Victorious (24-26 August ‘18), the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, has revealed the bill for its opening night - a quartet of the best live party bands the UK indie scene has ever produced.
Last year’s inaugural Friday night Opening Party with Madness was such a resounding success organisers have decided to do it again – only bigger and better with all the live action taking place in the huge main arena.
Needing no introduction whatsoever this powerhouse of the best of British indie-rock is guaranteed to launch next year’s festival with a rocket with anthem after anthem unleashed on Portsmouth’s party people.
Twenty years since formation The Libertines are still at the forefront of British rock and with an immense back-catalogue of hits and rumours of new material in the pipeline, these stone-cold legends are the perfect outfit to get things going.
Leeds finest, the veteran indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs, are renowned for their energetic live sets and amazing rapport with the audience and their Friday night set is sure to be a Victorious highlight.
Doyens of the original Britpop explosion, Shed Seven aren’t merely survivors, they’re innovators. With rave reviews for their fifth studio album – Instant Pleasures – coming thick and fast, fans will be able to immerse themselves in brand new tracks as well as rolling back the years with the Shed’s legacy of hits.
Ian Broudie’s Lightning Seeds are another classic Britpop act guaranteed to delight revellers young and old. With hits too numerous to mention The Lightning Seeds are in the very DNA of UK indie pop from dance floor fillers, to TV theme tunes to the world famous Three Lions single that made the number 1 slot in both 1996 and 1998.
Said festival director Andy Marsh: “Our Friday night opening party was such a hit last year it made sense to do it again but make it even better. We’ve gone for a solid line-up of absolute indie legends, it’s going to be a brilliant night and with tickets from just £25 you’d be mad to miss it!
“We’re going to announce the full weekend bill very shortly – and it’s going to be spectacular – but we couldn’t wait to reveal Friday, it’s going to be some party!”
Held in the spectacular seaside location of Southsea overlooking the Solent, Victorious Festival is an amazing family friendly experience with the best live acts, an enormous free kids arena, bustling markets, real ale, real food and an atmosphere not to be missed.
Published on 01 December 2017 by Ben Robinson