Featured Review: Victorious 2022
As summer comes to an end, we approached the August Bank Holiday, where once again Victorious Festival took to the field of Southsea Common and showcased some huge headliners and amazing local talent.
The likes of Stereophonics, Sam Fender, and Paolo Nutini were headlining for the crowd of 65,000 over the 3-day festival and paired with good food, drinks and company, Victorious was guaranteed to be another good one.
A variety of music, stalls, arts & crafts with Portsmouth Creates, games and comedy could be found, proving it is a great festival for all the family and there was a huge focus on the multitude of talent the local area has to offer. Portsmouth based band, Supersonics, were on the Comedy Stage on Sunday evening giving total justice to Oasis as a tribute act and Slick Minded Individuals, a jazz/funk inspired Hip Hop band, and Victorious regular, took to The People’s Lounge on Saturday night and as per, failed to disappoint with their eclectic plethora of tracks and covers; that kept the crowd wanting more.
Towards Street Food Way and through the World Music area, we were spoilt for choice when it came to grabbing some food to refuel with local favourites such as Natty’s, Need Street Food and Fries Love, as well as other familiar names such as 7Bone and Papa John’s and independent traders that had all the gyros, pad thai and desserts you could want – a real range of flavours.
Compared to previous years, the toilet situation seemed to have improved with more points around the festivals and somewhat smaller queues. There was a team spotted going into the portaloos to clean them and re-stock with toilet roll. There were little complaints about the sound systems and were good throughout, particularly in the Champagne Bar where the reverberation made the tunes of The Feelgood & Chris echo through Southsea Castle.
Victorious is always a good way to round off the Summer and 2022 was no different, this year we had the sunshine on our side as well as great vibes. We’re already looking forward to 2023, where the festival have announced it will be even bigger across the three days.