Name: Victorious Festival
Where: Southsea Seafront
When: 29th – 30th August
Headliners: The Flaming Lips and Ray Davies
Also Featuring: Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, Peter Hook & The Light, Basement Jaxx, Ella Eyre, Laura Mvula, We Are Scientists, The Darkness…
A Brief History: Victorious Vintage Festival took place in 2012 – a free two-day event tying in with the Jubilee, headlined by The Lightning Seeds. With 35, 000 people turning up to the docks, the festival returned in 2013 with a tiny fee (starting from £15), a new date (August bank holiday weekend) and headliners Maximo Park. Last year the festival went up another gear, with Dizzee Rascal headlining. Co-organiser Andy Marsh has stated a desire for Victorious to become major festival with a long future: “‘We want to be a permanent fixture on the festival circuit and right up there with Reading and Leeds and all the other big ones. It would be nice to get on that circuit and for Portsmouth to be known as the place to come.”
How To Get There: Cycle. There’s space for 1200 bikes on the site, with free repairs from a Bike Doctor (provided by Motiv8 and Bicycle Recycling) between 12 noon and 8.00pm. D-locks will be available to buy for a reduced rate too.
Gigslutz Top Tip: Book your accommodation this second! There’s no on site camping and with just weeks to go the locals B&Bs will be getting booked up. Try laterooms.com
Memorable Moments: Fenech-Soler plugged in and played during 2013, electrifying the festival with new tracks from their sophomore collection, Rituals, released the following month.
Did You Know? Historian’s rejoice. For those who like their oldies older than Ray Davies and their stages grander than what The Flaming Lips is bound to be, tickets for the family friendly festival also allow access to the historical dockyards. As well as the HMS Victory, The Mary Rose – Henry VIII’s Tudor flagship which sank in 1545 just off the Portsmouth coast and was raised from the ocean floor 400 years later – can be viewed.
How To Get Tickets: While the early bird tickets have gone (for the ridiculously good price of £19.44) there are still standard tickets for £30 per day, which is nothing short of a bargain.