THE organiser of the Isle of Wight Festival said this year looks set to be one of the best yet.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Seaclose Park in Newport today for the popular festival which kicks off tonight and will run until Sunday.
Ferries across to the island will be packed as the sold-out festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year in its modern format.
Tonight will see Boy George and ABC perform in the Big Top tent.
Tomorrow, The Courteneers and the Kaiser Chiefs will take to the main stage while American rockers Kings of Leon will headline.
On Saturday the Foo Fighters will headline and Kasabian will close the festival on Sunday night.
John Giddings, organiser of the festival, said: ‘We sold out at 65,000 tickets before Christmas which is quicker than ever before.
‘We have gone more rocky this year with three of the most contemporary rock acts in the world.
‘I am just praying for the weather now.
‘Everybody is so proud and pleased to have lasted so long and get to this point.
‘I think this year will be one of the best ones. Everybody seems really up for it. There is something for everyone.
‘Booking a festival is one of the most enjoyable jobs in the world. The Isle of Wight is a great place for it as well.’
Other acts to perform on the main stage over the weekend include Pulp, The Script, Plan B and Beady Eye.
Tom Jones will headline the Big Top tent on Saturday night while the Manic Street Preachers will perform on Sunday evening.