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Posts tagged “Casemates Showcase Stage

The Monkey Butlars – Dean gets mistaken for my dad sometimes

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The Monkey Butlars are a Portsmouth based band that covers songs for their local gigs. They’re always up for an event and Victorious was one of their biggest so far. They hit the Casemates Showcase stage and we caught up with them just before their set. (more…)

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Katy Haymer – I tend to like festivals more than anything else

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Katy Haymer is a singer songwriter who comes from a musical family, but has taken a little detour from the operatic path her family had taken and traversed down the acoustic folk road. Her debut album, Echoes of the Heart, is due for release at the beginning of September. She took to the Casemates Showcase stage as well as the Strong Island Tent. It was just her and her guitar and she performed very well indeed.

Both of the stages were intimate ones, where she was able to see the faces of each individual in the audience. She handled that very well and when she came off the stage from her first performance she spared some time to answer our questions, whatever they may have been. (more…)


Lewis Bennett – You never know when something’s going to fly your way

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Our next interview is with Lewis Bennett, he appeared on the small and intimate Casemates Showcase Stage armed with just his guitar. The Chichester based singer songwriter had been honing his talent for years and enjoys nothing more than performing to a live audience. At the moment he performs in an acoustic setting but hopes to expand in the future and start experimenting a bit more. If you caught him at the festival he’ll be appearing at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth.

Anyway, let’s see what questions he was put on the spot with. (more…)


Victory for Victorious

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This bank holiday weekend saw the return of Victorious Festival in Portsmouth and it was bigger and better than the previous year in every sense. Last year it was hidden away in the Historic Dockyard, nestled between HMS Victory and the new Mary Rose Museum but this year it emerged from there and settled comfortably on Southsea Common.

There was a lot of improvement this year, from the space to the stages and even the organisation of the whole thing was noticeably better.¬† There were two entrances so the queues were better looked after, although because of the change of location there’s no doubt that the capacity had increased. All the stages were spaced perfectly, and it was a nice touch that one of the entrances¬†led past the Casemates Stage and the Nevada Acoustic stage, so a lot of local and lesser known artists would have gained a lot of attention from anybody walking by. (more…)