Victorious Festival: Hen party join in the fun

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EXCITED festival-goers flocked to watch top acts perform over the weekend.

Fay Martin had even travelled from Nuneaton with a group of seven pals – for her hen do.

The 33-year-old decided to see out her single life at Victorious Festival – dressed in traditional hen party garb with a sash and drink in hand.

She said: ‘It’s amazing, we were here on Saturday too and I loved it.

‘I’m very much happy to be celebrating it here.’

Fay was with her eight-strong group at the Acoustic Stage yesterday listening to The Portraits.

Friend Jessica Barber, 31, from Market Harborough, added: ‘It’s awesome, totally amazing – it’s cool.

‘I went to the O2 in March and this is better, this is my first festival like this.’

And the festival lived up to expectation with plenty on offer for adults and youngsters at the Kids Arena.

Kelly Griffin, from Tyseley Road, Somers Town, was with her son Michael Rickwood, four.

Kelly, 36, said: ‘We had been looking forward to this and he’s absolutely loving it – that’s what brought us down.

‘We’re just taking it in and trying to look at most of it.’

Michael, who said he liked CBeebies’ Mr Bloom who performed at the kids stage, added: ‘I’m loving it.’

Kelly’s friend Rebekah Gill, 48, from Eastney, added: ‘It’s safe for the kids, they can run around.

‘It’s good for Portsmouth, it’s good having a festival you can walk to.

‘You can go to the Sealife Centre and they’ve donated to the D-Day Museum, it’s so good.’

Eddy Kemp, 67, from Chichester, was with a group of friends on Sunday including Jesse Harden, 31, from Worthing.

Jesse said a highlight for her was Rhythm of the 90s at the Seafront stage.

She said: ‘It’s brilliant, the layout of it is just brilliant and it’s really busy but it doesn’t feel cramped.

‘I’ve been to see Rhythm of the 90s and that was absolutely superb right on the Solent looking out over at the Isle of Wight.’

Eddy, who was with his wife Chris Kemp, 59, enjoyed Texas, added: ‘They were excellent – she brought the crowd up, it was really good.

‘The Flamings Lips on Saturday were something different.’