Southsea Common announced as venue for Victorious Festival 2014

POPULAR Victorious Festival 2013  Picture: Cameron Windsor

POPULAR Victorious Festival 2013 Picture: Cameron Windsor

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THIS year’s Victorious Festival is will take place on Southsea Common, organisers have announced.

The music festival will move to Southsea’s seafront after two successful years at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

City council planners approval the move today.

The organisers have a secured a five-year arrangement for the festival to be held on the seafront and as result have also promised that if over 30,000 tickets are sold, £2 from each ticket will go towards the city’s D-Day Museum along with a percentage of income organisers receive from stall holders.

It is expected 60,000 people will attend the festival over Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August.

A specialist sound consultancy has been approached to reduce any noise issues and the organisers will work in partnership with the council to create a traffic management plan.

Cllr Lee Hunt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: ‘This is a fantastic deal for residents. Not only are the organisers making a considerable gesture towards our D-Day Museum, through profit from ticket sales, but this is a great event for the city.

‘Local businesses will benefit, Portsmouth will be seen as city which invests in culture and even more visitors will want to come here.

‘Those behind the festival have a well-established and well-loved event. They are able to handle large scale events and I’m very satisfied in their plans to handle traffic and noise, and believe we’ll have a great partnership.

‘We have confidence in the organisers which is why we’ve agreed to a five year plan.’

James Ralls, one of the organisers of the Victorious Festival said: ‘Hosting this year’s festival on the seafront means we’re able to grow and work with local attractions.

‘We have seen the potential in this event and are looking forward being on the seafront over the next five years.

‘Working with a specialist sound company, the police, and the council, over noise, traffic and crowd management means we’re confident that we’ll have robust plans in place to deal with any concerns.’

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