Saturday 24 March 2018

Kings of Leon to close festival

The Kings of Leon were the closing act
The Kings of Leon were the closing act

American rockers Kings of Leon are set to close the Isle of Wight festival tonight, with organisers already calling this year's event a success.

The first of the summer's major music festivals saw Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris play to more than 50,000 festival-goers on Friday night.

And The Red Hot Chilli Peppers headlined the main stage last night.

They appeared to have won the battle among revellers, with many missing England's opening World Cup game being shown on a specially set-up giant screen at the same time.

The band have been on the top of many festival-goers' wish lists and they played many of their classics including Give It Away, Don't Stop and Californication.

However, some fans said they were disappointed they did not play Under The Bridge during the 90-minute performance for which 10,000 extra tickets were sold.

Earlier, Ska fans had enjoyed an hour-long set by The Specials, as well as performances by The 1975, John Newman and The Waterboys.

With the final day still to go, organisers say the four-day festival, which is in its 13th year, has been a success with fewer reported crimes.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: "Crime is down as the temperatures are up. There have been fewer crimes in all areas. So far the event plan and policing operation has been successful with one day still to go."

Problems were experienced in 2012 as campers faced lengthy queues to get into car parks because of heavy rains, with some being forced to sleep in their cars.

However, recent improvements to the entrances and traffic systems have prevented a repeat of the problems two years ago.

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