THIS year’s Gosfest is going to be bigger and better than ever before.
That is the message from the organisers of the four-day festival which will be held at Stokes Bay for the first time.
Eventures is expecting to bring in £5.9m into the Gosport economy if the festival reaches full capacity of 30,000 visitors a day.
The new location will also allow camping facilities for the first time.
With 3,000 early-bird tickets already sold for the four-days, director Chloe Palmer is optimistic they can bring in the millions of pounds for local businesses.
She said: ‘We have been totally overwhelmed by the response of our fans with the sales of the early-bird tickets.
‘In the past, Gosfest has sold 91 per cent of its tickets in the week leading up to the festival.
‘But this year, we have already sold more than 3,000 tickets.
‘Ticket sales are continuing to sell steadily with Saturday taking a very vast lead. If the sales continue as they are, we expect Saturday at least to be sold out around two months before the gates open.
‘This year is definitely bigger and better than previous festivals.’
The festival had been held at Walpole Park, near the town centre, in previous years, but with the announcements of headliners James Arthur, Union J and Scouting for Girls, Eventures decided a bigger site was needed.
Chloe added they have been working with attractions and businesses in Gosport to ensure the event stays safe, fun and beneficial for the town but would also encourage tourists to make the most of town and surrounding areas.
More acts for the festival, which is from July 30 until August 2, will be announced soon including one for the older generation and a DJ for the DJ Showdown night.
MP for Gosport Caroline Dinenage added: ‘Anything that beings thousands of people into Gosport to see what we can offer and see the beautiful beaches we have is exciting.’