Organisers of Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival (cap. 80,000) said the whole site will be open for three full days for the first time next year, while its first wave of artists has also been announced.

The UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, which takes place from 25-27 August, will host Jamiroquai, Sigrid, The Vaccines, The Divine Comedy and Beabadoobee, with others still to be announced.

The opening Friday of the festival will now include the whole site, meaning The Common and Castle Stages, the Kids Arena, Fringe Fields, Comedy and Acoustic Arena will all be open.

The festival’s lead booker Andy Marsh said, ‘“We’ve got some incredible names confirmed already but it’s just a fraction of what’s to come. We’re really excited about Victorious 2023 and we can’t wait to tell you more in the new year. It’s going to be big.”

Victorious has contributed a local economic impact of more than £15m since being launched by Marsh, James Ralls and Ben Miles in 2012. The festival is operated by a core team of 12 at Victorious Festivals Limited but when the event is up and running the workforce is expanded to around 3,000.