August bank holiday 2016 yet again saw the return of Portsmouth’s Victorious festival on Southsea seafront.
With headliners including Annie Mac, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson and an attendance of 60,000 each day this was the event’s biggest year yet.
Saturday saw over 100 acts perform with a special focus on Portsmouth’s local acts. ‘We always find time for the local acts, hopefully one or two will breakthrough at some point and we’d love to give the opportunity to play on a large stage’, festival director Andy Marsh said.
Of the local acts playing on Saturday, stand out performances came from Blackfoot Circle, Jerry Williams, The Bootlegs and Marley Blandford.
Each with their own distinct style they put on a showcase across the stages of Portsmouth’s best talent. Blackfoot Circle’s performance at the Seaside Stage drew a 3,000 strong crowd with the band performing songs from their recently released Modern Heartbreak EP as well as newer tracks.
As well as Blackfoot, Jerry Williams also put on an incredible performance this time at the Mayfield Stage. With her upbeat pop sound mixed with more mellow tracks she had the perfect blend for the chilled atmosphere at her stage. With her track ‘Mother’ recently being included on one of Spotify’s most followed playlists and it hitting over a million streams recently she’s definitely on her way up.
As well as the local starlets the bigger acts also put on a great show for the festival goers. The Boomtown Rats put on a show with a Bob Geldof seeming to relive his youth in his incredibly energetic performance. The Horrors also stormed their performance at the Castle Stage with their distinct heavy rock/electro sound.