Wednesday, 24 February 2021

New Releases 2021 !

 Despite all the uncertainty in the world it would seem there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we have some great new music for you. 

New vinyls are on their way from Portsmouth based acts Dead Authors and Harrison Rhys  plus finally we have the CD compilation from the awesome Flying Alexanders 

Monday, 7 December 2020

A FREE Download for your listening pleasure - The Hikokomori Guild

No you did hear right, Portsmouth's very own elusive and reclusive Hikokomori Guild have teamed up with Matt Piper from Lo-Fi Rebels on vocals  to give away their track "Attention Seeker"  exclusively via the Weekend Offender Records Website. If you love a little 80's nostalgia this retro-wave number will take you back !

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The PCB's Sell out !

 It may be lock down, there may be no gigs but we are still dong our bit to support local musicians 

in these challenging times  and with that massive congratulations to The PCB's who managed to sell out of their limited edition run of 7 inch Vinyls.

Monday, 24 August 2020

First Socially Distanced Gig In Portsmouth


Saturday 22nd August was a strange one as we hosted the first socially distanced indoor gig in Portsmouth at the Golden Eagle Pub with Mark Nicholls Presents. It was great to get back to some sort of normality and their were some great sets from Dead Authors , Hannah Clark and Andy Osman. Thank you to everyone who made it out to support local live music and the venues willing to host events in these strange times.

                                                                         Hannah Clark 
                                                                            Andy Osman 

                                                                               Dead Authors 

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

More New Music ! - M-40 and Brash Bullets

Great news ! 
We have some more acts joining us to release new material. First up we have Brash Bullets, the Southampton based Punk and Grunge influenced outfit will be releasing a new 7 inch lathe cut vinyl limited to just 15 copies 

You can follow them here :

Manchester's finest M-40 will be releasing a new EP on limited edition CD and 2 tracks on a limited edition 7 inch lathe cut vinyl

You can follow them here

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Shout Pompey

If you played music in Portsmouth you will no doubt be familiar with the name Liz Beckett and now the former host of the Shout on Express FM and now running “Shout Music” has teamed up with Weekend Offender Records to release a compilation album from some of Portsmouth’s finest acts (including a few who have already released work on the label)

Recently Liz’s Nephew Kielan was born during the Corona virus pandemic and had his life saved by the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Neo Natal Unit It is Liz’s wish, supported by many if the acts she showcased during her time on local radio to raise money for the great cause

All profits after production costs will be going to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Neo Natal Unit

Friday, 3 July 2020


UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

Like other countries such as Germany and Australia, we need the Government to help the music industry, which contributes £5.2 billion to the economy annually and sustains almost 200,000 jobs to ensure it remains world-leading following the damage caused by this pandemic.

Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.

On July 2nd 2020, UK Music and members of the UK Live Music Group, alongside a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign, Let The Music Play, to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy.

Read more to find out what we are asking for, why it is needed, what we are doing and what you can do.

Our three key asks of the Government are:
1. A clear conditional timeline for reopening venues without social distancing
2. An immediate comprehensive business and employment support package* and access to finance.
3. Full VAT exemption on ticket sales.
* The business and employment support package should include a Government-backed insurance scheme to allow shows to go ahead; an extension of the furlough scheme and help for the self-employed and sole traders to prevent mass redundancies; rent breaks for venues to allow them to reopen; an extension of business rate relief to the entire live music supply chain to protect our ecosystem, large single event premises license fees for festivals to be rolled over to 2021 and financial support for lost box office income to support reopening and recovery, which would also support performers, songwriters, composers and their representatives.

What we are doing?

Artists across the industry such as Ed Sheeran, Dua Lip and Paul McCartney have joined together to sign a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden calling for support. Read the letter here and the full list of names here.


What can you do? 

On Wednesday 8 July Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP will deliver a Summer Economic Update.

Please write to your local MP and ask them call on the Chancellor to support Let The Music Play.

You can find your local MP here.

Support the campaign on social media with #LetTheMusicPlay. Download assests here.


Key Stats

• The core live music industry stands to lose at least £900 million if it remains closed for the rest of 2020.

• An estimated 30-50% of the live music industry’s workforce are facing unemployment, leading to a catastrophic loss of skills.

• The UK is home to the most popular arenas in the world, yet they are set to lose five million visitors due to COVID-19.

• Music festivals support 85,000 jobs, but with the entire summer cancelled, many are currently facing collapse with 59% redundancies expected across the sector without further support.

• 90% of grassroots music venues are under threat of closure. We are supporting the Music Venue Trust’s call for a £50 million cash injection to ensure vital parts of the music industry do not go out of business.

• The core live music industry generates £1.1 billion to the economy and impacts other parts of the economy including tourism to the tune of £4.5 billion.

• Musicians earn an average of £23,000 a year, well below the national average. Their income is under further threat due to the cancellation of live music because performances represent a major of income for musicians, composers and songwriters.

• Live music needs VAT relief on future ticket sales. It would save the live music industry up to £300 million each year and hugely help in its recovery.

• Music plays an important role to the economy. UK concert-goers spend almost double on live music events than those in France and Italy combined.

• The UK live music industry is the second biggest in the world but is at risk of falling behind. Following COVID-19 the German government has provided €150 million to its live music industry.

• The UK is host to the world’s biggest and most famous greenfield festival – Glastonbury and the world’s most successful ticketed venue – The O2. Every year almost 30 million music fans attend thousands of festivals, arenas, concert halls and grassroots venues.

• Live music events have a profound impact on local economies – Glastonbury generates £100m a year for local businesses and charities. Ed Sheeran’s 2019 gigs at Chantry Park generated £9m for the Ipswich economy.

• The Government’s Job Retention Scheme has provided short term relief to the many live music businesses and employees yet plans to wind down the scheme risk putting livelihoods at risk without further support.

• If the UK Government does not provide timely and well-targeted support to the music sector, the industry will lose core physical infrastructure, as well as musical talent technical sills, which will be impossible to replace, even if the industry is able to return to economic viability post-Covid-19.