Whether it’s huge internationally-touring headliners, empowering or historic art exhibitions, or even a tattoo convention on South Parade Pier, there’s something for everyone in Portsmouth this March. Here are some of the top highlights, hand-picked by us.
We’ll update this list during the year. Think we’re missing something? Tweet Jeeves your recommendations: @teamlocals.
Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords
📍 Portsmouth Guildhall
⏳ 5th, 6th, and 7th March
Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) begin their Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords tour with a three-night stand at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, and Wednesday 7th March 2018. Jemaine and Bret will be showcasing new material at these shows! The arena and theatre tour will make stops in London, York, Milton, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, and Liverpool. New Zealand-based musical comedy duo are known for their BBC radio show and HBO series.
Portsmouth Festivities 2018 programme unveiling
📍 All over Portsmouth
⏳ Various dates and times
For 10 days each year, starting in the middle of June, Portsmouth Festivities run an exciting range of events across the city of Portsmouth which capture imaginations, celebrate diversity, and explore the island’s incredible heritage. The annual programme has been running for two decades, and each year is led by a core theme and a handful of headline events. 2017’s theme was ‘PLAY’. While the Festivities themselves don’t start ‘til the summer, 2018’s brochure line-up is set to be unveiled on March 16th, and as always, there’ll be something exhilarating and intriguing for everyone’s interests!
Portsmouth Vegan Festival
📍 Portsmouth Guildhall
⏳ 4th March, 10:30am to 4:30pm
The future of food! Portsmouth Vegan Festival brings 100 world food caterers, exciting cookery showcases, inspiring talks, and interactive workshops to Portsmouth Guildhall on Sunday 4th March. There’ll be yoga, plus lots of children’s activities. Entry is £3, payable on the door on the day (under-16s go free). Or, get a £15 VIP ticket in advance for fast-track entry, a goody bag of vegan products, samples, discounts, and offers.
Eastney Beach Clean with Southsea Beachwatch
📍 Eastney (start: Coffee Cup)
⏳ Saturday 3rd March 2018
Give a little something back to the city this month and get involved in the Eastney Beach clean-up with Southsea Beachwatch. Meet outside Coffee Cup on Eastney Esplanade from 10:00am, get equipped with litter pickers and gloves, grab a bag, and get going! There’ll be a group photo opportunity at the end of the beach clean, for sharing online! Help rid the beach of plastics, metals, glass, and textiles, and keep our shorelines as spotless as possible.
Portsmouth Comedy Fest at Portsmouth Guildhall
📍 Portsmouth Guildhall
⏳ Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th March
Portsmouth Guildhall host a side-splitting line-up of hilarious comics at the Big Mouth Comedy Festival on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2018, including Russell Kane, Andy Parsons, Seann Walsh, Lee Nelson, Joe Ravens, Alistair McGowan, and loads more. Laugh your ass off at a huge number of comedians you’ll recognise from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, The John Bishop Show, and more.
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars at New Theatre Royal
📍 New Theatre Royal
⏳ Saturday 3rd March
Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the New Theatre Royal stage on Saturday 3rd March 2018 to explore the music of The Great American Songbook. With a combination of narration, archive photos, and world-class jazz, the All Stars will guide audiences through some of the most important and influential American popular and jazz music of the early 20th century, which went on to form The Great American Songbook. The night will also celebrate some of the jazz greats who performed their music at Ronnie Scott’s over the years.
F.empowerment exhibition at Coastguard Studio
📍 Coastguard Studio
⏳ Thursday 8th March
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, Coastguard Studio in Clarendon Road are assembling a collective of artists for F.empowerment, a women’s exhibition promoting female empowerment through art and live music. F.empowerment brings together local female artists from Portsmouth to showcase their artwork in an exclusive exhibition. Expect to see a range of contemporary artwork including illustration, photography, fine art, craft, and film, recognising issues such as domestic abuse experienced by women and sexism in society and the industry.
📍 Stephen Morgan’s office
⏳ Opens: March 8th, from 7:00pm
Three local photographers — Alex Slator, Five Architects, and Jon Tyrrell — collaborate on ‘Three Lenses’, the first in a series of ‘This Island City’ exhibitions at the constituency office of Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan. Each event aims to showcase the vibrant creative talent of Portsmouth. This first event is run in support of Tonic Music for Mental Health. The opening night on Thursday 8th March runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Portsmouth Tattoo Fest on South Parade Pier
📍 South Parade Pier
⏳ Starts on Friday 30th March
The 8th Portsmouth Tattoo Extravaganza takes place on 30th March (and 1st April!), returning to its original home on South Parade Pier, now the structure has been spruced up and relaunched. Head into the pier gaiety bar and see 50 of the most elite UK artists showcasing their work, including a number of celebrity artists from tattoo-focused TV shows. If you’re gonna get inked, why not do it on South Parade Pier, right?
The Sound of Music at The Kings Theatre
📍 Kings Theatre Southsea
⏳ 6th to the 10th March
One of the greatest musicals of all time comes to the Kings Theatre Southsea stage in this magnificent Bill Kenwright touring production, enchanting the young and the young at heart. This wonderfully lavish staging tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom at the start of WWll. Matinée and evening performances run from the 6th to the 10th March 2018.
The Noise Next Door and Chris McCausland
📍 Spinnaker Tower Comedy Club
⏳ Friday 30th March
This Good Friday — 30th March 2018 — the Spinnaker Tower’s Comedy Club features a special double headliner show with two of the biggest acts on the circuit right now: live improvisation band The Noise Next Door and Live at the Apollo regular Chris McCausland! The Noise Next Door are opening the show — this group of lads make hilarious songs from audience interaction and have recently starred on Live at the Palladium. Hosting, as always, is resident compère James Alderson! The bar opens at 7:00pm, with comedy kicking off from 8:00pm. Tickets are £15. The night is for those aged 18 years and up.
Beats and Swing present Dub Pistols
📍 The Wedgewood Rooms
⏳ Saturday 3rd March 2018
One of the hardest-working bands in show business, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years, and their new album Crazy Diamonds finds the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best. A rampant mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats, and drum‘n’bass, the album is a full-on dub-quaking extravaganza. Beats and Swing, a local collective known for bringing eclectic and eccentric musical guests to Portsmouth, welcome the proudly working class band to The Wedgewood Rooms on Albert Road on March 3rd.
Get Out at No. 6 Cinema
📍 No. 6 Cinema
⏳ Friday 2nd March, 7:00pm
Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams star in Jordan Peele-directed thriller-horror film Get Out, which sees a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and subsequently becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation. Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is a must-watch, and it’s screening at No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth’s indie filmhouse, on Friday 2nd March.
Love Cosham/Love Southsea Markets: March
📍 Cosham High Street/Palmerston Road
⏳ Every weekend/every month
The Love Southsea Markets have been an established monthly staple of shopping in Palmerston Road for five years, and they continue in 2018, on the first weekend of every month. 50+ local independent traders and food stalls will be setting up shop in the high street precinct. New for 2018, however, are the Love Cosham Markets, taking place every weekend in Cosham High Street starting in April. In the meantime, head along to the Southsea market.
Shipyard, by art exhibition Lachlan Goudie
📍 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
⏳ Starts: Saturday 17th March
For the last seven years, Lachlan Goudie, judge on BBC’s Big Painting Challenge, has been sketching and painting in the BAE shipyards on the Clyde and Forth, chronicling the construction of the new generation of Royal Naval ships including HMS Queen Elizabeth. An exhibition launching at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from March 16th is the first opportunity to see Lachlan’s drawings and paintings on display in Portsmouth.