Of all of the festivals that I’ve been to over the years, I can’t deny that Victorious Festival will always have a special place in my heart. Whilst so many festivals end up taking over a dull expanse of grass in the middle of nowhere, Victorious takes place on Southsea Seafront, with stages adjacent to Southsea Castle, a champagne bar in the castle itself and a Seaside Stage with views over the Solent. Frankly, I don’t think you could find a more picturesque spot to listen to live music.
And talking of live music, I think this year’s line-up is their best yet…
In particular I’m super excited to see Two Door Cinema Club, James Bay, Ocean Colour Scene, All Saints (what a blast from the past!), Lewis Capaldi, Tom Grennan and Idlewild. I think it’s a line-up worthy of a huge festival so I can’t believe you can get day tickets for £35 – you’d pay that just to see one of the acts alone – I know a lot of people are excited about seeing New Order! A ticket for the entire weekend is £110 (Reading Festival is £220 including the booking fee. Just saying).
I didn’t manage to go last year but I went the year before and it was amazing. It has such a great vibe to it – there was loads of great food, the market was really good, and there are so many things to see and do. Last year it was awarded the ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards as there is a huge kids arena (essentially a mini-festival for kids!) with a kids stage, music and arts and crafts.
Festivals so often seem to be faceless, money-making corporations but I want to add here that I’ve met the people who run Victorious and they are lovely and a total breath of fresh air. Victorious actually work with several charities through their foundation, and have given over £182,000 to local charities (the charities are selected by the closest residents to the festival site). They really care about giving back to the community.
All in all I just think it’s a totally wonderful festival – I’ll be going this year and you should too! Tickets are available on their website.