The ever popular Live at the Bandstand is back for 2023 on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May at Castle Field to kick off a sizzling summer of free live music organised by Portsmouth City Council.

The first free event will run from 1pm until 4pm on both days. The line-up, with performances from Brass Holes Brass Band, Kingdom Kush, Van Gosh, Park Soda, Alice Milburn and Creature, has been brought together by Portsmouth club night, Beats & Swing.

Live at the Bandstand is going on tour across the city this summer with performances at Castle Field, Victoria Park, Southsea Common and King George V playing fields – while essential coastal defence work is carried out near the bandstand on Southsea Common. Live at Bandstand’s 2023 supporting sponsor Motorpoint will also be popping up at one of the Castle Field events over the summer with one of their brand-new cars.

Cllr Steve Pitt, the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “Live at the Bandstand is always a popular event for all ages. With an amazing line up of musicians and performers over the summer, it’s a fantastic example of how our city is so rich in culture and creativity.  I’m delighted that the bandstand is heading off on tour around the city this year while the important work to improve our sea defences by Southsea Castle is completed.

“We hope that having different sites for bandstand events throughout Portsmouth means more people from across the city get to enjoy live music in their area.”

This fun, free, family event encourages visitors to bring picnics, blankets and chairs along, as well as those ever-important dancing shoes. Each event will have a different sound and flavour with different line-ups. Visitors are reminded that if the weather is hot, wear sun cream, stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks in the shade.

2023 Live at the Bandstand Line Up:

Saturday 27 May, Castle Field – Brass Holes Brass Band, Kingdom Kush, Van Gosh, and Pork Soda

Sunday 28 May, Castle Field – Alice Milburn and Creature

Saturday 3 June, Castle Field – Cadency, Astromoda, and Island City

Sunday 4 June, Castle Field – Libra Libra, Parrafin, and Tummyache

Saturday 10 June, Victoria Park – Emilia Tarrant, Blvck Violet, Kacia, and Michael Baker

Sunday 11 June, Victoria Park – Jukebox Jumpin, and The Soul Suspects

Saturday 17 June, Castle Field – Live at Armed Forces Day

Sunday 18 June, Castle Field – Along the Coast (presented by Piece of Cake Productions)

Saturday 24 June, Castle Field – For Breakfast, Rose’s Diary, and Owen Vincent

Sunday 25 June, Castle Field – Harrison Rhys Band, Arin, and Leftward Leaves

Saturday 1 July, King George V Playing Fields – Four Folds Law, Southerlies, and Number 9

Sunday 2 July, King George V Playing Fields – 19 Forever, and Mojo Dollar

Saturday 8 July, Castle Field – Harvey Jay Dodgson, Jeanie White, and Tash Hills

Sunday 9 July, Castle Field – H.L Grail, and Southsea Groove Collective

Saturday 15 July, Castle Field – Picnic, Music & Dance, with Salsa Solent + DJ William Hernandez

Sunday 16 July, Castle Field – The Majestic, Tuto Tribe, and Avije

Saturday 22 July, Castle Field – The Vox, Lee & The Freaks, Amba Tremain, and The Floor Fillerz

Sunday 23 July, Castle Field – Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Fugitive Orchestra, Jack Child, and Prince Brandon

Saturday 29 July, Southsea Common – Live at Kite Festival

Sunday 30 July, Southsea Common – Live at Kite Festival

Saturday 5 August, King George V Playing Fields – Neverman, Electric Milk, JJ Summer, and Bella Estelle

Sunday 6 August, King George V Playing Fields – Lauren & The Heatwaves, and Honky Tonk Party Band

Castle Field is easily reached by public transport. Please walk, cycle, scoot or use public transport wherever possible.

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