4 Portsmouth Music Festivals You Can Support to Ensure They Return in 2021!

I think we can all agree that one of the things that Portsmouth does incredibly well in comparison to anywhere else is music festivals!

Around now we should’ve been writing blog posts on what festivals you shouldn’t be missing this summer as well as what bands to check out. But unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 crisis, almost all of the staples in Portsmouth’s music festival calendar for 2020 have been cancelled, post-poned or are under threat. The latest casualty being Southsea Common’s Victorious Festival which was postponed this morning until next summer.

With the exception of Dials Festival which is still set to take place in October (at least at the moment, check them out here!), festival season in Portsmouth has been completely wiped out! However, despite everything, we’re super looking forward to festivals next year instead, but to make sure they return they need your support. So here are four festivals you can support to help bring them back to Portsmouth for festival season 2021!

Psyched Fest

Psyched Fest (previously Portsmouth Psych Fest) has been bringing some of the best upcoming, mind-expanding bands/musicians to Portsmouth for the last four years. The likes of Yak, Black Midi, Black Country New Road, The KVB, Snapped Ankles, have all graced the festivals stages over the past few years with Warmduscher having been set to headline this year’s event. We’ve discovered more of our favourite bands at Psyched Fest over the past few years than any other festival!

Genres: Psychedelic/Post-Punk/Experimental

Has it been rescheduled? Not Yet.

Same lineup as 2020? N/A

How can I support the festival? Psyched Festival has a fundraiser to cover money lost from 2020’s cancellation. Help them to return next year by donating here.

You can also support Psyched Fest by following them on social media:

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Highlights from the past 3 years:

 

Golden Touch Festival

2019 saw the debut of Fitz Promotions Golden Touch Festival across both Portsmouth’s The Wedgewood Rooms and the Edge of the Wedge. The festival took place on one of the hottest days of 2019 but that didn’t stop music fans from coming out to see the best in upcoming indie-pop/rock including the likes of Cassia, Ulysses Wells, Oddity Road, Calum Lintott and more.

Has it been rescheduled? Yes, for 5th June 2021.

Same lineup? TBA (See what would have been 2020’s lineup here)

Genres: Indie-pop/Indie-rock/Alternative/Rock

How can I support the festival? Tickets for Golden Touch Festival 2021 and more info can be found here.

You can also support Golden Touch Festival by following them on social media:

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Highlights from last year:

 

Icebreaker Festival

Icebreaker Festival has been bringing the best in unsigned bands from across the South Coast to Portsmouth’s Albert Road/Elm Grove venues for the past 6 or so years now. The festival has seen the likes of Wild Front, Is Bliss, Mystic Peach, Flowvers and many more local favourites grace its stages over the years. There’s definitely something for everyone regardless of your music taste to be found at Icebreaker Festival.

Genres: Everything and anything!

Has it been rescheduled? Icebreaker Festival is set to announce new dates when it’s safe to return.

Same lineup as 2020? N/A

How can I support the festival? Follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for info on Icebreaker Festival 2021.

You can also support Icebreaker Festival by following them on social media:

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Highlights from the past 5 years:

 

Victorious Festival

Originally starting off on a smaller scale Portsmouth’s historic dockyard before expanding and moving to Southsea Common about 6 years ago, it’s safe to say Victorious Festival has gone from strength to strength over a short time. The festival has seen headliners such as New Order, Madness, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Elbow and more over the past few years and has had incredibly strong lineups otherwise. Victorious is a family friendly festival which overlooks the sea, one of the most picturesque festivals we’ve been to.

Genres: Everything and anything!

Has it been rescheduled? Yes, 27th-29th August 2021

Same lineup as 2020? TBA

How can I support the festival? Tickets for Victorious Festival 2021 will be on sale soon but in the meantime, hold on to your 2020 tickets because they will be valid for 2021’s festival (27th-29th August).

You can also support Victorious Festival by following them on social media:

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Highlights from the past 5 years:



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