Wow! As everybody wakes up the morning after the night before, we can all agree that the organisers of the Victorious Festival have raised the bar this year.
With 120,000 people flocking to Southsea Common to watch big-name artists such as Noel Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson perform over the weekend, this was certainly an event to remember.
From its beginnings in the dockyard, Victorious has grown and grown and has now found the perfect setting on the seafront.
City council leader Donna Jones is absolutely right when she says: ‘The location is one of the most beautiful in the world for a music festival, looking out on to the Solent. It is not just for music-lovers, but families can come down and have a great time.’
That’s what makes Victorious special. It caters for all ages and all tastes and has become an important part of the city’s cultural scene as well as a festival that attracts people from around the country and abroad.
Then there is the showcasing of local talent, allowing performers the chance to play on a big stage along with the household names. Who knows, it might inspire them to one day be a headline act themselves.
It’s a great opportunity for people such as 21-year-old Jonno Harris from Portsmouth, who performed at the festival with his band Eyes To The Skies.
Organiser James Ralls has got his eye on making Victorious Portsmouth’s very own Glastonbury and we certainly wouldn’t bet against him.
With record crowds and world-famous performers. he and his team deserve our congratulations and thanks for staging such an enjoyable and well-run event.
James reckons that Victorious can keep on growing and, buoyed by the success of this year’s festival, he talks about wanting to increase next year’s capacity.
That requires agreement being reached with the police and the council. But the common is a big area and, if the Victorious team can shift the extra tickets, why not let it get bigger?