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Indie Heavyweights Open Victorious Festival 2018

Victorious (24-26 August ‘18) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, has revealed the bill for its opening night – a quartet of the best live party bands the UK indie scene has ever produced.

Last year’s inaugural Friday night Opening Party with Madness was such a resounding success, the organisers have decided to do it again – only bigger and better, with all the live action taking place in the huge main arena.

Needing no introduction whatsoever, this powerhouse of the best of British indie-rock is guaranteed to get the festival off to a fantastic start, with a host of legendary bands.

Twenty years since their formation, The Libertines are still at the forefront of British rock and with an immense back-catalogue of hits, and rumours of new material in the pipeline, these stone-cold legends are the perfect outfit to get things going.

Leeds’ finest, the veteran indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs, are renowned for their energetic live sets and amazing rapport with the audience, and their Friday night set is sure to be a Victorious highlight.

Doyens of the original Britpop explosion, Shed Seven aren’t merely survivors, they’re innovators. With rave reviews for their fifth studio album – Instant Pleasures – coming thick and fast, fans will be able to immerse themselves in brand new tracks, as well as rolling back the years with the Shed’s legacy of hits.

Ian Broudie’s Lightning Seeds are another classic Britpop act guaranteed to delight revellers young and old. With hits too numerous to mention, The Lightning Seeds are in the very DNA of UK indie pop, from dance floor fillers, to TV theme tunes to the world famous ‘Three Lions’ single that made the number 1 slot in both 1996 and 1998.

Festival director Andy Marsh said: “Our Friday night Opening Party was such a hit last year, it made sense to do it again, but make it even better. We’ve gone for a solid line-up of absolute indie legends. It’s going to be a brilliant night, and with tickets from just £30, you’d be mad to miss it!

“We’re going to announce the full weekend bill very shortly – and it’s going to be spectacular – but we couldn’t wait to reveal Friday, it’s going to be some party!”

  • Friday 25th August – Friday night Opening Party – 4-11pm*
  • Sat 26th August – 10am-11pm
  • Sun 27th August – 10am-11pm

With Friday tickets available from £30, and Saturday and Sunday at £35 a day, Victorious Festival continues to be one of the best value festivals in the UK. For tickets and details go to:

* Restricted site access – event includes Common Stage Arena and Seaside Stage Arena. Families welcome but please note, there will be no Kids Arena.

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