Victorious Festival ready to rock after clinching licence

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THIS year’s new and improved Victorious Festival has been given a licence to go ahead.

Organisers of the highly-anticipated event on Southsea Common next month have been given permission to hold live music as well as other entertainment.

They’ll also be able to sell alcohol and supply late night food following approval being given by Portsmouth City Council at a meeting yesterday.

It comes as a huge relief to the team behind the festival, who have already enjoyed bumper ticket sales.

James Ralls, festival organiser, said: ‘I am delighted.

‘We are now in the final stages of planning, there’s only a few weeks to go now.’

Around 1,500 people will be working on site to ensure it’s a success, including 70 to 80 police officers and 250 security guards. Ward councillor Michael Andrewes said he supported the festival but the wellbeing of residents should be taken into consideration.

Yet it was revealed 1,200 leaflets had been sent about the event to homes and no-one objected. Acts set to perform during the event over the August Bank Holiday weekend include Dizzee Rascal, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Seasick Steve and Shed Seven.