V-Dub heads for iconic festival site

By Sara Bryce

Friday, March 14, 2014


V-Dub heads for iconic festival site

V-Dub Island will be held at Afton Farm this year.

AN ANNUAL festival for Volkswagen enthusiasts is moving to the home of the UK’s biggest ever festival, after being approved by licensing bosses today (Friday).

V-Dub Island will be held at East Afton Farm, Freshwater, the venue for the world famous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which was attended by well over 500,000 people.

The V-Dub Island VW festival, which is in its fourth year, was previously held at the County Showground at Northwood.

Festival organiser and promoter Airon Baker said being granted permission to hold his event at the site was a dream he had held since he was 16 years old.

He said: "We’re going to be at one of the world’s largest festival sites.

"We’re looking forward to some longevity for our family-orientated show now and carrying on with what we’re doing."

He added: "People from all round the country and Europe can come along and show off their amazing V-Dubs and we can show off our amazing Island."

Mr Baker confirmed that, as per police recommendations, a sufficient number of security staff would be allocated, CCTV would be in place across the site, and following some issues at last year’s event, day tickets would only be sold on Saturday and Sunday until 2pm.

Environmental Health recommended reduced hours due to residential properties within 200 metres.

It was agreed that on Thursday and Sunday live music would end at 11pm, and recorded music at midnight.

On Friday and Saturday live music will end at midnight and recorded music at 2am.

Around 3,500 people and 1,500 vehicles are expected at the festival, which will be held from Thursday, August 14, to Monday, August 18.

For more information visit www.v-dubisland.com.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by Alan Hunter

16th March 2014, at 15:49:09

I went to the 1970 festival and I've been to all the Vdub events so it's good news as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather hoped the boring old Fa*ts would have died off by now but it seems every generation has people that think "Life's a **** and then you die".

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by Owen Burson

15th March 2014, at 18:44:18

I live very near to the new site and it can only be a positive for the Island and West Wight. Well done to all concerned.

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by Russell Palin

15th March 2014, at 18:29:28

I can see the site from the window I am sat in front of presently.
I look forward to the event I will try to attend, even though I am not the slightest bit interested in those funny little cars that drive like a bag of potatoes!
I will just go for the fun of it and the fact that the VW lot know how to throw a good party, nice bunch of people. Met plenty on scooter rallies over the years, the VW's go hand in hand with the 60's classic cars etc.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

15th March 2014, at 18:09:33

Wow Well Done Airon Baker :)
Great idea, so hope they get a bigger crowd, be lovely for the West Wight and Im sure those I know who go every year, will not mind the trip over west as they love VW's
Good Luck VDubs :)

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by Susannah Thornton

15th March 2014, at 10:34:22

Good news. It will bring some trade to the area and also give those that attend the opportunity to enjoy themselves. As James posted, why do people always try to find negatives of stories that are cheerful.

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by James Reed

15th March 2014, at 07:12:51

Excellent news and well done Airon, I really dont know why some people always try and find the negatives.

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by Bill Parks

14th March 2014, at 22:26:00

Does that mean the West Wight and its residents are going to be subjected to choking fumes and deafening noise pollution from the ageing clapped out bangers. Cant see how the the villages will benefit bar the supermarket and petrol station.

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by GARRY Green

14th March 2014, at 18:50:32

Now why didn't the Bestival set it sights on this venue? Excellent stuff and the trade that the west wight will get from this event will be good for the place! Not into vw's at all but whatever gives the west some business is good!

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by Jim Buchanan

14th March 2014, at 15:46:49

The site only played host to 500,000 people because they all wild camped outside the show site up on the downs. The actual fields available are probably no bigger than the existing showground site. How are the creaking West Wight roads going to cope with no doubt hundreds of these old buses broken down everywhere waiting for recovery?

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by Den Young

14th March 2014, at 12:58:27

that's a nice one for the Island, lets hope the music line up is better than Seaclose.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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