Last weekend in tradition English fashion the weather was shocking and it felt like all the summers rain fell in one weekend. The weekend played host to some of the final music festivals of the summer including Reading & Leeds and Victorious, the later of which I went to.
Year after year I yearned about going to Victorious, especially as a number of my friends went to university in Portsmouth and for a number of years I had somewhere to stay but I was too loyal to Reading. For the second year on the trot the Reading lineup just didn’t appeal to me in the same way it did as a teenager so me and Luke opted to head to Victorious for it’s final day as The Prodigy were headlining.
Sadly the weather was pretty pants for the whole weekend, although I am very thankful I dressed for the weather and opted for leggings, Dr Martens, layers and a raincoat otherwise I wouldn’t have been a happy bunny. I had wanted to grasp onto summer for just a little bit and wear a dress and sandals but it wasn’t meant to be, JD Williams had some great gold sandals which I took inspiraiton from.
Here are some of the things which impressed me about the festival.
With so many stages (18 in total) layout was something I was a little worried about, mainly how far it would be to walk from the main two stages but actually it was laid out so well right across the Southsea Common and along the seafront. As there was so much space at no point did it ever get too crowded or have a funnelling effect causing a tailback and we managed to walk freely between the stages despite the fact that there were thousands and thousands of people milling about.
The amount of stages
Following on from my point above the number of stages is such a positive thing as it means there’s something for everyone. Even if you’re not keen on the main acts you can wander the fields and find something be it on the acoustic, comedy or world stages. Some of the acts on the smaller stages might not be that well heard of but that’s one of the joys of festivals, discovering new acts.
In my mind Victorious is still quite a small festival when in actual fact it isn’t with thousands of festival goers decending on each of the three days. The Libertines took the headline slot on Friday night with Paul Weller taking the spot on Saturday, and then The Prodigy on Sunday evening which is the day that we went. For The Prodigy it was their UK festival exclusive making the night even more special.
How easy it is to get to
Victorious is hosted in such an easy location just a few miles off the motorway in Southsea, Portsmouth. I’d have expected a lot of additional traffic heading into the festival site but it didn’t take any longer to reach Southsea than it usually does for me to drive there. We prebooked a car parking pass which was only £10 for the day which is so considerable considering we spent double that when we went to Rize Festival. The carparking space was right next to the festival site so there was limited walking in the rain.
How on time everything was despite the rain
Usually rain at a festival means things end up running late or there’s delays but Victorious ran right on time throughout with no delays on any of the acts. This meant that despite the rain we still managed to catch all the acts at the right times.