IT WAS the morning after the weekend before and Southsea was silent.
The stages lay empty and deserted but the ground was soggy and covered in mud – operation clean-up was under way following the huge success of this year’s Victorious Festival.
Acts including Tinie Tempah, The Flaming Lips, Ray Davies and Basement Jaxx entertained thousands of people over the weekend.
And yesterday, the stages started to come down, and people were sweeping up the mess made on Saturday and Sunday.
Victorious co-organiser Andy Marsh said the process of cleaning up Southsea after the festival has gone well so far.
‘It’s so fast. It’s going really well,’ he said.
For the first few years, we were tidying up ourselves. But as the festival has got bigger, we have to get people in to helpAndy Marsh, co-organiser
‘The stage will be down in a few days. Everyone has been so professional with it.
‘For the first few years, we were tidying up ourselves. But as the festival has got bigger, we have to get people in to help.
‘The main stage will be down in a few days.’
On Sunday afternoon, 30,000 people packed out Southsea Common to watch Texas perform.
Attendance figures for the weekend are still being calculated, but it’s believed around 100,000 people packed out Southsea over the two-day event.
Andy said he is still on a high after the success of this year’s festival, which was expanded to include more stages as music-lovers spilled on to Southsea Common.
‘It went amazingly well. I am chuffed to pieces,’ he said.
‘It was really good. The reaction has all been very positive.
‘It’s so impressive. There was some rain on Saturday but people were still queuing up in their droves armed with their umbrellas.
‘The people of Pompey never disappoint.
‘People were up for it and that’s the best thing.’
And Andy said he hopes this will really begin to show people what the city has to offer.
‘It’s a nice place to come. It puts Portsmouth on the map as a destination.
‘There are these nice pubs and clubs and bars in the city with all these events going on.’