The Record Store Day 2017 Castle Road Street Party!

We are humbled, Proud, Excited, Delighted, Over Excited ( ____ insert superlative)… to announce the artists and bands that are supporting us for this year’s mighty celebration of Records and Music, known as – Record Store Day in the year 2017!

This will happen on Saturday 22nd April 2017 from 8am – 7pm.

The day starts at 8am when we open our doors for the incredible folk who have earned the right (by queuing all night) to purchase some specially released one off pressing records.

The live music will start at 12pm, mid-day – with more details on timings coming soon.

We have for you a mixture of super massive acts, and introductions to supreme new acts – all with links to the locality, just the way it should be on this special day, with something for everyone!

Yep, this is a completely free event to attend – and held down the historic Castle Road. We’ll have our usual closed road, packed with all manner of local street traders selling curious and high quality food and drink.

The stage is sponsored this year by our friends at Taste of Portsmouth – MORE INFO HERE and Mermaids Gin MORE INFO HERE who will also be trading on the day.

What a day we have for you – make sure you are signed up to our mailing list and socials for more announcements in the build up to the big day!

More info on the artists below. To keep up to date with the traders appearing on the day, visit the village pop up HERE

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More about the bands…


Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that.

Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment – but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound. Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he puts across on the stage.

Is Bliss

The Highly promising Portsmouth band, Comprising of Jimmy Stuart (vox, guitar), Dean Edwards (bass) and Sam Speakman (drums), Is Bliss have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf Alice, Telescopes, Nine Black Alps, Mark Gardener and Robin Guthrie.

The guys have landed the support slot to the mighty ‘The Jesus and Mary Chain’ on their up coming arena tour, and are set to become a very big deal indeed.

The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang kick-started the year with the brand new single ‘How Can I Compete?’. The single is the first release on Yala! Records, the new label / club night which was co-founded by Felix White of The Maccabees.

Premiered as the Hottest Record in the World on Radio 1 and currently Huw Stephens’ Record of the Week, ‘How Can I Compete’ is a shot of sunshine in these gloomy months as The Magic Gang deliver a spirited concoction of shimmering melody, bold pop choruses and swooning vocal harmonies. The track was produced by The Maccabees’ Hugo White and was recorded at London studio The Drugstore, famously once home to The Jesus & Mary Chain.

EP Three 12” vinyl which features ‘How Can I Compete’ will be available exclusively on RSD, a week before release. GRAB ONE.

Plastic Mermaids

One of the most popular acts that played last year (We didn’t stop taking questions about them for months afterwards) are back! Hailing from our Island twin, the Isle Of Wight – the guys are set to embark on a UK tour, and release their first album this year.

Sure to be super massive, catch them while you can – MarC Riley Loves them, need I say more.

Emily Barker

Emily Barker’s new album was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. Sweet Kind of Blue will be released through Everyone Sang/Kartel on 19th May – it is her first full studio album since 2013’s critically lauded Dear River and marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.

Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road. In 2015 she composed her first full feature film soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s Hector, which won a Scottish BAFTA for its lead actor, Peter Mullan.

“Blues meets country meets gospel… a sweet and tender distillation of Americana influences” Clash

“Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies” The Guardian

Highlight Of Our Modern World (Pie&Vinyl Records)

I guess HOMW started with a similar solo project (Shipton), which started to naturally grow into something a bit more electronic, but I wanted to quit the singing and neo-folk influences and get back to my roots in ambient/progressive soundscapes. I thought I’d start where I naturally feel most comfortable; with the guitar, so the first release was purely raw guitar loops with some very minimal evolving synth breaths. With each release I have tried to push myself a little more with self-production and electronic writing, trying things here and there and learning as I go. For my next record I am looking to really see how far I can take myself, not only in terms of track structures but also in a live performance environment. I want to produce music that tells a story, without having to use words, something immersive without complexities. I have always enjoyed the subtleties of ambient and post-rock artists. Mathematic song structures and crazy time signatures are great and I can’t argue that watching someones hands scramble up and down a fretboard like panicked insects, or an electronic artist sporadically pushing buttons and twisting things is something mind-blowing to watch, what really grabs my attention is an artists fine-tuning. The attention to detail of minimalist composers reminds me of an artist or designer’s obsessive tweaking to make sure the final piece is exactly how it should be, before being consumed by the audience. I suppose this is my self-briefed goal

Play Dead Collective Street Jam

Some of the area’s best street artists collaborating, and making art all day long before your eyes…they’ll also be there with their ridiculously good merch selection.


Still in their teenage years, and recently free of school, Blaenavon are three boys who have taken the music world by storm.  Having played with the likes of Foals, Bloc Party and Warpaint to name a few, the band have released two EPs on Transgressive Records and have recently completed their debut album, with singer Ben Gregory starring in Burberry’s New Faces campaign.

Having released previous singles ‘Into The Night’ and ‘Denim Patches’ on Transgressive imprint paradYse, Blaenavon followed up with debut EP Koso in September 2013, through Transgressive Records. The four-track offering encompasses everything good about a young band with a very bright future, flowing seamlessly from delicately picked verses to euphoric sections of soaring vocals and powerful guitars.

Plus vinyl only DJ in between bands – WAX EQUITIES

Stage Times:

Band Time
Emily Barker 12:00
Plastic Mermaids 13:00
Blaenavon 14:00
Idles 15:00
The Magic Gang 16:00
Is Bliss 17:00
Highlights Of Our Modern World 18:00
All acts will play for approx 30 mins


About the poster artist Daniel Cook…

Daniel J. Cook aka Scruffyhightops is a Portsmouth based designer, artist, independent comicker and passionate tea drinker.

With a style he would describe as a “Pop-Culture” blender, he has mixed influences which include music, creature features, Star Wars and his child-like imagination.

You may have seen his work without noticing, as he once ran a sticker campaign that pictured a certain Charming Man all over Southsea.

He is currently working on three new books, a variety of artworks, all while traversing the Eighth Dimension with his band The Hong Kong Cavaliers.

You can reach him via email at or his website

About our Sponsors…

Taste of Portsmouth, a brand new local guide to food and drink covering all of Portsmouth from Gosport to Southsea, have partnered with Mermaid’s Gin from just over the water on the Isle of Wight, to bring the Mermaid’s Bar to the party. A bar stocking Mermaids G&T, Espresso Martinis and Turbo Gins with a shot of locally roasted coffee will be central to the celebrations.

Taste of Portsmouth is due for release in late May 2017. Following on from 5 successful years producing Taste of the Wight on the Island, the team have crossed the waters to launch Taste of Portsmouth.

Packed full of places to go including fine dining, bars, gastro-pubs, casual cafes and of course, seaside fish and chips, it will be your go-to guide. Whether a visitor to Portsmouth for the first time, or a local you are bound to find somewhere new to try or rediscover an old favourite.
As well as the newly launched guide, there will also be a comprehensive website, blog and social media channels to keep people updated of all the latest news and offers.

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