THOUSANDS of revellers have made the journey across The Solent for this year’s Isle of Wight festival.

Carrying tents, roll mats and wellies, scores of festival-goers took the ferry across to the island on Friday.

Dan Davis, 21, a Bournemouth journalism student travelling to the festival with friends, said: “I’m going to spend three days boozing with my mates and also there’s some really great acts.”

Julie Tomlins, 59, a civil servant from Shropshire, said: “I’m mainly looking forward to Hacienda Classical tonight and Bastille tomorrow.”

Katherine Picknett, 21, a criminology student from Southampton, said: “I’m planning to listen to some great music and drink alcohol with my best friends.”

This year’s festival, themed, ‘Summer of Love’ is being headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on Friday, George Ezra on Saturday and Biffy Clyro on Sunday night.

Local band Wild Front will kick off the main stage today, followed into the night by DMA’s, Gerry Cinnamon, James, Lily Allen, Courteneers and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The Big Top stage will star Hacienda Classical, Garbage and Keane across the weekend, alongside many other artists, including Jax Jones and Dermot Kennedy.

Mystery Jets have now pulled out of the festival, and will be replaced at the Big Top stage on Sunday by Starsailor’s James Walsh, who gave an intimate display of his talents yesterday while he busked to festival-goers on a Red Funnel ferry from Southampton to East Cowes.

Rock band Friendly Fires will replace Cage the Elephant while Yungblud will replace Sam Fender, after both acts pulled out.

The weather forecast is expected to be cloudy and raining, but that has not stopped revellers from carrying tents, bags and beer crates to attend one of the biggest British festivals.

Megan Rogers, 25, from Southampton, reached the campsite on Thursday and said: “We’re so excited to enjoy the festival, rain or shine, because we’ve got our umbrella hats.

Just in time for their main stage performance, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release their new single ‘Black Star Dancing’ today (Friday June 14), so the audience will be the first to experience the track live.

Biffy Clyro will perform tracks from their latest album and said: “We are delighted to be headlining The Isle of Wight Festival again - it is a beauty.”