The Guide Awards 2013

Last night saw the Kings Theatre host the Portsmouth News 2013 Guide Awards. The awards recognise the best local talent in music, film, theatre, art and food within the area. 2013 was a very good year for Portsmouth and Southsea with numerous events to keep locals and visitors entertained.

It’s great to see one of my favourite local artists Kassassin Street pick up the award for Best Band. They have had a big year which has included playing Blissfields, Southsea Fest, Victorious Festival and a BBC Introducing session. I have every confidence that they will continue to go from strength to strength in 2014.

Best Solo Artist Matt Jarvis is not only one of the best local singer songwriters, he is also one of the nicest fellas you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. Matt has the rare ability capture an audiences attention and silence a room whenever he performs. Matt was also recognised and complimented in music blogs recognised nationally for for his performance at Blissfields last year.

I must admit to knowing very little about the theatrical shows within the area and maybe thats something for me to look into over 2014?

It is also great to see Pete Scathe recognised for being Best DJ. Pete is the man behind Connection at Scandals every Thursday night. I’ve had a few fun nights out there myself, although not for a few years. It still seems hugely popular among alternative music lovers.

Last of all I am chuffed to bits that the King Street Tavern is recognised as Best Restaurant. This is an quite a honour for Sam Foote and his staff as there are so many great places to eat in Portsmouth. If you’ve never been there before make sure you get down there soon!

Fingers crossed the 2014 Guide Awards recognises the Creating Balance Exhibition currently being held in Aspex and the work of Geoff Priestly at the Wedgewood Rooms. Maybe there should even be a few new categories added? I’d personally love to see a category of Best Photographer. If you have any other tips for 2014 then please get in touch with us at Strong Island.

Best DJ
Winner: Pete Scathe
Runner-up: Hipshaker

Best Comedy
Winner: Joe Wells
Runner-up: Instant SOOP

Best Band
Winner: Kassassin Street
Runner-up: Off Beat Offensive

Best Solo Artist
Winner: Matt Jarvis
Runner-up: Jerry Williams

Best Exhibition
Winner: Hayling Billy 50
Runner-up: Albert Road Trail

Best Restaurant/Pub/Wine bar
Winner: King Street Tavern
Runner-up: Roosters Piri Piri

Best Film
Winner: Perception
Runner-up: Send in the Clones

Best Professional Production
Winner: Joseph And The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kings Theatre
Runner-up: Barnum, Chichester Festival Theatre

Best Amateur Drama Production
Winner: Anne Frank, One Off Productions, Kings Theatre
Runner-up: Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors, The Pyramids

Best Amateur Musical
Winner: Little Shop Of Horrors, Portsmouth Players
Runner-up: Whistle Down The Wind, CCADS

Best Amateur Actor
Winner: Lewis Bailey as Doctor Watson in Hound Of The Baskervilles, HumDrum
Runner-up: Lewis Robinson as Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors

Best Amateur Actress
Winner: Samantha Kelly, Evita, South Downe Musical Society
Runner-up: Georgia Hamorak as Anne Frank, One Off Productions

Best Classical Music Act
Winner: Solent Symphony Orchestra
Runner-up: David Price and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir

Special Achievement Award: Nick Courtney

Kassassin Street
King Street Tavern
King Street Tavern, Norfolk Street, Southsea


  1. Claire Sambrook

    21 January

    Massive well done to the BA Contemporary Fine Art students at The University of Portsmouth for coming runners up in the best exhibition 2013 for the Albert Road Arts Trail.

    love additional suggestion of best photographer – also artist, designer and studio, social media campaign, logo, coffee shop, indie retailer,

  2. Maxwell White

    22 January

    A link to our film in case anyone’s interested. Feat. Tom Sivyour of Signature Clothing.


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