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The Lionels

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The Lionels are a wedding band that does the rounds along the South Coast. They had their time to shine at Victorious on the Real Ale Stage where they covered well-known hits from across musical eras. It seems a lot of their business comes from weddings and they are a popular choice, always pleasing the audience. (more…)


Looten Duke – Our first gig back will be at the Edge of the Wedge

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Looten Duke, another Portsmouth band, have been gigging since 2013. Since they got together they’ve released their debut single and video called (There’s No Way I Could) Lose My Mind. They offer up a blues/rock sound and have been on a mission to get it out to as many people as possible by hitting the pubs and local venues.

We kept missing each other at Victorious but we finally managed to catch up over email. Joshua Elkington chose hos fiva random numbers and took on our question cards.

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B of the Bang – Southsea Fest will be our last ever show

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B of the Bang are a fantastic Portsmouth band, they create beautiful melodies and addictive music, which in turn creates records that have longevity.

We first discovered them at Southsea Fest a few years ago, they were playing in one of the many venues that takes part in the day long festival. That day was spent trying to catch as many bands as possible so we didn’t get to see too much unfortunately.

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

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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…)


Slow Club – We broke down in the Arizona desert once

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Slow Club is one of our favourite bands at the moment, their music is fantastic and they’re on an upward trajectory that refuses to relent. They headlined the Nevada Acoustic stage at Victorious Festival and their set was brilliant. Charles and Rebecca took to the stage and delivered their perfect music with perfect harmonies, Rebecca doing so while sporting a moustache, which kept threatening to fall off.

They played plenty of songs from their recent album, Complete Surrender, including the hidden track, which can be found at the end of Wanderer Wandering. It’s such a lovely track and it was a nice surprise to actually have it played live. The set was brilliant, but over far too soon. They proved a popular group, which is no surprise. (more…)


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…)


The Flip Flays – our old drummer is quite famous in the Two Door Cinema Club

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The Flip Flays are a four piece, Brighton based band. They hit the Real Ale Stage at Victorious Festival with songs from their EPs, the most recent of which was released this year.

We met up with all four of the band before their set just behind the stage and they took on the question cards.

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The Cadbury Sisters – good music is all about relatability and that doesn’t always mean lyrics

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The Cadbury Sisters are a three-piece group made up, unsurprisingly, of sisters. They came to Victorious to play on the Castle stage and they said they had a great time on there. While we’re chatting The Struts are playing on the main stage, the lead singer had previously launched himself into the audience and the sisters were enjoying the show.

Meanwhile, motivated by the cup return tent, there were children jumping into the nearby dumpster rummaging through the rubbish, making  a brilliant welcome to Portsmouth. The Cadbury Sisters were certainly enjoying the atmosphere and revelling in the slight chaos around them, having fun watching. We caught up with Lucy, Mary and Jess beside the Castle Stage, and they said it was one of the best interviews they’d had. (more…)


Josh Savage – I’m doing a living room tour around the UK

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Josh Savage is a singer songwriter from Winchester who has created a lot of traction for himself. He has been noted as one of the top ten artists to watch by the Huffington Post. He delivers folk rock songs and has two EPs, Mountains in Hurricanes and Spaces, that backs up the hype he is receiving. He started off with classical music but by the time he was 17 he had his first gig at The Talking Heads in Southampton.

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Hometown Show – contrary to rumours Seasick Steve is not joining the band

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We caught up with Hometown Show at Victorious last year, and they were more than happy to create a tradition and come talk to us before heading onto the stage for their set. They have been busy in the year that has gone by, releasing their debut album Love, Liquor and Lonely Nights, playing at the O2 in London and taking on the task of curating and headlining the Real Ale Stage at Victorious.

The band is always fun to talk to and this was no exception. All four were present for the interview, so we were talking to Matthew Harrison, Josh Hibberd, Trevor Thwaites and Caz Batten. They spared us a few minutes outside the Real Ale Stage. (more…)


Jerry Williams – I was quite shy at school and all of a sudden I had an urge like I just want to do this

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Jerry Williams is a Portsmouth based singer and she is proving very popular amongst the locale. At last year’s Victorious we saw her perform a fair few times as she filled in for artists who pulled out, this year she was doing the same thing, but when it came to her own slot on the Nevada Acoustic Stage she drew a fantastic crowd.

