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The Cellars at Eastney is an intimate Live Music Venue in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

At only 140 capacity, we are one of the smallest venues in the area, offering an intimate setting to see your favourite Touring and Local acts. We have built a reputation as one of the friendliest and most welcoming venues in the country, whilst also beng professional and efficient in every way.

Have a look and see who's playing in the coming months, and come on down to see for yourself!


The Cellars

Community Gigs:
Steve Hampton
First Sunday of the month - Steve Hampton's Jam Session - Doors 1pm - Free Entry
Third Sunday of the Month - Live Music - Doors 1pm - Free Entry
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If you need to speak to us, call 023 9282 6249 on any day which has a gig listing, between 5pm and 7.30pm.

For "doors open" time for each gig, see individual listings on Upcoming Shows page.

We are open 1-6pm on Sundays if you wish to come into the venue in person. We also allow patrons to purchase tickets for future shows on any gig night, just ask the door person for permission to enter the venue to do so.

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All About The Song 2013

Hi Everyone!

It’s that time of year again! Please read and forward as appropriate to fellow artists, media, managers etc. Spread the word!

Over the last 4 years, All About The Song, an event specifically designed to showcase local song writing talent, has grown in stature, attracting as partners in the event.

BBC Introducing

Express FM

The News

Nevada Music

Who Can Enter?

Anyone with at least one person in the PO postcode area who writes their own material and usually performs solo or as a duo / trio acoustically. Acts which use drummers on occasional ‘special’ shows such as album launches are not excluded, but no drum kits are allowed for this event (n.b cahons are permitted). A maximum of three performers will be allowed on stage together – it’s vital that the song is heard and not overshadowed by too much instrumentation. Those who usually perform as full electric bands are not eligible, as our friends at the Wedgewood Rooms have The Wedge Showcase in in August and we do not wish to divide audiences or loyalties. We each do something different which supports local music and that’s why it works.

How Do I Enter?

E-mail  steve_pitt@ntlworld.com  stating your name or the name you perform under if appropriate. (NB – I do not need the names of any accompanists, just the songwriters please. You can enter under a group name, but I still need the songwriter info as well).

I need a link to a website / MySpace / Facebook/ Soundcloud/Reverbnation etc to verify who you are , your home address with post code, a contact phone number and any unavailability for the following dates for the heats in August at The Cellars at Eastney www.thecellars.co.uk

Heat 1: Mon 12th 

Heat 2: Tues 13th 

Heat 3: Thurs 15th

All 7.30pm doors and a prompt 8pm start – it is crucial that you bring 5 people along to act as your ‘Audience Judges’ and that they arrive prior to 8pm.

There are a maximum of 18 places available, 6 per Heat. Each artist performs 4 songs.  The top 2 artists from each heat go through to the semis, along with the closest runner-up from Heats 1 & 2 and then Heats 3 & 4.

Please note, Semi Finals will be on Tues 20th  and  Weds 21st  at The Cellars and the Final will be at The Cellars this year on Thurs 28th August.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES WEDS MON 5th  AUGUST

Judges

Previous judges of the final include Neil Ferris (former head of EMI UK and current manager of opera star Alfie Boe), Kairen Kemp from BBC Introducing:The South, Chesney Hawkes and Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford.

This year we are delighted to announce that, as last year, Ian Sillett, Head of Song-writing at Brighton Institute of Modern Music and Phil Jackson, host of BBC Introducing: The South will be our live judges for the final.

This is a brilliant opportunity to sell yourselves to Phil in particular, who picks the music for BBC Introducing: The South and also recommends which artists he will put forward for national consideration by the main Introducing team.

The opening rounds are judged by Express FM, myself and a representative of The News, along with audience vote (audience does not vote for the person they came with, this isn’t a popularity contest like some showcases!) and also you, the songwriters judging each other. It’s a robust system of voting which really works and is fair. In fact, only twice in the whole of the 3 previous competitions was there a difference of opinion between artists, audience and judges.

Prizes…..

For the Winner(s) there will be £150 cash prize sponsored by the Cellars.

The Runner-up will receive £50 cash.

