Victorious Festival: 2015 hailed as best yet

  • Local acts mingle with superstars at city festival
  • Crowds surge from stage to stage to watch the highlights
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From start to finish Victorious lived up to its grand name as thousands of people poured in through the gates of the festival.

Top international acts pulled the crowds across from stage to stage to catch the best tunes.

But lower profile and local bands won audiences beyond their normal reach as the eight stages showcased their offers.

Highlights yesterday included a packed crowd for seven-piece Texas on the Common Stage, while Portsmouth band Kassassin Street won new admirers from the Seaside Stage.

This year’s event was wrapped up by dance act Basement Jaxx. While some were left disappointed by the sound quality of their performance, Ray Davies was ready with some of The Kinks’ greatest hits over on the Common Stage.

He belted out classics such as All Day And All Of The Night and Waterloo Sunset, which would have melted the hardest of hearts.

Basement Jaxx perform on Sunday night at Victorious Festival Picture: Jason Kay

Basement Jaxx perform on Sunday night at Victorious Festival Picture: Jason Kay

The rain held off until the very end and as the crowds cleared off site, the heavens opened and the Common was left empty, deserted and waiting for Colas.

‘I’ve seen Kassassin Street – I’ve been watching them for a little while,’ he said.

‘I came here last year – it’s bigger this year and it’s expanded this year.

‘I saw the Sunshine Underground, too, I’ve never heard of them before but they were really good.’

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

Singer Jim Lines

The Darkness pleased the crowd with I Believe In A Thing Called Love after playing some of their newer pieces.

Earlier, thousands of people headed toward We Are Scientists on the Castle Stage while dark clouds hung overhead.

But thankfully rain held off for most of Sunday evening – unlike on Saturday when in British festival style it didn’t just rain but it poured.

Saturday evening was taken over by The Magic Numbers, Flaming Lips, Primal Scream and The Fratellis.

Artists yesterday who drew in the crowds included Ella Eyre, Texas, the Super Furry Animals and former guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny Marr.