9 Things we learned at Victorious Festival 2016

We returned to Victorious Festival this year after it being one of the top highlights from our festival season last year. With a line up that included the likes of Editors, The Horrors, Manic Street Preachers, we definitely couldn’t say no to going back again this year, especially as it’s on the doorstep for us, being in Southsea.

Over the weekend we saw performances from Editors, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Ash, Teleman, Oscar, Rat Boy and many, many others in which you can find photos from both Saturday and Sunday of the event by clicking either of the days.

In no particular order, here are nine things we learnt over our second weekend at Victorious Festival.

1. It goes without saying, but Pie and Vinyl make darn good pies.

Shockingly, despite being local and visiting the shop on more than one occasion, we were still yet to try one. But we weren’t left disappointed! The appropriately named “Wonderball” (containing beef meatballs, tomato sauce, roasted red peppers and mozzarella) was a personal favourite for us.

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2. The Horrors were actually the opposite of what I expected live…

Definitely one of the highlights of the weekend after I originally presumed they’d be rather boring live (despite being a fan of their music). Always nice to be proven wrong and that it’s always good to see a band live before judging them fully.

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3. Kassassin Street still reign as the best local band playing live at the festival.

Even with a 45 minute set 90% comprised of new tracks, the band still never failed to drive a huge crowd and impress with their energetic live performance. Kassassin Street also announced a gig at Wedgewood Rooms in November, which is close to selling out already.

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4. It’s never a two minute walk from the Common Stage to the Castle Stage…

Not that we’re complaining as the walk is more than worthwhile and they’re still rather close! But we beg to differ that two minutes between stages is possible…

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5. Rhythm of the 90s never fail to bring the party to the seaside come rain or shine.

Not something I’d normally go for, but have caught them whilst having a gap in my schedule both times I’ve been to the festival. I’ve never seen such an active crowd for a band who’s set is comprised of purely 90s covers.

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6. The Slow Readers Club and Public Service Broadcasting have some of the most dedicated fans around.

With some fans reporting that they waited 9 hours on the barrier for Public Service Broadcasting and The Slow Readers Club’s fans having brought flags and cuddly toys, you can’t really disagree that they are!

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7. That annoying song on that Morrissons advert is by Will Young…

… and that we probably should have avoided that at all costs rather than getting it stuck in our heads forever. Surprisingly though, overall Will Young was rather entertaining despite the confusion whether he had time for one more song or not. Probably for the best!

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8. “Shower Dancing” is an actual thing, according to Raleigh Ritchie.

Not to spoil the fun, but does anyone really dance in the shower?

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9. This may sound silly, but pyro is actually INCREDIBLY warm when it goes off.

Especially when you’re stood directly in front of it on the barrier… (the bands weren’t as close as that photo makes out!)

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We thoroughly enjoyed Victorious Festival 2016 and we hope you had a blast too! To view more photos from our time at the festival, you can find Saturday’s photos by clicking here and Sunday’s by clicking here.

Early Bird tickets for 2017’s Victorious Festival are on sale now costing just £25 a day! Click here for more info.

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