UPDATE: Victorious Festival gets licence for next 10 years

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PORTSMOUTH’s premier music spectacle has been awarded a licence to be staged in the city until 2027.

City leaders this morning gave Victorious Festival permission to be staged for the next 10 years as they seek to reap all the benefits it brings for the foreseeable future.

Victorious’ deal was set to expire in 2020, but event bosses can now go up to 2025 and have the option of extending on if they wish through to 2027.

This year’s installment of the August Bank Holiday bonanza featured the likes of Oasis legend Noel Gallagher, DJs Mark Ronson and Annie Mac, Manic Street Preachers, Editors, Travis and The Levellers.

Approving the plans, Portsmouth Tory culture boss, Councillor Linda Symes, said: ‘In principle, they now have a contract until 2027. The benefit to the city is, we will keep the festival here, otherwise there were a lot of commercial enterprises vying to take Victorious to other cities. The economic benefit is immeasurable.’