Thousands enjoy Victorious Festival day two as they look ahead to tonight’s headline acts

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DAY two of Victorious Festival in Southsea has greeted locals, families and those who travelled from afar with sunshine.  

Audiences have just finished enjoying a performance by Sleeper, fronted by Louise Wener, who has made a welcome return to the Britpop scene.

Audiences watching Sleeper at the Common Stage

Audiences watching Sleeper at the Common Stage

The band are due to release their first album in years, later this year, but have been going down a storm since returning to live action recently – and the crowd here were certainly not disappointed.

Duncan Watt, 37, from Cowplain, is at the festival with about 20 of his friends. He visits every year and said he wants to see living legend Brian Wilson on the Common Stage tonight – the musical genius behind The Beach Boys.

Sporting a glitter beard, he said: ‘You’ve got to love The Beach Boys – my favourite song is God Only Knows. 

‘I want to see Brian Wilson and then for the rest of the day, I’ll be dancing.

They weren't disappointed with Sleeper's performance

They weren't disappointed with Sleeper's performance

‘We come every year just to drink and dance and have a good time.

‘I decided not to come this year on the Friday because last year bar queues were bad, but hopefully today will be good.

‘I’m glad the sun is out.’

With drinks in their hands and smiles on their faces, festival-goers can be heard deciding who they are going to watch tonight.

Brian and Clare Shann from Gosport

Brian and Clare Shann from Gosport

Brian and Clare Shann, from Gosport, are at the festival after Brian won full-weekend tickets to the event via Heart radio.

Brian, 38, is looking forward to seeing singer-songwriter Paloma Faith on the Castle Stage with his wife. He said: ‘She is who I’m here to see today.

‘We’ve just been with our children on the rides and done all the family stuff in the kids area which has been really, really good. 

‘They had lots to offer like Nerf Guns, archery, there’s a wall to climb there, it definitely kept the kids entertained and it’s free as well.’

Clare, 43, said: ‘We were going to just come tomorrow to see Prodigy, because we actually met at the Isle of Wight Festival and got together during Prodigy’s set 12 years ago, but we came today too.

‘I feel like I should be watching Paul Weller later but I like Paloma too.’ 

Laura Taylor-Stokes is working behind the counter of Four Fillies food van in the VIP section of the festival, near to the main stage.

She said the weather has been great so far and added: ‘This area is great for just hanging out and chilling out and even kids.

‘We’ve had lots of customers and people seem to appreciate this area.

‘The chill-out tent in the middle with hammocks has been very popular all day. It’s been lovely.’