As tents are packed up, burger vans close and the stage is disassembled, thousands of music lovers head home as the Isle of Wight Festival 2013 comes to an end following a successful, enjoyable weekend.
A visual increase in attendance levels could be seen yesterday (Sunday) after a slow start to the event. It is rumoured ticket sales were down this year, however this proved popular with no traffic delays or other incidents to contend with in comparison to 2012.
Seaclose Park came alive on Thursday as headliners Happy Mondays played the Big Top stage to tens of thousands of campers on the exclusive Thursday night performance after the Island’s ferry companies, taxis and buses transported the festival revelers to the heart of the Isle of Wight.
A grey and cloudy start to the day put a downer on the Friday of the Isle of Wight Festival, but as the gates opened to the main arena and the music started, blue skies broke through to reveal a sunny, hot and enjoyable afternoon.
As the sun continued to shine across the festival site, Emeli Sande raised the crowd’s spirits even more when she took to the Main Stage performing some of her sensational top hits.
Paul Weller and The Stone Roses also took to the stage on Friday, as a cold chill rolled in. Other day two highlights included Example, Rizzle Kicks and Fun.
American rockers The Killers put on a performance to remember on Saturday, taking to the main stage for an incredible 2 hour set after arriving on stage 20 minutes later than scheduled.
The rain held off for the four days and revelers were in good spirits, especially when thousands crammed into the BT Infinity Big Top for Lawson, who played a selection of their greatest hits with the crowd signing along to every word on Saturday afternoon.
Following on from 2012′s traffic delays, a number of contingency car parks were set up this year in case the main Festival car parks became inaccessible. Thankfully, these car parks were not needed with traffic flowing freely around the Island throughout.
Bon Jovi had the crowd singing and dancing along to their greatest hits including ‘You give love a bad name’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ last night (Sunday), shortly before the closing fireworks filled the skies with colour near to the Big Top stage.
The rock legends arrived in style, landing near Fairlee Road in a helicopter before receiving a Police escort to the backstage entrance in plenty of time for their memorable performance.
Crowds dispersed towards the BT Infinity Big Top to see 80′s legend Blondie play a closing set to round off an incredible Isle of Wight Festival 2013, much to the popularity of revelers.
Wellie boots, sleeping bags and tents can be seen at the Island’s ferry ports today as visitors head home to the comfort of their own beds, with queues remaining minimal especially at Hovertravel’s Ryde terminal, where Ryde School girl group Capo 4 have been entertaining the waiting crowds.
We hope you have enjoyed our 24hr LIVE coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival – It has been an extraordinary weekend, with over 25 festival-related articles and more than 150 tweets on Twitter made by the Island Echo’s team of journalists.
Photos – Featured: Jane Followill // Fairlee Road Crowds: Island Echo photographer Daniel Poole