Music authors get top billing at Victorious music festival

Music authors get top billing at Victorious music festival

Literacy Live will return to the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth next month with music authors such as Nick Sadler, Martin James and Trevor Miller providing a main focus of this year's pogramme.

South Coast-based PR and design agency Bookollective and Velocity Press run the festival in Southsea, Portsmouth, which will run for three days from 27th–29th August.

Esther Harris, co-founder of Bookollective, has teamed up with publisher Colin Steven of Velocity Press, a electronic music and club culture non-fiction and fiction specialist press, to host Literacy Live, the literature-orientated aspect of Victorious Festival. 

Kicking off the programme is Sadler, of The Label Machine, running free sessions on starting a record label. James will discuss his books on The Prodigy, Dave Grohl, and the drum 'n' bass scene, alongside screenwriter Miller, author of Trip City (all books published by Velocity Press).

Literacy Live will also host a mini lockdown library, in addition to two open-mic sessions where poets, writers and spoken word artists are encouraged to come along and perform. 

Harris said: "This year will be our third Literacy Live and we are always seeking to diversify and improve. We thought: 'What kind of authors will entice a music-loving audience away from the stage? Let's give them more of what they are really here for. We teamed up with Colin Steven, who has published some seminal music books and magazines and recently started Velocity Press, and his authors couldn't be a better fit."

Steven said: "We're delighted to bring our authors to a music festival and fly the flag for music titles. We're confident this great line-up will encourage festivalgoers to visit the book tent between the brilliant acts that Victorious has in store for them—and there will be plenty of opportunity to pick the authors' brains on the music industry. In addition, myself, Esther and the team will be around all weekend to give any advice and tips on publishing, writing and the world of books."

The event will take place outdoors but will still include full Covid safety precautions. In addition to the authors, Madness, The Streets and Royal Blood will feature on the music line-up. Day tickets start at £35.