Victorious Festival reaches Dizzee heights

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It was a glorious sunny day filled with live music, laughter, food and drinking.

This year’s Victorious Festival kicked off on Saturday with more than 35,000 people flocking to Southsea to soak up the sun and the fun atmosphere.

Dizzee Rascal on the main stage''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142476-331)

Dizzee Rascal on the main stage''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142476-331)

Families, teenagers and music-lovers rocked up to see headline acts Dizzee Rascal, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scouting for Girls and Razorlight.

Dizzee Rascal, known for hits such as Bonkers, Holiday and Dance Wiv Me, was a massive hit with the crowd and had people singing along to every song.

Razorlight were also a crowd favourite when they performed on the Castle Stage on Saturday night.

But big crowds also gathered to see the range of local artists who took to the stage including Kill Kasper, Underground Pilots and Kassassin Street.

And the line-up was a highlight for many of the visitors to the two-day festival.

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Friends Elaine Skinner, 21, and Samantha Gray, 22, enjoyed watching local band Kill Kasper at the Seaside Stage.

They were sat soaking up the sun with some Pimms.

Elaine, from Hertfordshire but who attends the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘The festival was really good.

‘We were looking forward to seeing Razorlight and Scouting For Girls mostly and they were fantastic.

‘It was great to be able to see such good acts at a festival like this.’

But Elaine and Samantha also enjoyed looking around the stalls and seeing the different events on offer.

Samantha, from Gosport, added: ‘I was really impressed at how much there was to do.

‘It was nice that the festival was family-friendly but was also suitable for younger people like teenagers who want to go to festivals but can’t travel far.’

Lots of families also wandered down to the festival to see the different entertainment and the variety of music.

Mum-of-two Tanya Rowan was with her children Isobel, five, and Nathan, 10.

The Havant family had been to both the Castle Stage and the Seaside Stage to see the different bands.

Tanya said: ‘The festival was fantastic.

‘We enjoyed relaxing in the sun watching the bands on the two main stages as well as the smaller stages too.

‘But then we went to the kids arena in the afternoon which Nathan and Isobel loved.

‘I think having a festival of this scale so close to home is fantastic.

‘I like the fact that there is lots to do for families.’

Isobel added: ‘It was lots of fun. I enjoyed all the things we did.’

As well as all the family activities, there was also lots to do for groups of adults.

Many visited the real ale tent and the cocktail tent before hitting the stage areas.

Adrian Sellers, from Cornwall, was camping on the Isle of Wight before heading to Southsea on the hovercraft.

He and several friends stayed at the festival for both days.

Adrian, 44, said: ‘We really enjoyed the first day so decided to stay for a second.

‘I mostly enjoyed Sub Focus on the Saturday. They were great.’

His friend, Andrew Piggot, from Bognor Regis agreed.

The 45-year-old said: ‘The music was great.

‘It was definitely the highlight of the weekend for me and the variety really was great.’

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