Pompey festival is music to Ertl’s ears

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Johnny Ertl returns to the Pompey squad following suspension for the trip to Mansfield on Saturday.

But it will be his fiancé, Selma Adzem, taking centre stage 24 hours later.

Or rather the Starboard Arena stage at the Victorious Festival.

The singer is one of many acts who will be performing at the two-day event at the city’s Historic Dockyard from Saturday.

The annual event is once again anticipated to be well attended with the likes of Level 42, The Feeling, Reef, Charlotte Church and Maximo Park also there.

For Selma, it will be a third performance in the area, having played at The Wellington in Old Portsmouth as part of last month’s the Play Up Pompey music festival.

Recently she held the launch of her album ‘Special To Me’ at Fareham Town’s Club V.

Now she will be appearing at the Victorious Festival on Sunday at 1pm with her band as Selma & the Sound.

And Pompey favourite Ertl will be among the crowd.

He said: ‘We are really looking forward to Sunday.

‘I recently went to see the organiser and he showed me around the stage and it is a fantastic venue.

‘I am so happy for the city, this is really, really cool.

‘Selma has recently been back to her home country of Bosnia for the Goradze Friendship Festival and has also been to Sarajevo to promote her new album.

‘This is her third performance on the south coast and she is very excited about it. I don’t think I will be joining her on stage with my guitar, though.

‘I am a guest and want to watch Selma and the band like everyone else!

‘I try to help her out and raise her profile a little bit and support her because she supports me and what I do in my profession.

‘Selma is not signed to a label, it really is all her own work and I am very proud of her. She is really talented.

‘Seven years ago she was in the German Pop Stars and got through to the final eight, living in a house with the others. It was huge over there.

‘She has also performed at the Donauinselfest in Germany, which is Europe’s biggest open-air music festival and can have around three million visitors.

‘We’re just hoping the weather is good this weekend, festival weather is always a gamble in England!’

Tickets for the Victorious Festival are priced at £15 a day in advance and £5 for children aged five and above.

Selma & the Sound’s new album is available from selmasounds.com or on iTunes.