In addition to The Prodigy, Paul Weller, The Libertines and The Kaiser Chiefs, Victorious Festival has revealed a new wave of artists including Brian Wilson, Sleaford Mods and The Cribs. Also joining the spectacular line-up are dub-hop pioneers Dub Pistols, feted indie four-piece Stereo Honey, the calypso-tinged Cassia, indie-rockers Bang Bang Romeo, Electric Pyramid, Catherine McGrath, Nathan Ball and Fenne Lilly.
Needing no introduction whatsoever is the legendary Brian Wilson. Famed for illuminating the 60’s with an infectious blend of pop, psychedelia, complex melodies and tight harmonies, Brian directed the Beach Boys away from generic surf stalemate to the soaring pop/rock masterpiece that is Pet Sounds – a pivotal moment in pop history. Brian changed the rules of popular music forever and influenced a generation of musicians in the process. His performance of greatest hits at this year’s Victorious will be unmissable.
Bang Bang Romeo
Post-electro-punk agitators Sleaford Mods will be on hand this summer to administer a large dose of social commentary. Following the success of last year’s English Tapas, their blend of broken dance beats, driving bass and unique vocal delivery has seeped into the mainstream and garnered admiration from across the musical spectrum. Sometimes described as a life-changing, their live show is certainly one to experience!
Bang Bang Romeo have been making their presence felt with larger-than-life performances at last year’s Isle of Wight Festival, The Great Escape, TRNSMT and during their own twelve date UK tour. They are one of the strongest female fronted bands around at the moment; with Anastasia’s soaring vocals and show-stopping performance sending audiences wild up and down the country.
Celebrating 16 years at the most credible edge of lo-fi indie-rock The Cribs are a welcome addition to the bill. With a legacy that includes six studio albums and an extended collaborative period with guitar hero Johnny Marr, The Cribs have always more than represented when it comes to playing live and their set at this year’s festival is sure to be a highlight.
Not many young artists can count up a massive 20 million+ Spotify streams off the back of the first song they’ve ever written, but then again, not many young artists are Fenne Lily. Raised in the wilds of rural Dorset to punk and Queen-loving parents, the 20-year- old talent first picked up the guitar aged 15, and quickly found she was a natural. Fenne has a sound all of her very own, with stream-of-consciousness vocals directly tapping into raw emotion and careful, considered songwriting.
Combining a rich musicality with continent-spanning influences, Cassia have made their mark with their own brand of calypso-flavoured afro-rock, resulting in a deft balance of the quintessentially British, and the unequivocally exotic.
With Friday tickets available from £33 and Saturday and Sunday at £49.50 a day Victorious Festival continues to be one of the best value festivals on the south coast. Check out the website below to pick up yours.