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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