Review: Victorious Festival (Sunday) at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

SMOOTH Level 42 bass player Mark King headlining on Saturday night. Pictures: Paul and Cameron Windsor
SMOOTH Level 42 bass player Mark King headlining on Saturday night. Pictures: Paul and Cameron Windsor
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The sun’s out and the Victory is looming over the Starboard Arena.

Selma and the Sound perform upbeat pop songs. Meanwhile, in the darkened depths of the Little Johnny Russells stage Is Bliss plays doom-laden psychadelia.

The variety at Victorious is its main attraction.

A two-minute walk separates The History Of Apple Pie with their My Bloody Valentine style lashings of feeding back guitars and The Bog Rolling Stones. A further minute would see you approaching the acoustic arena sitting pretty next to the real ale festival.

Back to the main stage and Bear Cavalry are playing perhaps the most enjoyable set of the day.

Relying on intertwining guitar riffs and good stage banter, they don’t fail to lift the crowd in preparation for Charlotte Church.

The Welsh songstress belts out with amazing voice. Possibly a bit overwrought, possibly not.

Reef seemingly pulled in the biggest crowd. With tambourine in hand and arms-a-flailing, frontman Garry Stringer knows how to work the crowd.

They swagger through some hard-hitting songs, mostly taken from 1997 album Glow.

It’s left to Maximo Park to bring it home which they do with ease and aplomb. And hits like Apply Some Pressure.

And singer Paul Smith’s ‘Elvis martial art kicks’. His words.