Victorious Festival 2021 LineUp Poster

The country is slowly emerging from Covid hibernation and as it does so, festival and other live music announcements come thick and fast. Whilst some notable festivals have sadly been lost for a second year, those coming at the end of the season have every reason to be confident that the show will go on.

One such is Victorious, which falls on the bank holiday weekend, 27-29 August. Victorious Festival is the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival and returns to Southsea Seafront this summer with an excellent line-up including Madness, The Streets, Royal Blood and many more.

Friday night at Victorious is always a party night and in 2021, headliners Madness will maintain that trend with a return to the Southsea Common stage.

Headlining Saturday are The Streets who changed the UK rap scene forever in 2002 with debut album Original Pirate Material. Mike Skinner was booked to play Victorious in 2020 so it is great news that the south coast should still get to see and hear anthems like Has It Come to This?, Fit But You Know It and Dry Your Eyes – albeit a year later than planned.

Brighton power duo Royal Blood will be knocking seagulls out of the sky when they debut as Victorious headliners, closing out the 9th edition of the festival with their high-energy brand of alt-rock on Sunday night.

Also announced for Victorious 2021 is legendary singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft, who will deliver what should be an unmissable set. As well as his own excellent solo material, expect community singing of The Verve anthems to be ringing out over The Solent on Saturday night.

Victorious is family friendly and always offers an incredibly eclectic music mix. Across the weekend, expect great performances from classic indie bands Glasvegas, The Kooks, The Fratellis, Cast and Feeder. 90’s popstars Craig David and Melanie C will both be live at the festival and are sure to be a huge family hit with sing-along tunes like Never Be The Same Again, Too Much, Fill Me In and 7 Days.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer their festival music with beer flying around their ears, feted Dublin punks Fontaines DC and psych rock band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs will be big attractions on Sunday afternoon.

Britpop stars Supergrass are also set to take to the stage on Sunday. The band’s debut album, I Should Coco, was Parlophone Records’ best-selling debut album since The Beatles’ Please Please Me, while single Alright saw them achieve international success. Victorious presents a rare opportunity to watch them play live.

Speaking about this year’s festival Andy Marsh, festival director, said: ‘‘This year’s line-up is my personal favourite. It feels like we have achieved an exciting combination of headliners, rising artists, and the return of some family favourites too. We believe there really is something for everyone to enjoy this summer and we can’t wait to welcome you all!’’

Early bird tickets for Victorious Festival are on sale now. Currently from just £30 per day (fees apply) from the Victorious Festival website.

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Words by Simon Reed. His website Musical Pictures is here.

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Simon Reed
I'm a freelance live music photographer and writer, shooting pictures anywhere but predominantly in London and south coast venues. I prefer bands with guitars in them. They move about more.

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