THE organisers of the America’s Cup World Series concert have spoken of their pride after securing top-class artists for the huge occasion.
The team behind Victorious Festival is responsible for drawing 80s icons Spandau Ballet to Portsmouth alongside top acts Bastille, McBusted and Carly Rae Jepsen.
This is an exciting time and this is exactly what we wanted for the city.James Ralls, America’s Cup World Series concert organiser
The star-studded line-up is part of an open air gig during the competition qualifers, which features a British team led by Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie.
Tickets for the concert are now on sale exclusively for spectators who have bought separate passes to the sailing from July 23 to 26, and will go on sale to the rest of the public from Tuesday.
Victorious co-organiser James Ralls said he was hugely proud of the line-up he and his colleagues have devised under their events company, A Stones Throw Events Co.
And he said there has never been a more exciting time in Portsmouth.
‘The line-up is brilliant – we love it,’ he said.
‘This is an exciting time and this is exactly what we wanted for the city.
‘We want more of this – the more the better.
‘We want to get Portsmouth on the map and hopefully we’ll be seeing more and more people coming here.
‘These events are going to bring so much money in from outside of the city.
‘We are seeing big money from places like London, Guildford; even places like Japan.
‘This is the most exciting time since I have lived in Portsmouth.’
Readers took to Facebook, Twitter and The News website yesterday to voice their approval of the line-up.
Portsmouth Society, which supports cultural initiatives, says the city should adopt the slogan ‘the great party city’ to go with the one championing it as ‘the great waterfront city’.
The concert will take place on the Saturday night after a day of races as part of a Portsmouth Live! entertainment programme on Southsea Common.
The programme begins on the Thursday and Friday with the South Coast Proms 2015.
The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will take centre stage for a two-hour concert. It is anticipated Portsmouth’s America’s Cup qualifiers, which will be coming back to the city in 2016, will pump more than £120m into the local economy, providing a massive boost to shops, hotels, bars and restaurants, and boost the city’s cultural scene.
Visitors have had the option of claiming a free ticket to the event’s ‘waterfront festival’ or pay to get into a ‘fan zone’ with grandstand seating.
Both areas will feature on Southsea Common as part of a ‘race village’ for guests.