Final day at Victorious. Early big sets from The Libertines and Example (plus a fox running around in the mosh pit) made it a wild start to Sunday’s festivities. The festival has so much to offer for a reasonable price, though camping is over six miles away and parking is a nightmare. But not many festivals offer the opportunity to leave for some fish n chips by the sea and return without much hassle.
After watching The Libertines doing another car-crash set, I made a move to see Example on the Castle stage. Playing the a set of blistering afternoon bangers like ‘Kickstarts’, ‘Changed the Way You Kiss Me’ as well as some choice covers. The crowd were loving it, including some spectacular back flips.
Over at the comedy tent, Rosie Jones hosted a lineup that included Katherine Ryan. However, it was Russell who stole the show, with his take on Covid and the left v the right mentalities.
Sophie Ellis Bexter
Sophie transformed the Castle stage into her kitchen disco. A massive crowd came to dance to her 00’s pop hits like ‘Get Over You’ and ‘ Murder on the Dancefloor’ and found themselves blown away by some brilliant covers including Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’. It was a shame she only had 30 minutes to entertain.
There was a mini turf-war down the front, with Sam Fender fans holding onto the barriers. Suede came on slightly early to perform a greatest hits set Including ‘Trash’, ‘Animal Nitrate’ and ‘Beautiful Ones’. Brett Anderson was up for it and when he wasn’t frantically whipping his mic lead he was telling the cameramen to fuck off. He paraded the stage demanding more and certainly got what he needed. A great set from indie legends.
Having seen Sam at Truck Festival last month I planned to see Hot Chip at the Beats n Swing stage, but discovered it was full of wasted teenagers and based on a concrete car park so made a hastily return to the main stage. I made a great choice as the audience was less aggressive than Truck and Sam managed to complete his glorious set without a hitch, ‘Dead Boys’ and ‘Seventeen Going Under’ sounded spectacular.