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MERCH: Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables

Monday 30 May 2016 - Wednesday 01 June 2016
Aspex Guildhall, FREE

Aspex Guildhall are delighted to present a selection of hand printed concert memorabilia by the South Coast’s Petting Zoo prints and collectables. Aspex has known Petting Zoo for some time, and we have long talked about collating an exhibition of their work and here, at long last, it is. Originally from Portsmouth, now based in Brighton, Petting Zoo produce posters, record sleeves and more for sometimes obscure and always diverse, events, bands and solo artists. MERCH is an opportunity to see and enjoy many of their gigposters together in one place.

BSO: The Orchestra for the 21st Century Exhibition

Monday 30 May 2016 - Friday 30 September 2016
Ground Floor Exhibition, FREE.

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.

Spike Edney: From Landport to Live Aid

Monday 30 May 2016 - Tuesday 31 May 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.

Guildhall: A Moment in Time

Monday 30 May 2016 - Tuesday 09 August 2016
Portsmouth Room, FREE.

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.

Illustrated Menagerie: Shakespeare's Animals

Monday 30 May 2016 - Tuesday 07 June 2016
Business Lounge, FREE.

A group exhibition of work by first year BA (Hons) Illustration students at the School of Art and Design, University of Portsmouth. 47 first year students have worked together to produce artwork to form this collaborative piece. The group created a scroll illustrating the animals of Shakespeare attempting to instill the illustrations with something of the spirit Shakespeare intended. The imagery reflects the range of exploration of media and imagery to convey the creatures and is varied as the animals themselves.

Guildhall Market

Monday 30 May 2016 - Tuesday 09 May 2017
Cafe Guildhall, Monday - Friday 8.30am-5pm.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Guildhall Market selling local produce and products weekdays in Cafe Guildhall.

Southsea Skiffle Orchestra

Tuesday 31 May 2016 - Tuesday 31 May 2016
FREE lunchtime performances 12-1pm

Skiffle is a ‘home made’ English music style from the 1950s, based on American blues and folk music. Come along and listen to these fun, free lunchtime performances by the fantastic Southsea Skiffle Orchestra.

Revolution Pro Wrestling

Thursday 02 June 2016 Ringside £22, £13.25, concessions £11.25 including booking fee, Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7pm.

See live what the rest of the world can only see on TV as Portsmouth's premier venue plays host to Europe's most exciting wrestling producers as Revolution Pro Wrestling explodes into The Guildhall, Portsmouth on Thursday June 2nd with a great bill of wrestling action for all the family.

Guildhall Introducing: Free Music - Devin-Jade

Friday 03 June 2016 12 - 1pm. Café. FREE.

We are delighted to announce the launch of Guildhall Introducing: Free Music with 4 fantastic acts. Regularly performing in the Hampshire area has gained 15 year old old Singer Songwriter Devin-Jade a fantastic following of dedicated fans supporting her original music. With unique tones in place, her lyrics and ability to tell stories through her music are way beyond her years. Playing the festival scene across Hampshire in 2015 helped her step up to a new level of performances. Her first Ep is due in 2016 so well worth keeping an ear out for. 

Portsmouth Guildhall and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's BBC Music Day

Friday 03 June 2016 10am - 3:45pm

BBC Music Day is a UK-wide celebration of everything we love about music with the aim of bringing people from different generations and communities together, so come along to the Portsmouth Guildhall for a day of celebrating, enjoyment and learning. This year the Portsmouth Cultural Trust and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have partnered to deliver an exciting day, suitable for all of the family to get involved. From a Family Orchestra with the BSO to singing workshops for 55+, a vegetable orchestra, open rehearsal and tour of the building, there is something for everyone.

Recharge: 55+ singing workshops

Friday 03 June 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.

Last Night of the BSO Proms

Friday 03 June 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £29.50 / £24.25 / £21 / £19 / £14.75 including booking fee. Kids for a quid.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns with an evening of the best patriotic British classical music. Get ready for some fervent flag-waving, a good sing-along and a great night out with family and friends!

Bill Bailey: Limboland

Thursday 09 June 2016 Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bars), Auditorium doors 7.30pm. £27.50 incl. BF*

Comedian, musician and actor, he is well known for live shows Dandelion Mind, Tinselworm, Bewilderness and Part Troll, and his work on television in programmes such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Black Books. PLEASE CLICK 'READ MORE' FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Thank ABBA For The Music

Friday 10 June 2016 £24.20 including booking fee, Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7pm.

This two-hour theatre spectacular really does capture all the magic and excitement of ABBA, one of the world's most successful and entertaining live bands. This incredibly authentic show comes complete with superb vocals and beautiful ABBA trademark harmonies, stunning replica stage costumes plus  tongue-in-cheek Swedish humour and plenty of audience participation throughout so everyone is sure to be having the time of their life!


Thursday 16 June 2016 The Harlequin. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £5 advance, £6 door.

Stiff promotions bring Signals. to Portsmouth Guildhall. Great melodies, interesting song structures, strong vocals and most importantly a cracking stage presence - Signals are definitely firmly on the radar a buzz band.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Friday 17 June 2016 Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7pm. £20.35 / £22.55 incl. booking fee. Group offer applies.

Has it really been 50 years since the most successful Folk/Rock Duo of all time recorded their first no1 hit single 'The Sound of Silence'? Following it’s WEST END success at the ‘Leicester Square Theatre’, London, ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story' is currently the biggest and the most successful No 1 International touring theatre show celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.

Grumpy Old Women

Sunday 19 June 2016 Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7.30pm. £27.50 incl. BF*

Returning after a critically acclaimed, total sell-out spring 2015 tour the Grumpies are back to knock some sense into the nation. Perrier Award-winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women Jenny Eclair will be joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake (Mrs Brown's Boys BBC One, Coronation Street, ITV1) and actress and singer Kate Robbins (Where The Heart Is ITV1, Casualty BBC One).

Ansvar Insurance Presents 2016 Be Your Best Rock Challenge - Finals

Monday 20 June 2016 - Saturday 25 June 2016
Tickets £14 including booking fee.

The spectacular nationwide performing arts competitions Rock Challenge® and J Rock™ return to Portsmouth for another spellbinding year.

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

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 for children with autism run from 11am-12.30pm and for children with SEN 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 in the 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

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 for children with autism run from 11am-12.30pm and for children with SEN 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.

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