VICTORIOUS ANNOUNCES THE PRODIGY AND PAUL WELLER JOIN THE LIBERTINES AT THE TOP OF THE BILL
Following on from the initial announcement that The Libertines and Kaiser Chiefs at the top of the bill for Friday night, Victorious Festival have this morning announced the addition of its Saturday and Sunday headliners, electronic pioneers The Prodigy (Sunday) and rock legend Paul Weller (Saturday).
In addition, they have also revealed that there will be performances from Paloma Faith, Friendly Fires, Years & Years, Happy Mondays and Everything Everything.
Topping the bill with a UK festival exclusive is The Prodigy, one of the biggest and best live performers that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing before. Their sets from the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival were experiences that will stick in the memory forever.
Headlining Saturday night is a legendary singer, songwriter, musician and general icon Paul Weller. Following widespread critical acclaim for his 13th studio album A Kind Revolution, the former Jam and Style Council’s frontman, who promises to “push the boundaries” with his latest release, will be crafting an unforgettable set blending new material with old favourites. Expect to see a plenty Fred Perry polos in the crowd for this performance.
Fresh from enjoying the success of her new album ‘The Architect,’ the double platinum-selling Paloma Faith will also be gracing Southsea Common on Saturday. Known for her retro-soul sound and eccentric style, Faith’s chart-topping hits are as unique as they are infectious and her dynamic live show is sure to ignite the Victorious crowd.
Victorious will also see a welcome return to Friendly Fires after a five-year hiatus. Also topping the bill on Sunday and headlining the Castle Stage is London-based electro-pop trio, Years & Years. With a follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, Communion, due in the near future this set should hopefully see the three-piece will be delivering an energetic set of established hits and new material.
Other confirmed acts include Madchester veterans, Happy Mondays, infectious art-rockers Everything Everything, rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer Example, Mercury-award winning indie rock band, Gomez, The Amazons, Embrace, Gaz Coombes, Billy Bragg, Pigeon Detectives, The Bluetones and Sleeper.
Elsewhere on the impressive bill is singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin who shot to fame with her haunting rendition of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s hit “The Power of Love”, Tom Walker, Coasts, Lucy Spraggan, Genghar, Cabbage, Yonaka, Mullally, The Seahorses frontman Chris Helme, The Futureheads vocalist and guitar player Barry Hyde. From a local perspective, Jerry Williams and The Southsea Alternative Choir will be returning to a festival where they are part of the furniture.
The Southsea Alternative Choir
You will also find Victorious’ traditionally eclectic mix of live music and DJ performances, from some of the biggest names in the music industry, as well local artists. Not to forget a medley of locally sourced food markets and ale stalls, an arts and craft marketplace, a jam-packed kids arena hosting themed games, live performances and much, much more.
With Friday tickets still available from £30 and Saturday and Sunday at £35 a day Victorious is definitely the best value of any other festival in the UK. Don’t hang around to pick up your tickets as they will increase incrementally in the build up. Let’s face it, most of us are going to be there so why spend more than you don’t have to.
Photo from Victorious Festival, Tony Palmer, Stuart Barker, Carlos Alvarez Montero and Strong Island Media