With Victorious Festival returning to the southern sea-side town of Portsmouth on the 27th and 28th August, we take a look at who to catch when you’re not soaking up the sun, beer and other delights the festival has to offer.
11). The Slow Readers Club – Sunday – Common Stage
With a name that every university student will feel they identify with, The Slow Readers Club provide upbeat music that is anything butslow. Buoyant yet brash, the Manchester band are to bring a mix of poppy guitar lines and laid-back beats to brighten up your Sunday afternoon.
10). Milky Chance – Sunday – Common Stage
You don’t often come across a band that is described as ‘a German folk duo with reggae and electronic music influences’, but, er, German folk duo Milky Chance are just that. A musical cocktail who are unafraid to combine the unexpected, their music is as much animated as it is creative. You might not have heard of them before now, but after the weekend, you won’t be able to get their contagious melodies out of your head.
9). Rat Boy – Saturday – Castle Stage
The latest indie-heartthrob to hit the scene, Jordan Cardy – most commonly known as the flattering Rat Boy – is to bring his laidback-indie-rap vibes to the south coast. Having a distinctly ‘Essex’ sound, Rat Boy embraces all things youthful and care-free. At only 20 years old, he is perhaps one of the youngest artists to brace the festival. But, he proves that age doesn’t matter when you’ve got a guitar and a whole lot of talent. All the best were young once, yano.
9). Editors – Saturday – Castle Stage
The Midlands’ very own Editors are to release their guitar ridden-angst in front of an unsuspecting crowd on Saturday evening. The band’s energy levels never waver, and the combination of thriving bass lines and robust rolling drum solos will provide a punch in the stomach for anyone who has never had the pleasure of listening to them before.
8). Annie Mac – Saturday – Castle Stage
Everyone’s favourite Friday night BBC Radio 1 DJ is set to headline the Castle Stage on Saturday night. Her sets will be a blast of electronic dance music, providing punters the perfect opportunity to get down and funky to an array of enigmatic tunes.
7). It Must be Madness – Sunday – Casemates Seaside Stage
If there’s anything I’ve learnt from my festival escapades over the years, it’s that it is not really a festival unless you’ve bashed out a drunken rendition of ‘It Must be Love’ in a beer-fuelled euphoria at least once. The tribute band of the prolific and 80’s best ska band (fact) Madness are guaranteed to provide you with the weekend’s best saxophone solos, all the best ska classics and plenty of embarrassing dad dancing. However, by 10 o’clock on Sunday evening, you’ll probably be too drunk to care.
6). The Coral – Saturday – Common Stage
Want a nostalgic throw-back to the best of noughties’ British guitar pop? Well then look no further than The Coral. Having released their eighth studio album Distance Inbetween in 2016, you can look forward to a mix of preppy and infectious guitar pop in the form of 2005’s ‘In the Morning’ (forever immortalised by ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’), as well as the more chilled-out and mature vibes of their newer material.
5). Emmy the Great – Saturday – Rhino AV Acoustic Stage
Saturday night’s Rhino AV Acoustic Stage headliner Emmy the Great will be a distinctive contrast to the other more pop and rock orientated acts that feature on the Common Stage. Emma-Lee Moss’ wistful vocals float in and out of stripped back guitars and beats creating an overall minimalist and pensive sound. The musical equivalent of a gin and tonic, Emmy and the Great will be a refreshing end to your Saturday night.
4). The Horrors – Saturday – Common Stage
Ever since the release of their 2006 debut album, The Horrors have caused tidal waves in Britain’s indie scene, releasing critically-acclaimed album after critically acclaimed album. The Horrors provide you with your five-a-day of musical extravagance, combining indie-goth-shoegaze-garage punk with hints of electronica. With their signature post-funeral aesthetic, the band will be a refreshing indie-goth ray of sunshine at the Portsmouth festival.
3). Echo & the Bunnymen – Sunday – Commmon Stage
Victorious Festival has the perfect balance of old classics and up-and-coming acts. Falling into the former category comes Liverpool’s finest Echo & the Bunnymen. The 80s’ band combine infectious riffs and the kind of poetically elusive lyrics you used to scribble across your school planner when you were fifteen and daydreaming of greater things out of your classroom window. A cracking act to get the crowd before the arrival of Sunday’s headline act.
2). Manic Street Preachers – Saturday – Common Stage
Saturday night headliners are prolific 80s’ rock band Manic Street Preachers. Having previously headlined the likes of Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds Fest, their thumping guitar rock is enough to get you jumping uncontrollably up and down. With a total of eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards under their belts, they really are a gem in this year’s Victorious Fest’s lineup.
And the unmissable music legend act goes to….
1). Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Sunday – Common Stage
Well, does he really need any introduction? It is only the legend, the hero, the 90’s ultimate rock n’ roll star himself: Noel Gallagher. With both his 2011 self-titled album and 2015’s Chasing Yesterday having reached number one in the UK album charts, Gallagher has still got it. Being favourite to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival, his post-Oasis years have proved to have been some of his most successful to date. Expect a set that is full of the good-old Gallagher charm, guitar solos that are enough to blast you back to the nineties themselves and a rock n’ roll supernova to end the weekend.
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Words by Juliette Rowsell, originally posted on The Gryphon