A STAR-STUDDED line-up of music performers will perform on the grand stage at one of the biggest events to ever grace Portsmouth.
The organisers of the America’s Cup World Series have revealed the list of high-profile artists appearing at a concert during the sailing spectacle from July 23 to 26.
Spearheading the night of music on the Saturday night are legendary 80s band Spandau Ballet, English rockers Bastille, boyband supergroup McBusted – made up of McFly and Busted – as well as Canadian artist Carly Rae Jepsen.
I am absolutely delighted with all of the bands that have been booked for the America’s Cup, in particular Spandau Ballet because I am a 1980s child.Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council
And tickets for the show are today on sale exclusively for spectators through The News who have already snapped up passes to watch the sailing.
Concert tickets will then go on general sale to the rest of the public on Tuesday, May 26.
Portsmouth’s leaders say the impressive bill is just another reason why the city is ‘in a league of its own’ when it comes to pulling in stars and putting on major events.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said she couldn’t wait for the show to get started.
‘I am absolutely delighted with all of the bands that have been booked for the America’s Cup, in particular Spandau Ballet because I am a 1980s child,’ she said.
‘I am really, really looking forward to it and I am cutting my annual family holiday short to make sure I am back for July 23.
‘We have got a fantastic entertainment programme in place thanks to the event organiser Team Origin.’
After two decades apart, Spandau Ballet reformed in 2009, embarking on a sold-out tour.
Lead singer Tony Hadley and the rest of the band, which includes actor Martin Kemp as bassist, say they will put on a performance that will have the audience singing their hearts out.
The concert is being held as part of a Portsmouth Live! entertainment programme during the world series in a Waterfront Festival Arena on Southsea Common.
The programme begins on the Thursday and Friday with the South Coast Proms 2015.
The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will take centre stage for a two-hour concert.
Cllr Linda Symes, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘This is showcasing Portsmouth.
‘We are firmly in a league of our own when putting on big events.
‘This will bring even more people to the city and boost the economy.
‘It’s a hugely exciting time.
‘There has never been a better buzz about the city.’
The America’s Cup World Series is set to be the biggest sporting spectacle that Portsmouth has ever seen, with more than 50,000 tickets having been sold in the first 48 hours of release.
The contest will feature Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie and his Portsmouth-based Great Britain team as they seek to storm through the qualifiers and clinch victory in the cup’s finals in 2017.
Between 10am today and 10am on Tuesday, May 26, fans who have already booked their ticket to the America’s Cup World Series event and residents with a PO1 to PO6 postcode will be able to access an ‘early bird’ opportunity exclusive to The News to secure their Saturday night ticket via ticketmaster.co.uk/portsmouthlive
Tickets will then go on sale to the general public after 10am on Tuesday, May 26.
Thursday, July 23
The official event opening ceremony and night one of the The South Coast Proms 2015 featuring The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
Adult standard ticket £25pp; child under 16 £10; family standard ticket £60; adult VIP (which includes a separate access lane to avoid queuing, cordoned area, separate food area and bar) £60; child VIP £15; family VIP £85.
Friday, July 24:
Night two of The South Coast Proms.
Adult standard ticket £20; child £7; family standard ticket £47; adult VIP £25; child VIP £10; family VIP £60.
Saturday, July 25
An evening of live music featuring Spandau Ballet, Bastille, McBusted and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Presale period: Adult £45; child £15; family standard £105; adult VIP £55; child VIP £20; family VIP £130.
General sale: Adult £55; child £20; family standard £130; adult VIP £65; child VIP £25; family VIP £155.
Tickets are also selling fast for the America’s Cup World Series event itself in Portsmouth.
Both the Waterfront Festival Arena (free to view, now only available for Thursday and Friday) and Fanzone Arena (paid for tickets, currently available on all four days) as well as hospitality packages are available at ticketmaster.co.uk/acwsportsmouth
HERE is a breakdown of the schedule for the evening entertainment programme at the America’s Cup World Series.
The Portsmouth Live! schedule begins with the South Coast Proms 2015 led by The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
Following an opening ceremony on the Thursday, the famous ceremonial band will treat the audience to two spectacular summer evening concerts, each featuring two hours of classical, contemporary and military music.
A regular sight at royal engagements, the band have decided to play their yearly one-off performance at the event instead of at Whale Island.
The proms will culminate with a traditional Naval Sunset Ceremony by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums and a stunning musical firework finale.
On Saturday, the tempo will go up a notch with a one-night pop and rock concert organised by ‘A Stones Throw Events Co,’ the team behind Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival.
Four acts have been confirmed for the concert to cater all ages and tastes.
Kicking off the confirmed acts is one of Britain’s great iconic bands, Spandau Ballet.
Having sold over 25 million records, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe, they will be joined by English rockers Bastille.
The band first hit the headlines in 2013 with catchy single Pompeii.
After a sell-out nationwide tour, McBusted are back on the road taking to the stage at Portsmouth Live!
Canadian star Carly Rae Jepsen will perform her successful hit Call Me Maybe.