Victorious Festival was so much fun. It was just so easy, and sunny, and chilled. And, as I may have mentioned quite a few times before, I live right by the festival grounds, less than a ten-minute walk from the entrance in fact.

I got half of the Glastonbury 2017 crew down – as in travel bloggers Karen and Paul from Global Help Swap – Emily Luxton, and a few of my non-blogger bezzies from London to join me for my first time at Victorious.

What to Expect from Victorious Festival

I absolutely loved my weekend at Victorious. Loved it. I’d been looking forward to it since I moved to Southsea and the fact my friends came down from London to see Southsea, and that they loved it too made me very happy. The weather averaged about 25C all weekend, which obviously helped in making it fun, and showing off Southsea at its best.

What’s on at Victorious?

There are so many stages at Victorious – ten – but with my knowledge of music that’s not in the charts at an all time low I didn’t really know any of the bands. We ended up sticking at the main stage and watching Stereophonics, Elbow and Franz Ferdinand over the weekend. Yeah, pretty poor effort – really don’t know where the time went.

Review of Victorious Festival

Highlight for me for the weekend though had to be the Rhythm of the 90s party. They were playing 90s dance tunes – think Faithless, Robyn, Haddaway and Inner City – and we were just jumping around and going crazy, loving life, like everyone else in the crowd.

5 best things about Victorious Festival

1. It’s next to the beach – we spent Sunday morning chilling on the beach with a bottle of Prosecco.

2. It’s in a town, my town – I’ve got a new interest in festivals where you get a proper bed.

3. It’s small – by this I mean you can get near the front of the stage, without being squashed Glasto style.

4. It’s much more than just a music festival, with food and activities too.

5. It’s great value – Victorious tickets for 2018 are currently on sale for £27.50 a day, and only £8 for under 15s!

Sleeping at Victorious

Review of Victorious Festival

There was camping available although I don’t actually even know where it was. There are loads of hotels and guest houses in Southsea, which I’m sure were all hiking their prices in entrepreneurial / greedy joy. You can stay at the Best Western, Ibis, Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, or look up any of the hotels in Southsea.

You can also stay nearby in Gosport, Hayling Island or Havant, and just get an Uber in. Or get the train – it’s about a 25-minute walk down to the festival from either Fratton or Portsmouth and Southsea station.

Toilets at Victorious 

Have to say, the toilets were dreamy. Fragrant even.

The queueing system

The only thing, only thing, I didn’t like about Victorious was the ridiculous queuing system. They’d installed snakeing barriers so you had to queue round rather than behind, it was stupid. Queuers would lose time in being told they could go and it felt like you were at an airport rather than a festival. See those barriers on the right below, that’s what I’m talking about.

Queueing at Victorious Festival

I asked one of the security guys on the Saturday night why they’d installed it, and what was the thinking behind it and he replied (aggressively) “It’s how we queue. Haven’t you ever been to a festival before?”

Errrrr, YES. Never in all my 46 different festivals have I ever seen one that made people queue like this.

If the guy hadn’t been so rude and obviously harassed I would’ve told him aallll about this blog of mine. I can only presume he’d been asked by everyone who’d queued that day.

I’ve since been told that this is how they queue at Reading Festival and Leeds too. Don’t like it.

Victorious Festival Review

I’ve seen some Tweets from people complaining about how long they had to queue but the ones I was in were never longer than five minutes, which kind of made the snakeing all the more annoying as you just had to walk round them to reach the front.

Why make it so difficult?

What else was at Victorious?

With only two days at the festival and a lot of chatting and bands to watch for some reason we didn’t really see much of the festival and everything it had to offer. I know there was a University of Portsmouth science tent, a huge kids area and I really wanted to go in the Champagne Bar but it was just too busy. There’s a lot to discover for such a small festival, and you can tell the organisers and curators have really made the effort to make it a cool space too.

Review of Victorious Festival

Sitting up by the Victorious sign was awesome – you could see out to the Isle of Wight on the other side, and over the festival grounds below to the Castle Stage.

It’s a great festival to bring your kids to as you can get tickets for 5-15 year olds for £8, and under 5s for £1. There’s a big kids area and Peppa Pig was the star attraction this year – I’ve heard she’s popular.

What to Expect from Victorious Festival

There was a whole street of food stalls with anything you could possibly want. I had a craving for falafel so had that in a pita, while most of my friends went to the Pie and Vinyl pop up. Pie and Vinyl is one of the iconic places to eat in Southsea, you can listen to vinyl while eating… wait for it… pie. They even have a Flip Flop pie, which shamefully I haven’t actually eaten yet.

Maybe tomorrow (Stereophonics call back there for any fans).

How much is Victorious Festival?

  • Tickets £25 early bird / £42 last minute
  • Cider or beer £5
  • Return train ticket London to Portsmouth £18
  • Falafel wrap £5
  • Water £2

Should you go to Victorious 2018?

I will absolutely, 100%, all being ok, be there next year, so the answer is a definite yes.

So let me know if you do!

More on festivals

9 High Points from Wilderness Festival 

How to Volunteer at the Biggest UK Festivals

48 Hours in Southsea, Like a Local
7 Coolest Things for Music Lovers to Do in Hamburg