New to Victorious Festival is going to be the World Music Village presented in partnership with Arms Around the Child. The charity provide safe loving homes for children living in adversity all over the world. The Village will be full of live music and traditional Chinese and Latin dance, Bangali community performances, Tai Chi, spoken word, flea markets as well as culinary treats from all four corners of the globe.
The full line up of performers can be found at www.victoriousfestival.co.uk. I thought I’d pick out a few of my personal highlights that you can find on the bill over the weekend.
Natty first came to my attention after a collaboration with Nitin Sawhney on ‘Days Of Fire‘ which gave a first hand account of the London bombings. The Reggae singer songwriter grew up in North London and from a young age was exposed to an eclectic mix of sounds from Neil Young to Bob Marley.
The success of his debut Album ‘Man Like I’ he’s performing on Later with Jools Holland, The BBC Electric Proms and toured with Ziggy Marley. Seven years after the release of his debut Natty returned in February with ‘Release the Fear.’
Big afro, big voice, big beats and big bass is what singer/songwriter/emcee Eva Lazarus promises. Not to be pigeon holed Eva straddles a host of genres including reggae to DnB, jungle to hip hop and soul. Eva has been guesting vocals with the likes of Stanton Warriors, Etherwood, Dub FX and Mr Woodnote with more solo material in the pipeline.
Liam Bailey‘s first taste of music was in the early 2000’s with Nottingham Hip Hop group 1st Blood. Liam’s debut album ‘Definitely Now’ was produced by Salaam Remi who was the long time producer known for his work with Amy Winehouse. In an interview with Wondering Sound, Bailey explained how “It’s been torture trying to figure out which way to go” in terms of musical direction. With no need to pigeonhole himself into one genre the album features a soul, rock and blues sound.
Liam is currently working on a collaboration with the Gorillaz on their upcoming album.
Rex Domino is Portsmouth’s most successful musical ex-pat over recent years. Rex has been working hard in London and is a regular on Soho Radio. The peak of last summer would be his collaboration project with DJ Yoda’s Breakfast of Champions which included performances on the Glade Stage at Glastonbury and the main stage at Bestival.
You can find out more in our in depth interview from last summer just here.
Josh Osho has been described by the Guardian as a grittier John Legend or an unplugged Seal. Osho’s music started to become noticed back in 2012 when ‘Redemption Days’ became Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. Osho has received high praise from none Hip Hop royalty Ghostface Killah of the Wu Tang Clan “I usually don’t work with a lot of people, but my man Josh is in another lane.”
The festival takes place this weekend. Last year’s festival saw 100,000 spectators on Southsea Common over the weekend – so don’t miss out, get your tickets from their website www.victoriousfestival.co.uk. Stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list.