Organisers are set to expand the bash into a two-day event...

The ISLE OF WIGHT festival will go ahead again next year, and organisers say they plan to expand it to a two-day event.

The festival will take place on June 7 and 8, with a capacity of 20,000 per day, and organiser John Giddings said he wants to steal a march on the much larger Glastonbury festival later in the month.

“It is at the end of the exams and still long way away from the Reading and V festivals. The intention is to go ahead of Glastonbury. I will be spending a lot more on headline acts this year, and I am in negotiations with acts at the moment, but I don’t want to say who.”

Last year’s festival, which featured The Charlatans, Starsailor, [/a], [a] and Robert Plant drew crowds of around 10,000. Despite having a capacity of 15,000 last year, Giddings said he believes there is enough room on the calendar for another festival.

Tickets will be priced £50 for the weekend and £30 per day, with camping £10 extra, and discounted ferry prices.