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The waterfront city

Music scene

For decades, the music scene in Portsmouth has been thriving and continues to do so, thanks to festivals, music venues and community events. There is something for everyone in the waterfront city as you discover its vibrant music scene.
Crowds attending Victorious Crowds attending Victorious


Voted the best family festival in 2018, Victorious is the UK's biggest metropolitan festival situated on Southsea Common. The fun-filled festival takes place across August bank holiday weekend with headline acts and incredible entertainment.

Boasting a 437,573m2 area with three main stages, over 250 bands and artists performing over the weekend, discover things at your own pace together. You can even enjoy market way, real ale village, world music village, VIP enclosure, Southsea Castle champagne bar and many more.

Isle of Wight Festival attracts good audiences Isle of Wight Festival attracts good audiences

Isle of Wight Festival

Right on Portsmouth's doorstep, the Isle of Wight Music Festival hosts international artists, local bands and entertainment from across the UK. Travel on a hovercraft and ferry service and you are on the Isle of Wight. Journeys can be completed in less than 20 minutes by passenger services. The event takes place in Newport at Seaclose Park every year.

Nighttime view of Portsmouth Guildhall Nighttime view of Portsmouth Guildhall

Other great music options in Portsmouth

Outside of music festivals, Portsmouth has many venues and organisations who host concerts as well as listing events every week.

Portsmouth Guildhall

Throughout the year, Portsmouth Guildhall hosts a wide range of gigs and concerts designed for all the family. It is a popular venue in the city centre next to pubs, bars and restaurants.

Portsmouth Gig Listings

For the latest gig listings, visit the Portsmouth page on Skiddle to see what venues are hosting bands. The page is a one stop shop for all things music and entertainment - perfect for music lovers out there.