The first time we had been invited to Portsmouth for a vintage event was for the inaugural Victorious Vintage (albeit on the second of two days) which was held at the Historic Dockyards. As we arrived we saw that it was already quite busy, and there was more than enough to occupy the thousands of people through the gates.
There were three stages (including an acoustic stage) which played host all sorts of many bands. However, the more ‘vintage’ singers had to perform in the smallest of the three stages, inside Boathouse No. 7. I felt this was a shame as most of the rest of the event (stalls etc.) had maintained a ‘vintage’ theme, yet there were no swing or big bands that I saw (there was a rock ‘n’ roll band who played at least one song from ‘Grease’). The headliners were Dodgy and The Lightening Seeds – big in the ‘90s but a slightly odd choice for this festival.
We had a few quick interviews with Betty from Betty Blue’s Loungerie (her siren suits are absolutely gorgeous), Katie Vale and Annie Andrews (who we also saw performing). The day didn’t have a particularly ‘Jubilee’ theme, but I’m not sure if that was deliberate or not.