Mutiny festival organiser’s excitement at coming to Fontwell

Mutiny in the Park at Victoria Park in Porstmouth. 19/07/2014 Picture : Melanie Leininger PPP-140721-132908001
Mutiny in the Park at Victoria Park in Porstmouth. 19/07/2014 Picture : Melanie Leininger PPP-140721-132908001
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A FESTIVAL organiser has spoken of the benefits he believes the event can bring to the community.

Luke Betts, of Mutiny Festival, said tickets sales were already going well for the event at Fontwell Park.

“We’re really happy with how it’s all coming together,” he said, adding so far there had been a really positive response.

The inaugural event last year was held in Victoria Park, Portsmouth, and dubbed the city’s first-ever dance festival.

However, because of a date clash this year with the America’s Cup, organisers had to find a new venue for the event.

It could have been a stumbling block, but Luke said it helped the event push on, bringing their three-year plan forward a year.

“We’ve had to accelerate it,” he said. “It’s good for the customer in a way because they get a bigger line-up out of it.”

A number of names have already been announced, including Idris Elba, Katy B, Maverick Sabre and more.

Luke said he was hoping the dance music festival could also help put £1.5m into the local economy when it takes place from July 17-19.

Figures released last year showed the hugely-popular Victorious Festival, in Portsmouth, brought in an extra £4m.

Whereas Victorious pulled in 65,000 people, Mutiny is expecting to be more like 10,000-15,000, with Luke describing it as a ‘boutique festival’.

“It’s nice to give the younger people something to get excited about,” Luke said, adding he hoped the event would be successful enough to be repeated.

“We want to be here for a long time,” he said. “We want to deliver a safe event that the community benefits out of.”

Visit the website www.mutinyfestivals.co.uk