Get ready for Victorious!

Maximo Park
Maximo Park

REVIEW: Paul Weller, Brighton

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Festival-goers and families have been getting excited about Victorious Festival for months. Now Portsmouth’s biggest music event of the year is finally here and it looks set to be a big weekend,

For year two (last year it was known as Victorious Vintage), it’s bigger and better with a line-up that includes Level 42, Maximo Park, The Cribs, Charlotte Church, Janet Devlin and more than 100 other national acts and local favourites.

The Feeling, The Brand New Heavies, Katy B, Reef, Delphic and Mike Skinner are among the other big name bands, solo artists and DJs.

There will also be a huge array of local talent performing across the stages on both days, three of which are highlighted on this page.

A festival ticket will not only include all this music across five stages but also a boutique market, real ale and food festival (with a shanty stage), crafts, a fair, a children’s arena and entry to attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the festival is set.

Says Ben Miles, events co-ordinator at the Belle Isle bar and restaurant, one of the organisers: ‘We learned so much from last year’s event. We will be adding more headline acts, DJs, a silent disco, and plenty of indoor entertainment just in case the great British summer turns up to wash us out.’

The whole thing will have a maritime theme, while the acoustic arena will be carpeted with fake grass and scattered with deck chairs

It all takes place from 10am to midnight tomorrow and Sunday.

Tickets: £15 per day for over 16s, £5 for six to 15s and free for under-fives from or in person from the dockyard visitor centre, aspex gallery at Gunwharf Quays, The Belle Isle in Southsea or Chichester, or Little Johnny Russell’s, the Wedgewood Rooms, Hovertravel or Pie & Vinyl – all at Southsea.


Starboard Arena, Tomorrow

10.30am-11am Smiley Campbell Band

11.20am-11.50am Van Susans

12.10pm-12.40pm Creedence Clearwater Revival Revival

12.55pm-1.25pm Andy Muscat

1.45pm-2.15pm The Skalet Pimpernels

2.35pm-3.15pm Louis Barrabas And The Bedlam 6

3.45pm-4.30m Beatles For Sale

5pm-5.30pm Janet Devlin

6pm-6.30pm The Milk

7pm-7.45pm Brand New Heavies

8.15pm-9.15pm The Feeling

10pm-11pm Level 42

Starboard Arena, Sunday

10.30am-11am The Decaders

11.15am-11.45pm Southsea Alternative Choir

12pm-12.30pm The Silhouettes

12.45pm-1.15pm Selma & The Sound

1.30pm-2pm The Three Belles & The Bevin Boys

2.20pm-3.20pm The Fliks

3.50pm-4.35pm Bog Rolling Stones

5pm-5.30pm Bear Calvery

6pm-6.30pm Charlotte Church

7pm-7.45pm Reef

8.15pm-9.15pm Katy B

10pm-11pm Maximo Park

Little Johnny Russell’s arena, tomorrow

10.30am-11am Heir Of The Dog

11.15am- 11.45am The Unknown Soldiers

12pm- 12.30pm The Good Time Charlies

12.45pm- 1.15pm Plasticine

1.30pm-2pm The B Of The Bang

2.15pm-2.45pm Curxes

3pm-3.30pm Old Sarum

3.50pm-4.20pm Observing The Ghost

4.40pm-5.10pm Kill Kasper

5.30pm-6pm Kassassin Street

6.30pm-7pm Chapel Club

7.30pm-8pm Nine Black Alps

8.30pm-9pm Delphic

9.30pm-10.30pm Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

11pm-12am DJ Yoda

Little Johnny Russell’s Arena, Sunday

10.20am-10.45am Stefikie

11am-11.25am Columbia

11.40am-12.05pm The Doppler Shift

12.20pm-12.45pm Is Bliss

1pm-1.25pm Heir Of The Dog

1.40pm-2.10pm The Deads

2.40pm-3.10pm History Of Apple Pie

3.40pm-4.10pm Clayton Strange

4.30pm-5pm Kodiak Jack

5.30pm-6pm Blackfoot Circle

6.30pm-7pm Boxettes

7.30pm-8pm Joy Formidable

8.30pm-9pm Fenech-Soler

9.30pm-10.30pm The Cribs

11pm-12am Mike Skinner (Streets) DJ

n Plus: Acoustic, Bandstand and Real Ale Festival stages.

To find out more, see Plus there’s a round up of the family attractions on page nine of The Guide today and a full eight-page guide to the festival in The News tomorrow.