Music and football fans will be in their element for the next fortnight with the start of a new festival to raise money to fund the Pompey Supporters’ Trust’s share of Portsmouth Football Club.
The trust raised enough money to be the majority owner of the club, but the more money it has behind it, the greater the percentage of the club it will own.
Bars, pubs and clubs in and around the city are all involved with the Play Up Pompey Music festival.
It was the brainchild of Jamie Purnell, frontman of Guide Award-winning band Kill Kasper.
He says: ‘It all started out with a couple of musicians looking to chip in together for a share in the club. Then we thought, “why not put a gig on instead?”.
‘We invited some friends along for a drink and, after the first 10 rounds, things got a little ambitious. Our single show had turned into a 16-day festival of music and comedy with 100-plus performers hosting 33 gigs in 20 venues all over the city.
‘Every artist is playing for free and every single penny we raise is going towards community shares in Portsmouth Football Club.
‘A lot of the shows are free too. This isn’t just about money. It’s more about galvanising support for the local team and giving others a chance to chip in for a share they might not be able to afford on their own.
‘Everyone who loves the club is coming on board and even those right at the top of the club itself are helping to plan shows or calling in favours for us.’
For tickets or to find out more, see playuppompey.org. Tickets can also be bought from the venues or Fratton Park ticket office.
See page 46 of The News today for the chance to win tickets to the festival.