Southsea Bandstand

Southsea Bandstand 2023

Live at Southsea Bandstand 2023

Due to the ongoing sea defence improvement project, Victorious and other events, Live at the Bandstand 2023 concerts will be held at various locations. Check each date for location, these include Castle Field Southsea Southsea, Victoria Park Portsmouth, King George V Playing Fields Cosham and Southsea Common.

All details of the Southsea Bandstand 2023 programme and times may be subject to change without notice, all events are presented subject to reasonable weather conditions.
Performances on Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 4pm.

Please check the Facebook page from 11am to confirm if the event is going ahead. Further details can be found on the 'Live at the Bandstand' Facebook page.

Live at the Bandstand 2023 is supported by the following organisations Portsmouth City Council, Southsea Sound, Salsa Solent Dance Academy, neu waves, The People's Lounge, Beats & Swing, Unmade Radio, Icebreaker Festival, The Wedgewood Rooms, Casemates Studios, Reel Sound Music.

  • Saturday 27th May - at Castle Field Southsea

    Kingdom Kush, Van Gosh, and Pork Soda

    Kingdom Kush are Isabel Drake vocals, Tom Rotherham producer, trumpet and guitar, Harry Travis guitar and keys, Matt Woods drums. They perform dynamic, progressive, volcanic soul.

    Channeling Spinal Tap? Van Gosh are a classic rock band influenced by Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They can regularly be found performing at local venues such as the Wedge and South Parade Pier where they go down a storm.

  • Sunday 28th May - at Castle Field Southsea

    Alice Milburn and Creature

    Live at Southsea Bandstand

    Alice Milburn (right) specialises in Easy listening, Jazz, Soul, Latin and pop covers creating a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. Alice is a regular at Live at the Bandstand, she has also performed at venues including, the Royal Albert Hall, Grosvenor Square, Peterhouse College Cambridge.


  • Saturday 3rd June - at Castle Field Southsea

    Cadency, Astromoda, and Island City

    Portsmouth based Cadency are a five piece who play a range of rock and indie hits which will ensure people will be singing and dancing the night away. Their playlist includes Stereophonics, Sam Fender, Beatles, Oasis, Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, The Kinks and many more.

    AstroModa are teenage sisters Veronica and Jessica Pal. They're both singers, Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. They're fully graded guitarist and bassist. They play a variety of genres, from old to new most loved songs. They're very energetic performers that conquer everybody's attention with their sensational vibe.

    Island City are a four piece indie rock band from the south coast, covering bands such as Arctic Monkeys.

  • Sunday 4th June - at Castle Field Southsea

    Southsea Bandstand line up 2023

    Libra Libra, Parrafin, and Tummyache

    Brighton based Libra Libra are a two piece band, asked to describe the band, band member Beth said "Emotionally intense, alternative noise pop. We love the drama." (

    Paraffin are an up and coming rock band based in Portsmouth.

    Tummyache is An alternative rock project created by songwriter/producer Soren Bryce.
    The project is named after one of the side effects of severe physical anxiety. Tummyache harnesses the restless spirit of the initial 1980s indie surge, through the bluster and beauty of '90s alternative, and plants a flag firmly in the present-day D.I.Y landscape.

  • Saturday 10th June - at Victoria Park

    Emilia Tarrant, Blvck Violet, Kacia, and Michael Baker

    19 year old singer songwriter from Winchester Emilia Tarrant started playing the piano aged 12 and has never looked back. Having recently completed her music and media courses, Emilia is now focusing on her music career and has recently been co-writing with other songwriters, including James Walsh from Starsailor, Joshua "Joe" Keogh from Amber Run and Jonathan Quarmby (Tom Walker, Lewis Capaldi).

    Harrison Walker and Sam Hurst formed to create Blvck Violet, an RnB pop duo based in London, at the end of 2021. They are starting to make waves across the urban UK scene.

    Portsmouth based Pop/indie musician Kacia (Kieran Poling) walks a line between Alt-Pop and indie Pop with his soothing voice and synth beats.

    Michael Baker is a Singer Songwriter from South-East England, now currently based in London.

  • Sunday 11th June - at Victoria Park

    Jukebox Jumpin, and The Soul Suspects

    Southsea Bandstand 2023

    Jukebox Jumpin are a 6 piece band specialising in authentic 50's rock 'n roll.

