New 30k capacity festival for the Isle Of Wight?

Is the Garden Isle adding to its busy event rosta?

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Owen Evans - 02 March 2011

Plans for an annual 30,000 capacity music festival in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight have been revealed.

WOWfest organisers are looking to base the event on private farmland in the area, which they say will feature a "world of music, culture, food, dance, cabaret and theatre" and promises “audacious programming and a unique sustainable community".

Festival chiefs have been working with experienced contractors from hugely successful festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD, Bestival and V festival to name a few, in order to put through a successful licensing application to the Isle of Wight council.

However, Shanklin South Councillor David Pugh, has expressed concerns at the prospect of WOWfest 2012 in his area.

He said: "A festival attended by 30,000 people with live and recorded music until the early hours of the morning would be likely to cause significant disturbance for local residents. 

“There are likely to also be concerns about the suitability of Shanklin Road to accommodate that many festival-goers accessing the site, given that it is one of the main roads in and out of Shanklin," he continued.

Wowfest is currently awaiting confirmation for an August 2012 start.

Upcoming festivals on the Isle of Wight include Bestival 2011 and Isle of Wight Festival 2012.


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