Victorious Festival 2019 - Friday Review

One of our favourite weekends of the year is Victorious Festival. It's a festival that if you know us personally, or online you know that we go on about more than any other family event in the year. Set in the heart of Portsmouth on Southsea Common, Victorious is the perfect family festival that's not only affordable, but jam packed with amazing things to do throughout the whole weekend. 

With adult tickets starting from £25 and kids tickets from £8 per day, it's fantastic and affordable. And luckily the weather was on our side this year and we managed three jam packed, glorious days at our favourite festival. Max and I popped down to the festival on the Friday to get our bearings, check out some bands and get ourselves geared up for the weekend. With Scott working, we wanted to find the best dinner spots, the best viewpoints and the cool things we could fill our weekend with.  It's a bit of a tradition that Friday is Max and Mummy day, and I love that we get to spend a few hours chilling out together, swinging on hammocks and having a bit of fun!

As with every year at the festival the Friday is both a half day with the gates opening at 2pm, and a half site with only the Common stage, Beats and Swings tent and World Music area open for people to relax and enjoy. For us it works perfectly as it gives us time to watch some main stage music and check out the world music area as we tend to spend a lot of time in the kids section over the weekend.

Our press tickets give us the perks of spending some time in the premium area (additional cost, but totally worth it in my opinion just for the smaller bar, gorgeous seating areas and toilets!) and we have a tradition of spending some time backstage taking photos to begin with. I think I have a photo of Max swinging on the hammocks for each year we have been at the festival and it's a fantastic memory. Not only that, but we always get a Friday face paint and this year Max chose a gorgeous rainbow on his face. This is another premium enclosure perk, with some fantastic free face painting and floral crown making workshops.

We took a wander around the site and spent loads of time chatting with brands such as Duracell, Fuzetea and Rowntrees whilst listening to some brilliant music in the Beats and Swings tent (shout out to the dancing security guards!). One thing I love about Victorious is how the brands aren't in your face at the festival, instead letting you feel like it's still very community based and local business minded. That's not to say that we don't love the opportunities to meet some of our favourite household brands either! I just think that Victorious have got the perfect balance of commercial and community and it shouldn't ever change.

The music for us was full of high energy and fantastic showmanship with highlights being Fleetingwood Mac, a brilliant local tribute act that blew us and the crowd away and The Zutons who had everyone dancing in the crowd. Fortunately we stood at the front of the premium viewing platform, so Max had a perfect view of the stage. It's another premium perk but it was the only time we utilised it all weekend as we didn't feel the need for the rest of the weekend due to there being great views of all the stages.

We decided to call Friday a night earlier than we would normally as we knew we had a jam packed weekend ahead of us and Max was starting to lag. That's not to say he didn't have a fab day and he snuggled into me on the park and ride back and declared that it was the start of the best weekend of the year, and boy do I have to agree!

*Note: I was gifted tickets for the purpose of my review but all opinions are my own. 

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