Victorious Festival – First Line Up Announced

Victorious Festival has announced the first bands to be added to this year’s line up! As you most likely know already, this year’s Victorious Festival will be happening down on Southsea Seafront, with a bigger event including more acts, more market stalls, more everything.  The best news is there will be a huge indoor real ale festival within the festival itself!

The lineup so far can be found on the updated Victorious Festival website and include: Dizzee Rascal, Seasick Steve, Shed Seven, The Pigeon Detectives, Naughty Boy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Swim Deep, Shed 7, Lucy Spraggan, Beans on Toast, Public Service Broadcast, The Cadbury Sisters, The Counterfeit Beatles & The Southsea Alternative Choir.

The event will also include many of the Southsea Seafront attractions as part of the event too such as DDay Museum, Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea Skatepark, Southsea Castle, etc. each of which will be offering different events and activities.  Tickets are available to buy here at

Photos courtesy of Strong Island Media

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O’Hagan’s BBQ At Portsmouth Beer Festival

Great news!  We’re pleased to announce that we have the multi award winning O’Hagan’s sausages and BBQ in association with Hog Roast Dorset at the beer festival this year.

O’Hagan’s award winning sausages are handcrafted daily using the finest fresh ingredients and have absolutely no mechanically recovered meat, genetically modified ingredients, colourings, preservatives or any other artificial additives.  They also feature the popular sausages made with Sixpenny IPA.  We’ve worked with these guys at previous events and can honestly say their barbecue is the most perfect accompaniment to a few fine beers.

We’ll have more fantastic food additions to announce soon!

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Strong Island 4th Annual Home Brew Competition

Wednesday evening saw the 4th year of the Strong Island Home Brew competition at Little Johnny Russells and we were not disappointed.  The best turnout of any year so far, and the quality was improved across the board to match the strong numbers.

A total of 12 entries were submitted to the restricted brew category with the winner being brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and 4 entries battled it out in the unrestricted category which saw two lagers go up against two ciders.

The restricted ale category was a very tough choice for the judges Malcolm Irving and Stuart Ainsworth.  Honourable mentions went to Kassassin Street Brewery’s Homegrown and Pig & Pirate’s Darkside Mild.  Third place went to Pig & Pirate’s New World Pale Ale, second place was claimed by Shed Brew for their White S beer and the eventual winner was taken by last years winner also, Tyler Griffin, with his Malaccan Pirate Black IPA.

With his winning brew, Tyler aimed to pay homage to BrewDog’s Libertine Black Ale and the controversial style often referred to as a Black IPA.  The recipe resembles an American IPA with prominent citrus, floral, and piney aromas, but modifies the grain bill via the inclusion of de-husked black malt.  The adjustment conjures an opaque black colour while offering a subtle roastiness to the balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.  He says he has found that the style affords little margin for error in achieving the correct balance.  The precarious balance gives rise to the name, Malaccan Pirate, which respects the treacherous shipping strait between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaccan Pirate will now go on to be brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers in late spring and will debut here at Portsmouth Beer Festival before hitting the pumps around Portsmouth & Southsea and surrounding areas.  Strong Island wanted to say a huge thank you to all who took part and everyone who has supported the event.  The organisers were very happy with the turnout and the quality of the entries and are very much looking forward to the 5th year of the competition next year.

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Saturday Afternoon Session – The Folsom

The Folsom are Jack Ware and Nick Day, an acoustic duo from Portsmouth.  Playing mainly original material mixed with covers by the people that they take a large influence from.  Artists such as Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan are listed as their biggest inspirations.  After being friends from school they formed the duo which has progressed and changed just as they have, into a delightful country style acoustic sound with fantastic harmonies.  Below is their preview video filmed by Strong Island Media for the build up to Victorious Festival 2013.

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Friday Night Session – Fugitive Orchestra

Southsea-based musician, James Tattington started performing as Fugitive Orchestra after reading a passage in a J. G. Ballard novel. Fugitive Orchestra makes music which sits in the middle of a bar-brawl between Jazz, Folk, Blues and Alternative, uneasily drinking an Espresso; drawing inspiration from the likes of Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley, Andrew Bird, Kate Bush, Paul Simon, Reggie Watts and not being anything like Holden Caulfield.

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Saturday Night Session – Spike’s Classic Vinyl Rock Roadshow

Joining the line up on Saturday night will be the legendary Spike with his Vinyl Rock Roadshow.  Lindisfarne to Led Zeppelin & Cream to Creedence, Spike presents a wide range of rock from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.  Remember and enjoy the crackly old vinyl sound of original plastic from some 30 years of classic rock music.  Comments about the show have included  ‘I haven’t heard that for years’ and ‘He’s alright once you’ve got used to his jokes!’ Not to be missed!

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Saturday Afternoon Session – Hometown Show

Hailing from the South-Coast of England, Hometown Show has an authentic Americana/Bluegrass/Country sound. Heavily influenced by the old-time string bands of appalachia and many modern day folk heroes.  So wonderfully described by Vanessa Jean Speckman of Lubricated Magazine, San Francisco, USA, “Hometown Show is like the scent of your Momma’s apple pie wafting through the air, the feel of the wheat brushing up against your legs as you walk through the field – the all but fleeting memories that are never far from home.”

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Friday Night Session – Dicey Riley

Support to the Bog Rolling Stones for our Friday night session comes from the lively Irish folk and covers duo Dicey Riley.  The banjo and guitar pairing play a mix of all the Irish classics along with more modern covers, a bit of country and good old sing along tunes.  Foot stompin’ is the best way to describe this lively pair, a great warm up for Mick Slacker and the boys to follow!


Saturday Night Session – The Southsea Alternative Choir

The Southsea Alternative Choir are “A local ragbag bunch of harmonious minstrels, singing some of the best songs ever written & raising money for a worthy cause.”  From the Beatles to Blur, Bowie to The Beach Boys, with many other classic songs this ‘alternative’ choir won’t fail to make you stomp your feet and get involved in a good old fashioned sing along.  When you’ve had a few beers, these lads are most definitely the perfect accompaniment.  All the money raised by the choir is in aid of Samuels Fund, which you can read more about here.  The featured video is a Christmas recording from 2012.

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Saturday Afternoon Session – The Day Of The Rabblement

Headlining our Saturday afternoon session at the beer festival is The Day of the Rabblement.  Formed in 2010, The Day of the Rabblement are an exciting 7-piece indie-folk band from the south coast.  This female-fronted group employ an array of traditional instrumentation to support impassioned lyrics and lush harmony, offering a unique and modern interpretation of the folk genre.  The Day of the Rabblement blend aspects of Celtic and American folk music with lyrical styling, influenced by the like of Dory Previn and Bob Dylan, to create songs that will appeal to folk traditionalists and fans of contemporary music alike.

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