Meridian Tonight producer Kate Taylor has just confirmed that this evenings headliner Bruce Springsteen has safely arrived at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Local residents on the Isle of Wight have launched a special website to offer assistance to festival goers who have camped in muddy fields. Offers of clothing, spare tents and free gardens are flooding into the site from concerned local people.
You can see the website here.
The Isle of Wight Council has released a statement as they assist some festival goers from leaving the Island safely.
– Isle of Wight Council Statement
Detailed plans are in place to keep transport and people moving as the Isle of Wight Festival comes to a close today (Sunday).
A key feature of the plan involves controlling egress from the campsite, particularly during the main commuter time of 7.30am-9am on Monday morning, to help residents travel as freely as possible. The festival camp sites will be monitored between these times so traffic does not overwhelm the road network.
Other steps include arranging a fleet of more than 100 4X4 vehicles to help festival traffic leave the camping site.
The Isle of Wight Festival Organisers have thanked fans for their support during this years festival.
In a statement the organisers said;
"Thank you for coming! We know it has been hard for you with the weather.... Thursday was difficult for us with the car parks turning into mud very quickly even with our preparations in the run up to the Festival. "
"There is a plan of action in place today and tomorrow for you to get your car out and on your way. We have a fleet of 4x4's and tractors to make it easier for you and stewards will give you directions as you leave the campsite."
"It has been an incredible weekend of music and I hope you have enjoyed it."
Pearl Jam were unreal at @isleofwightfest last night. I sincerely believe they are at the absolute peak of their powers right now.
Some people are leaving the Isle of Wight festival early after a weekend of wet weather. Others are looking forward to seeing the headline act of Bruce Springsteen after performances by Biffy Cyro and Pearl Jam.
Some revellers have opted to leave early on the third and final day of the annual Isle of Wight Festival due to the wet conditions, but many thousands more are staying put for Bruce Springsteen's headline performance tonight.
Hampshire Police has confirmed that they are sending extra police officers to the Isle of Wight to assist some 55,000 fans from leaving the waterlogged site later. Some fans are expected to leave this evening to try and beat the rush to the ferries.
– Chief Constable Alex Marshall, Hampshire Police
“I’d ask that those heading home by car drive sensibly and carefully. Due to the volume of traffic on the site drivers should expect some delays and we would ask you to be patient and remain with your vehicles, as the organisers work to get you home.?
“The unprecedented impact the rain had on the site brought with it a unique challenge in the festival’s 11-year history and our officers, PCSOs and staff worked hard alongside Solo and our partner agencies to tackle the situation as quickly as possible."
The organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival say they will not be offering refunds after hundreds of people were forced to camp in muddy fields.
Revellers say they are making the best of bad situation, with some being forced to sleep in the open after their tents blew away.
Meridian's Sarah Cooper is at the festival all weekend and sends this report.