Name: Victorious Festival
Where: Southsea Common, Portsmouth
When: 24th-26th August
After its first 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 also another huge pull factor, alongside their incredibly impressive line-up.
2018 is undeniably Victorious’ greatest assembly to date. The festival’s headliners are iconic; with The Libertines, Paul Weller, and The Prodigy taking the closing slots over the weekend accordingly. What’s more, is that the weekend features even more icons during the day; ex-Beach Boy Brian Wilson most notably, alongside Kaiser Chiefs, Happy Mondays, Everything Everything, Billy Bragg, Paloma Faith and The Cribs – and we’ve not even spoken about Sunday yet! This year’s line-up is brutally impressive; hosting incredibly popular acts like The Prodigy, Example, Years & Years, and up-and-coming acts like The Amazons, Gengahr, and The Orielles on the Sunday, every day is star-studded.
— Victorious Festival (@VictoriousFest) March 22, 2018
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 for excellence; Ray Davies of The Kinks headlined in 2015, Johnny Marr appeared in 2015, and Stereophonics headlined in 2017. Notably also, smaller acts at Victorious have found good fortune; for example, DMA’s 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 prize record store ‘Pie & Vinyl’, and variety of pubs to catch five in.
Victorious Festival does not offer a weekend wristband, requiring you to purchase day tickets. Depending on your musical tastes, this can be a blessing or a curse; however, tickets do not reach above £50 per day for standard admission. Camping is available in nearby Farlington Fields, with shuttle buses going to the festival – alternatively, there are various options available on the festival website.