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Spike Edney: From Landport to Live Aid

Thursday 30 June 2016 - Wednesday 31 August 2016
The Portsmouth Music Experience Gallery, FREE.

Please note that The Portsmouth Music Experience will be closed on the following days:  Wednesday 6th April, Saturday 16th April, Saturday 23rd April, Friday 29th April and Saturday 30th April.  Originally from Portsmouth, Spike Edney’s early love of music swiftly became a successful career. This exhibition charts his progress from his first band in the 1960s, to his work with The Boomtown Rats, Duran Duran; his 30 year association with Queen, plus the launch of his all-star band, The SAS Band and more.

Democracy Street

Thursday 30 June 2016 - Thursday 25 August 2016
Cafe Guildhall, FREE

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT OUR EXHIBITIONS AS OPENING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Aspex Guildhall are delighted to present ‘Democracy Street’, an ambitious work created by local artist Jon Adams. ‘Democracy Street’ comprises of a collection of posters created to celebrate the UK’s democratic heritage. The work is currently on display within Portsmouth Guildhall’s café space.

BSO: The Orchestra for the 21st Century Exhibition

Thursday 30 June 2016 - Friday 30 September 2016
Ground Floor Exhibition, FREE.

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT OUR EXHIBITIONS AS OPENING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 02393 870200. London-based photographer Eric Richmond has worked with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra annually as part of their rebrand for the past three years. This new look which integrates the photos into the main season brochure and other publicity materials, focuses on the musicians of the BSO who are much loved by their audiences across the South and South West of England.

Portsmouth School's Music Festival

Thursday 30 June 2016 - Thursday 30 June 2016
Doors 6pm. £6.50, £8.50, £12.50 including booking fee and restoration levy

The Portsmouth Schools’ Music Festival is now in its 90th year. During its time the Festival has given a continuing opportunity for young people from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas to celebrate their talents and their music at an annual gathering. This year the Festival is being held 27th – 30th June at the Portsmouth Guildhall with each evening beginning at 6.30pm. Four nights of musical performances by pupils aged 5 – 20, from schools and colleges across the city, including choirs, musical ensembles and dance performances, guaranteed to impress! Come and see the amazing talent the young people of Portsmouth and the surrounding area have to offer. Tickets are available on the door, starting from £6 (under fives are free). For more information go to

Guildhall: A Moment in Time

Thursday 30 June 2016 - Tuesday 09 August 2016
Portsmouth Room, FREE.

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT OUR EXHIBITIONS AS OPENING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 02393 870200. The Portsmouth Room will host a selection of archive images of the Guildhall from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Reproduced from the collections of Portsmouth Museum', highlights include the moment the Guildhall's foundation stone was laid and a visit from the future Edward VIII. We also reveal the interior of the building decorated for grand banquets and vast crowds gathering for parades and other major events.

Guildhall Introducing: Josh and Daisy

Friday 01 July 2016 Free Lunchtime Concert. Guildhall Café. 12pm.

They are siblings who love music! Daisy started singing non-stop from the age of 5 while Josh joined at age 13. The positive reception the duo have received from their online videos encouraged them to write their own music and playing in venues such as Portsmouth Guildhall and Eastney Cellars.

Recharge: 55+ singing workshops

Friday 01 July 2016 - Friday 30 September 2016
Singing Workshops for 55+ Fridays from April 22nd - 10am, £3

Singing makes you feel great! It exercises your heart and lungs. It can lift your mood no matter what the weather. No auditions necessary and there is no need to read music so come along and join in the feel good sessions.

Sarah Millican - Outsider

Friday 01 July 2016 Tickets £27.50 incl. BF*. Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7.30pm.

In just 7 years Sarah Millican has gone from winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to becoming one of the UK’s most successful and multi-award-winning comedians, who also holds the record as the highest selling female comedian in the DVD market. This autumn, Sarah will delight her fans as she heads out on the road again for her fourth stand-up tour, Outsider.

EVOLVE: Family Workshop 2

Saturday 02 July 2016 FREE // The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families.

The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families. The sessions are led by practising artists and supported by an occupational therapist. Sessions run from 1.30-3pm.

Chesney Hawkes and Friends: 25 years of 'The One and Only' 1991-2016

Wednesday 27 July 2016 The Harlequin Room, £14.50 including booking fee and restoration levy

Chesney Hawkes & Friends play live in Portsmouth Guildhall's Harlequin Room.

The Original Portsmouth Tattoo Convention

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Sunday 31 July 2016
£10 Day Ticket / £20 Full Weekend Ticket. 11am

Portsmouth's Largest Ever 2 Day Tattoo Convention For 2016 Right in the Heart of the City.

Royal Marines School of Music Graduation

Saturday 06 August 2016 2pm, £13.45 including booking fee

The world famous Royal Marines School of Music return to the Guildhall in Portsmouth for their biggest and most exciting concert of the year.

Gin Festival 2016

Friday 12 August 2016 - Saturday 13 August 2016
£7.50 Including Booking Fees

The UK's largest Gin Festival returns to Portsmouth for the biggest Gin Festival that the South Coast has ever seen!

Clocktower Classics Motor Show

Sunday 21 August 2016 Free Entry + Music. Guildhall Square.

Portsmouth Scene Promotions and Portsmouth Cultural Trust invite you to enjoy the free Clocktower Classics Motor Show, now in its second year!

