Organisers of Portsmouth's Victorious Festival have raised more than £155,000 for a number of local charities.
Headlined by The Libertines, Paul Weller and The Prodigy, and other acts including Kaiser Chiefs, Paloma Faith and Years & Years, the event will take place on Southsea Seafront from August 24-26.
Encouraging community involvement, the closest residents to the festival site are asked to nominate and decide who will benefit from each years donations. The chosen charities so far have included Southsea Skate Park, Portsmouth LGBT Pride, children’s football kits for Prospect School, African Women’s Forum Liberian School, Southsea’s drinking water fountains for runners and dog walkers, Southsea’s floral winter bedding, The D-Day Museum and Cumberland House Natural History Museum and Butterfly House.
Victorious Operations, infrastructure and procurement manager, Terri Hall, said: "From the off Victorious Festival was and is all about doing something lovely for the fine people of Portsmouth and those visiting; showcasing the city and the festival at its very best. It’s an amazing place, particularly its seafront where the festival is located.
“The festival has grown and grown over the years, but we have always ensured it is the best possible platform for highlighting the cosmopolitan, vibrant, friendly, seaside city, maintaining its local audience, as well as attracting folk from outside the city who come to enjoy the festival and explore the area.
“The positive economic impact of the festival on the city is something we’re very proud of and this enables the ever growing charitable contributions and relationships.”
Festival director James Ralls said: “We are thrilled to have raised such a significant figure to support such fantastic charities. We want to continue to engage and support our community not only by involving the public in the event itself, but to enrich the local area with contributions in the form of continued charitable donations and the sharing of resources."
Global Entertainment secured a majority stake in the festival last year.