Britain’s Got Talent finalist Issac Waddington to close America’s Cup ceremony as more free tickets announced

The America's Cup starts next week
The America's Cup starts next week
  • More free tickets for arena during the day
  • X-Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson to perform at Sunday’s closing ceremony
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FURTHER free tickets to the America’s Cup racing have been added to meet high demand.

The additional tickets are for Waterfront Festival Arena on Southsea Common, during the day on Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26.

I’m so excited to sing at the closing ceremony

BGT finalist Issac Waddington

And Portchester’s Isaac Waddington, 15, who made it to the final of Britain’s Got Talent, will take to the stage on 
the Sunday as part of the closing ceremony.

Although the singing sensation did not win the competition overall, he impressed BGT boss Simon Cowell so much that he signed him up to his label Syco.

Isaac, a Portsmouth Grammar School student, said: ‘I’m so excited to sing at the closing ceremony.

‘I watched the last America’s Cup in 2013 and was blown away by some of the races, especially after growing up by a boatyard environment.

‘I’ve been a Portsmouth boy for all my life so it’s a real honour to do such a big thing in my hometown.’

X-Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson has also joined the line-up.

She said: ‘I’m so delighted to be performing at this America’s Cup event.

‘What an honour to be chosen to be involved in such an inaugural sporting event. I look forward to seeing you there.’

Six America’s Cup teams will compete and there will be plenty of entertainment in the four days for the World Series, which runs from July 23 to July 26, featuring a British team led by Olympic sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie.

There will be aerial displays by the Red Arrows, Red Bull Matadors, The Blades, Trig Aerobatic and the Grace Spitfire.

The prize-giving will be hosted by Gosport-born TV presenter Davina McCall and takes place between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on the main stage, on the common, on Sunday.

To get free tickets, for the festival area which would be valid from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on the Sunday, then you must register for them online.

To do so, visit

And there are still tickets left for the live music performances taking place on Saturday evening called Portsmouth Live!

Artists include Spandau Ballet, Wet Wet Wet, McBusted and Carly Rae Jepsen.

To buy these tickets, which cost between £20 to £45, visit