Victorious Festival in Southsea is just a 12 minute hovercraft ‘flight’ across from Ryde Esplanade. Many people just don’t realise how quick and easy it is to visit the Isle of Wight whilst also enjoying the unique experience of travelling with Hovertravel. When Southsea is hosting one of the top festivals in this part of the world there’s no reason not to pop over.
The Isle of Wight has no shortage of live music, but the line-up at Victorious Festival made the short crossing well worth the effort. The Common at Southsea makes a great music venue. As well as the main stage it provides space for some quirky and atmospheric venues like the Castle and the Seaside Stages. Market Way is at the heart of the venue with its excellent variety of places to eat (we chose Crispy Scotch Eggs and Sweet Potato Chips) as well as pointing the way the Real Ale Village and Strongbow Yard. There’s a heap of others places to enjoy from a Kids Arena and Happy Circus, to a World Music Village. Easy to find a place to suit your mood.
Part of the entertainment is thrown in for free theses day. Watching folk trying to get air into their brand new inflatable loungers. Running around in circles seems the least effective method, but probably most entertaining for everyone else waiting for the next band.
Headlining acts at Victorious Festival
Paul Weller was headlining on the Common Stage on the Saturday evening and earlier we were able to enjoy the Bard of Barking (Billy Bragg), 90s Britpop band Sleeper, Gaz Coombes and the Happy Mondays; which amazingly and brilliantly were on at lunchtime! A surprisingly great way to kick off proceedings. Paloma Faith was headlining on the Castle Stage, so no shortage of variety at Victorious Festival.
Already looking forward to next year and of course the best part is that the hovercraft leaves from right outside. We were back on the Isle of Wight before most people had probably been able to exit the venue. Early Bird tickets for Victorious Festival 2019 were on sale right after the event.
Fly to the Island
Travelling by hovercraft is a fast and fun way to get to the Island, if you’ve not tried it then you really should. Hovertravel is Europe’s only scheduled hovercraft service and the longest running commercial service in the world. A hovercraft travels on a cushion of air so never actually touches the water, technically it’s flying and it was also developed right here on the Isle of Wight by Sir Christopher Cockerell.