News Updated see below… Phil Swift and his facebook friends, have set up an Emergency Group on Facebook and is appealing for Isle of Wight residents to assist festival goers who are stranded in their cars.
Anyone in an urgent and desperate situation due to the wet fields at the Festival please join this group where you may be able to get additional help to what the Isle of Wight Festival is providing.
If you have any Festi goers outside your house or stranded in a car please consider offering them a mug of tea, the loo, or even a floor to sleep on. Please repost by sharing if you can.
A massive thank you.
Edited to add: There are quite a few Facebook Friends who form part of the Emergency Group of helpers.
Isle of Wight Festival goers had a night of chaos.
Those trying to arrive by car faced all night queues or diverted parking as new fields were opened but rapidly became impassable. For many the lack of a central information service for those trying to find out what is happening, with updates not being forthcoming on official Facebook or Twitter feeds has been frustrating.
Wightlink, say they expect at least the same amount of traffic again today, and the festival are using alternative car parks with gravel, wood chip, and trackways also going down. Festival organisers say in all the years holding they have never known such a problem and it’s a steep learning curve for them as they try to deal with muddy conditions.
For many the main issue was a lack of information during the night, with those stuck in queues not knowing what was going on, many feared the festival had been shut down when the Big Top was closed for a while after strong winds.
Festival organisers apologised for the delays, and are now recommending those still trying to get to the festival do not come by car.
John Marr of Vectis 4×4 Response were called out to the IW Festival Site on Thursday.
John stated on Facebook:
We had 8 vehicles on-site from 1900 – 2340h (yes, even with a police escort to get us in, it took us a hour to get there) In that time we moved 358 vehicles that were stuck in the mud. There is only 1 way into the car park and the conditions were the cause of all the hold ups. We ain’t to blame, but we did our best. …
Remembering that we don’t get paid, this is some achievement for us, especially as we already have 4 Responders on scene now doing the same thing.
Hants 4x4R and Sussex 4x4R are on Stand-By to come over and assist if required.
We accept donations! visit www.vectis4x4response.co.uk website.
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