Portsmouth set for cultural boost as enhanced events programme unveiled

The Portsmouth Summer Show will return to King George V Playing Fields in Cosham next year
The Portsmouth Summer Show will return to King George V Playing Fields in Cosham next year
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PORTSMOUTH is gearing up for a cultural boom as plans are unveiled to hold more regular events in the city.

Council officials want to build on the success of major attractions held this summer in a bid to boost the local economy and give people more to look forward to.

We want to do things for all sections of the community.

Tory culture boss Linda Symes

Portsmouth Summer Show, a new family music festival held in June on King George V Playing Fields in Cosham, is making a return next year over two days as opposed to just one.

It follows the news that dance music event Mutiny Festival will be held at the same venue – after taking place at Fontwell Park – on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016.

And a new deal could be reached to allow Victorious Festival to continue in the city for another seven years.

More than 100,000 visitors came to Southsea for the August bank holiday bonanza to enjoy a star-studded line-up which included Basement Jaxx, Tinie Tempah, Ray Davies and The Flaming Lips.

Tory culture boss, Councillor Linda Symes, said: ‘It’s important the whole of the city benefits from these events.

‘It’s only fair that some of them are in the north, because these people also deserve events on their doorstep.

‘King George V Playing Fields is an important venue, but it’s also important we maintain it as sports pitch, too. Portsmouth Summer Show was well received by everyone who went.

‘There were grave reservations about events being held there because of the previous bad behaviour experienced in the past, at events like fireworks night.

‘But it was great that people from all areas of the city came to have a fun day out. We want to do things for all sections of the community.’

Council leader Donna Jones said it was part of her bid to meet residents’ needs and make Portsmouth a premier destination.

The council’s drive to bring more events to the north of the city comes after Port Solent hosted the Moscow State Circus’ Extreme Stunt Air Battle, which attracted hundreds of people.

The event has been held in Southsea for the past four years, but when organisers requested two dates this year, Port Solent was suggested as an option.

It comes after a recent seafront survey carried out by the council revealed 79 per cent of all 1,129 respondents said they would like to see more special events held on Southsea Common.