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Victorious Festival Preview: Van Susans

Van Susans

Van Susans are a London based five piece band that deal with the fickle genre pop rock. It can be hard to balance but the Van Susans are adept at traversing it. (more…)

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Victorious Festival

Yep, that’s right.

Victorious Festival is just under two months away! For anyone who may not know, it’s based in Portsmouth and features some big names of the moment. Last year it took place at the Historic Dockyard but this year it’s been moved to Southsea for the 23 and 24 August..

There are a huge variety of bands that will be flocking to the city (keep in mind that this is only a couple of weeks before Southsea Fest, it’s going to be a busy time for the Portsmouth music scene.).Thankfully the festival has kept a lot of the features that made it so special last year. As well as big names such as Tom Odell and Sophie Ellis-Bextor gracing the main stage, there’s the Real Ale Stage, which proved to be one of the most lively places last year.

Of course, this is also a great opportunity to display the awesome local bands that Portsmouth has to offer. Leading the charge on this is Hometown Show. Having recently played at the O2 in London, they are curating the Real Ale Stage on the Sunday. Their music is a wonderful delight of folk/country style music that’s extremely lively.

Then there is The Day of Rabblement, theirs is a unique blend that comes from brilliant vocals and a wonderful concoction of music. Their debut album came out recently and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Both of these bands have been featured on Musical Nourishment before and it will be exciting to catch up with them again. These are just two bands from a great line up. So, to prepare for the two day festival we’ll be previewing as many of the musicians as possible (it really is a big list) before it gets underway.

If you want to know the full line up you find out on the official website and if you’ve bought tickets then we’ll see you there!


Song of the Day: Man in the Mirror by J2 (featuring Cameron the Public)

Now, I’m about to say something very controversial here…. I’ve never particularly liked Michael Jackson’s music. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate it, he did after all have a massive impact on the industry, I’ve just never particularly enjoyed it. But when this cover of Man in the Mirror was played on Grey’s Anatomy I was mesmerised. (more…)


Song of the Day: Night Song by Family Band

Night Song by Family Band starts of steadily, the beat going strong and worming its way into your head. The vocals begin and sound just a little bit like Debbie Harry’s, they entwine expertly with that beat and joins forces with it in order to burrow its way deeper into your head. (more…)


Song of the Day: Tale of You & Me by Wild Child

This is a bit of an odd track, it’s as if there’s a hidden song added onto the end of it. Not that I’m complaining, it’s a good upbeat one.

Anyway, the beginning of Tale of You & Me is pretty great. There’s a lot of furious, fast-paced violin that compliments the hugely energetic and dramatic lyrics. The two vocals work really well together, balancing the track and adding two perspectives to the narration. (more…)


Song of the Day: Keep the Streets Empty for Me by Fever Ray

Keep the Streets Empty Me is a little different from the usual music featured on here. But that’s good, variety is awesome and great music comes from anywhere.

Keep the Streets Empty for Me is a moody atmospheric song that manages to maintain the same feeling throughout its entirety. It’s a sort of slow track, perhaps mild is a better way of describing it, the vocals are the key to this. (more…)


Song of the Day: The Hypnotist by Owls of the Swamp

The Hypnotist by Owls of the Swamp is beautiful. It commands your attention straight away with the tinkling keyboard and gentle guitar. It puts you in mind of a night time scene in the countryside with the moon shining down on the swaying grass and the river that is rolling past. It’s that sort of music, where you can picture it in your mind.
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