The Road To Victorious is an exciting new competition launched by Victorious for 2023, open to bands based within the PO postcode area it offers the opportunity for one talented local band to be helped onto the next rung of the industry ladder.
A spokesperson explained, ‘‘Portsmouth has an incredible pool of talent! We’re proud to be a part of this community and have always tried to promote local talent across our stages alongside major artists as well as working with local music related venues like Casemates Studios. We decided it was time to take it to the next level and help put Portsmouth talent on the map by teaming up with industry experts and other festivals to create the ultimate band experience! We can’t wait to see what happens next!’’
A panel of festival experts will shortlist three bands from the submissions, who will then go on to a public vote. The band with the most votes will be provided with a series of exciting experiences to help them on their music journey, beginning with recording a single, video session and leading up to a string of festival slots. Starting in Oxfordshire at Truck Festival, then on to Sheffield for Tramlines! The following weekend takes in Kendal Calling and will finish with a grand finale at Victorious Festival.
The chosen band will hit the road in a 16-berth sleeper bus, complete with a full crew including a tour manager, front-of-house sound, stage manager and documentary filmmaker/photographer. There will even be pre-gig rehearsal time courtesy of Casemates Studios in Portsmouth!
Finally, the chosen band will be given the opportunity to discuss and develop future band plans during one-to-one sessions with industry experts Dave Cronen (Trust Management – Johnny Marr/Beastie Boys/We Are Scientists/ The Bug Club) and Tristan Ivemy (Record Producer, Mixer, Composer – Lottery Winners/Frank Turner/The Holloways)
All the action will be documented and shared across Victorious Festivals’ social media channels. Follow the journey as we follow the road to Victorious!
Photo: James White