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50 years of the Isle of Wight Festival

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The Isle of Wight festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary with The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher among the headliners.

But the organiser first has to apologised to those stuck in queues for hours as they arrived at Seaclose Park in Newport.

A million pounds has been spent on security this year, and those in charge say there was an unexpected early rush because of the good weather.

Mary Stanley was there. Click to watch her report:

Festival goers were getting ready with the glitz and the glamour, some even embracing the gold theme this year as the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Glittering up for the birthday celebrations Credit: ITV Meridian

50,000 people will be at the festival this weekend to soak up the sun, music and atmosphere.

But its a very different scene from that 50 years ago. Then, there were basic facilities- even open sewers. Now its luxury accommodation, like the room below costing a whopping £10,000 for the weekend.

Basic facilities to luxury bedrooms Credit: ITV Meridian

Top names this year include Kasabian, Rita Ora and Liam Gallagher.

We caught up with Nile Rodgers- one of the biggest music producers:

Over the years, the festival has attracted some of the biggest names in music. Rodger Simmonds has been to every Isle of Wight Festival:

Police say crime at the festival is historically low. Extra police and security have been drafted in, and there are drug amnesty bins.

But there was criticism yesterday (21/06) when security checks left people waiting up to 7 hours to get in.

Security bag checks left people waiting for ours to get in Credit: ITV Meridian

It may not be your typical idea of a festival, but hot tubs have proved a popular venue to relax and unwind.

Hot tubs proving popular to relax in at the festival Credit: ITV Meridian