No acts have pulled out of the Isle Of Wight Festival, despite heavy flooding throwing the event into chaos, a spokesperson has confirmed. Earlier today, organiser John Giddings told the BBC that he would consider refunding ticket holders if they sent their tickets back.
“I’m really sorry” he said. “I really appreciate all the support everyone has given us under the conditions… but the weather has been absolutely horrendous.”
The festival’s site has already been hit by heavy rain, with the main car park for this weekend’s event becoming waterlogged, leading to traffic congestion. Around 600 people were stranded on ferries overnight because traffic build-up meant passengers could not disembark. According to the latest Met Office forecast, today (22nd June) will be pretty wet, with showers predicted to fall from around 10am through to mid-afternoon. It should be dry after that though, meaning tonight’s headliner Tom Petty should enjoy a rain-free set.
Tomorrow (23rd June) is expected to be dry throughout the day, with temperatures even reaching as high as 16 degrees. However, rain is predicted to hit the site after 7pm, meaning headliners Pearl Jam may well play to a damp crowd. Sunday is the set to be the worst day for conditions, with rain expected to fall throughout the night and day, right up until the early evening, although it is predicted to stop for closing headliner Bruce Springsteen’s set.
About 55,000 people are expected at the three-day event on the island which has a population of 140,000. Elbow, Example, Lana Del Rey, Noah And The Whale, Biffy Clyro, Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Pulled Apart By Horses and The Vaccines will also play the event.