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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…)

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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…)