Dogs and Silhouettes.

Orange Street are a great ska band who play songs by Bad Manners, The Selector, The Specials, and Madness.

Featuring an energetic live show, infectious grooves and buckets of Portsmouth 'Charm', Offbeat Offensive aren't to be missed. Formed in 2010, Offbeat Offensive has earned a reputation as one of Portsmouth's most popular and versatile Ska-Punk bands.

Ska Dogs are a Portsmouth based band playing all your 2 tone classics by Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Selector, The Dualers, The Beat, The Skatalites.

The Silhouettes are a 5 piece reggae / dub / ska band from Portsmouth.

Sunday 5th June

Jazz Sundae hosted by Chris Walker

Chris Walkers jazz sundae, Southsea Bandstand

An afternoon of Jazz acts hosted by Chris Walker.

Chris played regularly around the London jazz scene, with The Freddy Shaw Jazzmen, becoming a professional musician with The London City Stompers and went on to play for the Mike Daniels Big Band and Colin Kingwell's Jazz Bandits.

Chris, who plays the clarinet, manages and fronts The Chris Walker Swingtet and The Pedigree Jazzband.

Chris has, co-ordinated Jazz Themes for P&O on board cruise ships Canberra and Oriana, Aurora and Artemis.

He is also jazz advisor to Portsmouth City Council for their Jazz Day every summer at Southsea Bandstand, and helped set up the original concept for the Chichester Real Ale & Jazz Festival.

Sunday 12th June

Female Voices - Ardyn, Eera & Frankie Knight hosted by DIALS Festival

Ardyn - Southsea Bandstand 12th June

Ardyn are Gloucestershire siblings Rob and Katy Pearson, Rob plays guitar and Katy provides the vocals. Their music has been described as both creeping folk-pop, dark pop and also psychedelic/folk, make up your own mind when they perform at the bandstand.

South Coast based Frankie Knight delves into a dreamworld of haunting melodies and waves of lush tones. Disjointed, hip hop infused beats allow her vocals to drift elegantly overhead as the she delivers her brand of beautifully crafted electronic pop.

Sunday 19th June

Temple Funk Collective

Temple Funk Collective, Live at the Bandstand

With sets from from Fugitive Orchestra, Chip Jacks, Stert, and JustSayYes!

James Tattington started performing as Fugitive Orchestra after reading a passage in a J. G. Ballard novel.

His musical influences are listed as Jazz, Folk, Blues and Alternative,drawing inspiration from the likes of Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley, Andrew Bird, Kate Bush, Paul Simon and not being anything like Holden Caulfield.

Chip Jacks is a Portsmouth based electronic music producer. His music is aimed at the dance floor, through to ambient and glitchy electronica.

Just Say Yes! is a local DJ with more than 20 years experience, who loves performing at open air events such as the Champagne Bar and of course Southsea Bandstand.

Sunday 26th June

Sounds Of The Sixties

The Fliks at Southsea

Performances by two great local bands The Fliks and Mojo Dollar.

The Fliks are a 7 piece 60's cover band, featuring three female vocalists, who specialise in playing the coolest R&B, Soul and Mod music.

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 many more. Expect a mix of big hits, floor fillers, and forgotten gems.

Sunday 3rd July

Tankus the Henge

Beats & Swing host performances from The Scandal, Los Cojones, Pura Luz, and Liz C.

The Scandal are a Portsmouth three-piece that includes the incredibly talented Brendan Mcveagh on vocals and lead guitar, Owen Blades on bass and Dave Lindsay that play a bluesy rock sound.

Portsmouth based DJ duo Los Cojones, combine a mix of Electro Blues, Breaks, Electro Swing, Jazz, Blues and Ghetto Funk.

Pura Luz falls somewhere in between dark, powerful electronica and dream-like sonic landscapes, making for an immersive listening experience.

Liz C is a regular performer in the Portsmouth area and plays a mix of funk, soul and house.

Sunday 10th, 17th and 24th July

There will be NO performances at Southsea Bandstand on 10 July, 17 July and 24 July due to the America's Cup.

Sunday 31st July

80s and 90s Music

Rhythm of the 90s

Travel back to the 80s and 90s with performances by Rhythm of the 90s and Great Scott, hosted by Nick Courtney.

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 7th August


Strumpet Town, Southsea Bandstand

Strumpet Town and The Devotions perform Motown inspired songs today hosted by Nick Courtney.

Strumpet Town is a horn driven band playing Northern Soul and a classic mix of 60s and 70s Soul and Northern Soul. At full-force they're a 12 piece high-energy band with horn-section, vocalists and the remaining usual instrumental suspects with day jobs ranging from Royal marine to hairdresser to posh boat cleaner.

Based in Brighton, The Devotions are dedicated to playing the best Motown classics, and has all the style and soul of the acts which defined the greatest era of popular music. Fronted by a trio of sensational female vocalists, the group consist of experienced and professional musicians who are committed to creating the highest standards in live performance.

Sunday 14th August

Tributes and Covers

Reactor 1 at Southsea Bandstand

Hosted by Casemates Rehearsal Studios, The Bootlegs, Reactor 1, and Danny & The Dreamtones will be performing.

The Bootlegs are an amalgamation of members of local band Mojo Dollar in collaboration with another local favourite Dave Barret, playing a selection of cover tracks.

Reactor 1 is a live performance and recording band from Portsmouth. The band regularly perform their mix of original and cover music including music from The Jam, The Who, Oasis and The Rolling Stones.

Sunday 21st August

Seen On TV

Sounds of the Sirens

Featuring bands who have achieved national exposure having been 'Seen On TV', hosted by Nick Courtney.

Sound of the Sirens These girls know how to rock a stage, and have the ability to make you believe in every word they sing. Individually, their voices tell their own tale but when blended together their harmonies leave the listener wanting more. Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are a fervent talent who have coined the contagious folk rock Siren sound.

Singer song writer Marley Blandford is also a multi-instrumentalist, focusing mainly on piano and guitar. His style of music encompasses a blend of reggae and folk with a rock and pop twist. Marley's live appearances include loop pedal performances and occasional accompaniments with a band.

John Adams is a Welsh singer-songwriter who loves the freedom and the unexpected connection of busking but more increasingly the stage is becoming his stage.

John gained national attention appearing on The X Factor in 2011 singing "Cannonball" by Damien Rice. He made chart history as his recording of Cannonball entered the chart at a higher position than the original release.