    The Soul Suspects are a seven-piece Soul band specialising in recreating the magnificent sounds of the legendary Stax Records (Wilson Pickett, Al Green, Booker T and the MG's) while adding a pinch of The Commitments and The Blues Brothers and blending in a mix of modern soul classics from artists such as Cee Lo Green, Amy Winehouse, Aloe Blacc and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats.

  • Saturday 17th June - at Castle Field Southsea

    Live at Armed Forces Day

    Armed Forces day celebrates the military community, which is especially pertinent in a city with such close ties to the armed forces as Portsmouth. The day is a chance for the city to show support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

  • Sunday 18th June - at Castle Field Southsea

    Along the Coast (presented by Piece of Cake Productions)

    Along the Coast is a one day celebration of Global Majority musical talent, food and local businesses on the south coast.

  • Saturday 24th June - at Castle Field Southsea

    Live at Southsea Bandstand - For Breakfast

    For Breakfast, Rose's Diary, and Owen Vincent

    For Breakfast emerged in their current form in 2017 in North London from the remains of a string of short-lived bands. Pulling together seven musicians from varying musical backgrounds, they set about bolting elements of dream pop, post-rock, jazz, noise rock and psychedelia together.
    Rose's Diary is an indie rock band from Fareham, inspired by the sound of late 90s/ early 2000s rock.
    Owen Vincent is a Portsmouth based singer songwriter.

  • Sunday 25th June - at Castle Field Southsea

    Harrison Rhys Band, Arin, and Leftward Leaves

    Southsea Bandstand

    The Harrison Rhys Band perform a number of popular indie/pop/rock covers as well as Harrison's original material which they have all been involved in writing and recording. The band is made up of Harrison Rhys on lead vocals/guitar, Glen Knipe (lead guitar), Adam Emberson (keyboard), Cameron Soper (bass guitar) and Andy Emberson (drums). Glen and Andy have been performing together for almost 40 years, Andy is Harrison's grandad, Adam is Harrison's uncle and Cameron has been working with Harrison at ChartHouse Studios for the past 4 years, writing and recording with him so this makes it even more special when they perform together. They have a great full sound as well as tight backing vocals.

    Arin is a singer/songwriter producer based in London.

  • Saturday 1st July - at King George V Playing Fields Cosham

    Four Folds Law, Southerlies, and Number 9

    Portsmouth based Four Folds Law are a four piece alternative/indie band. They regularly perform at venues around the area such as Edge of the Wedge, Victorious Festival, The Wheelwright Arms Havant and the Gaiety Bar Southsea.

    The Southerlies are a 7 piece band from Portsmouth, fusing Americana and Country sounds with a punchy hook.

    Number 9 are a local band heavily influenced by 60s Pop and Psychedelia.

  • Sunday 2nd July - at King George V Playing Fields Cosham

    19 Forever, and Mojo Dollar

    Southsea Bandstand 2023

    19 Forever are a popular local band that perform the best Brit Pop and Indie floor fillers.

    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, The Small Faces and The Spencer Davis Group. They also cover plenty of pop, blues, Motown and soul music from the era.

  • Saturday 8 July - at Castle Field Southsea

    Harvey Jay Dodgson, Jeanie White, and Tash Hills

    Harvey Jay Dodgson is a Portsmouth based singer/songwriter. said "Song after song, his set felt crammed with potential anthems - a precocious display, one that echoed everyone from Sam Fender to Jake Bugg via The Smiths."

    Jeanie White is a singer/songwriter and pianist from Portsmouth. says "Early influences came from her parent's vinyl collection ranging from 70's folk music James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carol King to Flamenco music (a nod to her Spanish heritage) and then from her brothers I-Pad which was full of a range of music from Pop Punk to Taylor Swift's debut Country album."

    Tash Hills cites influences like Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, George Benson and Marvin Gaye. Combining 80's soul; whilst fusing modern funk, pop and house music Tash is already building a name for herself in the world of 'Nu-Funk'!

  • Sunday 9th July - Castle Field Southsea

    H.L Grail, and Southsea Groove Collective

    H.L Grail (Holly Mullineaux) is best known as the bassist in the band Goat Girl. Originally from Portsmouth singer songwriter H.L Grail is now performing as a solo artist.

