Where: Southsea Front, Portsmouth
Headliners: Manic Street Preachers and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Also Featuring: The Horrors, Editors, The Coral, Public Service Broadcasting, Ash, Echo & The Bunnymen, Rat Boy,
A Brief History: Situated on Portsmouth’s glorious seafront, Victorious Festival combines a summer’s day by the sea and some fantastic live acts. There will be at least ten stages, a range of markets, bars real ale and, of course, seaside attractions. Victorious Festival also celebrates Portsmouth’s history with a Southsea Castle and a D-day Museum.
How To Get There: The festival takes place right on the seafront and Portsmouth has good rail links with many major UK cities. The closest train stations are Fratton, Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour – all about a 25 minute walk away. For those on a tighter budget, Victorious Festival has announced a partnership with National Express which offers festival goers £25 return coach tickets from 20 locations.
Gigslutz’ Top Tip: Whether you are wearing leopard print and a feather boa or a parka and gazelles, we’d recommend seeing what the Portsmouth scene has on offer. The Casemates Seaside Stage is run by Nick Courtney, a local promoter, and promises to offer the best of Portsmouth’s up-and-coming artists. The stage will also be flanked by boutique markets and pop-up bars, so be sure to check out the trinkets, local ales and (we hope) gins.
Memorable Moments: With a line that includes the Manic Street Preachers, Noel Gallagher, Editors and The Horrors, not to mention Echo & The Bunnymen, you won’t find better value than £70 (plus booking fees). Local newspaper reports suggest the festival plans on expanding in the coming years, so why not get down there before the hoards.
Tickets: There are just a handful of tickets left for both days. Tickets must be bought for each day and are available here.