Victorious Festival 30 minutes there and back

By Matthew Hallett | 18th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Victorious festival 2017.  Madness, Stereophonics, Maximo Park, Feeder, Band Of Skulls, The Machete. That’s right, this year we will be playing at 12 p.m Saturday on the Rhino AV Acoustic Stage. What I love about Victorious, aside from it being on home soil and taking me all of 30 minutes to get from my house…

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WarriorFest 2017 Beer Music Food Pirates

By Matthew Hallett | 14th July 2017 | 0 Comments

WarriorFest 2017.  July 29th the dudes at Staggeringly Good brewery are hosting a party on board HMS Warrior in Portsmouth. Beer, dinosaurs and….pirates! The perfect combo for a Saturday evening. I first met Joe and the gang through the beer shop I manage, the Southwick Brewhouse, they came in with some beer samples for me. So I instantly…

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Disturbed on the road to The Pyramids!

By Dominic Vermeulen-Smith | 7th July 2017 | 0 Comments

It was back in 2001 when I first found myself queuing up outside the pyramid centre in Portsmouth. With my sister Vivica and brother-in-law Guy. We were there to see a band called disturbed. So as you can tell I was a young teenager heavy metal fan but this was the first proper gigs I…

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Always a massive laugh!

By Dominic Vermeulen-Smith | 30th June 2017 | 0 Comments

We seem to go massive periods of time without practising, for various reasons. Though most of the time it’s due to John’s never ending holiday spree, recently it was also because we were in the recording studio. But, other than THOSE times, every Tuesday evening at WMD Studios, The Machete can be found honing their…

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“How can you need so much gear when you play an acoustic guitar?”

By Dominic Vermeulen-Smith | 23rd June 2017 | 0 Comments

Actually, I don’t think that I have THAT much gear… I started playing the guitar back at age 12. Mum and Dad bought me my first Encore guitar and “Kustom” amp. One of the things that blew my mind the most was that you could push the “overdrive” button and all of a sudden your…

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Virgin Kite Surfing Armada – What an Awesome Festival!

By Dominic Vermeulen-Smith | 16th June 2017 | 0 Comments

I had said just last week about how Portsmouth gets a bad name but has some awesome stuff when I was writing about our gig at the bandstand. OK, so this wasn’t in Portsmouth, it was on Hayling Island. You might need to look it up if you’re not from round here… But, the point…

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The Bandstand! Finally!

By Dominic Vermeulen-Smith | 11th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Not sure if it’s just my perception, but the city of Portsmouth gets a bit of a bad name. For some reason people seem to have the impression that it’s a bit of a s**t hole of a place. True, there are some parts of the city that could do with a bit more TLC, but where…

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The Machete return to the Fawcett Inn with a raccoon

By Dominic Vermeulen-Smith | 30th May 2017 | 4 Comments

We’d been waiting for this night to come. Though we’d barely scraped together a rehearsal since March due to a dizzying multitude of factors, we somehow still knew it was going to be a special one. Last time we visited the Fawcett Inn we left feeling like gods, and it was time for the Tequila…

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Back at LJRs, this time with the Fresh Prince!

By Dominic Vermeulen-Smith | 13th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Great to be back at Little Johnny Russel’s earlier this week! Pretty much always a good laugh playing there. It’s one of those pubs that even on a relatively quiet night, there’s still actually quite a few people about. There’s music on at least two nights a week so people head out if they want…

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The Fawcett Inn Raffle Set 20.05.17

By Matthew Hallett | 29th April 2017 | 0 Comments

The Fawcett Inn, 20th May 2017 Were back at our spiritual home. The pub with the world’s greatest pun name and we’re putting on a raffle set. When you win pick a song out of the hat pick a prize on the table. Easy and it’s all free! It’s a way of saying thank you…

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