Opening the Victorious Vintage Festival

Beth Oliver lead singer with Beth Oliver Band, pictured at Pie and Vinyl, Southsea

Beth Oliver lead singer with Beth Oliver Band, pictured at Pie and Vinyl, Southsea

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Twenty-four-year-old singer and silver service steward Beth Oliver from Fratton is opening the free Victorious Vintage Festival in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this weekend with her band the Beth Oliver band

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

It has to be Alton Towers. Not only do you get to go on rides all day, but your hotel is a water park!

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Michael Buble. He can sing, dance and he’s very handsome.

What music would you take with you?

Hunky Dory by David Bowie. I love that album. Paloma Faith. She’s a great artist. And an album I have called The Best of the Sixties. It has all the classics... Mrs Robinson, Hippy Hippy Shake, Nights in White Satin... just to name a few.

What about something to read?

I have just recently found I love to read James Herbert’s books. He writes horror books. They are really scary and one has even given me nightmares!

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

I chill out by listening to music, reading books and watching films. To be honest, I don’t get much time to relax, what with working full time and being in the band. But that’s the way I like it.

If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

If I didn’t have to worry about money, I would go straight to Christian Louboutin. Ever since I was a young girl I have always wanted to own a pair of his shoes.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

Dirty Dancing. I must have seen it 100 times now, but I still love it. I know all the words and dance moves, though I don’t do them quite so well as Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

I really like the cocktail Woo Woo (vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice).

What are you doing this weekend?

Today, the band is opening Victorious Vintage’s main stage at midday, then playing the acoustic stage at 4pm. Tomorrow, we will be on at Buskers Corner at 4pm. I shall enjoy the rest of the line-up and check out all the stalls too.

I am so proud that the band and I have come this far. Opening the festival will be the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to.

What’s a favourite local

destination for a weekend day out?

I grew up in Lee-on-the-Solent and love spending the day there, chilling with a hot chocolate, right on the sea.

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