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Thursday 15 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £20.90 / £23.10 including booking fee.

The UK’s No1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show!

The Jive Aces

Tuesday 20 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £15.50 including booking fee.

Having become the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2012 following up with a performance for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and performances for both the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band.

The King of Pop

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £19.20 / £23.60 / £36.80 VIP Meet & Greet including booking fee & restoration levy.

Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 MJ tribute artist and was hand-picked by Michael himself as his official body double.  Michael also hired Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties where he gave him a standing ovation and described his performance as “Incredible”.

EVOLVE: Family Workshop 3

Saturday 01 October 2016 FREE // The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families.

The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families. The sessions are led by practising artists and supported by an occupational therapist. Sessions run from 1.30-3pm.

The Milton Glee Choir

Sunday 02 October 2016 3pm, £14.20, £12.75, £9.40, £9.25, £6.50

Come along to Portsmouth Guildhall on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy our Autumn concert. This concert will be sure to lift your spirits and evoke wonderful memories.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Power and Glory

Wednesday 05 October 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

Walton’s First Symphony was a landmark of English composition and represents the peak of his symphonic thinking. Its turbulent emotions and high-voltage energy were the fruit of tempestuous events surrounding Walton at the time. After an eloquent, dramatic first movement, a stinging, malicious Scherzo and a truly melancholic slow movement, the finale is totally different in outlook – an almost Elgarian ceremonial jubilation, as if a cloud has lifted.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Friday 14 October 2016 - Friday 23 December 2016
Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £17 advance / £20.30 on the door including booking fee and restoration levy.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club presents the best in live stand-up at The Guildhall in Portsmouth. They bring you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

Professor Brian Cox Live

Saturday 15 October 2016 Doors 7.00pm. Tickets £33, Premium Tickets £44 including booking fee.

Brian Cox will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time, delving into ‘high science’ and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos. Get up close and personal with the man himself with an interview hosted by his The Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince.

Level 42: Sirens II Tour

Tuesday 18 October 2016 £30.80 including booking fee

Following on from the very successful Sirens shows of 2014 and 2015, Level 42 have today announced that they will be hitting the road once again in October 2016 for a tour of the UK in support of their new ‘Sirens II’ EP. Starting in Llandudno on the 3rd October the tour will play a further 19 shows, culminating at London’s Eventim Apollo on 29th October and will see the band play a host of their greatest hits as well as new material from the Sirens II EP.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Thursday 20 October 2016 Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7pm. Tickets £31.35-£43.45 incl BF.

Selling 4 million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “The Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world.

Shane Filan

Saturday 22 October 2016 - Saturday 22 October 2016
Doors 6.30pm, Meet and Greet £195.50, Standard £55.50, £36.25 including booking fee and restoration levy

Westlife frontman Shane Filan has announced the second leg of his major indoor UK tour for October 2016, including the Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 22nd October. In the wake of the huge success of both his ‘Right Here Tour’ in early 2016 and the ‘Right Here’ album the Irish pop sensation will be giving fans the opportunity to see him perform Westlife favourites as well as his own recent tracks.

The Musical Box recreating ‘Selling England by the Pound’

Monday 24 October 2016 £51.15 (golden tickets) £36.25 incl. booking fee & restoration levy.

‘THE MUSICAL BOX is The Exclusive, Authorised by PETER GABRIEL Recreation of GENESIS … using original production sets, props projection, lights provided by GENESIS. To prog fans everywhere, THESE PERFORMANCES are revered as the original GENESIS tours from 40 years ago, meticulously recreated by THE MUSICAL BOX under exclusive license from GENESIS. No ‘so-called tribute’ on earth is afforded this type of privilege, license, access to original tech specs AND support from the original band.’

Jamie Lawson

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £19.80 including booking fee.

Last year, Jamie was announced as the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s own label Gingerbread Man Records. In the whirlwind that followed, Jamie toured with Ed across the world, went from playing to 150 people at London’s Barfly to supporting One Direction on their final full UK arena tour. His self-titled album, released in October 2015, reached #1 in the UK and has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide. Furthermore, his juggernaut single Wasn’t Expecting That has to date sold over 400k copies in the UK. 

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninov Revisited

Thursday 27 October 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

“I have rewritten my first concerto; it is really good now” said Rachmaninov to a friend. “All the youthful freshness is there, and yet it plays itself so much more easily.” It contains all the signatures of his mature style – polished melodies, a demanding solo part and sumptuous orchestral writing, acquired during the two decades he spent as both a conductor and composer. Yet a youthful, dramatic energy is still evident from the opening bars to its show-stopping conclusion.

The Next Step

Friday 28 October 2016 - Friday 28 October 2016
£44.50, £31.85 including booking fee and restoration levy

Wild Rhythm Tour (Step 2)  Stars From Lost & Found Music Studios Enhance Action-Packed Show With Exclusive Live Musical Performances The cast of Family Channel and Temple Street Productions’, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, hit series The Next Step are stepping back into the spotlight this Autumn, announcing that they have added a second series of dates for The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour (Step 2) for the UK this October. 

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Thursday 03 November 2016 Doors 7pm, start 7.30pm. £40.70 / £32.45

Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced the run of dates and special guests of their 2016 Autumn/Winter UK tour.

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