Weather chaos for festival fans

The Isle of Wight Festival is underway after heavy rains and mud caused traffic chaos among those attempting to get there. The festival's Big Top was also cleared during high winds.

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Isle of Wight festival goers head home

The Isle of Wight festival descended into a mud bath over the weekend Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Music fans left the Isle of Wight festival without any problems today. A contrast to the start of the festival when many people missed the first few acts because they were stuck in traffic gridlock, caused by torrential rain.

More than 100 4x4 vehicles and extra police officers were brought in to help pull cars out of the mud-swamped car parks. Organisers say the problems at the start of the festival will be analysed and new plans drawn up before next year.

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Promoter apologises for chaotic start to festival

Festival reveller wades through the mud in wellies
Police have warned festival-goers and local residents to expect delays after the event finishes Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The promoter of the Isle of Wight Festival has apologised for the chaos caused by heavy rains at the start of the event and promised that lessons would be learned for future years, as scores of revellers began to start their journeys home to avoid the expected slow exit.

John Giddings said: "We knew it was going to happen, we were prepared, we knew there would be adverse weather conditions, it was just slow and we caused a great traffic jam and I am sorry to all those who got stuck in it."

Mr Giddings said that he was working with the police and the local council to create a plan to help people get away from the festival as easily as possible after Springsteen closes the event this evening.

It involves more than 100 4x4 vehicles being on duty in the car parks to help tow stuck vehicles out as well as up to 50 extra police officers being drafted in to help the 100 police staff on duty during the weekend.

Extra police to help get Isle of Wight Festival goers out of mud bath

A festival goer wears plastic bags over their footwear to protect against the mud bath Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Extra police are to be deployed to help revellers leave at the end of the Isle of Wight Festival after heavy rains turned the site into a mudbath causing traffic chaos.

The festival was affected by a deluge which saw gridlocked drivers forced to sleep in their cars as the car parks had become flooded and inaccessible with mud.

Hampshire police announced that extra officers will be brought in to support organisers Solo as they assist the festival-goers as they leave and attempt to remove their vehicles from the muddy car parks tonight and tomorrow morning.

Mud doesn't put off Isle of Wight festival revellers

Campers brave the mud during wet weather at the Isle of Wight festival.
Campers brave the mud during wet weather at the Isle of Wight festival. Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Muddy conditions underfoot hasn't put off thousands of revellers enjoying the Isle of Wight festival this weekend, despite organisers stating that they will not be offering refunds after many people were forced to sleep out in the open overnight.

Visit ITV Meridian to watch Sarah Cooper's report from the festival.

Crowd pleasers at IOW festival

Jessie J
Jessie J performs on the main stage at the Isle of Wight festival Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah letting rip on stage at the Isle of Wight festival Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Labrinth
Labrinth performing at the Isle of Wight festival, at Seaclose Park, Newport Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment
Madness frontman Suggs
Madness frontman Suggs backstage at the Isle of Wight festival Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment
Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones
Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones backstage at the Isle of Wight festival Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

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Extra police to help out at Isle of Wight festival

Police will help revellers leave the festival and attempt to move their vehicles Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Extra police are to be deployed to help revellers leave at the end of the Isle of Wight Festival after heavy rains turned the site into a mudbath causing traffic chaos.

The festival was affected by a deluge which saw gridlocked drivers forced to sleep in their cars as the car parks had become flooded and inaccessible with mud.

Hampshire police announced that extra officers will be brought in to support organisers Solo as they assist the festival-goers as they leave and attempt to remove their vehicles from the muddy car parks on Sunday night and Monday morning.

More than 100 officers and police support staff are involved in patrolling the site and ensuring the safety of those attending the event.

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