New for 2015 Dials Festival took over Southsea with a variety of quality acts. Crowned ULX Music’s Best Non-Camping Festival 2015 it certainly made it’s mark on the South Coast and will be returning in 2016 with more off shoot events taking place through out the year.
The new festival took place over 5 different venues in Southsea, Portsmouth on the 3rd October 2015. Heading up the bill were Liverpool’s fantastic Hooton Tennis Club who brought a heavy dose of idiosyncratic slacker indie rock to the south coast. Hot on their heels was the mesmerising Black Honey from Brighton, their shrieking guitar driven pop having already captured the likes of the online world leading to them being one of the most written about acts by UK music bloggers in 2014. Other musical treats on the bill included goth ‘n’ soul singer Chloe Black, London rockers Broken Hands and Nottingham grunge trio Kagoule.
Besides national touring acts the festival will also included a selection of artists local to the south coast area, including aggressive blitz-pop trio Curxes, lo-fi indie rockers The Boy I Used To Be, acoustic pop singer Jerry Williams, new wave rap group Mok and guitar noisesmiths Rickyfitts.
“We aim to nurture and promote the cultural life of Portsmouth by presenting a range of exciting and musical acts, across all genres, to lead to greater musical awareness, education, and the continuance of the growth of the cultural life of the city”.
“Dials Festival is a co-operative of venue owners, promoters and other music professionals and enthusiasts from the Portsmouth area, who are passionate about bringing the best music to the area, helping support local musicians, venues, businesses and community in the process.” – Festival Director Abbie Eales
Dials festival is a single access wristband event, with all venues located on one street just a short walk from each other. Some of the organisations involved in the festival include Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms, Strong Island, Strong Island Recordings, Hong Kong Gardeners Clubs and Breaking More Waves Blog.