Seasick Steve and Slow Club wrap up our first Victorious Festival.
The second day of a festival is usually a bit of a struggle early on. Victorious Festival is a little more cosmopolitan in the centre of Southsea and with not a tent in site, we’ve mostly all had a decent night’s sleep and ready to tackle another few hours round the stages and stalls.
There’s a bit of a girl thing going on round the coast today with young guitar-wielding ladies kicking round the smaller stages with great vocals, sass, charm, some great songwriting of their own and covers ranging from the sublime to the thoroughly ridiculous. As much as we could watch and listen to Just Millie, Megan Linford, Jerry Williams and Kayleigh Middleton all day, there’s stacks left to discover around Victorious and a second top five to compile. Ready? Let’s go.
Having caught The Cadbury Sisters in a small tent at Blissfields earlier in the summer, we’re keen to see how they make the transition to main stage at Victorious. Elegant in black, although worryingly like the villains of ‘Superman II’, they command the early afternoon crowd’s attention. There are a few talkers and shouters out there but for the most part we’re all enthralled by the three part harmonies and beautifully crafted songs.
The Seaside Stage
There’s an old song proclaiming how we do like to be beside the seaside and it’s never rang truer than today. It’s a good trek around to the Seaside Stage which hugs the very edge of England and gazes out over The Channel and so with stunning views and great tunes we decide to set up here for the early evening. Lewis Watson is belting out folk-pop for the kids, Ocean Colour Scene bring that bank holiday vibe Britpop for the dads as we all join in with every chorus. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip spit witty rhetoric and razor sharp poetry over some huge beats and British Sea Power, well, they’re British Sea Power. Branches are waved in time to the gloriously anthemic indie tunes. Lights are still well and truly on for the darker skies.