Preview: Victorious Festival 2015


The Victorious festival is a relatively recent addition to the South Coast, beginning in 2012 as a Diamond Jubilee celebration at the HMS Victory in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards. In it’s fourth year, the festival grows into its own, moving to a larger space at the Southsea Common and Castle Field. The festival runs from 10am – 11pm on Saturday and Sunday during the August 29th Bank Holiday Weekend, and promises a range of acts and activities adjacent the coast and local beaches.

Headliners include Kinks’ frontman Ray Davies, The Flaming Lips, British hip-hop up-and-comer Tinie Tempah, and Brixton duo The Basement Jaxx. With any conceivable musical style represented, there’s sure to be something for everyone, including a solid dose of english new-wave from New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook and The Light.

Integration with the costal Southsea area is a big appeal of the festival, with many of the area attractions, such as the D-Day Museum and Blue Reef Aquarium free for festival-goers. This, combined with the numerous stages and venues at the event itself, such as the  local talent Seaside Stage and hard-dancing Beats and Swing Tent, mean one will never be at a loss for something to do.

Tickets are available per-day for £30.


The Basement Jaxx

Producing their particular flavour of fun-loving and expansive house and big-beat music since 1994, the duo have upped their festival profile in recent years. Just as their music is high on energy and surprise, their performances are likewise frequently full of unexpected flourishes. Costumes, characters, and dance numbers, all performed with the verve of the music, should be in good supply.


About Author

A New York City native, Brendan has been on the club circuit for years, starting out as a regular at Twilo and Shelter during the rise of progressive techno and house in the late 90's. He has hosted a number of radio shows and managed electronic music promotion at WRTC Radio, where Gabriel&Dresden kick-started their trance career. He has also worked in the New York recording business as the Technical Director of KMA Music Studios. Most recently, Brendan has started his PhD at the University of Southampton, and writes on music, nightlife, and recording technology.