The Square Roots Lockdown series

The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO4 0JW.

We are more than delighted, and also a little bit relieved too, to be bringing you an exclusive weekly series of safe, seated, socially distanced and Covid-compliant, Square Roots Promotions shows, up to Xmas, with some of the country’s top Americana / Folk / Roots talents, in the spacious confines of Portsmouth’s Number One venue, The Wedgewood Rooms!

Sunday 15th November 2020 – Show Of Hands (Duo – Steve Knightley & Phil Beer)

Tickets £26 (adv) at 

Matinee & Evening Shows with Q & A with Steve & Phil to finish

“Show Of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots act and something of a ‘people’s band’!”

More than two decades on the road, 25 album releases, 3 BBC Folk Awards and 5 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs – Show Of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk and roots. As BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe says, “they are now at the top of their game!”

Sunday 22nd November 2020 – William The Conqueror

Tickets £15 (adv) at 

“A thumping Southern rock grungy gumbo that hits you right between the eyes!” (The Express)

Trio William The Conqueror channel classic blues and roots rock through a grunge/indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Pearl Jam and The Lemonheads. Praised for their grit and authenticity by The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, their live performances have drawn wildly enthusiastic comparisons to Buffalo Tom, The Marshall Tucker Band and even Nirvana!

They have shared stages with Van Morrison, Guy Garvey, Feeder and Iron & Wine and have played festivals including Glastonbury, Black Deer, and The Long Road. After two critically acclaimed albums on tastemaker indie label Loose Music – “Proud Disturber of the Peace” and its Ethan Johns-produced follow up “Bleeding on the Soundtrack” – the band signed to Chrysalis Records, releasing new single Wake Up, with the critics proclaiming them “already one of the best bands around!”

Sunday 29th November 2020 – The Black Feathers

Tickets £14 (adv) at 

(Moved from The Square Tower – All original e-tickets remain valid)

“Mesmerising and stunning in equal measure – an artistic triumph for a duo of undeniable talent. Absolutely wonderful!” (Whispering Bob Harris)

At last the return of The Black Feathers to Portsmouth! Their shows are nothing short of stunning, and it’s no surprise that so many of you have asked for their return. Americana, Folk and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities co-exist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. No wonder then that ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris describes them as “absolutely wonderful’!

Sunday 6th December 2020 – Robert Vincent Band

Tickets £15 (adv) at 

“He is the real deal!” (Whispering Bob Harris)…” “A young man filled with dreams, regret and shocking talent, giving his all – now is his time!” (Mojo Magazine)

You know you’re in the presence of a massive talent when you find out that Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) asks Robert to open up for him at his Hyde Park show – Waters NEVER has a support act! Liverpool born and bred, Vincent received the inaugural “Emerging Artist Award” from Bob Harris in 2016 – who described him as “absolutely magnetic” – and was the invited onto BBC4’s Old Grey Whistle Test: For One Night Only. That performance marked a real breakthrough for Vincent, establishing him as one of the UK’s leading lights in Americana and propelling him to Number 1 in the I Tunes Chart.

Saturday 12th December 2020 – The Jigantics

Tickets £14 (adv) at 

(Moved from The Square Tower – All original e-tickets remain valid)

“One of the UK’s ‘must-see’ live roots acts. Delving into the myriad roots of American and British music and serving it up with an originality and respect that is as heartening as it is refreshing!” (The Guardian)

The annual Square Roots Xmas Cracker show, this year with this Americana / Roots ‘supergroup’ – a real musical stew combining the worlds finest ingredients, a genre-defying mix of Roots, Cajun, Blues, Trad, Country and then some! As The Telegraph says – “a high quality, highlight act who are clearly destined for great things”!

Sunday 20th December 2020 – The Outlaw Orchestra & Dead Crow Road

Tickets £15 (adv) at 

The Outlaw Orchestra – “A truly unique sound! They have drawn comparisons to early Cadillac Three, Blackberry Smoke, The Allman Brothers, The Faces and The Black Crowes…”

Dead Crow Road – “Pedal steel, mandolin, chicken pickin b bending guitar, groovy bass, solid drumming, harmony vocals…what’s not to like!”

A barnstorming double headline bill comprising two local powerhouse Americana bands – and a fitting way to start the Xmas period. The Outlaw Orchestra have a unique blend of hard Southern Rock through to Cajun, Country, Flamenco all cooked together with their signature style of “Heavygrass”, described as a melting pot of styles from American Southern rock, British 70’s rock, Louisiana roots to bluegrass! Add this to the full on British country-rockin’,thigh slappin’ Outlaw sounds of Dead Crow Road, who play annoyingly catchy and original songs, with the odd surprise scattered here and there for good measure and you’ll see why this is going to be a belter of a celebration! 

*Wedge Socially Distanced Events Covid Guidelines** – T ’s & C’s

*Wedge Socially Distanced Events Covid Guidelines** – T ’s & C’s

Please do not attend the event if you or anyone you have been in contact with are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have contracted the virus. The symptoms are: new and persistent cough, loss of taste and/ or smell and a high temperature. If you are displaying these symptoms, we advise that you remain at home and book at test via the NHS Test and Trace service.

Each group can have a maximum of 6 members. We ask that your social bubble is made up of the government permitted mixture of households. You will be allocated a bubble/ suitable table upon entry and cannot move to another bubble upon allocation. Failure to comply with this will result in removal from the venue. Once you are set up in your bubble, we ask that you remain within that space as best you can for the remainder of the show. 

Upon arrival at the venue, we ask that you please complete the NHS Test and Trace form or use the Test and Trace App to scan the venue barcode. This will enable the NHS to contact people who may have come in to contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 after the event. 

All bubble members must leave contact details, failure to do so will mean that you will not be allowed into the event, nor will your ticket be refunded. Details will be kept for a total of 21 days after the event this allows an incubation period after the event in case of an outbreak.

We will only use the details given for the NHS Track and Trace service and will not share any information with third parties. After 21 days, the written data will be disposed of in a correct manner which will ensure all data is destroyed.

No payment for tickets can be made at the venue and so please ensure you have bought the correct amount of tickets as you will not be able to purchase any additional ones on the day.

All customers must social distance when entering, during and leaving the venue. 

Where you can, please remain 2 meters from anyone outside your bubble.

We ask that all customers make use of Sanitation Stations set up in various locations throughout the venue. Please ensure you are frequently cleaning your hands.

Please listen to instructions and adhere to details given to you by venue staff.

You must wear a mask at all times whilst moving around the venue – this can be removed only when sat at your table.

You are not permitted to bring your own food and drink in to the venue. If individuals are heavily intoxicated, they will be escorted from the building to keep in line with social distancing rules.

All bar orders where ever possible should be done by the BUTLR ordering app, and drinks will be bought to your table. There will be NO service at the bar.- we can provide alternative means of ordering and contactless payment if needed.  Please take your drinks from the tray and put any empties on the try to be taken away by the bar staff.

If the event is cancelled due to a change in local or national policy then you will receive a refund to the value of your ticket.

All adults with children are responsible for their children. This includes in instances of social distancing; parents and guardians must ensure that their children social distance from those outside their bubble. 

If customers are purposely not following social distancing measures, the venue management and security may deem it appropriate to remove individuals from the venue. 

These restrictions are valid at time of ticket sale and may be subject to change in line with current government policy around which Tier Portsmouth is currently in.