Afterwards there was an impressive queue of people wanting to buy CDs and merchandise, as well as get autographs. Her EP, Hairdressers Called Sids, is out now and available for download. (more…)


Corinna Jane – I always think that there is some kind of greater cause somewhere

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Corinna Jane is an artists that has gained some traction within the industry. Passionate about music, Corinna has been singing since she was five and has since teamed up with guitarist Luke Wood to bring her alternative pop music to different levels.

She will be releasing her debut album this autumn and her single Echoes of My Mind has been made the official song of new game, Standpoint. Also due to be released this autumn. (more…)


Kassassin Street – Paul McCartney bumped into me

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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…)


The Paper Trains – We’ve been to Nashville and we’ve taken a lot of inspiration

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We were also lucky enough to catch up with The Paper Trains outside the Real Ale Stage on the Sunday. As with other bands it was a mad rush for them, not only were they appearing at Victorious, but they also had another show to attend to later the same day. The American Blues band is made up of three members; Nat Olden on vocals and guitar, Si Fisk on banjo and keyboard and JB on vocals, string and bass. They formed in 2011 and since then the Southampton based band has been developing their music, the culmination of which is due to be released this September.

We caught them just as they arrived at the festival and they were than happy to take on the questions and have a chat with us. They discussed who would headline if they were in charge of a festival, charity and an upcoming tour with a Musical Nourishment favourite. (more…)


Josh Flowers and the Wild – Let the Dirt Live would be cooler we might call our album that

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The London-based quartet Josh Flowers and the Wild is a folk rock outfit that took to the Real Ale Stage at Victorious. They have a lot of influences that they channel through their music and their debut EP, Young Bones, is available for download now and it consists of five songs that sum up the band and their sound.

We caught up with frontman Josh Flowers and cellist Squiff Wordsworth outside the Real Ale tent and they’re more than happy to discuss Mastermind as well as the most famous people they’ve met in the past. (more…)


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

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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…)


Imperial Mammoth – I bring all the things I like the most in case I do die

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Imperial Mammoth are an American band who have just made their debut appearance in the UK. Their performance on the Nevada Acoustic Stage at Victorious was one of their first over here. They decided to go for a stripped back show as they were put on the acoustic stage. The group consists of Leonard Jackson and Laura Jane Scott, and they are two of the loveliest people we’ve met.

They were genuinely happy for a chat and seemed up for all the questions. They’re still playing around the UK so fingers crossed they’ll receive the same reception that they had at Victorious while they’re here. (more…)


Andy Muscat – we were the UK unsigned number one for the second time

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Since the age of 13 Andy Muscat has been writing and performing music, and by the time he was 16 he had already graced the stage of Portsmouth Guildhall. Since then he has been building up his reputation by hitting the smaller venues and radio stations around the South Coast. Since getting a number 1 song in the unsigned chart Andy has recruited a band to expand the sound of his music.

They currently have two EPs to their name, both available for you to download and listen to any time you want. Not long after coming together as a band they had another song head on up the unsigned chart to the coveted number 1 spot. (more…)


Kelvin Jones – I love Subway

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He is probably one of the loveliest guys you’ll meet. Not only was he fantastically happy to hold the interview straight after his set on the Nevada Acoustic Stage, but he also took the time out to pose for photos with people as soon as he came off. Kelvin Jones is an extremely talented musician and only started playing the guitar in the past few years. He combines pop music with blues and his biggest song is Call You Home, which became popular on Reddit and was featured on Good Morning America. (more…)


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…)


Winters Hill – Travis Barker is the best drummer alive

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Winters Hill is a three-piece acoustic outfit that performed on the Real Ale Stage. It’s a long way on from their first live performance on Voice FM, where they first started carving a name for themselves as an alternative folk band. The Fareham based trio have created a combination of their various influences and produced a unique sound that has sent their popularity soaring.

They had enough time to spare during their busy day to step aside and try out our question cards. So, we spoke to guitarist and vocalist Max Hoar and Nimrod Taabu who plays the cajon drum. (more…)


The Underground Pilots – Underground music is where I am

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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…)


Sound of the Sirens – We want to be back here next year

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So far 2014 has been a great year for Sound of the Sirens. On the Saturday they not only appeared on the Nevada Acoustic Stage at Victorious Festival, but they had to rush away to get to the Purbeck Folk Festival on the same day. This year they’ve also won South West Music Best Acoustic Act, a testament to the music they create and the performance they put on. while we were at Victorious Festival we only managed to catch a couple of sets, theirs not being one of them unfortunately. But, we did hear them from a distance and what we did hear was amazing. (more…)


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

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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…)