Portsmouth Summer Show announced

Victorious Festival 2014 on Southsea Common.
Victorious Festival 2014 on Southsea Common.
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  • Up to 15,000 visitors expected at Portsmouth Summer Show in north of city
  • Top acts to perform at event being organised by team behind Victorious Festival
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ANOTHER major music spectacle attracting 15,000 visitors and a raft of top performers is coming to Portsmouth, The News can reveal.

The Portsmouth Summer Show is heading to the north of Portsmouth at the King George V Playing Fields, in Cosham.

The one-day festival on Saturday, June 27 will see major artists – like those who play at Victorious Festival – play and a range of attractions including extreme sports, a fairground, petting zoo, street bars and a field dedicated to children’s entertainment.

It is being pulled together by the organisers of Victorious – who say it will be similar to the Bank Holiday event held on Southsea Common.

It comes just a month before the America’s Cup World Series heads to Portsmouth’s shores – and in the same year Victorious hopes to pull in its biggest crowds and performers to date.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said it was fantastic more opportunities were being brought to the north of the city – and the event will add to the region’s growing status.

‘This shows Portsmouth is a world destination,’ she said.

‘It shows we are a fantastic place to visit with so much to offer.

‘It’s hugely exciting. We are a whole city and I want people in the north to be able to know about and go to events in the south, and I want people in the south to have other options. Whether that’s at the lido, Wymering Manor, Hilsea Lines, or at events that are sport or art-orientated in the north of the city.’

Negotiations with high-profile acts are under way and their names have yet to be revealed.

Organiser James Ralls said: ‘It will be a bit like Victorious, but with more of a carnival atmosphere.

‘You don’t see anything else like this in that part of the city. Portsmouth is getting bigger and bigger in terms of the interest in culture and there’s a huge demand for more events.’

Councillor Linda Symes, Tory cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘We had been advertising how we wanted more events in the north of the city – and James offered to host a show up there. The area has huge potential. I hope it will boost the economy of Cosham and show Portsmouth is open for business – not just on the seafront but on other sites as well.’

Tickets cost £7 for over 15s, £5 for five to 15-year-olds, and £1 for anyone under five. Buy online at portsmouthsummershow.co.uk