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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.

Kent's Slaves and Uckfield's Rag'n'Bone Man star in Great Escape festival

It's been described as the most important festival for new music in England and tomorrow the curtain will rise on Brighton's Great Escape once again.

Now in its 12th year, an incredible 480 acts will play over the next three days to both adoring fans and music industry experts looking for the next 'big thing'.

And with more than 30 venues Brighton's very own Palace Pier is becoming a stage for some of the region's biggest bands.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Carolyn Bates from The Great Escape, Laurie Vincent from Slaves, Tom Peterson and Clementine Douglas of Kudu Blue, and Abi Woodman of MarthaGunn.


'Right Said Fred' and their new single with a twist

The Sussex band 'Right Said Fred' have been talking to ITV Meridian about life 25 years after releasing the worldwide hit 'I'm Too Sexy'.

They've just released a new song called 'Sweet Treats' and are involved in a campaign to help raise funds for the homeless charity Crisis. Here's what happened when 'Right Said Fred' met Fred and Stacey.

Right Said Fred will be appearing at various locations around the region including the Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire on 9th July and Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset on 30 July.

Did you know the band 'Right Said Fred' were from Sussex? That & more revelations in their chat with Nia

'Right Said Fred' at our studios to talk music

The band 'Right Said Fred' have dropped in to tell the team at ITV Meridian about their new single and the serious message at its heart. More on that follows. But outside the studio - in our 'green room' they talked to Nia Mason about their Sussex connections and the lighter side of life.

Sussex inventor's tiny revolution 'could save rock stars' ears'

They're a small firm from Sussex that make stadium-filling speakers used by rock legends like Jimmy Page and Jarvis Cocker.

But their latest innovations aren't giant devices designed to destroy your ears - but tiny ones to protect them.


Andy Dickenson explains with the help of Flare inventor Davies Roberts, Roscomac managing director Joseph Martello, and founding member of the Art of Noise, Gary Langan.


Finchcocks musical museum to close

They've been used by royalty and have featured in costume dramas but some instruments, dating back hundreds of years, are to be auctioned off.

The world-famous musical museum Finchcocks near Goudhurst in Kent is set to close with the historic building being sold off.

Tom Savvides joined the last guided tour before the museum closes at the end of the year.

Music fans arrive for Reading Festival

Campers, prepared for the weather, arrive at Reading Station Credit: ITV

It's that time again - Reading Festival is back for 2015 and more than 90,000 people are expected in Reading over the weekend. Campers started to arrive at the site in Richfield Avenue on Wednesday although the vast majority of weekend ticket holders joined to queue on Thursday ahead of the three days of live music.

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