THE organisers of Victorious Festival are reaping the benefits after official visitor figures revealed more than 100,000 people enjoyed the spectacle.
A total of 49,436 visitors poured through the gates on the bank holiday Saturday and another 51,894 saw the star-studded music show the day after – 101,330 in total.
The team are already looking at ways of improving the event and we believe we will make an even better experience next year.Victorious co-organiser James Ralls
The weekend boasted a range of mega acts including Texas, Tinie Tempah, Basement Jaxx, Johnny Marr, The Flaming Lips and Ray Davies.
The visitor numbers are a huge rise on last year’s Victorious – which saw about 80,000 guests in total – after it was expanded this year to take in Southsea Common, where the main stage was.
Event bosses say they’ve been approached by other cities to host the festival – but they’re staying put as long as they’re still made welcome.
Victorious co-organiser James Ralls said: ‘We were very happy with the number of people who came this year and it goes to show how much the people of Portsmouth will support local events, even with bad weather.
‘The event keeps growing and this means we can always make it better every year with more content in all of the areas. The team are already looking at ways of improving the event and we believe we will make an even better experience next year.
‘Looking at ticket sales demographics, we can see that the equivalent of 24 per cent of Portsmouth residents came to the event and this shows the level of local support that Victorious Festival has and really inspires the team to make sure we give the best possible show for the best price to the people of our home city.
‘We’ve had a lot of interest from other cities around moving the event but as long as we are welcome we will be staying in our own city.’
The Victorious team are due to publish an economic report revealing how much of a boost the event gave the economy and how businesses benefited.
Portsmouth Tory culture boss Linda Symes said: ‘It’s fantastic for the economy.
‘Last year, Victorious brought in £4m for the local economy – that’s an awful lot of money. We have got letters from all of the businesses, with the exception of some, that have nothing but praise for the festival.’
Meanwhile, the last of the event site was due to be cleared yesterday.
It followed a number of complaints about the state the area had been left in following the festival and the smell it had created.