Music fans' fury as they are forced to queue for hours in blazing sun to get into Isle of Wight festival

Sophie Williams
Long wait: Festival-goers have been subjected to delays getting into the Isle of Wight festival: @alexacj6

Revellers hoping to get into this year's Isle of Wight music festival have told of their anger after being forced to queue for hours in blazing heat to access the site.

Visitors were left stranded as security guards were struggling to cope when more people than expected turned up due to the good weather.

Scores took to social media to complain, with festival organisers saying admitting they were struggling to cope with the large numbers of people at security checkpoints.

Children were among those forced to wait in the 21C heat.

The Isle of Wight festival is celebrating its 50th year and is sold out. It's being headlined by The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher.

One attendee on Reddit said: "It's a mess here right now.

Many people have taken to social media to complain (@yehyehlikeisaid)

"Have been queueing to get in for a few hours. There is one small tent doing bag checks meaning the queue is going nowhere."

One image posted online shows an ambulance at the gates.

Many people raised concerns about the security of music fans attending the festival.

The festival was forced to issue an apology on Twitter.

It said: "Please bear with us, the glorious weather has brought a lot of you lovely people in early but we still need to follow security rules to keep you all safe."

The Standard has contacted Isle of Wight festival for further comment.