Local gigs you can’t miss in November 2019!

Yet another month of gigs has whizzed by and we’re back with November’s instalment of the best gigs coming up across the local area from Portsmouth to Southampton. There’s a whole range of gigs going on from Japanese Television bringing their instrumental goodness to the Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth tomorrow evening, Hull punks Life at The Joiners midway through the month as well as much, much more. This month I’ve also expanded the feature to include all-dayers with great lineups which might not get their own post otherwise.

Here are 10 of the top Portsmouth gigs as well as a few Southampton gigs thrown in for good measure that you won’t want to miss over the next month. There should be something for everybody with the majority of gigs under £10 or free as well.

Japanese Television (Calamity Cratediggers)

When and where? 1st November – Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth

Supports? Something Leather | Slug Money | Sea Levels

In brief: Part Krautrock and part post punk with a dash of sci-fi for good measure. Japanese Television create groovy, psychedelic soundscapes which are just too good to ignore. The band recently released their creatively titled ‘EP II‘.

Tickets? £6 and can be purchased here.

The Unknown Soldiers – Cool Gig in a Church – Halloween Party (Quay West)

When and where? 1st November – St Johns C of E Church, Gosport

Supports? The Stone Birds and The Orchid Thieves

In brief: Ironically, I don’t have much, if any info on the headliners The Unknown Soldiers but this gig is worth going to based on the church location and the supports alone with The Unknown Soldiers being an added bonus. The Stone Birds are one of the best Portsmouth based bands who are playing gigs left, right and centre. The Orchid Thieves have a decent mix of original tracks as well as covers.

Tickets? Free/Donation – more info


Barbudo (Thank God for Sinners)

When and where? 1st November – Portsmouth Guildhall Studio (This venue isn’t well signposted from outside, as I found out last week, but if you’re facing towards the Guildhall steps, the entrance is to the left of the steps and through the door)

Supports? The People’s Lounge Funk Band

In brief: Barbudo bring their own blend of pop-funk and disco to Portsmouth Guildhall Studio tomorrow evening. This is a late one starting at 10:30pm but follows on from Japanese Television at the Edge of the Wedge (as seen above).

Tickets? £6 and can be purchased here.


Himalayas (Fitz Promotions)

When and where? 12th November – Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth

Supports? Colour of the Jungle and The Howlers

In brief: Cardiff based rock quartet Himalayas finally make their debut in Portsmouth this month! The band have gone from strength to strength over the last few years and made appearances at many high-profile festivals this summer including Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape and more. Himalayas recently released their latest single ‘The Masquerade’ (listen below) and it’s probably their best yet.

Tickets? £6 and can be purchased here.



When and where? 12th November – The Joiners, Southampton

Supports? Night Flowers

In brief: I haven’t seen Life live in nearly 3 years and since then they’ve released two albums including their recently released ‘A Picture of Good Health’. The Hull punk quartet are probably one of the most exciting live bands touring the country at the moment.

Tickets? £8.80 and can be purchased here.


Tom Bryan & Fugitive Orchestra

When and where? 13th November – The Brewers Tap, Portsmouth

In brief: Two of Portsmouth’s finest beat-boxing, live-looping musicians! Tom Bryan recently released his debut single ‘Heavy Weather’ as well as winning the Wedgewood Rooms Acoustic Showcase final and Fugitive Orchestra also released his latest single ‘The Price of Doubt’.

Tickets? n/a – more info on the gig can be found here.


DECO (Fitz Promotions)

When and where? 21st November – Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth

Supports? Dutch Criminal Record and Tom Millichamp

In brief: DECO’s single ‘Dreamer’ was by far one of my favourite, upbeat tracks of the summer. I’d never heard of the band before but we saw the duo live at Winchestival back in June and were impressed by their lively, energetic performance.

Tickets? £7 and can be purchased here.



When and where? 16th November – Engine Rooms, Southampton

Supports? Flowvers

In brief: Birmingham based dream-pop band Jaws come to Southampton’s Engine Rooms mid November bringing Portsmouth based indie-pop favourites Flowvers in tow. Jaws released their latest and most ambitious album yet ‘The Ceiling’ back in April.

Tickets? £13.20 and can be purchased here.


Sonic Memory Hole 2.0 – Bands/Art/Vinyl in support of Solent Mind (Calamity Cratediggers)

When and where? 30th November – Coastguard Studio, Southsea

Who’s playing? Ban Summers, Ekowe, Horseflies, Flybums, Mammalia Blue, The Stone Birds, Web, Matt Bialas and more

In brief: A day of art, music and vinyl with each band/artist re-imagining three or four songs from Iggy Pop’s back catalogue.

Tickets? £6 and can be purchased here.



When and where? 13th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Supports? ZUZU and Rusalka

In brief: Brighton based YONAKA are one of the countries fastest rising pop/rock bands who create stadium-sized anthems and have an attitude-filled, energetic live performance. The band released their debut album ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’ back in May.

Tickets? £13 and can be purchased here.


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