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Kill Kasper – Google Gossip, Lies & Promises and you can watch the video for our new single


Kill Kasper is another Portsmouth based band and yes they’re another staple throughout the local scene. They’re a rock band making a name for themselves and this year played on the Seaside Stage, the same one that Tom Odell headlines later that day. Kill Kasper have also had some attention from the likes of BBC Introducing, and not to mention that they’ve received global internet attention.

They had a lot on their mind on the day of the festival, they had their set in the early afternoon and not long after that they had somewhere else to be. But, quite understandably one member had a lot more on his mind, like proposing to his now fiancé on stage. Of course we would like to pass our congratulations on to Jamie! (more…)

Kassassin Street – Paul McCartney bumped into me

Kassassin Street

Garnering favourable press attention from the music publications, including former iconic magazine NME, Kassassin Street are a Portsmouth staple and cemented that position even further by appearing on the Seaside Stage at Victorious Festival. Their music is a blend of all their influences and comes out as something that is entirely their own.

Their debut single is The Royal Handkerchief Ballet and it’s available now for streaming and downloading. They also have a couple of dates lined up before the year is up. We met with Rowan Bastable at the Bandstand. (more…)

Van Susans – I was going to write a song with him and I never really got a chance to do that

Van Susans

This five-piece London based band produce pop/rock music that is very accessible for any listener. Van Susans appeared at Victorious on the Seaside Stage, and while their experience might not have been totally smooth, they still put on a fantastic show. After they came off people came up to them to compliment on their show and music, a testament to their talent.

Paused in the Moment is their debut album and it has received plays from BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music. We caught them at the bandstand and despite a couple of sound problems they are in a good mood, glad to have done the set and getting ready for an appearance elsewhere the next day. (more…)

The Underground Pilots – Underground music is where I am


Underground Pilots are a rock band from Portsmouth who got to take on one of the bigger stage at Victorious Festival. They took to the Seaside Stage and dealt a setlist of their heavy rock tracks. They filled it with a clash of guitar, drums and bass, infusing their influences into their own sound. They’ve said that it was their biggest show to date and since the set they have released a new single, Acheron, on their SoundCloud page. As well as this they will be playing at the Joiners in Southampton on 30 August. (more…)

Felt Tip – a reggae hippy place is a place you would never find me


Felt Tip is a London based band that hit the Seaside Stage with their post punk tune, playing to the people of Portsmouth on the sold out Saturday of Victorious Festival. They’re a four piece group that consist of James Tyler the vocalist, guitarist Anton Trampon, drummer Tom Rapanakis and bassist and backing vocalist Jade Spranklen.

We found them on a high after their performance by the bandstand once it was their turn to take on the cards. (more…)

Victory for Victorious

Victorious (2)

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…)

Victorious Festival Preview: Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting

Probably one of the most unique groups about, Public Service Broadcasting came up with the out-of-the-box idea to mix old public information films with new music. The result is a unique hook that works exceptionally well, when on paper it doesn’t sound like it would. (more…)