Victorious Festival was created in 2012 as a free two-day festival to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It has since come a long way, now attracting big names from all genres of music. Once held at the Victory Gate Naval Base in Portsmouth, 2017’s event will be hosted at The Common and Castle Field in the beautiful location of Southsea. The festival will take place on August bank holiday weekend 25th, 26th & 27th.
For the first time in the festival’s history, they are kicking things off with a special opening party, headlined by ska-pop legends Madness, inviting you into their “House of Fun” for the weekend. Supported by The Charlatans, with almost 30 years at the forefront of indie rock and 12 studio albums into a remarkable career, their set is bound to be crammed with stand-up hits and, fingers crossed, some new material! As well as many more acts yet to be announced, it’s already shaping up to be one hell of a weekend.
“Heading into our sixth year we wanted to shake things up a bit and what better way to open proceedings with a massive party. We wracked our brains for the best party band out there and the answer was literally a no-brainer, it had to be Madness.” Andy Marsh (Festival Director) – oh we couldn’t agree more Andy!
Headliners for the weekend are Welsh rockers Stereophonics and Mercury-winning Mancunian maestros Elbow. With Stereophonics Celebrating an incredibly impressive 20-year career, they’re guaranteed to deliver an immense set on the Saturday packed with hits from all nine studio albums. Well known for their dynamic live performances that has earned them the reputation as one of the best in the business.
Hopefully providing the perfect finale to Victorious on the Sunday night are Elbow, having enjoyed critical acclaim for their new album “Little Fictions” back in February this year. Elbow’s beautiful ballads and life-affirming indie-rock anthems should make for a sublime crescendo.
Headlining the Castle Stage is singer-songwriter who needs no introduction, Olly Murs. Propelling to heights of pop stardom and into the nation’s hearts with a whole string of hit singles and a double platinum selling debut album. Joining Olly at the top of the bill is MOBO winning R&B singer Rita Ora. From coaching on The Voice and judging The X Factor to acting in Hollywood movies, oh and let’s not forget the number one album. Rita has found some time in her hectic schedule to bring her iconic R&B party to Portsmouth.
Following the release of their eagerly awaited sixth studio album “Risk to Exit”, Maximo Park are making their second appearance at Victorious. If their 2013 exhilarating headline set is anything to go by, and with new added material and the ever-growing showmanship of Paul Smith, you’re in for a treat!
Special Sunday afternoon guests, veteran acid-pop leviathans The Dandy Warhols, are sure to bring a slice of sun-drenched psychedelic vibes. Followed later in the day by popular Southsea-based Kassassin Street. The bands catchy psych-rocker sound and notoriously energetic performances have seen them stretch much further than just local popularity.
As well as all the fun of the music there is also much more! All attractions and entertainment are completely free to festival-goers. If you go looking for the Mayfield Studios stage, you’ll find yourself in “Real Ale Village”. Too good to be true right? There will be a beer tent brimming with brilliant brews from breweries both near and far, meaning there will be a beverage to suit any hop head. A five-minute walk away is the World Music Village. With a variety of live music from all around the world, it’s definitely somewhere to explore if you have a free hour.
Victorious also introduces Happy’s Circus for the first year. By day be mesmerised by the traditional circus shows featuring acrobats, aerialists, speciality acts “Rolla-Rola”and Sword Balancing, plus loads of magic! By night, dance to the sounds of the Soul Circus DJ’s playing the very best of Motown, Funk & Soul.
All this and much more are awaiting with weekend tickets from just £67 with the current early bird offer. Make sure to be quick and don’t miss out on one of the best up and coming festivals in the UK.
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