All Events

BSO: The Orchestra for the 21st Century Exhibition

Friday 29 April 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.

Guildhall: A Moment in Time

Friday 29 April 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

Friday 29 April 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.

MERCH: Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables

Friday 29 April 2016 - Saturday 14 May 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.

Spike Edney: From Landport to Live Aid

Friday 29 April 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.

Paul Parsons: The Portsmouth and Proud Collection

Friday 29 April 2016 - Monday 16 May 2016
Café, FREE.

In this exhibition, the Urban Gallery UK delves into the world of music with their collection of new artwork that celebrates Portsmouth Guildhall's rich musical history. Moving across many musical decades through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and beyond, the exhibition highlights the artists that have performed at the Guildhall from Johnny Cash, David Bowie, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and many more.

Rock Shots Exhibition

Friday 29 April 2016 - Saturday 30 April 2016
FREE. Access all Areas: The Portsmouth Music Experience Gallery

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. 


Saturday 30 April 2016 9pm, Tickets £16.50 including booking fee. Strictly over 18s.

DJ EZ  With Support from Foor and Concrete DJ's Plus late night after party.

Portsmouth Talent Development Programme

Tuesday 03 May 2016 5.30pm

The aim of this initial 2-year programme is to engage with emerging to mid-term artists from all art-forms. Working with partner organisations we aim to build upon existing platforms and to explore new opportunities which will encourage new work, touring, artist development, mentoring and best practise.

Recharge: 55+ singing workshops

Friday 06 May 2016 - Friday 30 September 2016
Singing Workshops for 55+ Fridays from April 22nd - 9.30am, £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.


Tuesday 10 May 2016 - Thursday 12 May 2016
Matinee doors 2pm, Show start 2:30pm, £33.95,£38.50,£41.80 including booking fee. Evening doors 7.30pm, Show start 8:00pm £37.95, £44, £48.40 including booking fee

Live Nation is proud to present the Riverdance 21st Anniversary Tour. With an incredible two decades of global success since the show first burst into the public’s heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1994, this is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect with what the IRISH TIMES rightly described as ‘the original... the best’.

Guildhall Introducing: Free Music - Joe Houghton

Friday 13 May 2016 12 - 1pm. Café.

We are delighted to announce the launch of Guildhall Introducing: Free Music with 4 fantastic acts. Joe Houghton is a 19 year old Blues singer and guitarist from Portsmouth who has taken heavy influences from the soul and funk genre.

Mish Mash ft Bones

Saturday 14 May 2016 The Harlequin. £5.50 adv (including booking fees) / £6 door

Mish Mash brings you the tastiest musical treats in all flavours. This special show features BONES who have had recent UK & European tours with the likes of The Kooks, Skunk Anansie and PVRIS

Portsmouth Beer Festival

Friday 20 May 2016 - Saturday 21 May 2016
£11.25 including booking fee

Over 120 cask ales, Cider bar, Delicious street food and Live entertainment during each session

The Milton Glee Choir with the Royal Marines Association Concert Band

Sunday 22 May 2016 3pm, £14.20, £12.75, £9.40, £9.25, £6.50

On a Spring afternoon in May you can visit Portsmouth Guildhall and enjoy a concert celebrating the huge variety and range of music available to choirs today. This includes Phantom of the opera (celebrating the 30th anniversary of it's opening in London), and Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure. More modern music by Snowpatrol, Carly Simon and Take That, then finishing with Beethoven's and Carl Orff's powerful 'O Fortuna' from Carmina Burana.

Matthew Barley

Monday 23 May 2016 £16, £14 concession including booking fee: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount. 7.30pm

Matthew is known right across the globe as an incredible cellist whose performances and musical choices focus on connecting people with music in different ways. A passionate collaborator, he has worked with the jazz pianist Julian Joseph, violinist Victoria Mullova, opera singer Matthias Goerne, folk fiddler Kathryn Tickell, Indian sarangi player Sultan Khan and many others.

Jobs Fair

Wednesday 25 May 2016 FREE

Jobs fair - Portsmouth Recruitment event at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Terry Reid in the Live Lounge

Thursday 26 May 2016 Dinner 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets £15 standard £25 with dinner including booking fee.

An evening of intimacy and emotion for those who truly cherish the heritage of British rock and soul. Any evening spent with Terry will always leave the audience emotionally moved by what they’ve experienced. It really is something which defies simply description and is simply unmissable.

Guildhall Introducing: Free Music - Robyn Grace

Friday 27 May 2016 12 - 1pm. Café. FREE.

We are delighted to announce the launch of Guildhall Introducing: Free Music with 4 fantastic acts. Robyn Grace is a POP/R&B artist signed with BGM Entertainment. After performing across Britain as a backing singer and a chorister, Robyn decided to embark on a solo music career. She is currently creating her debut album and is excited to introduce her new songs to a wider audience.

Adam Ant

Friday 27 May 2016 Tickets £30.80 / £35.75 including booking fee. Doors 7pm.

Adam Ant performs the iconic album Kings of the Wild Frontier Live and in Sequence plus much more.

Choir of the Year 2016

Saturday 28 May 2016 10am & 2.30pm. Tickets £12 / £8 concession, combined ticket for two sessions £20 / £15 including booking fees.

Join choirs from across the region in a major celebration of singing as they compete in the first round of the UK’s biggest choral competition.

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.

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!

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. 

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).

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