Victorious Festival fans dizzy with excitement snap up tickets

STAR TURN Dizzee Rascal is headlining Victorious Festival.
STAR TURN Dizzee Rascal is headlining Victorious Festival.
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THE organiser of this year’s Victorious Festival says he’s been overwhelmed by the response from excited fans.

As reported, Dizzee Rascal, Seasick Steve, Shed Seven and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are some of the artists who will perform on Southsea Common this summer.

Event organiser James Ralls says his team have been flooded with positive comments on social media websites – and ticket sales are doing well.

He said: ‘The response has been great.

‘Everyone has been so positive and everything is going well. We haven’t received anything negative from people at all.’

Twitter user 
@princessclairin said: ‘great announcements from 
@VictoriousFest, already excited!’

And @rags2803 added: ‘Did a little happy dance when I heard Shed Seven had confirmed for VictoriousFest this year! Amazing!’

The South Parade Trust, which hopes to take over South Parade Pier, said the announcement made it more determined to ensure the attraction can play a part in the 2015 festival.

A team of staff are now ensuring every element of the festival, happening from August 23 to 24, runs smoothly.

Mr Ralls has held talks with the council and fire authority about the kind of management system needed to cope with extra traffic on the roads.

A ‘green’ scheme is being looked at where drivers who turn up with four or more passengers get free soft drinks all day.

‘We’re talking to everyone from the council and they are supporting us as an organisation,’ Mr Ralls said.

‘We want to make great use of all the car parks and we don’t just want one or two people showing up in cars.

‘We want to be as green as we possibly can.

‘We want people to bring full cars.’

Earlybird tickets cost £15 and can be bought from the Victorious Festival website.


PLANS to move the Victorious Festival to Southsea Common have met with approval from those who work in the area.

Reyad Shihadeh, manager of the Palm Hotel on Clarence Parade, said: ‘This area used to be booming, but now with the pier shut down and all the nightlife gone from the seafront it’s just not the same.

‘Anything that can breathe some new life back would be great.’

Southsea groundskeeper Richard Payne said: ‘It will be positive for the area. Obviously for residents there will be a noise pollution problem but it’s good for tourism and it’s good for the seafront.‘