Isle of Wight Festival 'will improve' after 2012 chaos

  • 28 January 2013
  • From the section Music
Mud at the campsite at the Isle of Wight festival

The organiser of the Isle of Wight Festival says he will try his best to stop a repeat of the problems which affected last year's event.

Heavy rain left the main car park waterlogged last June and hundreds of cars could not get on to the site.

"We had a problem with getting people in but we had one of the most incredible weekends ever," said organiser John Giddings.

The Killers, Bon Jovi and The Stone Roses will headline this year's event.

There will also be performances from Emeli Sande, Ben Howard, The Script and Ellie Goulding.

The Boomtown Rats, fronted by Bob Geldof, are to play the main stage 26 years after the band last performed together.

The Isle of Wight Festival kept its licence after calls for a review were rejected in November.

A local council committee decided that neither the capacity nor the length of the licence should be changed.

At the time John Giddings put the chaos down to a single entry point into the car park.

He now says parking fees will be introduced to encourage more public transport use.

"We're spending a lot of time, energy and money on improving the car parks and making sure we don't get a repeat of that again," added Mr Giddings.

"I can't tell you someone isn't going to drop an atomic bomb on the Isle of Wight but we're going to do our best to prevent that happening.

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place at Seaclose Park in Newport from 13 to 16 June 2013.