And if it feels like paradise...
Fiercely independent, The Wedgewood Rooms has been giving the locals a venue to be proud of for over 25 years, bringing talent from all over the world to their stage, whilst also giving Portsmouth artists a place to develop their craft. Here’s what you need to know…
Address: 147b Albert Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea, PO4 0JW
Telephone Number: 023 9286 3911
Launching in 1992, The Wedgewood Rooms has been key in bringing cutting-edge music and comedy to the city of Portsmouth. The venue is located in the heart of the community of Southsea, and in its old guise, used to act as a community hub and function room for local people to enjoy.
Attached to the venue is the 100 capacity Edge Of The Wedge space, which gives locals the opportunity to perform at a venue on their doorstep and hone their craft.
The list of bands who have played the venue on their way to superstardom is staggering, and The Wedge (as its commonly referred to) is spoken about in high regard by those who have played there.
How many people does it hold? 400 (main room) 100 (Edge of the Wedge)
Who has played there? Pulp, Placebo, Fall Out Boy, Feeder, Muse, The Hives, Biffy Clyro, The Mars Volta, The Killers, The Black Keys, Keane, Scissor Sisters, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, Trivium, Rise Against, Architects. Travis, The Courteeners, Laura Marling, Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem, You Me At Six, Warpaint, Twin Atlantic, Jake Bugg, Funeral For A Friend, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Wolf Alice, Oh Wonder… the list goes on and on and on…
Have there been any “I was there” moments?
Plenty! Gorillaz played the venue back in 2010 as a warm-up for their much larger tour dates.
How do I get there?
The nearest train station is Fratton, about 15 minutes walk away.
Where should I eat?
Pie & Vinyl! The record shop/pie emporium is about a 20-minute walk away, but honestly, what’s better than browsing vinyl and then having a pie and mash for dinner?
Here we gooooo … British Pie Week kicks off today and what a week we have in store for you … To start off the festivities, may we introduce our BRAND NEW PORK PIE!!! Exciting! From the amazing Jake’s Artisan Foods we have the most traditional of pies in the building and are stocking NOW! Served hot or cold with a generous dollop of fruit chutney to accompany the delicious flavours this pie has for your tastebuds! Keep em peeled for more tantalising treats coming you way … #pies #local #britishpieweek #porkpie #traditional #southsea #weekoffestivities #jakesartisanfoods
Where can I stay?
Find places to stay in Portsmouth on Airbnb
Want to make the most of your time on the coast? Why not stay on a flippin’ yacht!?
Please watch your noise on the way out! The venue is located in a residential area and gets on well with its neighbours. Help them carry on that good relationship by being respectful of the people who live there.
The Wedgewood Rooms team are very welcoming of customers with disabilities and are more than happy for people to get in touch to discuss specific requirements. Find out more HERE
Where can you carry on the party?
There are loads of great pubs on Albert Road. Have a wander!
Grab tickets for upcoming shows at The Wedgewood Rooms at www.ticketweb.co.uk/wedgewoodrooms