Victorious Festival: Thousands pack out Common as spectacle gets going

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The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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IT’S finally here!

The first day of the Victorious Festival has kicked off and thousands of music-lovers have already packed out Southsea Common.

The line-up for the two-day festival includes big names Tinie Tempah, who will be headlining the Castle Stage, in Castle Field, and The Flaming Lips headlining the Common Stage.

There is also a host of local live acts including Jerry Williams, Gilkicker and Southsea Alternative Choir.

Jim Lines, singer of the seven-piece band, said: ‘The atmosphere is wonderful and there’s a real sense of enthusisam and mild euphoria in the air.

‘And that euphoria is only going to increase as the day goes on.

‘It’s great for people to have such a big music festival right on their doorstep.’

Dan Bain, 24, from Copnor, said: ‘This is my first year and its been good so far. I’m looking forward to The Fratellis and Tinie Tempah most and I have been impressed with the line-up.

‘It’s exciting to see some great acts here in Portsmouth.’

His partner Hannah Bird added: ‘I came last year and loved it so I couldn’t wait to come down again. I’m down tomorrow, too, so its going to be a great weekend.’

Even though rain started falling midway through the day, scores of people were still queuing up to get tickets.