Brave Rival (with special guest: Olivia Stevens & Co)

Wedgewood Rooms

Portsmouth’s Hottest New Band – Christmas Homecoming Show

“A flawless convergence of rock, blues and soul….”

Show Dates: Thursday 21st December 2023
Doors 7.30pm. Show 8.00pm
Tickets £16 each (£19 on the door if not sold out).
Tickets available securely online at:

Wedgewood Rooms Box Office: 02392 863911

Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Harbour Records in Emsworth. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address shown on our website.


“Two powerhouse, duelling, female lead vocalists totally owned the stage!” (Jace Media)

Brave Rival

Brave Rival are the South-East’s brand new rip-roaring rock and blues machine, hailing from Portsmouth and drawing influence from the likes of John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Tedeschi Trucks. Brave Rival offer a style and sound that you’ve always known, and yet never heard before.

The UK Blues Award Nominated band features the powerful and beautiful twin vocals of Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. On lead guitar, providing dramatic guitar solos and crunching rock riffs is Ed “The Shred” Clarke. And holding it all together is the rhythmic backbone, the self-proclaimed engine room of Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna Peters (drums).

“What Heart might sound like if they joined the Tedeschi Trucks Band!” (Classic Rock Magazine)

Their debut album “Life’s Machine” arrived in May 2022 to critical acclaim, with Powerplay Magazine awarding the album 10/10 and saying that “Brave Rival have unleashed one lean, mean and well oiled machine!”. And with the album release, the band hit the ground running with a relentless 2022 tour schedule that saw them perform at the Isle Of Wight Festival and London’s famous 100 Club amongst others travelling the length and breadth of the country connecting with audiences everywhere they went.

“One of my favourite new discoveries this year!” (Joe Bonamassa)

The hard work didn’t go unnoticed! The Life’s Machine album appeared on multiple end of year best album lists, and was 4th most played in 2022 on the IBBA charts. Combined with a 2022 UK Blues Nomination for “Best Emerging Artist” already under their belts, the band began 2023 with 5 nominations at the 2023  UK Blues Awards, including “UK Blues Band Of The Year”, “UK Acoustic Act Of The Year”, “UK Blues Vocalist Of The Year” (Lindsey & Chloe), “UK Instrumentalist Of The Year” (Donna and Ed), and “Jules Fothergil Young UK Blues Artist Of The Year” (Ed). “Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an infectious sound that is not to be missed.”

Olivia Stevens & Co (feat. Stefan Rajic on guitar) are a smokin’ hot duo blending soul infused jazz, folk and blues, featuring the incredible force of nature that is Olivia on vocals and the finest of fretwork from Stefan Rajic on guitar and harmonies.

“Livvy ain’t trying to be Janis or Amy, she’s being herself and she’s got a Bitchin’ voice!” (Geno Washington)

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