Victorious Festival 2014 on Southsea Seafront – Portsmouth, Hampshire

I covered the Victorious Festival in 2013 at the Historic Dockyard for my agency and have a number of good usages across both print and digital media from the event so I was keen to attend this years larger festival which had outgrown the fixed area of the dockyard and moved to it’s new home on the seafront near Southsea Castle. Boasting two large stages with expanded, and natural amphitheatre viewing for the crowds and more room for food, stalls and children’s entertainment the festival was expecting crowds of 40,000 and Saturday was a sell out.

Logistically slightly more complex for me I again left the car in Gosport and headed over to Portsmouth via the Gosport Ferry. The Victorious Festival 2014 was sharing Southsea with the International Kite Festival and Billy Smarts circus and those events with the additional Bank Holiday traffic made it a far more sensible choice than driving in. A short cab ride saw me along the seafront and fresh for a long day shooting, through the accreditation process and onto the site.

As usual I oriented myself, grabbed some food and shot some general view images from the festival grounds before the main acts started to appear on the stage. I made the decision to wire off images after each set on the Saturday and get the images out into the picture desks as soon as possible. The schedule meant this was entirely possible although it did restrict me to the main Castle Stage and I wasn’t able to cross over to the Seaside Stage for the other acts.

First up was Lucy Spraggan, an X-Factor finalist closely followed by Sophie Ellis-Bextor who I was keen to photograph. Sadly but as expected we were limited to the first three songs of each set and with deep crowds it meant that other than general views of the stage this was all I was able to capture. I got the images of Sophie out quickly using a slick workflow between cameras and laptop and then out via a mobile 4G modem.

Next up were Scouting For Girls who started quietly but built up, and then Razorlight. Again I had images out quickly¬†and had a quick roam around the Victorious Festival 2014 site capturing some of the night images before I needed to make it back in preparation for the headline act – Dizzee Rascal. By now the crowds were well warmed up and it was really busy. Dizzee’s set kick off at maximum tempo and didn’t drop – however this time I left as soon as out three songs were done, packed and headed off to the ferry to ensure I made it back to Gosport and then on home to finish wiring in the comfort of my own office and a cuppa.

A couple of images from Saturday. More to be added soon.


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