Portsmouth’s annual extravaganza Victorious Festival returns to Southsea in the UK this August 23-25. The three-day festival regularly welcomes a wide range of local and international musical talent; as well as a variety of local food and craft vendors, entertainers and much more. Previous years have seen world-renowned headlining acts and performances from Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora, Years & Years, The Prodigy and many more.
This year’s lineup features a wide variety of local and international musical talent. Friday will be headlined by Northern Irish Indie Rock Band: Two Door Cinema Club. Also performing on Friday will be The Specials, Doves, The Zutons, Dodgy and a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Act; as well as many other artists and performers. Saturday will see Rudimental headline the main stage, alongside the likes of Bloc Party, James Bay, Ocean Colour Scene and The Hives. New Order and Clean Bandit will headline the final day of festivities, alongside Plan B, The Vaccines, Razorlight, Tom Grennan and many more.
Featuring 10 different stages and areas showcasing live music, the only problem will be deciding which stage to stop at! The festival features three main musical stages.
The Common Stage Arena can be noted as the main stage at the festival. Notorious for its high profile lineups each year and stellar productions to match, you can find all your headlining performances at this stage.
Adjacent to Southsea Castle, the Castle Stage Arena is not only an incredible musical arena but also acts as the perfect selfie opportunity! Make sure to check out this historical landmark and snap a photo with the ‘Victorious letters’ in the background!
Sponsored by Rhino AV, the Acoustic Stage Arena is a unique and intimate stage; where you can enjoy your favorite artists up close and personal in a chilled out atmosphere.
Other popular stages include the Seaside Stage Arena; a seaside location showcasing the best local and up and coming talent. Presented by Arms Around the Child, the World Music Village is also an annual hit; where a range of top performances and live world music artists will transport you across the globe!
The Victorious Kids Arena is a must-see for all families. Having been nominated for the best family festival four times, you can guarantee that the kids will have a blast! The Kids Arena can be described as its own mini-festival within Victorious Festival; with all activities inside the area being completely free!
Kids can join Peppa Pig and George in celebrating 15 years of muddy puddles; or sing, dance and have some fun with CBeebies star Mr. Bloom. Kids can have the chance to meet and greet their favorite fairy tale princesses or say hello to their favorite robot in disguise: Bumblebee of Transformers. For the kids with too much energy, the Lidl Mudder, sponsored by Lidl GB is the perfect activity. Kids can challenge themselves to the Lidl Mudder Obstacles, including a maze of bungies, a Mini Everest and much more.
Other activities include Bongo Workshops, Arts and Crafts, Circus Skills, Football Fun, face painting, Karaoke and more. For the older kids, Portsmouth College will also present an action area for those 10 and older; and of course, no Kids Arena would be complete without inflatables!
With so much on offer at Victorious Festival, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Fortunately, the event has got you covered with a wide variety of food stalls offering everything from local food trucks to international cuisine. There are also plenty of gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and healthy options available. Some of the vendors include Papa John’s Pizza, Teriyaki Shack, I love Ostrich, The Celtic Pie Coe., Vegan Vice, Burrito Boys and many more.
Portsmouth’s own Victorious Festival is also an award-winning event; having been nominated for multiple awards over the last three years. The most recent award sees Victorious Festival taking out the silver award for being accessible to deaf and disabled music fans! In previous years, the festival has also been nominated and awarded for many other titles such as the Best Major Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Metropolitan Festival and Commitment to Being Accessible.
With so many things to see and do, from live music to local cuisine, meet and greets and more; we’ve put together our top three recommendations of what to check out at Victorious Festival.
When in doubt, check out the skate park! Featuring mini wheeler kids sessions in the mornings and roller discos in the evenings, there’s always something happening at the skate park. You can also catch some BMX demos in the afternoon!
Created by the Portsmouth Music Academy, make sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for the official Piano Tree. Here, you can test your skills on the piano or check out regular performances from piano maestros, ukulele choirs and so much more!
Once you spot the giant ‘HAHA’ letters, you’ll find the Comedy Tent, powered by PM Promotions. The Comedy Tent features a wide variety of ‘fantastically funny comedians’ and is the perfect place to stop by any time of day if you’re looking for a laugh!
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