While The Prodigy headlining at Victorious Festival last year was a particularly special performance that was going to be hard to beat – especially after the tragic death of Keith Flint earlier this year – I have to admit, Bloc Party absolutely smashed their Castle Stage performance this year.
While it was definitely ‘one off the list’ for me, the energy and quality of their show was nothing to be sniffed at even by casual spectators.
Also let’s not forget The Hives who played before them as they performed their new single Good Samaritan, and a wealth of bangers from their back catalogue which demonstrated the Swedish rockers have still got it.
It was a fantastic year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings!
Tomorrow night on the drum and bass front, Ransaked return from Bristol to The Rifle Club in Fratton.
With promises of plenty of hard hitting neurofunk and rolling drum breaks, the line-up will see resident DJs Zork, Havok, Re:Edit, Mr Longhandz, Raggo and Nooch alongside special guest Audiomisson.
Host MCs will also be Matey Boy and Skinny Talls. It takes place from 9pm until 12.30am and entry is free before 10pm, £5 after. Expect to hear plenty of fresh beats from the label with more details at facebook.com.
On Saturday, The Overboard Alternative residency at The Fleet, King Henry I Street, will once more be taken on by me from 9pm until 2am; entry will be free and the music will be a ship-shape selection of pop punk, rock, metal and synthwave! I try and play as many requests as I can too, so be sure to swing by if your music taste leans more towards huge guitar riffs and big, bad synth hooks. More details at facebook.com/fleetbar
Over at The Astoria on Monday, Portsmouth’s leading alternative club night, Delight will take place with DJs Will ChuMp, Sam Hatty and Alex D on the decks with plenty of rock, pop punk and metal bangers from 10pm until 2am. Entry is £4 with more at facebook.com.