Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Portsmouth


Portsmouth is one of the best cities on the south coast for local music; attracting an eclectic mix of rock, pop, electronica and even cabaret. Do you want to know where the best venues for hearing undiscovered talent are? Well, we've got you covered, no matter what your musical tastes are.

The Wedgewood Rooms

A haven for independent but established bands, the Wedgewood Rooms offers large space for gigs, alternative nights and just a space to hang out with your drink with your friends.

It hosts bands from the local area that have a proven records of popularity, as well as international artists, like The Summer Set, Paloma Faith, and Muse.

Its main way to support local talent is via an annual Showcase. One of the most popular- and eclectic- local acts is Joe Black (pictured above) who has performed there regularly for over 10 years.

Seen as Portsmouth's answer to CBGBs, the Wedgewood Rooms served as a storage space during WW2 before becoming a Ballroom, a Jazz Cub and a Community Function Room where Arnold Schwarzenegger competed in a Body Building competition in 1968.

Genres: Alternative, Rock, Metal, Electronica, Pop, Cabaret

Best For: People who like to dance like nobody's watching.

Tickets: £5-£20


The Fat Fox

This cosy little pub dabbles in all areas of Portsmouth nightlife from live-streaming Game of Thrones to providing a delicious- yet inexpensive- meal, to hosting live music events for local bands.
Their second room, which has its own fireplace, can quickly be renovated from a pub dining area to a stage with standing room.

Genres: Folk, Rock, Alternative, Metal

Best For: Seeing emerging local acts that don't have a huge fanbase yet.

Tickets: £3-15

The Edge of the Wedge

This intimate mini-venue holds a maximum of 100 people so it's great for those of you who like to engage with the artists and mainly attracts acoustic shows and eclectic DJ sessions.
Sitting directly next to its sister venue, The Wedgewood Rooms, the Edge of the Wedge is often used for aftershow parties and band signings

Genres: Rock, Indie, Electronica, DJ

Best For: A truly unique and intimate viewing experience.

Tickets: £3-15

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