‘Victorious’ is a fantastic family friendly daytime festival that takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. With several different stages and venues set up on the Common and Castle Field, by our beautiful Southsea seafront, it’s a feast of music covering a range of styles, bands and solo artists and the UK’s largest metropolitan festival. It brings together thousands of local people and visitors to enjoy music and family activities, also bringing in over £5m to our local economy; this year over 120,000 attended.
It attracts top headline acts such as The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, Neneh Cherry, Kings of Leon….has something for everyone, with a Real Ale stage and a champagne bar, plus an offsite campsite or loads of local B&Bs if you want a more solid roof over your head.
From belting out Beach Boys tunes with Brian Wilson to enjoying a dance to Paloma Faith, having a rave with The Prodigy, spending time at the world music stage or supporting our own Southsea Alternative Choir, this year’s weekend was one to remember.
It was also the first time our CLP had a stall at the event, where we signed up and gave out membership forms to over 30 people and raised over £400 even with appalling weather on Sunday. Members from all over the region visited us at the stall, from local Havant, Southampton, Chichester and the Isle of Wight to further afield Reading and London. It was a particular highlight to welcome and chat with Billy Bragg before he went on stage.
We’re grateful for financial support from Guildford Labour Party for equipment used on the day, that we’ll also be able to utilise for future events – they will be great to attract attention when we take part in local community fairs and other activities in the city.
I’m so proud we have such a major UK festival here in Portsmouth and with another successful ‘Victorious’ under our city’s belt, it’s an event that is well and truly continuing to put Portsmouth on the map.
Stephen Morgan MP, Portsmouth South