Portland, Pentecost and London

03 June 2009

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This post is old… It's probably been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the year. That probably means that there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any adivce is out of date and irrelevant. Or more likely, it was the wafflings of bored-past me with too much time on his hands. If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.

Apologies for the delay in this particular post, this should of been either Saturday or Sunday.  I've had a lot to blog about recently... or too much time on my hands, take your pick!

So on Saturday I headed into London to go and see a band called Portland.  I encountered them at Spring Harvest this year, thought quite highly of them and then stalked them down on twitter afterwards (twitter.com/PortlandUK) and I got word that they were playing in London and decided to take myself on a day trip to go and hear them again.

What I hadn't realised is that they were playing as part of the Pentecost Festival organised by Share Jesus International (SJI).  The Pentecost Festival a set of events held in central London, churches across London come together under this one banner to put on events in parks, coffee shops, pubs, churches, theatres, etc to celebrate the birth of the church.

The Pentecost is celebrated, by Christians, 50 days after Easter.  It was when the Holy Spirit was given to Jesus' followers after He had returned to Heaven.  It is seen to be the birth of the church, as after hearing the message that the apostle Peter delivered, about 3,000 people joined Jesus' followers and started a fellowship.  You can read about it in Acts 2.

Pentecost Festival spanned from Tuesday 26th - 31st May with events throughout climaxing at the weekend with a plethora of events happening across London; Leicester Square, Westminster, Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden, Victoria Embankment Gardens, etc.

Portland played really, they did a forty five minute set which comprised of several tracks off their new album, several off their previous album, a new track and three covers, which made for a wide variety of tunes all with their relaxed acoustic sound.  They are so good!  The full set list is at the end of the blog!

I spent the rest of the day wandering around London, however that is for the content of another blog.  For those wanting to find out more about Portland and listen to samples of their music their MySpace page is very good, it has tracks from both albums.  If you wish to buy their album they will have a website up and running shortly (I will put out a blog when it goes up) however it can be purchased for £7.99 from Eden.co.uk.  Once I buy it I will be doing a review of it for LouderThanTheMusic.com.

Set List:

Photo's from the entire day are on my Picasa gallery.

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