Southsea Fest organisers say event will return next year after break

ROCKING Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux at last year's Southsea Fest

ROCKING Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux at last year's Southsea Fest

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MUSIC lovers have expressed their sadness that a popular music festival has decided to take a break.

The Southsea Fest has showcased the best of new music from the UK and beyond for almost a decade.

Organiser of the festival Josie Curtis said: ‘After nine years of promoting Southsea Fest we’ve decided to take this year off and have a well-needed breather.

‘We’ll be back in 2016 with some new things to share, and as always a blinding line-up of emerging music.’

Since the start of the festival thousands of fans have descended on Albert Road to hear their favourite bands and discover new talent.

‘It’s been an incredible nine years, and the support we’ve seen from everybody involved in the event, and indeed all the ticket buyers, has really kept us going,’ said Josie.

‘Truly, it’s been overwhelming.’

Throughout the street venues from the Kings Theatre to the tiny Coffee Bean cafe have played host to acts, many of which have gone to bigger things such as Bastille, George Ezra and Band of Skulls.

Josie added: ‘The landscape of live music events in Portsmouth has really changed in those years, and being a part of that has been tremendously exciting... and we know we leave the people of Pompey in good hands this year.’

Fans have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions.

Nathan Westley said: ‘Sad news, seen so many ace new bands @Southseafest, always a great atmosphere too.’

Southsea DJ Carl Lemon has played at the festival since the very beginning.

He said: ‘I have worked closely with the festival organisers for many years and if they want a break to help it progress and keep its longevity then that is great.’

Organisers have assured fans that they will return in 2016 with new tricks and have told them to keep their eyes peeled for news of the festival next year.

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