Slideshow: Isle of Wight Festival under way

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Revellers have descended on the Isle of Wight en masse for this year’s festival.

Overnight rain and the prospect of stormy weather failed to dampen spirits of the 50,000 people who got the Isle of Wight Festival started in Newport.

The Isle of Wight Festival is in full swing. All pictures: PA

The Isle of Wight Festival is in full swing. All pictures: PA

Seaclose Park has become a hive of activity as throngs of music fans use Portsmouth as their access to the island.

Dance act The Prodigy headline tonight as they bring their pulsating live act to the main stage.

The Black Keys and You Me at Six are also generating excitement, while Groove Armada are scheduled for a late-night set at the big top.

Searing hot conditions greeted those who made their way to the festival yesterday, as the site officially opened.

Charlotte Redfern, 29, from Southsea is staying upbeat about the weather.

She said: ‘It’s supposed to thunder but they’ve been saying that all week. I’ve brought my wellies, but I’m staying postive.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing Paolo Nutini on Sunday. I saw him here in 2009 and he was brilliant.

‘The Black Keys are going to a good one for me, too

‘I queued for about an hour on the hovercraft to get over here, so the travelling has been fine.

‘There’s a big group of us here, so I’m looking to partying and having a good time with friends.’

Portsmouth University student Claire Stapley, 18, from Southsea, is one of the hundreds of people working at the event.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing Pharrell Williams,’ she said. ‘Hopefully our shifts will allow us to get along and see him.

‘We’re just excited to be here and part of the occasion.’

Fellow student Ellie Dykes, 21, from Southsea, added: ‘We’ve come over from Lyberry Bar in Guildhall Walk.

‘James Bay is one I’m really looking forward to.

‘We’re hoping the weather will hold off - but we’re working so we will have to brave it.

‘We’ve caught the sun being here anyway, so we don’t care.’

Last night was a real mix bag to suit musical tastes as soul, reggae, rock and Britpop were all showcased at the big top.

They came in the form of old-school rocker Billy Idol, Geno Washingston & the Ram Jam Band, UB40’s Ali Campbell and Oasis cover band, Noasis.

Portsmouth vintage night Hipshaker are once again staging a tent, with the festival stalwarts a hive of Portsmouth music creativity and faces.

Keep up to date with what’s happening at the festival in The News tomorrow. And check for video and the latest from the event.

You can also follow our reporters over the weekend by following @portsmouthnews on Twitter, or searching using the hashtag #IOWfest.

All pictures in slideshow by PA