Pop stars Olly Murs and Rita Ora will take the spotlight at this summer’s Victorious Festival.
They complete a mega line-up for the August bank holiday event, The News can exclusively reveal.
Festival bosses have also bagged cult indie rockers The Charlatans, who will join Madness for the spectacle’s all-new Friday opening party night taking place across Castle Field.
Frank Turner will be the weekend’s special guest, while other new artists announced include British Sea Power, Echobelly, Raye, Rationale, Tom Grennan, Toy, Lewis Watson, Banfi, Lily Rendle-Moore and Leo Stannard.
Victorious Festival boss Andy Marsh said he’s delighted with his line-up of big names, which takes the event to another level and puts the region firmly in the spotlight.
Organisers expect ticket sales to ‘go crazy’ now mega act Olly Murs – whose hits include Troublemaker and Dance With Me Tonight – has been signed.
Olly Murs is a huge name; he’s going to be fantastic. If he wasn’t playing at Victorious, he would probably be doing a leg of stadium dates or performing at a cricket ground.Victorious Festival boss Andy Marsh
Mr Marsh said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to diversify, which we strive to do every year.
‘Victorious is a big family festival.
‘We’ve already revealed all the big indie headliners, so it’s great to be get some pop and dance out and ensure there’s something for everyone.’
He added: ‘Olly Murs is a huge name – he’s going to be fantastic.
‘If he wasn’t playing at Victorious, he would probably be doing a leg of stadium dates or performing at a cricket ground.
‘We’ve got a base here now and it’s attracting the big names.
‘We’re not losing out to the other big coastal towns.
‘This line-up is brilliant for the event and for the city.
‘These are really big names that perhaps we wouldn’t have been able to attract a few years ago.
‘And hopefully for anyone from the local area, there will be something they will like on there and give them a reason to come and support the event.’
Olly Murs – who shot to fame after finishing second in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009 and who has gone on to tour with Robbie Williams, will light up Castle Field on Sunday night.
Rita Ora will take over the Castle Field stage’s Saturday evening slot.
Portsmouth Tory culture boss Councillor Linda Symes praised the major announcement.
Cllr Symes said: ‘It just keeps getting better and better.
‘It says a lot about the city’s status – things are really improving here now.
‘It’s gone from strength and strength, the organisers don’t just put on the same old, same old.
‘They’re improving the event all the time.
‘They up their game every single year, rather than resting on their laurels.
‘I just think it’s wonderful.
‘It’s a measure of who the organisers are and where they are going.’
As reported in The News, off-site camping will also be brought in for the first time at this year’s Victorious – which could be attended by more than 120,000 people.
This year’s bumper bill comes after Oasis songwriting legend Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers and DJs Mark Ronson and Annie Mac performed at the 2016 Victorious.
Camping will be provided on fields behind the Peter Ashley Activity Centre, eight miles from the Southsea festival arenas.
A camp-and-ride service will be introduced for festival-goers so they can hop on shuttle buses to and from the event.
The site will be able to accommodate 7,000 campers and will include facilities such as showers, toilets and cooking and zones for barbecues.
There will also be food stalls and traders offering general store items, lockers, mobile phone charging and non-alcoholic refreshments.