Can’t we find a big enough field near Portsmouth?

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Is the Isle of Wight really the best place for a festival that attracts 60,000 people?

For anyone attending this weekend, the added cost of the ferry and the extra time travelling makes it the least attractive of all the festivals.

The ferries can hardly cope with the demand and last year a combination of rough weather and mechanical problems beset the hovercraft and catamaran services. Travel became a misery.

It’s no surprise the organiser has struggled to sell tickets this year. The original Isle of Wight Festivals ended up dying because of the travel issue. Maybe the same will be true this time?

Surely there’s a big enough field near Portsmouth where we could hold a mainland version of the festival?