Southsea goes 'Bonkers' on day one of Victorious.
On my last visit to Southsea I was subjected to an invasion, albeit a mock invasion of the historic seafront by marines and commandos commemorating the events of D-Day in 1944. This time around, from the beach to the esplanade is gone, taken, invaded by hordes of bands, vans, music lovers, fairground attractions and people generally just having the time of their lives. Watch out Southsea, Victorious Festival likes your city and it’s taking it.
Folk and Tumble arrive mid-afternoon, a little later than planned. Rushed, flushed and overawed at the sheer scale of everything we manage to locate the main stage by following the Scouse schtick of The Counterfeit Beatles. They’re the type of band that suits early afternoons at a festival but having heard the Lennon and Macca patter many times before it was time to set off in search of adventures new. Victorious isn’t just just about the music. In the first half an hour we’ve found a ferris wheel, a Real Ale Festival, some cool urban art and a Lindy Hop Workshop that’s just way too much energetic fun for this time of the day.
Well organised, mostly well laid out apart from the lengthy one-way hike around to the Seaside Stage and with bars and toilets aplenty, Victorious is a festival run by people who know the score. A music festival run by fans for fans and it’s clear there’s a healthy love of all things 90s and Britpop amongst the running committee with appearances from Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven, Menswear and the front men of I Am Kloot and The Bluetones.
As the 90s crossed to the new millennium, John Cusack was making mixtapes and listing all time top fives in the movie adaptation of Nick Hornby’s ‘High Fidelity’ and so with no further awkward segues here’s the Folk and Tumble top five moments from day one.