Our sponsor, Nevada Music, provide goody bags for all the finalists.

The Winner will also get to perform at The Kings Theatre in November as part of the Children In Need Gala Night (in 2012, this event drew over 800 people!), as well as being showcased on Express FM. In previous years, the Winner has also been showcased on BBC Introducing, although no commitment can officially be made to do this as the Introducing format is strictly non-competition based.

In addition, there will be a £25 prize for the winner of each of the 4 heats.

Worth entering?

Is this just another competition aimed at conning you into bringing a group of mates along to put money in the venue’s till ? No, it most certainly is not. Is the winner picked by local promoters and people with no musical credentials? No, they are not. All we ask, is that you guarantee that you can bring 5 people to act as your part of the judging audience in order to ensure we have a fair cross section of people taking part. We charge them £2 to get in and that is all we receive as a venue towards costs and prizes. All artists will receive free drinks from the bar.

We’re not pretending it’s some kind of ticket into the music business, but we do know that it helps to highlight local talent and gives real industry recognition to Portsmouth songwriters and we happen to think that is worthwhile. It also gives a better platform to solo artists in a world which often concentrates on ‘battle of the bands’ events and forgets that the art of the song is what is at the heart of music. Entered before and weren’t successful? It doesn’t matter, this is a showcase of people’s talents, an opportunity to show you are refining your craft and get feedback from your peers and professionals who have nothing to gain by buttering you up to get you to sell tickets.

What are previous winners up to?

Loz Bridge won in 2009 and is now in Bristol pursuing his career as a songwriter, seeking publishing for his songs – One of our judges this year is currently producing a song which Loz co-wrote. 2010 winner Becky Jerams had her song “La La Love” featured in the trailer for the Mandy Moore film “Love, Wedding, Marriage”. Becky also went on to write with  All About The Song judge Chesney Hawkes. 2011 winners The Wide Eyes got a live showcase on BBC Introducing within weeks of winning the All About The Song event, as did 2012 winner Luke Ferre. Four outstanding talents and worthy winners. Also worth mentioning that 2010 Runner-up Dirty Sky Jones was featured on a BBC Introducing Live Lounge as a direct result of having been seen by Kairen Kemp when she judged that year’s final. Other previous finalists have staged successful headline shows at The New Theatre Royal in front of audiences exceeding 200 people.

Express FM will be featuring all the previous winners along with the 2013 winner in a series of special shows later this year!

Made your mind up?

Hopefully, you’ve decided to enter. Please be assured that this isn’t about whether or not you think you can win. It’s about celebrating what’s positive in Portsmouth music and getting the opportunity to see how others perform and enjoy and learn from the experience. We hope you can join us.

Steve and The Cellars Team

Sharon Shannon enjoyed here gig with us as much as we did!

Sharon posted on her Facebook page:

“Had a fantastic Gig at the Cellars in Portsmouth. Really great little spot. Great people and great welcome. Brilliant audience who all knew loads about my dogs and the ‘Top Dog Gaffo’ video. Really sound people. Alan brought the house down as usual. I hope somebody got him on video doing Cavan Potholes. It was the most amazing guitar/piano solos I have heard him do so far, and he always plays amazing. Nice lady in front row had video recorder on, maybe she can put it up on youtube/Facebook? Tag us on it maybe so we can see it. Night night all. Me all tucked up in the bed now.”

After a standing ovation at Si Cranstoun’s stunning gig on Sunday, we thought ‘what will beat that this year?’ Well, having moved Sharon’s gig here from The Kings, we were a bit nervous as to how it would work and now I’m wondering why! It was, without doubt, right up there with the very finest performances we’ve ever seen in our little venue. Stunning.

That video will be on Youtube later today apparently, so take a look and see what you missed.

Thanks to Sharon and Alan for fantastic music and to John for being a top bloke, tour managing and doing sound.

‘Ticklin’ The Pickle’– Live and Funkadelic: Celebration at The Cellars

Renowned for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, The Cellars at Eastney is tonight celebrating in style! After undergoing a great new make-over, the venue now boasts increased standing space, fresh new décor and a stylish interior, ensuring that everyone can now enjoy a fantastic view of the band!

