WHAT HAPPENED AT VICTORIOUS FESTIVAL 2022? – SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS
Day two at Southsea Common and we’re greeted by some lovely weather. The welfare tent was handing out free suncream to keep the customers safe but there is noticeably a lack of hand sanitiser around, even in the urinals, so we had to be careful who we asked to apply the cream.
The original line-up make their Victorious debut, playing the coveted pop band afternoon slot. Treated to all of the hits, Round Round, Ugly and Freak Like Me, a sea of Sugababes fans sang back their anthems like they were released yesterday. A great start to the day.
The trio chose to come on five minutes earlier than schedule so they could fit in more songs. They are a band who live to play live and we could see what it means to them to be back, crowd circles a plenty.
The local hero hosted the comedy tent that featured TV favourites, Milton Jones and Joel Dommett. It was Suzi who stole the show with her tales of her parents and smear tests, even more humorous to see the BSL interpreter having to sign her story.
For some reason I’ve never seen The Wombats, so was looking forward to hearing the hits and they delivered… and more! The trio played the classics and Victorious lapped it up. Highlights were the wombat backing dancers to ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ and a stirring version of ‘Turn’. They should have been given longer as Bombay Bicycle Club had an hour the day before. Maybe next time?
Our headliner was Scotland’s finest singer-songwriter Paulo Nutini. A huge audience waited to see Nutini who showcased his most recent album ‘Last Night in the Bittersweet’ his first in 8 years. His voice was sensational and he lapped up the attention by saying we “sounded, looked and even smelt lovely”. Thank you, Paulo. There were some members of the audience who were frustrated that he chose to reimage his hits, ‘Pencil Full of Lead’ and ‘Jenny Don’t be Hasty’, but he is a true artist who just wants to keep things moving forward and why the hell not?