Brian Wilson and Dub Pistols added to line-up for 2018 Victorious Festival

This year’s Victorious Festival already looked like one of the year’s best events, boasting appearances by Paul Weller, Lightning Seeds, Bluetones and Billy Bragg.

It’s just got better, with confirmed appearances from both Dub Pistols and the legendary Brian Wilson.  It’s not yet known whether Wilson will play a varied set or the whole of ‘Pet Sounds’ as he has at other recent shows, but his appearance at Victorious really adds something to an already impressive bill.

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Real Gone’s End of Year Round Up, 2017

As always, it’s been an interesting year for music, but unlike a few previous years, there have been no clear winners or stand-outs. There has been a lot of great music, of course…and this year, we’ve found it very hard to pick favourites.

Our top ten albums, as always, has been restricted to things that actually got reviewed at Real Gone and very much represent our broad musical scope. Hopefully, a couple of our choices will align with yours, but more importantly, we hope our top picks will open your ears to something new.

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Sleeper announce a string of tour dates for 2018

Following their four much celebrated appearances at the Star Shaped Festival, the recently reformed Sleeper announced a headline show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire scheduled for December.

Very much gathering momentum, Sleeper have now confirmed a run of live dates for next year. Details of dates and venues can be found on the poster below.

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REAL GONE GOES OUT: Sleeper – Kentish Town Forum, London, 5/8/2017

It’s approximately 8:30pm. The house lights are wavering and there’s a growing feeling of tense excitement in the venue. Spent in the company of various bands from Britpop’s peak, the Star Shaped Festival has already provided a very enjoyable afternoon, but there’s also been a definite feeling throughout most of the day that a reformed Sleeper are the biggest draw, so perhaps this tense and nervous feeling is more than justified. There’s a lot riding on their return and this next hour.

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