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Miles of tailbacks at Boomtown Fair

Miles of tailbacks and, once you've parked, nine-hour queues to get in. That's what thousands of festival-goers in Hampshire have been facing, trying to get into the Boomtown Fair site.

People heading to Winchester were caught up in huge crowds on Thursday. There were similar problems on Friday.

Organisers say the delays were due to an increased focus on security this year. Our reporter Mel Bloor spent the day at Matterley Bowl.

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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.

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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.

Confused?

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.

Why learning maths should be music to your ears

Now, it's not often we say that learning maths is music to our ears, but for the pupils of one primary school in Kent, that's exactly what it is. Teachers and children from Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate have banded together to make statistics, screens and songs the perfect learning tool. Andrea Thomas explains.

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Historical instruments go under the hammer at auction

Historic musical instruments costing more than half a million pounds are to go under the hammer at an auction like no other in Newbury. The pieces are being sold by Finchcocks Museum in Goudhurst near Tunbridge Wells, which closed at the end of last year. Tom Savvides has been to see what's on offer, ahead of the big sale next month.

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