Victorious Festival’s success leads to plans for possible expansion

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THOUSANDS of people headed to the city for Victorious Festival – and the organisers are already planning to expand for next year.

James Ralls, one of the organisers, said the 2015 festival will be bigger, with plans for more acts and activities.

The clean up begins on Southsea Sea Front following the Victorious Festival. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142460-3)

The clean up begins on Southsea Sea Front following the Victorious Festival. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142460-3)

He said: ‘We are already planning for next year even though this year’s has just ended.

‘But we want next year to be bigger and better with bigger artists and more things for people to do.

‘So we might have to look at getting extra space.’

Around 80,000 people turned up for the two-day festival on Southsea Common over the weekend.

Seasick Steve at the Victorious Festival in Southsea on Sunday, August 24''Picture: Paul Windsor

Seasick Steve at the Victorious Festival in Southsea on Sunday, August 24''Picture: Paul Windsor

Top acts Dizzee Rascal, Shed Seven, Seasick Steve, Razorlight and Dan le Sac V Scroobius Pip drew crowds over Saturday and Sunday.

And it was a bumper weekend for businesses and tourist attractions in the area as well.

Liam Gleeson, who runs web and social media at the Southsea’s D-Day Museum, said the Clarence Esplanade attraction saw nearly more than seven times as many visitors than August bank holiday last year. In total 5,005 people came to look at the museum, compared to 753 in the same weekend last year. The museum was within the festival site.

‘It’s fantastic, everyone came to really enjoy it,’ Mr Gleeson said. ‘We had a lot of donations for the D-Day Museum Trust.’

Taxi firm Aquacars also benefited, picking up thousands of people from the festival on both days. In the north of the city, the First Bus-run park and ride at North Harbour was 95 per cent full.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, cabinet member for economic development at Portsmouth City Council, said the festival was a welcome boost for the city and few noise complaints were received.

Cllr Stubbs, a resident in South Parade, Southsea, said: ‘It’s been a huge success, it’s provided a shot in the arm for lots of local businesses and a good day out for huge numbers of people.

‘About 40 per cent of those who attended were city residents.

‘I hardly heard a thing at home, the acoustic fencing worked really well.

‘The council had expected a large number of complaints because we were worried the noise would travel.’

Around 12 people were arrested, according to police on Twitter.

The @FestivalCop account said on Saturday: ‘Of the tens of thousands who have enjoyed today’s @VictoriousFest only a dozen arrests have been made.’

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