Music fans pack ferries for Isle of Wight Festival

STAR Bruce Springsteen will headline the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday
STAR Bruce Springsteen will headline the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday
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HORDES of music fans were today on their way to enjoy four days of music and fun at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Up to 70,000 people are expected at the festival, which will feature headlining sets from American rock heavyweights Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Among those heading over will be Adrian and Lynne Sproson, from Hill Head, who will be attending for the first time in more than 40 years.

Mr Sproson, 60, was there in 1969 and 1970. He said: ‘The most important thing for me was to see Bob Dylan.

‘I had bought the Melody Maker and seen that he was playing at this Isle of Wight Festival. I lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the time and didn’t even know where the Isle of Wight was.

‘It really was something else with all the hippies dancing and a bit of an eye-opener.

‘I went again the next year and it was much, much bigger.

‘I have lots of fond memories, but I was rather young.

‘We’ve decided to go this year largely because the line-up is so good for us – we’ve got Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

‘We’re looking forward to it.’

Festival-goers will need to make sure they’re prepared for rain – the forecast is for a mix of sunshine and showers throughout the weekend.

The festival at Seaclose Park near Newport is now in its 11th year since being revived in 2002 and will see 220 acts perform by the time Springsteen closes the event on Sunday night.

Other top acts include Mercury Prize winners Elbow and Madness – fresh from playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Vaccines, The Charlatans and pop stars Tinie Tempah and Jessie J are also among the acts.

Indie legends Primal Scream will headline tonight’s opening night.


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