Victorious Festival announce more ‘big guns’ for their South Coast bonanza

What’s better than lying in the sun? Lying in the sun listening to a banger of a tune or 12, that’s what. Luckily for all you banger fiends (there’s a phrase never to be used again) there’s a hell of a knees up shaping up on the south coast, perfectly placed in the calendar to catch the ten minutes of light this country will enjoy this year. And what’s more, Victorious’ latest line up announcement has just made it even more appealing to jump on the train down from London to its site in Portsmouth’s historic dockyards (it’s only an hour and a half!).

Some of those joining Noel Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers, Mark Ronson, The Horrors, Echo and The Bunnyman and many, many more are…

  • Annie Mac

When Zane Lowe left the BBC for the slightly more glamorous destination of Los Angeles and its Beats Radio studio, his replacement Annie Mac must have been one of the few to be happy about the great DJ’s depature from his weekdays slot on Radio 1, where he spread good new music far and wide. But what a treat we have all had, as the Irishwomen’s eclectic taste has taken the show to newer, more dynamic heights. She’s headlining the festival’s second stage on the Saturday, promising to extend that approach – never letting you rest for even a moment – to what promises to be a set to remember.

  • Public Service Broadcasting

Imagine listening to Radio 4 (not hard, really –  just listen to your grandparents). Then imagine that very dialogue playing over some electro-funk tinged with orchestral happenings, somewhere in between Jamie xx and Mercury Rev. That’s Public Service Broadcasting, who use ancient radio archive samples as vocals, leading to songs not only about but sampling the actual audio of the events of the Blitz, the Race For Space and successful Everest expeditions. If all that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then consider this –  in lieu of a frontman the group use a TV to play their radio samples during live shows. It’s all a bit Kraftwork 2.0, and all the better for it.

  • Wretch 32

Wretch 32 is playing on the main stage in the afternoon – one for the kids, basically. But the grownups should be there, too. Wretch 32 has an impressive back catalogue of hits and collaborations, containing hooks you might not remember until they’re played. But when they are played, you really will remember them.

  • DMA’s

Let’s face it, Oasis are music for the sun. But another thing to face is the fact that Oasis no longer exist, and considering the Gallagher siblings’ recent comments concerning each other that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. So instead settle down and settle in for what should be a glorious summertime set from the band more Oasis than Oasis, DMA’s. The Sydeny trio never fail to successfully raise the spectre of Madchester and use it to get your arms around your mates like it’s 1995 again. One not to be missed.

Tickets are currently only £30 a day for this party in Portsmouth, so get ‘em here (http://victorious.seetickets.com/event/victorious-festival-2016/southsea-seafront/906476) whilst they’re still cheap.

Victorious Festival takes place in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyards from 27 – 28 August 2016.

This Victorious article was written by Ben Duncan-Duggal, a GIGsoup contributor

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