Portsmouth Summer Show ‘marks beginning of city’s 2016 events calendar’

Crowds at last year's Summer Show
Crowds at last year's Summer Show
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THIS will mark the start of the summer events calendar in Portsmouth.

That’s the message from Tory culture boss Linda Symes as she calls on the city to rally together and support this weekend’s blockbuster Portsmouth Summer Show.

It’s the launch of the summer in Portsmouth, it will be a nice showcase of what we do really well, and that’s putting on events.

Tory culture boss Linda Symes

Cllr Symes says the spectacle at King George V Playing Fields in Cosham is an example of what Portsmouth does best – putting on events that people love and which benefit the economy.

The family occasion will feature performances from the likes of reality TV star Peter Andre and US hip-hop band Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Other major acts will include street dance troupe Diversity, boy band 5ive, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, English pop rockers Scouting for Girls and The Hoosiers.

The two-day spectacle kicks off on Saturday and the event site will be open from 11am to 11pm both days.

Cllr Symes said: ‘It’s the launch of the summer in Portsmouth. It will be a nice showcase of what we do really well, and that’s putting on events.

‘We have the America’s Cup and Victorious Festival which has proven incredibly popular coming up as well, which have added enormously to the city and its economic growth.

‘It’s important local people get behind Portsmouth Summer Show. It will be wonderful and will show what a wonderful city we have – one that is outward looking and trying to bring in inward investment.

‘We are offering a range of things for people to do in their own community without them having to travel to experience them.’

Workers have been busy preparing the main stage and getting stalls, barriers and a giant circus tent up for guests ahead of their arrival.

A programme of family activities has been drawn up, including a big top with a petting zoo, demonstrations from karate and dance troupes and a funfair.

Guests will be treated to craft and street food stalls and bars, art galleries and a bouncy castle.

Organisations including Portsmouth Watersports Centre will be represented.

Cllr Symes added: ‘For too long, everything was focused on the south of Portsmouth and not enough was being offered to people in the north of the city.

‘The popularity of the show last year has led us to believe it’s very safe and secure to put events on for people in the north of the city.’

For tickets, visit portsmouthsummershow.co.uk