Beatles miss Isle of Wight

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The second Isle of Wight pop festival will go ahead in July, but the three remaining Beatles will not perform together there.

Councillors on the island have approved the festival - the first in 1970 attracted 250,000 people - but Paul McCartney's publicist, Geoff Baker, said his client had no plans for any concerts this year. Headline groups are being sought for the five-day show before 50,000 fans. The organisers offered the ex-Beatles pounds 2.5m to perform, but Mr Baker added: 'Paul thinks you cannot have a Beatles reunion without John Lennon.'