AS TENS of thousands of music fans descend on the Isle of Wight, organisers are reminding them to make sure they pack the sunscreen.
Portsmouth’s ferry ports were today packed with people loaded up with camping gear, heading to the Isle of Wight Festival site in Newport, which runs from today through to Sunday.
Alongside musical highlights including Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Kings of Leon, and a UK festival exclusive from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the weather forecast is looking sunny for the weekend.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the low 20s, with plenty of sun and the only rain expected to be some light showers tomorrow evening.
And a good forecast is good news for the event’s organisers, who still shudder at the mention of 2012 when torrential downpours left the festival’s car parks mud baths that led to island-wide gridlock.
John Giddings, the festival’s main organiser, said: ‘After we had those problems in 2012, we built our own roads, so we will never have that problem again.
‘We’ve been setting up the site for the last couple of weeks, and everything is going well.’
He added: ‘The best news though has been the weather forecast – the last couple of years, it’s not been so good, but I’ve been stunned by it for this weekend.
‘We need to tell people to get their sunscreen packed.
‘We’ve got about 50,000 people coming and we’re very happy with it – it’s a great place to have a festival.
‘When you see the crowds enjoying themselves, it makes it all worthwhile.
‘The Chili Peppers are the jewels in the crown this year.
‘This is the only festival they are playing in the UK and Ireland this year, so we’re really looking forward to seeing them.’
Check isleofwightfestival.com for ticket availability.
The News will be covering the event online and tweeting about what’s been happening – keep an eye out for the hashtag #IOWFest, and go to portsmouth.co.uk
n See tomorrow’s Guide to find out what’s on when over the weekend and the Big Interview with Travis, who close the festival on Sunday night.