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Thousands head to Isle of Wight Festival

Thousands of people are heading to the Isle of Wight for the first of this season's music festivals.

Rain and heavy wind caused some problems for those trying to put up their tents.

But as Andrew Pate found out, the lure of big stars like Rod Stewart meant everyone was in high spirits.

Andrew spoke to the festival organiser, John Giddings.

It's not just the music: festival-goers on why they go

Don't forget your tent! Festival-goers head for site on the Isle of Wight

The first of tens of thousands of music fans have been crossing the Solent for the famous Isle of Wight Music Festival. The line up this year includes Rod Stewart, Rag 'n' Bone man and Bastille. We spoke to some festival-goers as they travelled to the site in Newport.

In the wake of recent terror attacks police have stepped up security at the site. People are being advised to remain alert, but not alarmed.

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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

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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...

Newlyweds overwhelmed by Isle of Wight Festival surprise

John Giddings, promoter of the Isle of Wight Festival, appeared at a wedding reception to present two VIP tickets for this weekend’s event to James and Fiona Jeremiah.

The couple met at the 2009 festival and were married at Ventnor Botanic Garden.

We've just let the pictures and interviews tell the story!

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