Monday, 26 August 2013

Victorious Festival, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Sunday, August 25 2013

Over the Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday up to 50,000 people ventured to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth to indulge in food, drink and great music.

For £15 a ticket a day it was well worth the money and me and my boyfriend went to the Sunday where music acts included Charlotte Church, Maximo Park, Reef and The Cribs.

Included in the ticket price was a real ale festival, boutique market, kids area and you could also go to all the dockyard attractions. So we had a look around the HMS Warrior and the brand new Mary Rose museum which I personally thought was really good. I have never seen the Mary Rose and all the artifacts they found on the boat it was really interesting and amazing that it all lasted so long under the water.

There were a number of stages - acoustic, main stage, Little Johnny Russell's, real ale and bandstand.

We stayed mainly in the Little Johnny Russell's stage - where we saw The Joy Formidable, The Cribs and a DJ set by The Streets' Mike Skinner, which was excellent. We were a little disappointed though that we weren't treated to any 'Dry your eyes mate'.

There was so much on the day we got there at 11am and left about midnight. 

The Cribs were very rocky and got the tent bouncing it is a shame though as quite a few people seemed to leave to watch Maximo Park who were on the main stage at the same time.

The Joy Formidable were excellent also. I had never seen them before but really want to see them again, they only played for half an hour but I'm sure if they go on tour again I will check them out.

We caught a bit of Katy B - who has an great singing voice, Bog Rolling Stones, Fenech-Soler and loads more.

The real ale was a hit but sold out quickly. The food was also fantastic we opted for Camp Cooks, who had drag queens serving and the food was delicious. My boyfriend tried the jambalaya with chicken and smoked sausage, it was a big portion and was very spicy. I had the Hill Billy burger with tomato, lettuce, homemade slaw and cheese a mammoth burger but really yummy.

Another fantastic thing there was the silent disco, a strange concept everyone wears headphones, and there are two DJs and you pick which channel you want to listen to. It was great as when you put your headphones down you could hear the room singing out loud to one of the channels. It was strange but equally brilliant and I managed to convert my boyfriend who was a little unsure but loved it by the end. The first time we went in was a lot better as there was Nirvana and other indie bands but the second time was more of a rave.

Overall the day was amazing and I really hope they do it again. There was probably so much more but to be honest I had such a great time it is hard to remember.

Katy B on the main stage

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