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Mick has linked my last question to his formidable list of venues on his website – a wonderful work

However, I’m mindful that the many helpful comments to my draft map of a couple of weeks back suggested trying to add something about genres. As I said then this may be difficult on one map but I’m now thinking of a series of maps so, for example one showing jazz venues, another for folk clubs and concerts

The other thing that interests me is where possible adding more dates to Mick’s list. So, for example we might wish to stress that in Commercial Road on the corner of Arundel Street both the LDB and the Star Club above Burton’s were late 1950s/early 1960s rock & roll/beat venues. Is that right?

Similarly Mick lists a lot of Churches and Youth Clubs but I suspect these were mostly live venues in the 1960s. I certainly played at St Nicholas’s, St James’s and St Margaret’s in 1969 (with Rosemary) but how much was there after that? Was Hillside YC still promoting bands in the 1970s?

Plus any additions to these 1960s/70s Folk Venues on Portsea Island? I’m thinking of regular venues (ie Clubs) not ‘one-offs’ or concerts at the Guildhall, King’s Theatre, Oddfellows or Savoy:

Bottle in the Wall (Indigo Vat)

Brave New World

Centre Hotel

Crystal Palace (Fratton Bridge)

Cobden Arms

Froddington Arms


Oasis, North End

Old House at Home

Portland Hotel

Railway (at Railway Hotel, Railway Social Club, Festing and Alma Arms)

Star Lake Road

Sunshine Inn

Talbot Hotel


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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