THE Isle of Wight Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Festival bosses announced today that the Isle of Wight Festival will be cancelled this year.

The festival was due to take place on June 11 to 14 in Newport and superstar Lionel Richie was scheduled co-headline the opening night with Lewis Capaldi.

In a statement publsuhed on Twitter, organisers said: "The decision has not been taken lightly and we have tried our hardest to make it work, but it was unavoidable given the current status.

"The whole team was excited to welcome everyone to the Island for another fantastic festival and we extend our sincere apologised to everyone who was looking forward to it as much as we were.

"The safety of our audience, artists, crew and the Isle of Wight community is paramount and we appreciate your patience whilst we've been working through this unexpected situation.

"We'll be back stronger than ever in 2021 and we hope to see you all again next year."