After last week I was hoping to get back to the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth as soon as possible, but didn’t expect it to be quite so soon! Anyway, yesterday saw our first standing gig at the Wedgewood Rooms in over 16 months after Icebreaker Festival’s Southsea Bandstand gig got rained off into the venue. Gosport indie-pop quartet Arcade Hearts headlined the event with support from fellow Portsmouth acts Crstian TR, Alice Milburn and Southampton artist Calum Lintott.
There wasn’t exactly a huge turnout despite the calibre of bands/artists playing on the day. But bearing in mind Portsmouth was in the middle of a thunderstorm, the gig was moved from the bandstand and only announced two weeks ago, there was still a good amount of people there.
Crstian TR kicked the day off with a bluesy, alternative-rock, acoustic set with tunes straight from the heart that are even sometimes emotional. Southampton indie-rock artist Calum Lintott took to the stage band-less for an acoustic set combining both covers and original music. He kicked off his set with fun indie-rock banger ‘Smoke’ but also played a variety of covers ranging from John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ to ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus. Although talkative with witty banter, his between-song chat had veered off into toilet humour by the end of his set! Alice Milburn was the only artist on the afternoon that was completely new to me. Her set was filled with fun, yet soulful jazzy alternative pop and she was joined by her band who in full provided an animated, energetic performance all round.
Although a bit too indie-pop for what I listen to nowadays, I’ll always have the time for Arcade Hearts. It’d been almost two years since I last saw the band, oddly enough at the Wedgewood Rooms supporting Paradise Club (now Idol State). The band’s 40 minute set was packed with tune after tune running through a set of favourites such as ‘Different Place’, ‘Honey’, ‘Y U?’ and even a new track. The band finished up their banger filled set with ‘Humble’. Arcade Hearts proved once again that they’re one of, if not the most impressive, long-standing local pop bands around who time and time again provide the catchiest, danceable indie-pop.
This gig was part of Southsea Bandstand’s “Live at the Bandstand” series this summer and was held by Icebreaker Festival. Icebreaker Festival will return to Southsea’s Albert Road/Elm Grove on 29th January 2022.