IT’S finally here!
The first day of the Victorious Festival has kicked off and thousands of music-lovers have already packed out Southsea Common.
The line-up for the two-day festival includes big names Tinie Tempah, who will be headlining the Castle Stage, in Castle Field, and The Flaming Lips headlining the Common Stage.
There is also a host of local live acts including Jerry Williams, Gilkicker and Southsea Alternative Choir.
Jim Lines, singer of the seven-piece band, said: ‘The atmosphere is wonderful and there’s a real sense of enthusisam and mild euphoria in the air.
‘And that euphoria is only going to increase as the day goes on.
‘It’s great for people to have such a big music festival right on their doorstep.’
Dan Bain, 24, from Copnor, said: ‘This is my first year and its been good so far. I’m looking forward to The Fratellis and Tinie Tempah most and I have been impressed with the line-up.
‘It’s exciting to see some great acts here in Portsmouth.’
His partner Hannah Bird added: ‘I came last year and loved it so I couldn’t wait to come down again. I’m down tomorrow, too, so its going to be a great weekend.’
Even though rain started falling midway through the day, scores of people were still queuing up to get tickets.