Victorious now one of Britain’s finest festivals

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VICTORIOUS Festival has been called one of Britain’s must-attend music spectacles after announcing a star-studded line-up for this summer.

As revealed in yesterday’s News, Tinie Tempah will headline this year’s festival, which is expected to see up to 110,000 visitors pack out Southsea Common over August 29-30.

Victorious Festival 2014 on Southsea Common.

Victorious Festival 2014 on Southsea Common.

The hip hop artist will be joined by the likes of The Flaming Lips, Basement Jaxx, The Fratellis, Ella Eyre, The Magic Numbers and Texas at the event.

And with more stages than ever before, Victorious is set to pump around £5m into the local economy.

Councillor Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council cabinet member for culture, leisue and sport, said: ‘Last year the festival brought in around £4m into the community, which is fantastic for Portsmouth and Southsea.

‘With even more people expected this summer, we hope that can be improved upon this time.

‘Victorious is different to other festivals because it has a family aspect.

‘Unlike many other events festival-goers are able to go outside the music site.

‘It’s good that people are allowed to come and go as they please, it means they are putting more money into the local economy. The improvements and quality of musicians now means Portsmouth boasts one of the country’s best music festivals not to be missed.’

This summer’s Victorious will cater for all ages and music fans, with chart-topping artists, DJs and local acts.

It is also hoped organisers will bring back the children’s area from last year.

The main hub of the event will be on Southsea Common after the triumph of the move from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2013.

Businesses and hotels in the area have also welcomed the Victorious line-up.

Martin May-Clingo, the owner of White Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Southsea, said: ‘We were full over the Victorious bank holiday weekend last year and are glad some people have rebooked to come to the festival again. It’s a big boost for tourism.’

This summer will also mark the start of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth.

Maureen Frost, chief executive of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘The Victorious Festival and events like this will boost tourism in the city through hotels, restaurants and shopping.

‘We know that people do not just come to Portsmouth for the event but they like to return to explore what the city has to offer.’

Day tickets for the festival are on sale and cost £18 each until April 13.

Children under five go free.