Portsmouth Summer Show likely to be come an annual event

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  • Council leader makes pledge for annual summer show after successful event
  • 15,000 people watched host of live acts
  • Blue, Alesha Dixon and Professor Green were among the performers
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IT HAS exceeded all expectations and has been a huge success.

Now, it looks like the Portsmouth Summer Show will become an annual event.

Blue on stage ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150627-5584)

Blue on stage ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150627-5584)

Around 15,000 people packed out the King George V playing fields in Cosham on Saturday.

Acts including Alesha Dixon, Professor Green and boy band Blue took to the stage to bring some live music to the north of Portsmouth.

And it went so well that Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones, has said it will happen again.

‘It has been absolutely brilliant. It has exceeded all expectations,’ she said.

It has been absolutely brilliant. It has exceeded all expectations

Councillor Donna Jones

‘Twelve months ago I made a pledge that I wanted an event in the north of Portsmouth which we could keep going every year. I was hoping for a show that would be good for young children, teenagers and adults.

‘The weather was fantastic. There has been no trouble. All the acts have been brilliant and I am looking forward to next year – with an even bigger capacity.’

Next year, organisers could raise the capacity to its full allocation of 20,000.

The event was organised by the same group of people who have organised Portsmouth’s Victorious festival for the past few years.

Cllr Jones added: ‘The good thing about this site is that it’s near a bus and train station so people from Portsmouth and the surrounding towns can get here easily without any traffic congestion.

‘It’s been extremely well managed. We are lucky to have such a bright young entrepreneur as James Ralls in the city helping us to improve Portsmouth.’

Councillor Scott Harris, ward councillor in Hilsea, said: ‘What impressed me was the number of families that were there. It was a really good event.

‘The problem with the north of the city is we only have the fireworks event.

‘In the summer, people want to take the children out. This was very affordable. I was really happy with how it went. If this could happen for years it would be good for the north of the city. That’s what it needs. It was a great day.’

Co-organiser Ben Mills said: ‘It’s gone really well.

‘The vibe was really good. There were a lot of families here. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.

‘The acts went down very well. I’m really pleased with the crowd.’