GLOBAL rap star Tinie Tempah and American rockers The Flaming Lips are leading this year’s Victorious Festival, The News can reveal.
The summer music spectacle will be bigger and better than ever – with more stages and huge amounts of extra cash being spent to draw in bigger crowds and accommodate a range of musicians.
Video shows a promotional film for Victorious Festival 2015, with footage from the 2014 event
Up to 110,000 visitors are expected to pack Southsea seafront for the two-day bonanza over the August bank holiday weekend on August 29 to 30.
English rapper Tinie Tempah, whose hits include Written in the Stars and Pass Out will headline the Castle Stage on Castle Field on Saturday, August, 29, and The Flaming Lips will take to the all-new Southsea Common stage as the festival continues to grow.
Veteran rock band Texas, singer-songwriter Ella Eyre and The Fratellis are also other top names on the bill.
Festival co-organiser James Ralls said ‘millions of pounds’ was being spent on the festival to ensure it is a roaring success.
‘These acts are huge and it is great for the city,’ he said.
‘The festival is getting bigger and better year after year.
‘We have spent the last six months working towards this.
‘It’s such a highlight getting these acts and we can’t wait to see everyone having an amazing time and enjoying themselves.’
Andy Marsh, another of the festival organisers, said: ‘So much hard work has gone into this, as soon as the last festival finished, we were on the phone looking to book our next acts.
Talking of the new Common stage being introduced, he said ‘We needed to ensure we had the extra infrastructure for each of these bands, especially ones like Flaming Lips which have impressive light shows, as Dizzee Rascal had last year.
‘We seem to be getting noticed by other festivals now. We went to the UK Festival Awards and it meant a lot to just to be recognised as a real festival.
‘We wanted to create a festival with no limitations that could be enjoyable and affordable for all ages.’
Already confirmed as the Sunday headliners are Basement Jaxx.
Another high-profile artist set to perform the same evening will be revealed in April.
Day tickets are on sale and cost £18 each until April 3.
They will then increase to £25 and will rise to £30 each after July 3.
Children under-five go free.
As reported, last year’s event pulled more than £4m into Portsmouth’s economy and saw acts including Dizzee Rascal, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Seasick Steve perform.
This summer will also mark the start of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth.