Mutiny fever grips Portsmouth as thousands snap up tickets after 50 Cent announcement

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TICKET sales for Mutiny Festival have shot through the roof as excitement builds over 50 Cent’s appearance at next year’s music spectacle.

Mutiny boss Luke Betts has revealed 10,000 day tickets have been snapped up since they went on sale for the King George V Playing Fields show last Monday.

It’s a combination of good artists, great feedback from last year and an amazing location. We’re hoping to add some off site camping after Christmas too.

Mutiny organiser Luke Betts

That’s a third of the total number of day tickets available for Mutiny, taking place on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28.

And 5,000 weekend passes have gone as fans prepare to pack out Cosham for the celebration, which last year was headlined by Grammy award winner CeeLo Green.

American rapper 50 Cent, whose debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ sold more than 10 million records worldwide, will top the bill on the Saturday night.

The blockbuster booking was unveiled by Mr Betts last week ahead of the start of ticket sales.

And there are also hopes off-site camping can be rolled out for next year’s spectators, in an effort to grow the event.

Mr Betts, also co-responsible for this year’s hugely popular Portsmouth Oktoberfest in Guildhall Square, said: ‘I think we’ll sell out in advance this year, which is pretty amazing.

‘It’s a combination of good artists, great feedback from last year and an amazing location. We’re hoping to add some off site camping after Christmas too.’

Portsmouth Tory culture boss Councillor Linda Symes said: ‘Isn’t it great – it’s a different concept for a different audience and it’s a market we should be tapping into.

‘It’s great for the city, there’s something on offer for everyone.

‘We’re a city that’s open for business. It’s fantastic.

‘It’s a good show, we need to allow it to bed in for a couple of years and see where it goes. Last year, it was great, and we want it to follow the same pattern.

‘Like Victorious Festival, it has to grow, but not too quickly.

‘People need to continue having the confidence their kids can go there and they will be safe, have a great time and dance to the music they love.’ 
 It comes after Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival revealed camping will be offered to fans next summer on fields near Peter Ashley Activity Centre off Portsdown Hill.

Artists have yet to be announced for Victorious 2017, which this year featured Oasis songwriting legend Noel Gallagher, the Manic Street Preachers, DJs Mark Ronson and Annie Mac, Travis, the Editors, The Coral, Levellers, Wretch 32 and The Horrors.