Victorious Festival: Revellers party into the night

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There’s a real buzz surrounding the huge crowds at Victorious Festival as the evening’s headliners begin.

Rapper Wretch 32 drew in large crowds of youngsters with recent hits, while funk-rock band the Levellers wowed with their classic hits such as Beautiful Day.

Victorious Festival. Picture: Will Rooney

Victorious Festival. Picture: Will Rooney

Still to come tonight is Travis and The Coral on the Common Stage. Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers will end the night on the high.

BBC Radio One DJ Annie Mac will close the night on the Castle Stage, which will also see performances from Editors and The Horrors.

Thousands have already been wowed by top musical acts and performances throughout the day.

The Boomtown Rats drew in large crowds, with Sir Bob Geldof declaring the Portsmouth crowds ‘victorious at victorious.’

Crowds arriving at Victorious Festival 2016 Picture: Will Rooney

Crowds arriving at Victorious Festival 2016 Picture: Will Rooney

Local bands such as Southsea Alternative Choir and Underground Pilots drew in new admirers as they showcased the talent much closer to home had on offer.

Gosport councillor and Wickham Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn said: ‘I really enjoyed the Levellers, they were great.

‘Everything’s really well organised. They should be proud.’

Britney Danielle, 17, said: ‘I was really excited to see Wretch 32 perform.

The crowd at last year's Victorious Festival

The crowd at last year's Victorious Festival

‘He was really good and really got the crowd going.’

Earlier, avid music fans started flocked to Southsea Common in the afternon for the first day of Victorious Festival.

Sandy Lynn, Louise Fairweather, Pippa Watson and Paul Winstone travelled from Bournemouth.

Pippa said: ‘We’re all picking an artists each to go and see to make it fair.

‘I’m really looking forward to seeing Travis.

Jane Seymour, from Basingstoke, said: ‘I’m looking forward to a day of beer, champagne and music.

‘I’m excited to see the Manics but there’s a lot of tribute bands on, including Fleetwood Mac, which are always fun.’

For the full line-up for Saturday with times click here.

Find out why people in Portsmouth like the festival here.