Festivals will go out in 3D

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THE Isle of Wight Festival is to become the first in the UK to be screened live in 3D.

The three-day day event at Seaclose Park in Newport – headlined by the Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Pulp and The Kings of Leon – will be broadcast in 3D on Sky.

The announcement comes after organisers submitted an application to increase capacity for this year’s event by 20,000 to 90,000 people.

The proposal, which is subject to a public consultation, is set to be discussed by Isle of Wight County Council licensing officials next month.

Bestival, which will be held on the Isle of Wight in September, will also be broadcast in 3D on Sky.

Promoter John Giddings, from Solo Music Agency, said: ‘It is incredibly exciting for our 10th anniversary to be at the forefront of television broadcasting in the 21st century.

‘And those unlucky people who missed out on buying a ticket will now have the opportunity to see it in their living rooms more realistically than a festival has ever been seen before – bring it on.’

John Cassy, channel director of Sky Arts and Sky 3D, said: ‘The Isle of Wight Festival attracts some of the biggest names in music and this year’s line-up is no exception.

‘Broadcasting live and in 3D for the first time is an amazing opportunity to bring viewers closer than ever to the real festival experience.’

Sky Arts and Sky HD will broadcast the festival live for two hours a day from June 10 to 12.