ROCK giants Kasabian will headline Saturday night at Victorious Festival as organisers reveal more acts to perform across the weekend.
Music superstars Kaiser Chiefs, Jake Bugg, Alt-J, Pete Tong and Ellie Goulding will also play at the three-day event, which takes place over the August bank holiday on Southsea Common.
The Charlatans, Blossoms, Natalie Imbruglia and Annie Mac are also on board, while Scotland’s Belle and Sebastian, Sea Girls, Friendly Fires and indie folk singer Ben Howard, who tops the bill on the second Castle stage on Sunday, will also appear.
Acid Jazz superstars Jamiroquai have already been announced as Friday night headliners, along with appearances by The Vaccines, including their Southampton-born lead singer Justin Young, Liverpool legends The Coral and Coventry trio The Enemy.
Comedy fans also have a bumper line-up including West End star Omid Djalili, Jason Manford, Shooting Star’s Angelos Epithemiou and Mock The Week’s Dara O’Briain and Zoe Lyons.
Leicester band Kasabian, fronted by Serge Pizzorno, will bring songs from seven studio albums including hit singles Fire, Club Foot and L.S.F. Their set at Victorious comes a year after they were main support to Liam Gallagher at Knebworth and 25 years since they first got together.
Kaiser Chiefs played to thousands in Bournemouth in November, while The Charlatans’ first visit to the south coast in 1990 became legendary when it coincided with them bursting onto the national scene with their single The Only One I Know, and hundreds of people queuing outside The Joiners in Southampton hoping to see them.
Nottingham kingpin Jake Bugg headlined Southampton Guildhall last April and, despite his young age, few artists are as musically versatile, embracing rock, country, soul and blues. Television fans will know one of his signature tunes, Trouble Town, as the theme to BBC One hit series Happy Valley.
Sunday night headliners and many other acts are still to be announced, but speaking about this year’s event, Andy Marsh, lead booker, said: ‘‘This year’s line-up is one of our biggest to date and we are thrilled to finally reveal more of these incredible acts. We are already counting down the days, this year is going to be huge!”
Around 70,000 people attended last year’s festival to see Sunday headliner Sam Fender wow fans after Paolo Nutini and Stereophonics had performed on the Saturday and Friday.
The year, as the main Common stage, Friday will now also include the Castle stage, the Kids Arena, Comedy, Beats and Swing stage, and the Acoustic Arena, the same as Saturday and Sunday.
Victorious has a history of supporting up-and-coming south coast acts, including names such as Crystal Tides, Jerry Williams and Harvey Jay Dodgson.
Early bird tickets for Victorious Festival August 25 to 27 are on sale with weekend camping tickets from £180 and day tickets from £60. More at victoriousfestival.co.uk
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