Final preparations for Europe's biggest Pop Festival on the Isle of Wight were hampered on Friday (28 August) by a section of pop fans already on the site.
Final preparations for Europe's biggest Pop Festival on the Isle of Wight were hampered on Friday (28 August) by a section of pop fans already on the site. Fences were torn down by fans rebelling against the charging of admission, and bottles and stones were thrown at security guards.
Groups of militant hippies stormed the pop festival arena before being beaten back by security guards with alsatian dogs. The youths, many of them French, refused to pay the three pounds (sterling) ...eight dollar....entrance fee. They streamed through the broken fences catching the guards by surprise, before taking up strategic vantage points on the hillside overlooking the arena, for a free view. The organisers have threatened to call off the festival it the youths don't come down by Sunday. The fans had just been treated to two days of free music, staged as warm-up period to the festival proper during the weekend.
Passenger ferries have spent the past week transporting fans from the British mainland to the Isle of Wight in a constant stream. The estimated 130,000 fans already on the island could double before the festival ends on Sunday (30th) The police already has its hands full coping with petty thefts and drug trafficking.