Bloggers Review of Victorious

Wow, what a wknd wasn’t it? How good did it feel to be back, have live music again?

There are so many highlights for me and I will write my own review over the next day or so. The atmosphere was incredible, to see people smiling and just happy to be out, in the fresh air amongst friends was just lovely!

I met up with Bex from Bright Lights Big City Blog and we chatted and talked about each other’s work which got me thinking. So, I thought it would be cool to ask a few other bloggers to highlight what they had loved over the wknd and share that with you folks!

These girls really got on board with my questions. I asked

Bright Lights Big City -Bex

Rainy Bay Blog – Cara

Plussize V Reality – Hannah

Hi girls, thanks for joining me with this review of Victorious.

Can you please tell me what was your biggest highlight of the wknd? 

Bex – My biggest highlight of the weekend was seeing Royal Blood, back in a field, with a Pimms in hand and my friends on a Summer evening – what an incredible instant memory I’m going to cherish. Obviously, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen any bands and they really put on a stellar show. My feet the next day were sore from dancing so much!

Cara – It has to be The Streets performing on the Saturday night at the Common Stage. A Grand Don’t Come For Free was the album of my adolescence and hearing Mike Skinner belt out Blinded by the Lights to thousands of people nearly had me bawling.

Hannah – Hearing live music. Like many, Music is a huge part of my life and although in the last year we have been lucky enough to have some amazing platforms to keep us musically connected, you can’t beat the pure joy that live music brings; The personal connection, the feeling & the positivity. It was great to see industry-like hospitality back in full swing!

What were your top 3 things you loved over the wknd and why? 

Bex – Victorious captures something really special and the three things I love, and that strike me every year, is how it balances popular and up and coming bands, that big festival feel and the local community.

The community in Portsmouth is vibrant, thriving and full of independents and it’s great to see incredible local street food like Natty’s Jerk Kitchen, Croxtons or Earth to Oven right through to creators like Love Southsea, Vitamin Sea, Strong Island Clothing Co. and Spott and Herbert. It’s amazing you see that all represented at the festival making it a great food, travel and music experience.

Cara – The Mac n Cheese from the Tenth Hole stand was incredible. The guys there were having so much fun, laughing and dancing whilst serving melt in the mouth macaroni with oodles of bacon, perfection.

Watching the ferry’s & tall ships floating by the stages whilst you dance is always breathtaking. Sometimes you forget how lucky we are to have such amazing sights on our doorstep. 

Being back at a festival in my hometown, seeing my friends, ex-colleagues & neighbours all enjoying themselves together, at last, you cannot put a price on those moments.

1- The wide selection of world foods; it enabled me to try some local vendors I hadn’t yet got round to visiting! Croxtons Taco’s, Tenth Hole’s Mac n Cheese & Natty’s loaded fries … to name only a few.

2- The atmosphere; we’ve had a long hard year & it was so amazing to see everyone smiling, singing, and looking so happy to be out making memories again. The festival brought something for all ages which also made things inclusive.

3- The location; Southsea is perfect for a festival like this not only because of its easy access to many other counties by road, train etc but it’s on the seafront. The views are incredible and with the amazing weather we had this year, the sunsets were an extra icing on the cake! … Talking of cake, the vegan brownies were amazing too!!

Feature Photo – Becca Eggerstrom