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Bestival and Isle of Wight Festival awards success

Bestival has been named as Best Major Festival in 2015 Credit: ITV Meridian

The Isle of Wight is well-known for its festivals, but now it's been officially recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Bestival has been named as best major festival at this year's UK Festival awards.

The Isle of Wight Festival has picked up Best Headliner and Best Family Festival accolades.

The Isle of Wight Festival has been named Best Headliner and Best Family Festival Credit: ITV Meridian

"Oh crikey, Bestival HQ is in a psychedelic hangover fug today as news sinks in of our win last night at the Festival Awards. To win Best Major Festival in 2015 is testament to our incredibly faithful Bestivalites who come back year in year out, but also the likes of Missy, the Chems and Duran Duran for lighting up the skies, and mostly our tirelessly devoted staff and crew who make it all come together. This awards for all you guys…my mantelpiece is full already!"

– Rob da Bank, co-founder of Bestival


Isle of Wight Festival gets underway

The glorious weather we've been experiencing turned to rain in many places today so it can only mean one thing - the festival season has begun!

Yes thousands of people on the Isle of Wight swapped their flip-flops for wellies in preparation to see headlines acts such as Blur, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol and The Prodigy.

Divya Kohli has been among the festival goers and met one visitor of a very different kind...

Hunt for man after women assaulted at IOW festival

Police are searching for a man suspected of indecently assaulting a woman at the Isle of Wight Festival.

A woman in her 40s was standing alone in the Cabaret Club waiting for friends between 6.30pm and 7pm on Sunday 15th June.

She was approached from behind by a man who assaulted her physically and indecently for about five to ten minutes before walking away.

The suspect was wearing a green short sleeved polo shirt with a white stripe around the collar Credit: Hampshire Police

The suspect has been described as white, in his early 40s, 6ft, medium build with short spiky brown hair with sideburns.

We are keen to talk to anyone who was in the Cabaret Club between 6.30pm and 7pm watching the burlesque show on Sunday, June 15. They may have seen this incident, which occurred at the entrance to the show floor, particularly the woman who spoke to the victim to check on her welfare.”

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Vici Hayward of Isle of Wight CID
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