Road To Victorious Returns!

Road To Victorious 2024

Road To Victorious is back for it's second year! If you are an artist or in a band you can enter the competition to win the ultimate band experience!

Yes, the Road To Victorious is back for it's second year! If you are an artist or in a band you can enter the competition to win the ultimate band experience! You can win a recording session, festival tour & more.

It’s back! Last year saw the launch of Road To Victorious, an exciting competition open to bands based within the PO postcode area. Crystal Tides were the worthy winners, shortlisted from hundreds of talented applicants within the PO postcode, and went on to win your votes! Their prize saw them participate in a huge festival tour, finishing with three incredible hometown sets at Victorious. Plus, loads of other amazing opportunities as prizes.

‘‘Road To Victorious was so much more than a competition for Crystal Tides. It helped elevate our musical career to the next level, giving us big stages and a huge platform to showcase our music. The Victorious team made us feel like real VIPs. From the moment we won they were on hand to help us with anything and everything music-related ensuring we were always happy and performing at the top level. This competition changed our lives and gave us so much in terms of great memories and some of the best gigs we have ever played.’’ – Billy Gregory, Crystal Tides

Due to popular demand, Road To Victorious returns! Applications will open on Friday 26th January for Portsmouth bands to apply.

‘We’re thrilled to be bringing RTV back after the huge success of the first edition in 2023. Offering the opportunity to work with another fantastic artist from the Portsmouth area is very exciting. The prize package we have on offer again for this year is something we hope will really benefit the winner. 

Last year was a great privilege to work with Crystal Tides, who were already on track for success, but we hope we helped with as much industry insight as we could and have now gone on to continue their music career in their own right with the addition of high-profile tour dates and representation from established music industry professionals. – Ben Miles, Victorious Festival.

A panel of festival experts will shortlist five 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 a pre-gig rehearsal at Casemates and a live video session recorded at EARS in association with the Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth. These sessions will lead 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, followed by Y Not and will finish with a grand finale at Victorious Festival. They will also perform at a This Feeling showcase. 

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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.  

Finally, the chosen band will be given the opportunity to discuss and develop their 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!

For more details head to

Listen to the announcement of Road To Victorious 2024 live on Express Breakfast here:

Listen to Billy, a member of last year's Road To Victorious winners Crystal Tides, talk about how the competition changed their lives:

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