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South Downs College enjoyed a Victorious weekend at the popular festival in Portsmouth. Talented up-and-coming artists from the college, staff and former students showcased their skills throughout the weekend.

Not just about the music, Victorious was also the platform for current and former students from the BTEC Level 3 Acting course, who spent the weekend performing a number of roaming theatre acts to unsuspecting festival goers. Students also staged a National No Smiling Day protest in front of the AMP stage. Other roaming performances included You’ve been Shakespeared, The Coneheads, Banana and Gorilla, The Detectives, Google Girl and The Bell Boys. All acts were a big hit with the crowds!

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Our very own South Downs College AMP Stage was located in a prime position on Market Way and hosted a range of performances from current, former students, and the staff even had their chance to be in the spotlight. Many previous participants have valued their experience so much that they are keen to be involved each year, giving up their time to rehearse and help backstage.

Highlights from the Amp Stage included;

  • The Novellas – Tom Hewson, Hugh Seckington, and George Mansfield. They completed the BTEC Music programme in 2013. They also performed on the Seaside stage, before heading off to Hertfordshire for another festival Sunday afternoon.
  • Veludo Planes – Sam Wardle, Oli Shaw, and twin brothers Christian and Mike Smith completed their BTEC Extended Diploma in 2012. They have recently performed in festivals across Europe.
  • David Robinson – who  studied between 2006 and 2008 and recently topped the iTunes Blues Chart with his single ‘Picture on the Wall’. He recently supported Sir Bob Geldof at a festival in Nottinghamshire.
  • South Downs College Music staff Gary Shaw, Hayley Callender and Jon Callender had the chance to perform with fellow musicians, in the band Peach and the New Beats. There was also a special appearance by Los Hombres Ingles, who reformed after 21 years and certainly created a party atmosphere!

120,000 visitors attended Victorious this year with organiser James Ralls* describing it as  ‘our best-ever event’. South Downs College has sponsored Victorious Festival for many years, as alumni music students launched the popular event. It also gives students the opportunity to practice their skills with an audience outside of their peers and lecturers.

The full line up on the Amp Stage over the weekend was; Life and Soul Band, HND’s, Danny Burke, Ronk Torp, Veludo Planes, The Novellas, Those Restless Knights, David Robinson, Simon Heartfield, DJ’s Troy and James, MP1B Band, Sillence and the Staves, Black & Blue, Peach & the New Beats, MP1B Band 2, Los Hombres Ingles, MP1A Band, The Smiley Campbell Band and Eyes to the Skies. Well done for providing some fantastic, local talent.

*Quote from the Portsmouth News online.

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