Mutiny Festival brings £2.7m into Portsmouth economy

A MUSIC festival brought more than £2.5m into the city's economy following its biggest event to date.

Saturday, 18th November 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:12 pm
Mutiny Festival brought over £2m to the local economy Picture: Paul Windsor

A report into Mutiny Festival revealed the Portsmouth event contributed £2,786,000.

Held on King George V playing fields in Cosham the event hosted American hip-hop artist 50 Cent and Chase & Status and Rage as well as Pendulum and Lethal Bizzle.

One of the organisers Luke Betts said he was overwhelmed at how successful the festival had been.

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He said: ‘We are local Portsmouth people putting this event on for the city and it’s great to see it doing so well.

‘We do so many nightclub events, student nights and food and drink festivals but the music festival is a huge step up.

‘It was overwhelming seeing some of the figures in the report but it was also quite humbling.

‘When you live in 
Portsmouth and can bring an event like this to your 
doorstep, it makes you proud.’

The report revealed the organisers, who also own Guildhall Walk nightclub Astoria and run 
Oktoberfest, spent more than £1.5m putting on the festival in May.

It also revealed festival-goers spent £768,000 with local businesses during the two-day event and it attracted visitors from more than 20 countries.

Luke added: ‘It shows people coming to the festival were staying in hotels, using the bars and restaurants and shopping in the city.

‘Last year, we had people buying tickets from loads of different countries and it was the same this year.

‘We had people buying them from America, Europe and Australia.

‘We aren’t saying they are coming to England just for Mutiny but it shows if people are on holiday or visiting then Mutiny is an attractive day out for them.’

Around 30,000 people descended to the north of the city over the two days for the fourth year of the festival.

As well as growing in scale, the festival has become more established in the music industry.

This year, it was nominated in the Best Metropolitan and Best Medium-Sized Festival categories in the UK Festival Awards.

Luke said: ‘Mutiny Festival has gone from a small event in the park to an event getting nominated for national awards.

‘This year, to have 50 Cent in Cosham was amazing.

‘Victorious Festival smashed it as well this year which is great for Portsmouth.’

Victorious Festival also celebrated its biggest event this year.

It was estimated to bring a £10m boost to the city.

It too was nominated in the UK Festival Awards for Best Metropolitan, Best Major Festival and Best Family Festival.

The winners will be announced on November 30.