Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Festival under way at Seaclose Park

Isle of Wight Festival 2010
Image caption About 55,000 people are expected to attend the festival over the weekend

Tens of thousands of people have gathered near Newport on the Isle of Wight for the annual festival.

The Isle of Wight Festival, which began on Thursday, is in its ninth year since its return from its 1970 heyday.

Sir Paul McCartney is set to be the headline act and will play on Sunday night, as the festival draws to a close.

The event was restarted at Seaclose Park in Newport in 2002 and is one of the UK's largest festivals.

Organisers are trying to make the event as "green" as possible after winning the Greener Festival Award last year.

Generators are partly running on bio-diesel, solar power is being used, while rangers have set up a wildlife and bee haven near the site using funds from festival-goers.

About 50,000 people attended last year's event, which the council estimates is worth £15m to the local economy every year.

Other artists playing this year's festival include Jay-Z, Florence and the Machine, The Strokes, Pink, Blondie, Crowded House and Editors.

The 1970 festival became famous for Jimi Hendrix's performance, three weeks before he died.

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