Live Music Line Up Announcement For This May!

Ladies and gents, we’re thrilled to announce our amazing line up of live music across all 3 sessions for this May’s beer festival! We have headline slots from It Must Be Madness, FM Live & Rebel Heroes (David Bowie tribute).
Cheers! 🍻🎶

Friday 11th May 2018 Evening Session

Doors open at 6.00pm 


Since releasing her first EP ‘Time to Fly’ at the end of 2016 Lily has been nominated for numerous country music awards. Her EP was nominated as EP of the year by Belles and Gals, she was nominated in both Female Singer of the year and Artist of the Year in the 2017 UK Country Music Awards and in January 2018 won the top award for Best Solo Act by the Portsmouth News Guide Awards.


Bemis are recognised among their peers as a superb, award winning, live act who can headline any bill. They are Gareth Howells, Louis Howells, Dillon Hughes, Ian Scarbro, Nathan Shervill and Mark Finn. They’re an acoustic rock group led by the original songs of frontman Gareth Howells, with guitars played with attack, wrapped up in a punchy sound provided by a solid rhythm section and vocal harmonies. They won the Guide award for Best Band, in 2018


Steel Strum are well established, innovative and bring an exciting and unique approach to live music performance. A combination of the Steel Pan, and Percussion performing well-known chart music and timeless classics. After winning an award for Innovation at the UK’s largest Music Competition (Music For Youth), Steel Strum were invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. From show stopping performances at The Goodwood Festival of Speed, The Victorious Festival and The Chili Fiesta. Steel Strum  always leave audiences always wanting more. ​


It Must Be MADNESS are the ultimate tribute to the Nutty Boys. Recreating the energy and excitement of Madness live in their prime, It Must Be MADNESS are one of the most thrilling and authentic tributes around. Being genuine Madness fans and taking the music side of things seriously, It Must Be MADNESS are an exceptional six piece band who are renowned for their electrifying live performances. They play all the classic Madness hits (One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, Night Boat to Cairo…the list is endless!), alongside a selection of Madness greats right up to the present day. You won’t be able to stop yourself singing or dancing along – or probably both.


Saturday 12th May Afternoon Session

Doors open at 12 Noon


Formally known as The Folsom, Big Dog’ are an up and coming underground band gaining momentum on the UK’s south coast music scene due to their unique live energy and eclectic sound. Euphoric, hard hitting energy, paired with groovy and soulful melodies is what Big Dog strive to deliver at every show . The band are currently in the process of recording their debut Album and are set to release Summer 2018.


Newly formed originals band with some of the best musicians on the South Coast and surrounding areas. Fusing blues, soul, funk & rock, they create a sound that will make you want to dance, sing along and forget about everything else. This 6-piece line up has two front women, sax, keys, drums, bass & guitar. New band, new music, new sound which will be your new favourite.


Timeless cover music through the eras with their high energy, fun and multi-talented band boasting award winning musicians. With three versatile, female, power-house vocals fronting this band, it’s truly not a band to miss! Performing on cruise liners, theatres, private events, local music venues, festivals and in 2017 Sky 1 singing show Sing: Ultimate A capella, making Timeless a treat to see live!


With truly stunning vocals, a dynamic set list to suit all tastes and the ability to read their audience and tailor performances for individual events, FM Live are entertaining and professional in every way. Their repertoire includes all the latest hits from artists such as Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, The Weekend and many more. They also include some timeless classics from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin to name a few.


Saturday 12th May 2017 Evening Session

Doors open 6.00pm


3 girls from Portsmouth, Dixie, Caitlin and Ruby are an acoustic/harmony band and play covers from Fleetwood Mac to Dixie Chicks and also some of their own originals. Having already played with Van Morrisons guitar player, Herbie Armstrong and Kenny Young who wrote under the boardwalk, these girls are already making waves.


An exciting and energetic party and function band with over 5 years experience bringing you the best Retro covers from the 50’s, 60s and 70s. This band will have you dancing and singing along in seconds, just be careful you don’t spill your beer.


His 2017 ‘Stay Alive’ EP propelled him into the limelight and he was crowned “BBC Introducing Artist of the week” shortly followed by “Best Unsigned Male” in the 2017 Best of Britsh Unsigned Music Awards. His music has been aired on all 40 BBC radio stations and his healthy south-coast fan base have championed his success selling out venues across the UK. Appearing at major festivals and venues across the UK his crowd pleasing performances have seen him open for some of the UK’s top touring bands –  Little Comets, Rationale, Flyte and many more.

(David Bowie Tribute Band)

Rebel Heroes, is one of the most exciting Bowie tributes to recently emerge, respectfully and authentically paying homage to one of the greatest rock musicians of the modern era.  They give a convincing edge in playing recreations of a vast repertoire of songs covering Bowie’s entire recording career from the inimitable Space Oddity to Lazarus on Bowie’s final Blackstar album. Followers are describing Rebel Heroes as not only THE most authentic emerging musical tribute, but one that also puts other established Bowie tributes firmly in the shadows.


Portsmouth Beer Festival is Back! – May 11th & 12th 2018

Oh yes ladies and gentlemen, we’re back again this May for another stellar line up of beers from across the UK and International waters, as well as the return of the hugely popular Gin bar.

We’ll have a huge cask offering as normal alongside the Craft Beer bar, Cider bar, Gin bar, Prosecco bar, food vendors and charity games hosts, all set to the fantastic musical backdrop to some of the regions finest live entertainers.

We’ll have more details to follow very shortly, but for now, why wait?  You can get your tickets ONLINE HERE or from Portsmouth Guildhall box Office and The Merchant House, Southsea.

Cheers!  🍻 🍻


Big Smoke Brew Co – Underworld Vanilla Milk Stout

An awesome brewery making it’s debut with us this Christmas is Big Smoke Brew Co with their Underworld Vanilla Milk Stout! It’s a multiple award winning milk stout is brewed with lactose, vanilla pods, espresso and chocolate for a complex, creamy finish.
Cheers! 🍻