Need To Know: Victorious Festival, Southsea Seafront
August Bank Holiday weekender, that was really fun. How did we spend it? Despite the dramatic downpours and the heavens opening on Friday and Sunday (so grateful for the Saturday sunshine and respite), sampling the glorious food stands and enjoying the sounds and scenes of some truly amazing performances, Victorious Festival made it a long weekend to remember…
Held on the common, literally right next to the beach, our highlights came in the form of The Libertines, doing what they do best, headlining the main stage on Friday’s opening night, before a lively crowd. Then there was Paloma Faith’s warm sense of humour, Givenchy shades, Louboutins (so high she had to take them off), pink hair and epic embellished dress, glittering in pastel glory.
The vibe of Victorious is friendly and very much suited to families, thanks to its relaxed feel. In fact, unlike a lot of other festivals we’ve frequented over the years, there wasn’t one sign of trouble from overexcited revellers. Even Doherty was on his best behaviour. The site itself is huge, with lots of separate areas, meaning it didn’t feel claustrophobic or crowded at any point, even for the main performances.
Another wonderful factor is the price. Tickets aren’t the cost of a weekend city break. With a daytime visit coming in at £45, it’s perfect if you just want to dip a toe, without a tent in sight, if that’s not your thing. It’s also quite something to see an enormous ferry coming in, beautifully lit up at night in one direction, and a buzzing UK festival stage, shining brightly in the other.
With Kaiser Chiefs, Lightening Seeds, Paul Weller, The Cribs, Happy Mondays, Years & Years and The Prodigy, all strutting their stuff over the three-day event, we can’t wait to see how the Victorious line-up shapes up for next year.
Early bird tickets for 2019 are on sale now
Images: Tom Langford + Becca Egerstrom