Victorious announces Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Sleaford Mods, The Cribs, and more

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Victorious Festival 2018 dates and times

  • Friday 24th August: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Saturday 25th August: 10:00am to 11:00pm
  • Sunday 26th August: 10:00am to 11:00pm

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, English electronic punk music duo Sleaford Mods, and West Yorkshire-hailing indie rockers The Cribs are among the latest additions to Victorious Festival 2018’s already stellar lineup, joining the likes of The Prodigy, Paul Weller, The Libertines, and Kaiser Chiefs.

The legendary Brian Wilson is remembered for lighting up the sixties with his infectious blend of pop, psychedelia, complex melodies, and tight harmonies. He directed the Beach Boys away from a generic surf stalemate to the iconic soaring pop-rock masterpiece that was Pet Sounds, changing popular music forever and influencing an entire generation of musicians.

Younger generations who aren’t familiar with Wilson or the Beach Boys by name will no doubt have umpteen ‘ooohhh, they made that song!’ moments during Wilson’s Victorious set.




Post-electro-punk agitators Sleaford Mods — who featured on fellow Victorious headliner The Prodigy’s song Ibiza — will be administering large doses of social commentary. Expect broken dance beats, driving bass, and unique vocal delivery.

Celebrating 16 years at the most credible edge of lo-fi indie-rock, The Cribs are a welcome addition to the Victorious bill. With a legacy that includes six studio albums and an extended collaborative period with guitar hero Johnny Marr, The Cribs have always more than represented when it comes to playing live. Their set this summer is sure to be a highlight. 

Also joining the spectacular lineup are dub-hop pioneers Dub Pistols — known locally for their support of Portsmouth not-for-profit Tonic Music — and feted indie four-piece Stereo Honey, plus calypso afro-rockers Cassia, indie rock outfit Bang Bang Romeo, Queen opening act Electric Pyramid, Irish country singer Catherine McGrath, and folk musician Nathan Ball.

Victorious will once again be held in the picturesque seaside location of Southsea, overlooking the Solent.

It’s the ultimate family-friendly festival experience. 

Revellers can expect an eclectic mix of live music and DJ performances, from some of the biggest names in the music industry.

A medley of local-centric food markets and ale stalls will be present, as well as an arts and craft marketplace, a jam-packed kids arena hosting themed games, live performances, and more.

Friday tickets start at £30.00 and Saturday and Sunday tickets at £45 at the time of writing, maintaining Victorious’ position as one of the best-value festivals in the UK.