    Southsea Groove Collection are made up of some of Southsea's Grooviest and Funky Cats such as Rich Muscat - Saxophone, Cemal Gordon - Trumpet, Robert Milner - Fender Bass, Tim Cole - Electric Guitar, Tash Alladin - Vocals, Andy Sturges - Drums, Stefan J Robinson - Drums.

  • Saturday 15th July - at Castle Field Southsea

    Picnic, Music and Dance, with Salsa Solent + DJ William Hernandez

    Salsa Solent provide professional entertainment including salsa show/performance pieces, classes and dance games - the best way to get everyone up on the dance floor!

    Providing the tunes for the salsa dancing is DJ William Hernandez.

  • Sunday 16th July - at Castle Field Southsea

    The Majestic, Tuto Tribe, and Avije

    The Majestic is a Roots Rock Reggae band hailing from London. Taking some of the liveliest parts of reggae, from an eclectic set of influences, and with a diversity of origin comes an infectious blend of British and Jamaican music.

    Tuto Tribe is a samba rock band. Brazilian extrovert, Tuto, and his tribe of musicians perform joyful, fun-fuelled and interactive shows with their modern, bright Brazilian sound with catchy, sing-along hooks and rhythms influenced by samba, rock, Jamaican music and jazz.

  • Saturday 22nd July - at Castle Field Southsea

    The Vox, Lee and The Freaks, Amba Tremain, and The Floor Fillerz

    The Vox are a spectacular pop, rock, funk, and Motown band with undeniable star quality. With extraordinary vocals both male and female (every member of this talented band can sing), gloriously polished musicianship, and a crowd-winning, varied repertoire, it's no surprise that Vox have accumulated so many glowing reviews. With the option to add saxophone, trumpet, and even a manned DJ service, they're a dazzling outfit guaranteed to add the wow factor to any occasion.

    Lee and The Freaks are a Motown, Soul and Disco Revival Band who perform all of your favourite hits.

    A lover of funk, soul, RnB and blues, Amba Tremain's music is full of depth, passion, heartache and 'killer chords'. The Singing Soulstress from the South Coast mixes brand new music with old school vibes, creating songs that have the power to transport you back in time.

    The Floor Fillerz are described as the ultimate live party band for that dance floor experience.

  • Sunday 23rd July - at Castle Field Southsea

    Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Fugitive Orchestra, Jack Child, and Prince Brandon

    Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, real name is Jim Burke, is a British parody artist renowned for his distinctive style of music known as "chap hop." This entails performing hip hop songs with a Received Pronunciation accent. Mr B skillfully intertwines rap, or "rhymes," with themes such as proper etiquette, fashionable attire, refined society, the art of pipe smoking, and cricket, all while showcasing his banjolele playing abilities.

    Hailing from Portsmouth, the Fugitive Orchestra crafts a distinct fusion of jazz-inspired blues, pop elements, and even hints of hip-hop in their music.

  • Saturday 29th July - at Southsea Common

    Live at the Kite Festival

    The 31st Portsmouth International Kite Festival will take place on 29th and 30th July at Southsea Common.

  • Sunday 30th July - at Southsea Common

    Live at the Kite Festival

    The 31st Portsmouth International Kite Festival will take place on 29th and 30th July at Southsea Common.

  • Saturday 5th August - at King George V Playing Fields Cosham

    Neverman, Electric Milk, JJ Summer, and Bella Estelle


    Electric Milk are a five-piece classic rock band based in Hampshire. "We are a loud band"

    J.J.Summer are a Portsmouth based alternative group characterised by the vocals and instrumentation of Jim Harding and Summer Sprake.

    Bella Estelle is a singer songwriter from West Sussex who started writing her songs at the age of 12. A self taught pianist and guitarist, the first song she wrote was her first recorded single - 'Blurred Vision'.

  • Sunday 6th August - at King George V Playing Fields Cosham

    Lauren and The Heatwaves, and Honky Tonk Party Band

    Lauren and the Heatwaves are a Portsmouth based band that play Motown, 60s, and a little bit of Northern Soul.

    The HonkyTonk Party Band is an outrageous, high energy collective of outstanding musicians who put a British twist on the audience focused entertainment and exceptional musicianship found in the HonkyTonks of downtown Nashville.