The Guide Awards: Best Exhibition / Event

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The two-day music event gambled on a move out of the Historic Dockyard –its home for the first two years of its existence – and down to the seafront.

The Guide Awards' Best Exhibition/Event award

The Guide Awards' Best Exhibition/Event award

And it was a gamble that paid off handsomely. Tens of thousands of music fans flocked to the festival to enjoy sets from the likes of top stars including Seasick Steve, Ocean Colour Scene, Dizzee Rascal and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

It also gave dozens of local acts the chance to shine on the many stages dotted around the vast site.

Ben Miles, from the festival’s organising committee, accepted the award on behalf of the team.

He said: ‘This is great –this is the first award we’ve won outright on our own.

‘It’s a lot of hard work and we all take great pride in it.

‘We’re all from Portsmouth, the organising committee all grew up around here, so it’s nice to be able to do something and get the chance to show people what we are capable of.’

Plans are already well underway for this year’s event –dance stars Basement Jaxx have already been announced and Ben added: ‘We’re looking at some good high profile acts, and putting on lots of unsigned local acts again.’

And the festival is starting to get recognised on the national stage.

‘We got nominated in the National Festival Awards as well where we were in with well-established events like Camp Bestival and Latitude, so that was quite cool,’ added Ben.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30.