The second year for Portsmouth's Victorious Festival saw it move location (from the historic dockyard to Southsea Common) and double in capacity to 40,000 people a day. Despite the changes it was one of the best organised festivals, in one of the nicest settings, that I've ever been to. There were one or two issues with the queues for the bars and food stalls, but overall there was a great atmosphere and plenty of space, and on top of that there was free access to the Aquarium and the D-Day Museum as they were inside the boundaries of the festival site. At an early-bird price of £15 per ticket per day it was definitely the best value festival I've been to this year!
|A view of the Victorious Festival site on Sunday morning|
|Eloise Keating on the Acoustic Stage|
|Public Service Broadcasting on the Seaside Stage 23/8/14|
On Sunday there was time to explore the festival site a bit more, including a trip to the Pie & Vinyl stall (for vinyl, not pies) and the Aquarium before a chance to see Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip for their penultimate gig. It was a powerful performance that saw Pip in the crowd half way through the first song, followed by a blast through their hits which, to steal a phrase from Public Service Broadcasting, educated and entertained in equal measure.
|Scroobius Pip telling us to 'Get Better' on the Seaside Stage 24/8/14|
|British Sea Power on the Seaside Stage 24/8/14|
|Slow Club, Victorious festival 24/8/14|