With more seating available, The Cellars is better equipped than ever before for all events, including live music, comedy and theatre. The lively, social atmosphere is thriving, as The Cellars’ already well-deserved reputation as a top UK professional music venue clearly grows from strength to strength.

Announcing a fantastic forthcoming line up of musical performances and comedy legends, 2013 will see The Cellars playing host to ‘Tango in the Night: An Evening of Fleetwood Mac,’ former Icicle Works singer and Mercury nominated songwriter Ian McNabb and two very special intimate shows with the incredible Julia Fordham on the bill, plus a wide selection of other top performers.

Kicking off tonight’s grand re-opening, ‘Ticklin’ the Pickle’ who hail from the South Coast of England stormed the stage. Effortlessly laying down funk with a maverick nod towards influences such as Tower of Power, James Brown and The Meters, the band have enjoyed huge success at the Isle of Wight Festival. Having also played The Wedgewood Rooms locally, they have enjoyed live concerts at Dartmouth Festival, Lyme Castle and The Borderline Club to name just a few!

As an enthusiastic throng gathered around the stage, as the band welcomed everyone to the official reopening night.

Kicking off with a track called ‘Soul Life’ the six- piece quickly had the Cellars moving and shaking their funky stuff to a rhythmic cavalcade of uplifting beats.

Braving near-Artic weather conditions to deliver a set that had the atmosphere at the Cellars hotting up in an instant, Ticklin’ the Pickle boast strong bass lines underpinning uniquely soulful vocal delivery. Set alight musically by swirling Hammond organ and saxophonic salutations, their strident, confident swagger demonstrated how clearly this band rule their stage with vibrancy and power.

Driven by a incredible rhythm section, the band’s musical catalogue built up to a crescendo of funkadelic keynotes, culminating in a transformative vibe that put the mastery firmly back into funk.

Describing one of their songs in a tongue in cheek fashion as ‘an attempt to pen the band’s own ‘1970s cop theme’, the lead vocalist, commented favorably on the fine tread and weft of the Cellars new carpet! Thus promoted to partake, dancing shoes were kicked off in all directions!

Displaying a fine sense of humor between songs, the interplay between band members was engaging, as they riffed effortlessly off each other’s musical expertise and one-liners, much to the audience’s delight.

‘Spooky’ with its atmospheric delivery was closely followed by a fine funky rendition referencing the influences of James Brown among others.

A ‘Booker T’ cover followed and the band’s clear passion shone through making them a thoroughly engaging live act, that held the rapt attention of their audience.

Far into the night ‘Ticklin’ the Pickle’ played their hearts out as a throng of enthused fans old and new danced their hearts out in style.

The Cellars captures perfectly the passion and drive behind every truly great live performance. The future of this fine venue is assured – putting live music firmly on the map not only in Portsmouth, but throughout the UK.

Big News for 2013

The Cellars is having a makeover in January so we’ll be closed from 1st to the 17th inclusive. We’ll be increasing the standing space in front of the band to make sure everyone is able to get a great view and also redecorating. It will also mean we are able to seat more people for certain events, particularly Comedy and Theatre. Come along to our special night with legendary comedian Arthur Smith on 30th January to see for yourself!

We’re announcing our first batch of bookings for 2013 which include: Tango In The Night: An Evening of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Avory’s Kast Off Kinks, comedy legend Arthur Smith, The Chase, Kelly Woods, Ready Steady Go!, Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff, Aynsley Lister, Si Cranstoun (what a booking that is!!), The Silver Beatles, Ruarri Joseph, Who’s Who, former Icicle Works singer and Mercury nominated songwriter Ian McNabb, Lisbee Stainton, Who side-man Simon Townshend, Colin Vearncombe (aka Black), Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection and 2 very special intimate shows with the incredible Julia Fordham!

New website now live!

Welcome to the new Cellars at Eastney website. Have a look at all the information on here and check out the ‘Upcoming Shows’ page to see who’s playing.

Hopefully we’ll see you at a show soon!