Victorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 3, The End

Sunday was by far my busiest day. There was plenty on the main stage including Libertines’ front man Pete Doherty, Slaves and Elbow. Olly Murs and KT Tunstall were headlining the Castle Stage and local legends Emptifish were on the Seaside Stage. I wrote them all down on my ‘to see’ list but as it … Read moreVictorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 3, The End

Victorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 2, The Middle

On the Saturday morning of Victorious festival, I groggily dragged myself from my bed, still feeling the effects of the Friday night launch party even in the afterglow. It was a great night and I had high spirits for the rest of the weekend. To start the day, I was working at The World Music … Read moreVictorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 2, The Middle

Victorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 1, The Beginning

Victorious, always on the last bank holiday of August, 25th –  27th, aims to squeeze out the last of summer. With headliners this year including Rita Ora and Stereophonics, local music, amazing weather and too much glitter, the Portsmouth festival is a crescendo to the city’s summer events programme. The festival is in its 5th year … Read moreVictorious Festival 2017 Review: Part 1, The Beginning

The Café in the Park Quietly Replaces the Arts Lodge

Back in February this year, Portsmouth City Council evicted The Art and Soul Traders from the Arts Lodge in Victoria Park after opposition from the local community and the Lodge’s supporters. More than 5000 people signed a petition addressed to the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, Councillor Linda Symes, to allow the Art and … Read moreThe Café in the Park Quietly Replaces the Arts Lodge

Portsmouth’s International Kite Festival: Ups And Downs

This year was the 26th anniversary of Portsmouth’s International Kite festival which brings colour and life to Southsea Common every year. As the bare bones of Victorious Festival loomed in the distance, large kites flew overhead of various shapes and sizes. I could see Aladdin, a sting ray, crocodile and half a male torso. Smaller … Read morePortsmouth’s International Kite Festival: Ups And Downs

The First Portsea Carnival: Making Pompey Proud

Portsea has never had its own carnival before but on the 12th August this changed, thanks to a community group who decided to organise it themselves. Run by Portsea Events Group South, and supported by organisations, services and groups from the local area and beyond, the first Portsea Carnival started at John Pounds Centre on … Read moreThe First Portsea Carnival: Making Pompey Proud

Boathouse 4 Summer Festival: A Ship That Already Sailed

Aiming to celebrate traditional and heritage crafts, Boathouse 4 welcomed the public into the Historic Dockyard, free of charge, for 3 days of family festivities between 4-6 August. Featuring demonstrations from Groundlings Theatre and the Fort Cumberland Guard and activities including boat-building, wool-spinning and leather-working, it seemed too good to be true. I found the Boathouse … Read moreBoathouse 4 Summer Festival: A Ship That Already Sailed