Windswept fans enjoy the Isle of Wight Festival

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Windswept revellers have been enjoying the first major music festival of the summer.

Fans at the Isle of Wight Festival have been treated to the likes of The Stone Roses and The Killers even though late night parties were dampened by wind and rain.

The crowd watching The Maccabees performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, in Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The crowd watching The Maccabees performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, in Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Cat Matthews, of Southsea, said: “Happy-go-lucky sums up my weekend - happy because I’m listening to great music in great weather and lucky because I won my tickets. Great times.”

And Dave Howlett, of Durban, South Africa, said: “I’ve had the awesomest time, so glad the sunshine has held out so far.”

John Giddings, promoter of the festival, has created new attractions away from the main stages for this year’s event with additions including a bohemian wood, cabaret club, extended dance tent and a bigger beach.

The luxury side of the festival has also expanded with hut tubs and barrel saunas being available in a new spa area and in the campsite Tangerine Fields are providing hundreds of campers with pre-pitched tents with extra luxuries such as a pamper parlour and phone charging.

The event will climax tonight with Bon Jovi closing the main stage.

Some Bon Jovi fans have been disappointed that guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing after he recently quit the group’s North American tour.

But Sir Bob Geldof, who is performing with The Boomtown Rats for the first time in 26 years, has hinted that he may be appearing with Jon Bon Jovi during his headline show.

Other acts performing at the festival include Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Everything Everything, Blondie, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks and Republica.

The event at Seaclose Park, Newport, opened on Thursday with The Farm and Happy Mondays performing for campers.

Anneka Wass, of 1940s retro group The Three Belles - who performed in The Hipshaker Lounge, said: “It’s an amazing experience.

“It’s been a massive deal for The Three Belles to be here, we had a huge crowd, it’s a big breakthrough for us.”

Ahead of their set on the main stage, lead singer of The Maccabees Orlando Weeks said they love watching the faces of the crowds at festivals.

He told Absolute Radio: “We spend so much time trying not to forget the words, we rarely have time to concentrate on anything else - but we do find it amazing the faces people pull at festivals when they realise they’re on TV.”

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