THE first 15 acts for next year’s Victorious Festival have been announced, including the Friday night headliner.
Acid Jazz superstars Jamiroquai, fronted by Jay Kay, will top the bill on the first day of the event, which for the first time will host as many acts and stages on Friday as on Saturday and Sunday over the August bank holiday.
The Southsea Common weekend, the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, will also feature The Vaccines and their Southampton-born lead singer Justin Young, Scandinavian songwriter Sigrid, Liverpool legends The Coral and recently reformed Coventry trio The Enemy.
They will be joined by The Divine Comedy, Aussie punks Amyl and The Sniffers, Katy B, Dylan, Newton Faulkner, Wunderhorse, Crawlers, Dylan, Ireland’s Modernlove and Manchester’s Inspiral Carpets.
Jamiroquai’s appearance will mark 30 years since their debut album Emergency on Planet Earth, which was followed by hits such as Virtual Insanity and Deeper Underground.
Saturday and Sunday headliners and many other acts are still to be announced.
Speaking about next year’s event, Andy Marsh, lead booker, said: "We’ve unveiled a little taste of next year’s line-up ahead of Christmas as a little festive treat for everyone.
"We have some incredible names confirmed already, but it’s just a fraction of what’s to come. We’re really excited about Victorious 2023, and we can’t wait to tell you more in the new year."
Around 70,000 people attended this year’s festival to see Sunday headliner Sam Fender wow fans after Paolo Nutini and Stereophonics had performed on the Saturday and Friday, along with Bastille, Suede, The Libertines, The K’s and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
The extended festival means that as well 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 the festival, which runs from August 25 to 27, are on sale at victoriousfestival.co.uk
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