The Crowd in front of the Common Stage during Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on the Sunday of Victorious Festival 2016.

Name:  Victorious Festival

Where:  Southsea Common, Portsmouth

When:  23rd-25th August

After all the Glastonbury commotion, anyone dying to escape to a muddy field for a big singalong can look no further than Victorious Festival. Following its incarnation in 2012, Victorious Festival is Portsmouth’s greatest asset since the 2008 FA Cup win. The largest metropolitan festival in the UK, the festival takes place on Southsea Common, with picturesque views of the Solent and Isle of Wight and a hugely impressive line-up.

Lineup:

This summer’s line-up is, once again, entirely unmissable. Contemporary indie innovators Two Door Cinema Club will headline the festival’s opening night, followed by a Saturday night revel with Rudimental, and what is surely going to be an iconic closing headline performance by the legendary New Order. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, as this year’s festival ticks the boxes for a weekend of singalongs and merrymaking. The stunning Southsea Common will also play host to ska kingpins The Specials, a special performance of ‘Silent Alarm’ from Bloc Party, chart-toppers Clean Bandit and James Bay, as well as up-and-coming acts including Lewis Capaldi, and Fatherson.

Former Glories:

Created originally in 2012, the festival has grown by leaps and bounds. With the first festival holding 35,000 attendees, and a humble line up including Dodgy as headliners, the line-ups have gotten proportionally better alongside the growing attendance numbers (over 120,000 in 2017!). Victorious Festival has a taste for recruiting legends for their seaside crusade; Ray Davies of The Kinks headlined in 2015, Madness in 2017, and pioneers The Prodigy in 2018. Notably also, smaller acts at Victorious have found good fortune; for example, DMA’s and Gengahr played a slot in 2016. Thus, it’s fair to say Victorious have earned their stripes, and have plenty more in their sights.

Also Look Out For:

The Beach! The festival takes place on Portsmouth’s scenic Southsea Common, providing easy access to the (unfortunately pebble) beach – so if the music gets too much, or you fancy a pre-/post-festival wander, the location is supreme. Also, Southsea is a very nifty area to have a wander around, particularly with its prized record store ‘Pie & Vinyl’ – who also have a stupendous food stall at the festival! In addition, Southsea also hosts a number of pubs down its infamous Albert Road. There’s also a host of family activities, arts and crafts, and comedy if you fancy a break from the music!

Everything Else:

Victorious Festival offers a weekend wristband for a fair £110. Day tickets are also available, not reaching above £45 per day for standard admission. Tickets can be booked through Kaboodle. Camping is available in nearby Farlington Fields, with shuttle buses going to the festival – alternatively, there are various options available on the festival website.

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