INTERVIEW: Ms Humdrum meets her favourite local businesses at Victorious Festival

By Carron Stacey

WHERE?: Southsea Common (press ticket)

WHEN?: 23 – 25/8/19

During a festival, one of the things Mr Humdrum and I like to do, in that quiet slot between bands, is to wander around looking at the stalls.

  • Read on for reasons including Ms Humdrum meeting some of her favourite vendors at Victorious 

Read More

GIG REVIEW: Victorious Festival: New Order, The Zutons, The Hives, Dub Pistols and Republica

By Carron Stacey

WHERE?: Southsea Common (press ticket)

WHEN?: 23 – 25/8/19

Southsea seafront’s festival is in its seventh year and, if the weather is right, it’s unbeatable. Watching bands on the three stages, sweltering in the heat, ships sailing by… But if it rains, like last year, it’s still perfect, but different, and you get to boast for the next year, “I stayed through the rain, I made it”.

  • Read on for my Humdrum review of the sometimes quieter, less mainstream, side of this Victorious weekend 

Read More

AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best Song of 2019 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2018 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2019 so far and what’s to come. Make Me Feel, New Rules, Can’t Stop The Feeling and Goodbye To Yesterday are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best songs of 2019 so far and our hopes for the next half year

Read More

GIG REVIEW: Victorious Festival: Saturday starring Paloma Faith, Brian Wilson, Billy Bragg, Neneh Cherry, Sleeper & Reactor 1

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Southsea Common

WHEN?: 25/8/18

We’ve been to Glastonbury for each of the last 4 years and in this fallow year we think Portsmouth has divulged a closely-guarded secret about its ability to rival pop’s greatest live event.

  • Read on for reasons including Sleeper, Neneh Cherry, Billy Bragg, Brian Wilson & Paloma Faith

Read More

LIVE REVIEW: The Smyths

By Carron Stacey

WHERE?: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

WHEN: 22/10/16

The Smiths tour The Queen is Dead. I am 15, heavily into them, and can’t go because I’m on holiday in Spain. Yes it was a lovely holiday. No I’m not over it. I can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible.

  • Read on for why these words saved your life

Read More