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Organisers reveal they are bracing themselves for just 50% attendance at the event...

Less than a week after the ESSENTIAL FESTIVAL admitted poor ticket sales had led to a number of band cancellations at their event, the ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL organisers have revealed they are bracing themselves for just 50% attendance.

To date only 6,000 of a possible 25,000 tickets have been sold for the June 3 all-dayer, the first time the legendary event has been held since 1970. This year Charlatans, Starsailor, Ash and Led Zeppelin hero Robert Plant are the main draws. However, today (May 14) – some three weeks away from the event – a spokesperson for the festival told NME.COM that “we don’t think it’ll sell out.”

The spokesperson added that festival bosses were ready to soak losses incurred if only 12-13,000 tickets sold, though “was confident” it would do better.

While factors including the World Cup, transport problems and Jubilee celebration events taking away punters could be blamed for a low turn-out, the fact that the second major outdoor music event of the summer looks like suffering the same problems as the first is a worrying development.

“It’s full steam ahead,” the Isle Of Wight spokesperson insists. “There’s no looking back.”