Comment: Portsmouth Live! will give us another great music boost

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IT’S arguably never been a better time to be a music fan in Portsmouth.

Spectators are spoiled for choice this summer as promoters book the best bands around to perform at festivals across the region.

Spectators are spoiled for choice this summer

There’s the all-new Portsmouth Summer Show, the hugely successful and ever-growing Victorious Festival and Mutiny Festival happening not all that far away at Fontwell Park.

And that’s before we even think about how impressive the entertainment programme is going to be at the America’s Cup World Series, which will attract a whole generation of people who will remember the icons Spandau Ballet.

There are class acts performing at all of these exciting events and they will draw crowds from all around, placing Portsmouth firmly on the national and international stage.

Music brings people together, lifts their spirits and gets them in the party mood – and that can only mean good news for the city and the region’s economy as a whole. Pubs, restaurants and hotels will reap the benefits as people liberally spend their cash having a great time.

But from a cultural perspective, it is also very exciting.

The prospect of more and more young people being encouraged to get into music, either through wanting to learn an instrument and join a band, or take up careers in the creative industries, is extremely positive, and something we should firmly support.

These sort of events are not only important ways of helping to sell Portsmouth – but in getting youngsters off the sofa and showing them there’s more to life than a computer or an Xbox. And if they’re inspired by the likes of Sir Ben Ainslie, that can only be a good thing.

It’s a hugely exciting time for Portsmouth and many will be relieved and buoyed by the surge in positive news which is now coming the city’s way - long may it continue.