London will be missing some residents later this month, when music fans head south for Isle of Wight Festival 2015. Demand for this year’s event is higher than ever and with uncertainties surrounding rail travel, IOW ticket holders have turned to Big Green Coach to get them to the sunny isle across the Solent.
Taking place from 11-14 June at Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight Festival is set to welcome over 58,000 music fans across the four days. Big Green Coach, the festival’s official ticket and travel partner, is picking up from 15 locations across the UK but London has, by far, proven to be the most popular destination to travel from. With coaches collecting from Victoria, Richmond-upon-Thames and Croydon, Big Green Coach has now introduced a fourth pick-up from Waterloo on Thursday 11 June.
Danny Newby, Director at Big Green Coach said:
“Isle of Wight Festival continues to be one of our most popular services and we’ve responded to the demand by adding a fourth London pick-up from London Waterloo. We’ve also increased some coach sizes to cope with passenger numbers. The increase in ticket purchases from London came before the rail strikes were threatened but I’m sure that doesn’t help people’s confidence in rail travel. We’re seeing an increase in coach passengers across the whole festival spectrum though; people know that it’s a hassle free and cost-effective way to travel, and it means that they can start the festivities early.
“Over the past couple of years, coaches have become a popular choice for festival goers. People would rather leave their cars at home and avoid the car park queues. It’s a safer method of travel, particular for those who have a few drinks during the festival. There has also been an influx of research to suggest that festival fans are becoming more environmentally aware; audience travel emissions to music venues is the single biggest contributor to the music industry’s environmental impact, accounting for a huge 68% of the festival sector’s total emissions. Coach travel helps ease congestion and reduces carbon emissions, both of which are huge benefits particularly when travelling to and from a complex site like Isle of Wight.”
The largest events travel company in the UK, Big Green Coach provides ticket and travel for most major festival, as well as niche and one day events. All coaches are timetabled to arrive before the music begins and to depart once the music has finished so you won’t miss any of the action. Big Green Coach prides itself on making a positive impact on the environment, and for every customer who books coach travel they sponsor and protect five square feet of Amazonian Rainforest for 10 years. In the past two years alone, Big Green Coach has been able to protect 800,000 square feet through a partnership with charity Cool Earth.
For Isle of Wight Festival ticket holders can choose from one of 15 pick-up locations, which include travel from the chosen destination to Portsmouth ferry terminal, travel between Portsmouth – Ryde as a foot passenger on a Wightlink ferry service and travel on the Official festival shuttle service direct to the festival site, and then the same journey return after the festival has finished on Monday 15 June. Prices start from £64 (plus booking fees). Visit www.biggreencoach.co.uk